Keeping yourself busy
26 March, 2020 Culture Lea Aylett
As we all sit at home, the first few days can be very relaxing. But, after a few days some of us might start getting a little bored. There are many things that we can do to keep ourselves busy at home, and after the 3rd time of organising the house, we might just have to get a little creative!
1. Focus on your English language development
Joining our online English classes are a great start to keeping up with your learning. You can join our group English online lessons where you can study with people from all over the world on our Zoom platform. We have General English, Academic English, IELTS Preparation and also an online Pre -Sessional with direct access to Greenwich University, Bangor University and Plymouth University. If you want to study just on your own with a teacher we also have online lessons for that as well.
When you are not in classes, you can keep yourself busy with a range of activities. Reading in English is a great example of this because it can help improve your vocabulary and fluency. It is very important to read something that you have an interest in because this will encourage you to continue reading and to remember the vocabulary. If you have read a book in your own language in the past, this makes reading the same book in English a little easier because you already know the story and you can focus on new vocabulary and sentence structure. One final tip on reading in English: read out loud to yourself or your housemates! This might feel strange at first but this can really help your fluency and pronunciation. If you are not sure about the pronunciation, use Google Translate to hear the words spoken and repeat what you hear.
Writing is another great activity to keep you busy. Now is the perfect time to start working on your autobiography so it is ready when you are famous! You can write about a memorable moment in your life, or perhaps your family and, if you’re feeling creative, you can make up a story and maybe it will become a number 1 best seller!
Finally, after joining our online classes, dedicate 1 hour a day to speaking only English in your home. This might be difficult if you live alone or with people that that speak your same language. If you live alone, contact some of your classmates, friends or family though social media and communiate only in English. If you live with people that speak the same language as you, it can be difficult to speak in English. So, set an alarm on your phone to remind you to change language. This is difficult to begin with but once you start the habit will become easier!
2. Keep active
It may be very tempting to sit on the couch and watch films and TV shows all day, but make sure you are getting some exercise and staying healthy! There are many exercises that you can do in your home to keep fit and moving which is very important for your body and your mind. You can find lots of different channels online with fitness routines to suit your level and health needs. Just remember to stretch and warm up first; you don’t want to pull a muscle!
3. Get into the kitchen
After your workout, you’ll probably be hungry so instead of grabbing a quick snack or that easy-cook pasta, spend some time creating your favourite meal. Looking online, there are many places you can find some great recipes (one of our favourites is BBC Food). If cooking is not your thing, give baking a try!
Imagine the smell of a freshly baked cake drifting through your home. Once you have tried and tested your recipes, share them with your friends and families and you can have virtual dinner parties via Skype or WhatsApp.
4. Find a new hobby
Now is the time to get trying out new skills! Pick up a pencil and try sketching; who knows, you might be the next Picasso! There are many different hobbies that you can try at home such as drawing or origami – all you need is a pen or pencil and paper! If you enjoy photography but can’t get out the house, start looking at things in your home with a different perspective or explore the settings on your smartphone and start getting creative!
5. Stay social
Living in the 21st century has some massive benefits! Technology is a wonderful tool that we can use to keep in contact with friends and family from around the world. Apps like WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook and Instagram are great for sharing your thoughts and activities with your loved ones!
It might always be obvious, but there are many things that we can do at home to ensure that we continue our active habits and stay healthy! Let The Language Gallery know what you’re up and keep us updated on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.