Some people might not see English learning as the most exciting activity in the world – it can often feel like a chore, especially if you’re used to spending time in a classroom environment with your head in a textbook. There are, however, easy ways to liven up your learning experience. Take a look at our top five tips for making English learning fun, and see if you can discover some new ways to make your studies more exciting.
Explore an English speaking area
Living in a country that speaks the language you’re trying to learn is the perfect environment when you’re interested in improving your skills. By taking a walk in the surrounding area, visiting tourist hotspots, or just chatting with someone at an information desk, you’re bound to pick up words and phrases in English to gradually improve your overall speaking performance.
Use language apps
Nowadays, we have the luxury of using smartphone apps as a tool to improve our language skills. Many of these apps are free too, and are easy to use daily on your commute or during a lunchbreak. Using a gamified learning system, applications like Duolingo can teach you new English vocabulary in short 20 minute bursts, helping you to learn and memorise new words and phrases at your own pace.
Watch TV in English
Find a TV show or film in English and watch along with the subtitles turned on. This will allow yourself to get used to the natural speed and flow of English speech, helping you with pronunciation and maybe even teaching you some new words and slang. Try watching programmes from various different English speaking countries to help you to get used to the different accents and dialects of the language.
Play some word games
Board games with a word focus, like the classic Scrabble, can be used as a fun way to strengthen your English language vocabulary. The aim of the game is to create words with random lettered tiles in order to score points – try playing the game with a native English speaker, so they can help you out if it gets too tricky. Other word games, like Words With Friends, can serve the same purpose. Play online or invite classmates to play with you.
Discover new slang
Every country has its own slang, and getting your head around it will help you to sound more like a local. Even just around the UK, there are completely different words for various things depending on where you are. For example, in the North of the UK, your evening meal is commonly referred to as your ‘tea’, whereas in the South, it is known as your ‘dinner’. In Liverpool you would call food ‘scran’, but in Birmingham you would call it ‘snap’. Learning more about these different slang words will help you to discover more about different cultures.
If you’re interested in learning more about British slang, take a look at our previous blog post on Cockney rhyming slang.