Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Maximizing your English

When do we stop learning a language?

How can I keep my English from getting rusty?

TeaTime Video [No Subs] from Lingua Group on Vimeo.


Introducing a new website resource to help students keep their language afresh and be exposed to a wide range of English speaking sources and varieties.

This is a must in an ever global world where pronunciation and vocabulary are two areas of English that most suffer changes at an incredible pace.

This site seems like a good start, but I am sure there are endless possibilities and tools - online or offline - for anyone who wants to continue studying.

What's your favorite website for English input? How do you keep your English up to date?

5 comments:

Angela said...

Great topic, Stephan!

How can we keep our English from getting rusty?
How can we keep our English up to date?

In my opinion the best solution is taking general English courses in English speaking countries.

Nothing compares with this experience, mainly if you are hosted by an English speaking family.

When you live the language you learn the vocabulary, expressions and the way people say things. You learn real English.

In my opinion it`s the best investment someone can make in terms of language learning.

But we know that it implies time and costs and fortunately there are some other alternatives to keep our English up to date.

Here are some of them : video conferences, on- line forum, cable TV, BBC and CNN(, I recommend the talk shows and documentary films), social networks, twitters, songs, poems ( memorize your favorites) and blogs like this one.

For me, writing on a blog has been an enriching experience .
Every time I enter the blog I learn a new word or expression, I watch a video and test my listening skills.

When leaving a comment, I use the dictionary to check meanings and spellings.

My advice is :
PRACTICE- PRACTICE and PRACTICE !!!
The more you practice, the more you improve.
Language is usage. Use it or lose it.
And remember…
A word a day keeps the dictionary away ( Stephan Hughes`quote)

Anonymous said...

I agree with Angela.

Nothing compares to an experience abroad.
You have the chance to be totally immersed in the language and sometimes, speaking English, in this situation is a matter of survival.

Anonymous said...

Going abroad is much cheaper nowadays compared to 20 years ago.

But this dream is more suitable for young people.

What about adults who already have kids, a steady and demanding job and many other commitments?

Probably the best bet would a short immersion program ranging from a weekend to five days.

Anonymous said...

Those who have kids may find some kinds of interchange for the whole family.
They can homestay together and after a placement test, they may also attend different courses at the same language school.

Anonymous said...

Homestay sounds ok,

The problem is if the kids or teens would want to go on a program like that with their parents!