Posted on December 20th, 2011 by Debra
- Take a vacation. Leaving your familiar area will put you in situations where you might have to use English more to get around.
- Take a class. Any class will do…it doesn’t need to be an English class.
- Talk to people around you. If you’re in a familiar situation on a regular basis (like a class) talk to people you don’t know very well.
- Volunteer in the community.
- Get to know your neighbors – bond over the loose step that the landlord needs to fix or the noisy couple upstairs.
- Gossip. Read People, Time, or Us and share what you know about Kim, Ashton, and Brad.
- Hang out with people outside of your native language group.
- Go to the movies. Renting works too, but be honest with yourself. If you rent a movie, you’re going to use subtitles, aren’t you? That won’t help you as much.
- Teach English. Share what you learned in English with other people. They might be interested, and you will be surprised at how much you actually know.
- Read books in English.
- Select English as the default setting for your electronics.
- Make shopping lists in English instead of your native language.
- Learn how to play a board game by reading the English instructions.
- Have dinner with English speakers regularly.
- Talk more. Seriously. In every situation (shopping, going out, seeing a movie, waiting for a show to start, standing in line), just make some small talk.
- Fall in love with someone who speaks English.
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