a walk in the park

Improving our English is as easy as a walk in the park. Why?

Our natural communication skills give us everything we need.

The more we hear and experience in English, the more fluent we become. Let’s look at ways to use English outside the classroom…

Get daily exposure to English.

Language courses don’t always give enough time for listening or talking. So, it’s important to try and do real things in English. Take a few minutes to read, watch and listen to posts here on TALKINGTURKS. Do the 1 minute challenge, read others’ comments and write one yourself.

Make it a habit.

Here on TALKINGTURKS you can link to news, weather, travel, cultural events, shopping, ebooks, healthy living, hobbies, technology, sports and other online resources for using your English, synonyms, idioms and more. In this way you’ll be doing something in English – everyday!

BUT… when it comes to speaking, you need regular conversation.

A friendly chat will tune your listening and get you talking.

• If you have a friend who speaks English … try to chat to them once a week or so. Face-to-face, skype or on the phone.

• Make foreign friends or chat to your existing ones! Do things in English, together. It’s fun –  hang out in English.

• Join a conversation classA good one will boost your listening and speaking skills. Practical exercises, role play and games help you to interact and focus on what’s being said. You’ll hear and adopt new words, pick up expressions and enhance your pronunciation.

“You need to take time out to improve your English. Like a walk in the park, try doing something you enjoy – in English – everyday. Fifteen or twenty minutes of reading, listening, watching or chatting will make a huge difference. “

Bruce Graves, conversation coach
 
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