The summer holidays are finally here! While this is a great opportunity to work on your tan, go to the beach or visit family and friends it also means that you probably won’t be practising English for around two months. As two months is a long time without using any English here are some tips and recommendations from the ENglish assistants so that you don’t lose everything over the summer.
- Watch TV series/movies in English. I know lots of you already watch English language series and movies so a great way to keep up your English is to take off the Spanish audio and listen to the original English with either Spanish or English subtitles. Lots of series can be found on Netflix or Amazon Prime as well as on YouTube and other free websites. On most TVs there is also the option to watch any dubbed programme in the original language. Don’t get downhearted if you don’t understand every single word, it’s completely normal! In lots of series they speak with very heavy accents or they use a lot of slang which makes it a great way to learn some cool phrases. By watching series/movies you are still surrounded by English every day but it’s probably more fun than sitting in class.
- Download an app such as Duolingo. There are some great language learning apps out there such as Duolingo or Babel. In these apps you can set the difficulty level and choose the type of vocabulary or grammar you want to focus on so you make sure that the app is tailor-made to what you are interested in. These apps set you challenges so you can hit a new target every day as well as having some cool games too. It’s a great way to practise English every day even if it’s just while you’re waiting for the bus.
- Watching/reading the news in English. If you want to find out more about what is going on in the world, reading online news reports in English is a great way to stay informed and hear new points of view from different parts of the world. BBC News and CNN are free to access online, and will keep you informed about what is happening not just in Britain and the USA, but all around the world. These websites also feature a lot of video content to practice your listening skills too! Use these sites to find out about politics, culture and sports.You could also check out sites like Upworthy and The Daily Dot, which are very popular with young people. These websites have collections of funny and moving opinion pieces and articles that are great for sharing on social media. Finally, Youtube is an amazing language learning resource that you probably already use every day! Dozens of TedTalks videos, which are topical public speeches by well-known people, are available on Youtube with English subtitles and are always fascinating. As well as that, if you are a fan of a certain celebrity, band or TV show, try and find some interviews with them on Youtube and keep up your English in a fun way.