Learning English requires more than memorizing vocabulary and perfecting
pronunciation. You must also practice your listening skills so that you
can understand a variety of accents and your speaking skills so that you
can express yourself fluently. If you attend an
English school in New York City, you will have many opportunities to practice outside the classroom. The
tips below can help you learn more quickly.
Speak with Someone New Every Day
The dialogues and exercises used in ESL classes build an essential base
for your language skills. However, to
learn English as it is spoken in the real world, you must use it in the real world.
Speak to someone new every day, and you will quickly learn to understand
different speech rhythms and accents. In a place like New York, with dozens
of bodegas, coffee shops, and delis on every block, it’s easy to
interact with someone new every day.
When You Don '
t Understand, Ask
If you hear someone use a word or expression that you don’t understand,
simply ask that person what it means. Sometimes, international students
may find this embarrassing, but it does not need to be. Most people understand
that it takes time to learn a foreign language, and if you politely ask
a person to explain what certain words mean, he or she will often be happy
to do so. You can learn new common phrases and ways to express yourself
like a native speaker this way.
When You Make a Mistake, Keep Talking
You can and will make mistakes when speaking, just as any language learner
does. Again, this should not embarrass you. Simply keep talking and continue
to ask your question or express yourself. The person you are speaking
with will likely still understand what you mean. Over time, as your English
skills improve along with your confidence, you will make fewer and fewer mistakes.
If you want to improve your
English language skills by studying in the heart of New York City, call (917) 780-4855 to learn
how you can enroll at Bluedata International Institute. We offer comprehensive
English classes in addition to support services.