How To Improve Your English During Lockdown
Are you up for something entertaining and creative while you’re stuck at home because of the Covid-19 lockdown?
Home quarantine has become the new normal for almost everyone affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Staying at home 24/7 has its own share of good and bad. During the first few days, it’s really cool to have all that time for yourself.
Yet, the thing is, the fun slowly wears out when you are trapped at home for weeks -from the time you wake up to the time you finally get to sleep.
Well, don’t worry! You’re not alone. Children, teenagers and adults all over the world feel the exact same way!
Now, if you’re out looking for awesome ideas on how to spend your time and get rid of the boredom, you should use the Covid-19 lockdown to improve your English!
So, are you now geared up for some action at home? Check out our creative tips to improve your English and remain productive during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Watch a British or American TV Series
Are you a movie buff or maybe a Netflix fanatic? Well, we’ve got great news for you! You can now spend your time binge-watching and learning at the same time. How cool is that?
With the coronavirus outbreak period of quarantine, you can spend hours binge-watching British or American TV shows and movies.
Doing so will immerse you in the English language. This is a powerful technique in boosting your competency in using English.
In case you find it a bit hard to understand dialogues or conversations, don’t you fret. As long as subtitles are available, then you’re good to go!
At Anglia Education, we believe that learning is more effective when you’re enjoying it. So go and enjoy the shows and go and learn!
Become a Karaoke Expert
Guess what? You don’t have to be an award-winning singer to do this. All you have to do is plug in your karaoke, choose some of your all-time favourite English songs, and sing away!
Singing in English lets you dive into a sea of vocabulary words and idioms as you chant away the lyrics and slowly familiarises you with the language!
This is a proven technique in learning a foreign language – one that we have witnessed in many of our ELearning students here at Anglia Education.
The bonus part is that you can do this with your family to make learning even more pressure-free and fun!
You can also use your smartphone or tablet and simply download a Karaoke app such as Smule, Karaoke, and WeSing.
Do you love writing? At Anglia Education, one of the fantastic tips that we tell our ELearning students on how they can improve their English is to jot down and write.
Keeping a journal about what you have observed around you exercises your cognitive skills.
Since the Covid-19 lockdown gives you plenty of me-time, doing this tried-and-tested tactic can free you from the tension brought by cabin fever and make your days better as you slowly become fluent in English.
So grab a nice notebook, make yourself a drink, and write about anything under the sun -in English, of course!
Write about your feelings, experiences, thoughts. Make this a daily habit.
Trust us – journaling or writing a diary is a great way of giving your English writing skills a big boost!
Talk to Native English Speakers
The digital landscape allows you to do this without actually travelling to an English-speaking country. You can start a conversation with a native English speaker online.
Talking online with a native has many advantages. It influences your accent and pronunciation, sharpens your listening skills, and practices your speaking ability.
With Anglia Education’s online classes, you can choose from so many amazing reading, writing, listening and speaking exercises and take English lessons at the time that suits you with our self-study capability.
Our online learning services are not only of the highest quality, but they are also pressure-free! Over 750,000 people have taken our General English, Business English and IELTS courses and they all promote active learning and build our students’ confidence.
We have also made sure the contents include English accents from all over the world, such as the UK, Ireland, North America and Australasia, which means you will truly know how English is spoken.
You simply have to contact us, register online, and your English learning journey begins!
Play Word Games
When was the last time you have played a game of Scrabble at home with your family, while you have crisps (or chips in American English!) and salsa on the side?
Since you have lots of spare time during the Covid-19 lockdown, why don’t you spend your time playing board games or online word games with your loved ones?
Games like Monopoly and Scrabble (and other word games) have instructions written in English.
As you read them aloud and try to understand them while playing, you get to jumpstart your English thinking skills.
If you feel like playing alone, you can go for a text-based mobile or computer game like Word Search.
This way, you get to strengthen your grasp of English vocabulary words and at the same time, kick boredom away!
Listen to Audiobooks, Audio Drama and Podcasts
Another exciting way to take your English communication skills to the next level is by listening to audio files that interest you.
You can search and download free audiobooks or look up available podcasts.
If you’re a fan of soap operas, there are many audio dramas you can find online, too.
All of these suggestions are helpful ways in which you can improve your listening skills while you’re at home.
Record Your Voice
Listening to yourself as you pronounce English words and speak in English idioms and sentences is another tip you can do at home.
Hearing yourself speak helps you pinpoint your pronunciation mistakes (if there are any, that is!) and correct them.
Yes, you can improve when you read out loud and write in a journal, but recording yourself is like being your own teacher.
If you want, you can even ask your friends or siblings to listen to your recording so they can help you determine the areas you need to work on.
Digital Learning is the New Normal
With the modern technology we have nowadays, making your English communication skills better is just one click away!
Trying some, if not all, of these awesome ideas will definitely help you improve your English – even when you’re just lying on the sofa at home during the coronavirus lockdown.
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