Hi my dear students,
Than you all for making it up to the very end. These days we’re having our exams and we’ll soon be done. The summer is here already, and I’m sure you will miss the school (won’t you?). I’d like to write the last post of the year, recommending you some sites you can try and visit to keep your English up to date.
I firstly recommend you to read this post: “Cómo aprender inglés sin dinero para cursos“. The teacher here suggests interesting things for a linguistic immersion. For example, she talks about language exchanges. Why not start one now? We can do that on the Internet, without having to travel! She and her readers suggest the following (I know this is not the first time we talk about this):
I do agree with her opinion on Listening everyday. If you try and listen at least 5 minutes, you’ll get used to the sounds of English and it’ll become easier and easier. My recommendation here is for you to download i-Tunes (it’s free!) and subscribe to podcasts (that you can later transfer to your MP3 player and take your English with you to the gym, to the supermarket, to the beach..!). All you have to do is (once you get the program) click on i-Tunes Store, later on Podcasts and then browse according to your interests: you can select the language, the channel or the topic you are interested in. Then you subscribe to the podcasts that you like: their updates will be downloaded immediately everytime you connect to i-Tunes again. Isn’t it wonderful?
You can also visit the wonderful site of TED Talks; it’s an “annual conference that brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).” The topics are on various subjects: technology, education, entertainment, design… And many videos have subtitles in different languages (please choose English!) at the bottom, on the left-hand corner. Certainly worth a look!
More ideas on Writing: apart from checking the websites checklisted in this blog, you could also start a journal in English or even a blog yourself! (Try blogger) If you write on a regular basis, you’ll need to use a dictionary and thus will learn new things everyday.
Finally, what about Reading? Are you thinking of taking some English book to the beach with you? Good idea. Why not visit the library? You can borrow books for the whole summer now. Otherwise, you can buy them online; Amazon is quite fast with deliveries and they also offer you the possibility of buying second-hand books for really reasonable prices! Short of ideas?
Here you are some suggestions (light and fun reads, I think):
– White Teeth by Zadie Smith
– The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
– Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes
– Completely Unexpected Tales by Roald Dahl
– Eureka Street by Robert McLiam Wilson
– The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Have a great summer you all!