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Fun and Easy Ways to Learn English

Oct 10, 2019

Learning English is hard work. It can become frustrating and boring, particularly if you don’t feel like you are making any significant progress. However, to become fluent you need to use English daily. The best way to break up the routine is to inject some different activities and fun ways to learn English. And if you’re traveling or on a holiday break, don’t let that deter you! Here are a few fun ways to learn English away from the classroom.

Fun Ways to Learn English at Home

1. Join an English Language Book Club

Most large cities will probably already have a book club established that you can join, but if necessary, just start your own.

There are a multitude of benefits to being a member. Firstly, you have a group of people to hold you accountable for reading a piece of literature that you might put off doing on your own. Knowing that in a few weeks’ time you’ll be with a group of people asking you questions about what you’ve read provides brilliant motivation! Additionally, the meetings are a great place to meet new people, and other members can help you with words and contexts that you don’t understand.

2. Play a Game

Meet some friends at your local coffee shop for a game of Scrabble, Articulate or Pictionary. These classic Western board games are an engaging way to practice and increase your English vocabulary, and do something different with your friends too. There are dozens of other great games for learning English, so choose a new one each week.

3. Find a Conversation Partner

One of the easiest ways to do this is by hanging out where the backpackers are. Most cities around the world will have at least one hostel and generally these hostels have a bar or communal gathering area. Go there and just start talking to anyone you see.

Start with ‘Have long have you been in ‘X City’? Backpackers love meeting new people and often have all the time in the world to chat. I guarantee that this one sentence will instantly open up a conversation. You’ll become their best friend once they find out that you are a local who can offer them some inside tips on the best places in town to eat, drink and visit. This is an easy way to practice both your speaking and listening skills.

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