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English language resolutions

The new year is here and I am sure that everybody is trying their best to be a bit better than before. It doesn't matter if you want to lose or even gain some weight, if you want to travel more or simply learn something new, most of us start the new year with new hopes and, therefore, people promise themselves to work hard on these new resolutions.

Last week, we shared with you some tips and tricks on how to stick to your resolutions and not give up on them. But, as we work in a language school, offering mostly English classes,
let’s think about your English language resolutions.

In case you have your own tips and tricks on how to keep your English studies on track please share them with us!

1. Learn one or two new words every day!
Trying to remember a massive list of vocabulary might be very tricky, particularly if you don't use those words every day. But, what about trying to remember only one word a day? It is something completely different, especially if the word is related to your favourite activities or hobbies. Another option is to try to learn a word that you will need to use every day. One of my very good friends, an English teacher actually, recommended that repeating something new at least 7 times in order to remember it. So try that and let me know if it works!

2. Have a conversation with a native speaker
If you live in Cardiff or the UK this would be an easy one to achieve. Whenever you have an opportunity (queuing for a bus or in a shop) try to have some small talk with somebody around you. You need to keep in mind that when you are using English in class or at school, you might feel very confident, but using English outside, in real life, might not be as comfortable for you.
If you are not in the UK or an English-speaking country, we have a great solution for you! Skype lessons! We are very happy to offer short or longer conversation classes over Skype with students who would like to improve their speaking skills. Maybe you don't need to have two or three classes a week, but maybe just 30 minutes or one hour a week could make a big difference.

If you are interested in Skype lessons, contact us and we can send you all the details.

3. Read a Book in English
This is actually one of my favourite ways of improving a language I’m learning. Reading books in a different language might look absolutely terrifying for some students, but I will give you a piece of advice. Find and read a book that you know like the back of your hand in your own language. My example would be Harry Potter. I have read this book so many times that I actually know it almost by heart. So, when I was reading these books in English it helped me to understand the new vocabulary, have a better idea of synonyms and, also, to better understand different English tenses and grammar.

In case you don't have enough time to go to the library and look for some interesting books, don't worry, one of our facilities is a small library packed with English books where you can have a look and borrow one of them for two weeks.

4. Write a Blog or a Short Article in English
Having a blog is a great thing as you can express your ideas online and share them with your friends.
Write a short article about anything you like. You can write about your interests or hobbies, about your country and culture, your favourite food or cooking skills. And the best thing about it is that Peartree Languages can offer you a platform where you can publish all your articles. The only thing you need to do is to send us a short article in an email and we can publish it for you. Don't forget! The most important thing is not to give up. If you are not sure about your English ask us and we are always happy to help.

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Peartree Languages is a language school located in Cardiff.


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