Welcome back to the blog and a happy new year from the team at ABC! In England, it’s traditional to come up with some ‘new years resolutions’. These are goals that a person will set for themselves to achieve in the year ahead. A resolution might be to continue doing something that has served you well in the past, to stop doing something that hasn’t, or to start something completely new that you think will make your life better. A new year’s resolution, for example, might go something along the lines of ‘this year I am going to continue taking driving lessons so that I can pass my driving test.’ In this month’s blog, I am going to suggest ten specific new years resolutions that you can set yourself if you are learning English as a foreign language. These resolutions can be applied whether you are already a competent student of the English language, or if you’re just getting started:
2. Try the Food
You could have a fun evening by trying some English foods. This is a way to learn about parts of England besides just the language. It’s arguably a more relaxed way of learning something than taking lessons, and you might be surprised by how much vocabulary you acquire while you’re trying the foods. To get started, do some research on the foods that are traditional in England, and make a list of what you want to try.
4. Book a Course
By far the best way to achieve your language learning goals is to go on a course at a language school like ABC Languages. Our native-speaker English teachers teach small classes on interesting topics and push you out of your comfort zone to achieve your best results. Then, if you want to, you can take an exam arranged by us, giving you an English-language qualification to take away. We have full and part-time courses to suit adults of all abilities year round, and in the summer the whole family can learn together on our junior summer school which runs for nine weeks, for children aged 5+.
6. Read a Book
This might seem similar to resolution 5, but hear me out! Reading a book in another language is definitely trickier than watching movies because you have to get to grips with the grammar of the language much more. It is also a better way of learning for this reason. While movies and television can teach you how to speak, reading books will help you to write with better spelling and grammar. Like with the television, it might be a good idea to get a copy of a book you already know to read in English to help you on your way to understanding. Popular books to read to learn English include ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen and the ‘Harry Potter’ series by J.K. Rowling.
8. Read the News
If you make an effort to read the news coming out of the United Kingdom in English newspapers such as ‘The Guardian’ and ‘The Times’, then you are learning not only the language but also what’s going on in the country. It’s a way of keeping up to date while learning new vocabulary.
That’s all of my 2020 resolutions for you, let us know in the comments section if you’re going to try some of them, and how your English language learning goes this year!
Allegra Goodwin, Student Experience Manager