Learning English through Blogs and Vlogs
Blogs and Vlogs are a great way to improve your active English use as they concentrate on writing and speaking if you are the blogger, of course we also use reading and listening skills if we follow various blogs and vlogs. There are a variety of subjects you, as a blogger, can write or speak about, but it is more advisable to write about your daily life and interests. A great example of how to do this would be by writing a daily or weekly journal to highlight your activities and opinions in relation to the subject matter.
When writing about your chosen subject, for example a daily diary, focus on keywords such as nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs to clearly define what you are presenting. This will allow you to recycle the English you already possess and research new vocabulary and phrases that you need in the context of your presentation. Visual aids such as still images and videos are a great way to connect listeners and readers to what you are speaking or writing about, and to provide useful references and prompts.
These blogs or vlogs can be critiqued by friends, co-workers or teachers to give you feedback on your content and presentation, which is also valuable input necessary for improving English and can help you identify typical sentence structures, sentence functions and parts of the sentences.
Social media and learning English
It seems every new generation has a new favorite app and consider their predecessors as unfashionable and out of sync with the bubblegum culture of that time. We are all aware of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and now we have Tik-Tok. These platforms are all available via phone apps on Android or IOS and offer the English language learner instant communication with virtually anyone using the same platforms.
Take Tik-tok for example, they have taken into account the shortening attention spans of the younger generation and focused on allowing users to create fifteen second videos which allow for snappy and interesting expressions.
Watching these short videos encourages micro-learning and focuses the watcher/listener on accents, connected speech, dialects, slang and of course tone. People enjoy correcting each other’s mistakes and offering helpful suggestions to improve your presentations. What’s really interesting is that you can connect with English language learners all around the world of varying levels and find people with interests similar to your own expressed through English.
Of course, it is still highly advisable to use a good dictionary app such as Cambridge or Oxford to verify the type of word/phrase, correct spelling, pronunciation and examples of use. This will help enormously and in turn, others can learn from you. How do you learn English easily?
The answer is at your fingertips.