Quite often ESL students say that learning a new language can be a delicate issue, well at least sometimes. They will also mention of this inexplicable fear to talk with natives once the students reckon that they will not be able to communicate with them.
I am a student studying English at Galway Cultural Institute and here are my tips for learning English, obviously based on my experience as a learner.
What is important to have in mind is that talking to locals is part of the learning English process and there is no reason to be shy or anxious about the mistakes you will probably make on this experience.
To boost your study routine during your stay, here are five functional tips that will really help you to seize your English course even more:
Do not be afraid to make mistakes
Irish people are friendly and open, even more if they notice that you are not a native. They like to talk and are patient about your limitations with the speaking. So have a pint in a pub and don’t mind if a stranger starts a conversation! You will put in practice what you have learnt in class, absorb new information, know about their culture and eventually make new friends!
Listen to Music (and give a chance to podcasts)
One of the most enjoyable ways to practice listening and reading is through music. Choose a song that you like and follow the lyrics. At the end of this blog I will offer tips to boost your studies using music as a tool and suggestions of new songs from Irish singers to learn English. Podcasts are also a useful and fun way to improve your understanding of English once native speakers narrate the story or discuss about some topic. They could address different categories as novels, interviews, discussions, documentaries, among other things. Give it a shot to it and discover a new way to keep up with the news around the world and also use it as a studying in an alternative way. You can bring this up at your next conversation class in GCI.