8 ways to practice English at home [free and easy]
There are many different ways you can improve your English outside the classroom. Check out our 8 fun, free and easy recommendations below that will make practising your key skills more enjoyable!
1. Stream your favourite shows
Mike, our Director of Studies here at CELT, believes that the wide availability of apps such as Netflix had created a generation of people who have a greater understanding of English without studying it at school!
Tip: You can watch shows in any language and use English subtitles.
2. Listen to audiobooks and podcasts
You can improve your productivity by using apps like Audible or Spotify to listen to educational audiobooks and podcasts.The BBC have a series of 6-minute podcasts which go live every Tuesday. (I listen to a short and informative podcast everyday when I walk to work!)
Listening to a podcast in English on a subject that interests you can help you to progress your listening skills. You will be able to hear how different words are pronounced and become familiar with a variety of different accents too!
3. Watch YouTube Videos
With over 300 videos being uploaded to YouTube every minute, you can watch content on almost anything that interests you. This is a great way to learn new vocabulary, especially if you are a visual learner. Badar, one of our students here at CELT, recommends Papa Teach Me’s channel.
Tip: You can find lots of subject specific tutorial videos too, if there’s a certain area you are looking to improve.
4. Record yourself
Not only is this a great way to practice speaking on your own, but it will help you to keep a record of how you are improving over time.
5. Talk with friends
Ask your friends if you can practice English together. If you know that your friends are learning too, why not invite them to your home and try speaking to eachother using only English for 5 minutes over a coffee or boardgame!
It’s never been easier to make new friends with people from around the world. You can connect with native speakers by joining Facebook groups and interacting with them on social media.
Tip: Text each other in English regularly to practice your writing skills.
6. Read, read, read!
There are thousands of great books out there! Using the Kindle app, you can read ebooks, magazines, novels and newspapers on your iPhone. CELT Student, Hamad, learns new words and sentences by reading the newspaper.
Tip: At CELT, we have a library full of books that are perfect for all levels (we’ll suggest some of these to you in a future blog post).
7. Listen to your favourite music
Tip: Don’t be shy! Sing along to practice your speaking skills.
8. Keep a diary
Why not practice your writing skills every day or just once a week by keeping a diary. You can write as much or as little as you like about your day-to-day life. Penzu’s ‘How to Write a Diary Guide‘ suggests choosing a topic, such as food, fashion or travel and setting a time limit for writing each diary entry.
Tip: Try to keep a routine of writing either in a diary, on paper or even on your phone or tablet at the same time each day.
Let us know in the comments if you have tried any of these suggestions, or if you have more fun and free ideas to share!
Do you struggle to remember different forms of verbs? Read teacher Heledd’s tips here:verb memory tips