Summer and English

native English speaker

In the northern hemisphere, it is now summer, and for many people this involves outdoor temperatures that they find enjoyable. Unsurprisingly, this leads to people spending more time outside and away from their desks, computers, and books. However, whether you choose to learn English in London or learn English online in the country where you live, there are ways of making sure that your journey with English does not stop when you leave your home.

One undervalued way of practising English is talking to yourself, either out loud or in your head. This is a great way to recycle vocabulary, repeat phrases, and identify gaps in your knowledge. Even the repeating of familiar phrases can help with the speed with which you recall them. If you try to roleplay an actual conversation and play both roles, it is easy to work out which words you do not know, or things you are unsure about that you can later ask a teacher about. This can even help when you are studying for an exam such as the IELTS, TOEIC, TOEFL, Cambridge First, or Cambridge Advanced, especially if your lifestyle does not allow regular, active contact with English.

A great thing about the warm weather is that we can see all manner of flowers, insects, and birds that are less visible to us in the colder months. It can be highly enjoyable when learning a language to wander around outside and to identify the things which you know the words for, and it also helps you identify things that you like and that are important to you which you don’t know the words for.

However you choose to enjoy the outdoors, make sure not to forsake your English, and don’t forget to wear sun protection!

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