5 ways you can use English in your daily life
Hello English learners!
I hope your English learning journey is going well so far!
But, do you want to take it one step further?
Incorporate English into your daily life! That is the fastest way to fluency!
If you only use English where you are in the classroom, it will take you years to be able to think in English naturally and speak English confidently!
So, today, we will teach you how to make English a part of your daily life and by doing so, fast-track your English learning journey.
So, what are you waiting for? Fasten your seatbelt and let’s begin our English learning adventure ✈️
1. Read English books!
There’s something for everyone!
There are so many genres available at every reading level, so you undoubtedly will be able to find something that you like that’s suitable for your level.
If you still feel intimidated, you can also read a book which you have read the Indonesian translation of. For example, if you’ve read the Indonesian translation of Harry Potter, now you can reread the books in English.
This way, you know what to expect and you might be able to slowly build your vocabulary too!
Also, there is no shame in starting from the very basic stuff! Read children’s books if you want to start from a very basic level!
Remember, it’s never too late to start!
A good resource for finding FREE English books is Project Gutenberg, you can access it here.
For the ultimate reading experience, you can combine both reading and listening to the audio version of the book, so you can learn the correct pronunciation of words too and be even more immersed with the story!
Who knows, you might feel inspired to write after you’ve read several books! Perhaps you can be the next JK Rowling? 👀
2. Listen to English podcast!
Again, you will undoubtedly be able to find something that suits your interest!
Once a niche entertainment, now there are podcasts for every genre under the sun!
Many news broadcasters also have a podcast, such as The BBC and The Economist. These might be particularly useful for those still on elementary level of English as news broadcasters usually use simple, to the point way of speaking.
There are also many podcasts out there dedicated to help you learn English, such as VOA Learning English which read news at a slower pace and uses shorter sentences and Learn English Through Listening, which demonstrates spoken English in everyday situations.
You can listen to podcasts while going about your day, such as listening while you’re on your daily commute or even while doing household chores!
Do this every day and you’d be surprised how much your listening comprehension will improve in just one month’s time!
3. Watch English shows!
With the availability of Netflix, it’s easier than ever to watch foreign shows!
At the time of writing. Netflix features many shows considered ‘classic’ in western pop culture, such as ‘Friends’ and ‘Modern Family’ which you can watch to really immerse yourself with western pop culture and be able to understand people’s references in internet memes.
However, Netflix has also come out with many great shows that they produce themselves. Comedy lovers can watch ‘The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ a show about a woman who was kept in a bunker since her adolescence in the 90s and now has to navigate through the modern world. iPhone was not a thing when she started being kept in the bunker!
If you’re into gripping mystery but coupled with wholesome friendships, you might be interested in ‘Stranger Things’, a show where a group of friends try to uncover a mysterious experiment after weird things started happening in their town.
Or, if you’re into drama, you can watch ‘The Crown’, a show based on Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
How will watching TV shows help me learn English, you might ask?
You can start learning English at every level!
You can start watching with Indonesian subtitles or with English subtitles if you already feel confident with your English.
And, when you’re ready for the challenge…
Try watching without subtitles altogether!
This way, you can gradually train yourself to listen and read at the same time, this might be hard at first but you’ll be surprised at how much your reading speed can improve!
4. Join an English speaking community (or five!)
We don’t necessarily mean a community of English learners, even though that’s also a good idea!
Ask yourself, what is your hobby/interest?
No matter how niche, we have no doubt that you’ll be able to find a community of like-minded people on the internet.
From gaming to anime, k-pop, and even gardening, sewing or perhaps woodworking, you’ll be able to find your tribe!
You can try joining Facebook groups, Discord servers, or Twitter communities to talk about the things you like.
Even if you don’t understand English very well, at least you already speak another common language that unites your group (that is, your love of x,y,z) and over time, you can build your confidence and understanding of English and be able to participate more in your community.
If you join a discord server, they usually have a dedicated audio call channel, so not only can you chat with each other in English via traditional message (texting), you can actually speak with each other!
5. Start journaling in English
Well, to put it simply, it’s basically writing a diary.
The great thing about journaling is that you can do it as simply or as creatively as you want!
And for the purpose of learning English, writing a journal can make you more aware of your grammar use, in particular your tenses.
Are you writing in the correct tense? Are you describing a past event? A present event? Your wish for the future?
For the creatives out there, you can make your journal really pretty with printed photos, stickers, illustrations, and using multi-colored pens.
However, if you prefer simplicity, you can even journal on your phone! There are many journaling apps out there and most of them are free and many come with a built-in feature to set a reminder every day so you don’t forget to write your journal.
You can simply write about your day, or, if you want to write more, you can google journaling prompts and you’ll come across some questions to get you started!
What do you notice from the tips above?
They are all about finding something YOU enjoy!
This way, you can incorporate English into your daily life seamlessly!
It goes without saying however that consistency is key!
So, pick up one (or ideally all!) of the tips above and do it consistently, and you should be able to see improvement in your English in a reasonably short time!
Of course, those tips are NOT a replacement for a proper English course, but an easy supplement to truly enhance your English learning journey.
However, a proper course would be more helpful for you to truly understand grammar, improve your vocabulary, and have a consistent person to brush up your conversation skills and especially recommended if you are trying to learn English for specific purposes, such as to improve your academic writing or to prepare for an English fluency test like IELTS and TOEFL.
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