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Student Speaks – How to make sure your English skills are ready for life abroad

Whether it be the USA or the UK, English is one of the, if not the predominant languages that the majority of the population uses to communicate. While countries like Canada have a large French-speaking population as well, English remains a reliable method of communication.

For students heading to these countries from India, it is imperative to polish your English skills to make sure that you can make the most of life in these countries. The glorious opportunity provided by Universities to intermingle with students from a multitude of cultural backgrounds will only be fully taken advantage of by students if they can communicate comfortably with others. So, to live in such a multicultural and such a diverse environment, it is essential to make sure that your spoken English is top-notch. And the best thing is, it is not that difficult either! Here are some tips, for amateurs and pros alike, that will surely get you up to practice!

It can be beneficial to label everyday items that you see in your house with post-its if you are just setting out to learn English. It might seem like a very primitive way, but the best way to learn English is to associate words with items. While you will surely know how to spell out the basics like an Air-Conditioner or Refrigerator, other less common things such as a Divan, or a Hedge saw, are things that you can add to your vocabulary!

Learning does not have to be bleak! There are a lot of people out there who mainly need to polish their pronunciation, and the best way to do that is to listen to some English music or watch English shows! These offer you a sure-shot way of understanding how certain words are pronounced, and the way they are pronounced by speakers with different accents. At the same time, you may even develop a liking for a particular show or band!

Something that I do as well, is to keep a dictionary app handy on your phone, or just searching words up on Google, while I read any text or reading material. But that’s not where it ends… Instead of simply searching up meanings of words and trying to remember them when you will surely forget, try to incorporate them into your daily speech. This will also enable you to understand the context in which a particular word is used and the variations of it.

Lastly, enjoy learning a new language! It can always be a challenge, but it’s a very rewarding one. The utmost important thing to understand is, that everyone, and by that I mean you and me, is learning at every point, so it is never too late to start!

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