Every week, we have prepared interesting information from around the world, idioms, phrases and useful advice on how to behave in certain everyday situations, for example, how to make hotel reservations, order food at a restaurant, etc.
Do you want to practice vocabulary and save new words? Try the Quizlet application, which allows you to practice vocabulary from different languages. Have the list of English idioms at hand as well: 8000+ English Idioms.
Do you need a quick travel dictionary? Try one of the off-line dictionaries available from DIC-o.
Would you like to review the basics? Duolingo will teach you how.
Do you want to save new vocabulary into long-term memory and learn new words? Read! Think of a book that you have wanted to read for a long time and buy the book in a different language. Starting the at B2 level (intermediate) you will easily manage reading the original. If you aren’t up to reading the original yet, buy a special edition with a summary of the vocabulary, such as book from Penguin Readers.
You don’t have to only read books. Try downloading the BBC News application and read news from around the world.
Did you know that we get up to 75% of our information from non-verbal communication? Therefore, we recommend that students find a show that they are interested in and start watching it in a foreign language. If the language is still difficult for you, turn the subtitles to the show on or watch a show that you already know and don’t mind watching again.
Speak, speak, speak. A language is like a muscle - when you don’t use it, it will be weak. You don’t use languages at work? Find a colleague, who also wants to practice languages and speak together in a pub. If you want to talk to a native speaker, try a conversation lesson that can take place at your home via Skype. You can also have a pen pal on the other side of the world – www.interpals.net.