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Best ways to improve your language skills while studying abroad

Written by ESC Admin on 29 Sep 2020 Posted in Blog

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If you're planning to learn in a language which is not your first, you might be a little anxious prior to starting. Not only do you have to meet a high standard of lectures and seminars, but you need to be able to socially converse and simply live in that country. The good news is that if you have been accepted by your chosen university, having completed the required language tests (e.g. IELTS), they are sure of your potential. If you are beginning to worry, keep this in mind.

Basic tips which improve language skills

There is still time to add a few basic tips which can help sharpen your language skills. These are a little more enjoyable than other tutorials or courses, and less serious. Additionally, you're more likely to be exposed to more conversational language with these tips. However, don't be too worried with learning every single colloquialism or regional phrase; it should be all about familiarizing yourself to the language, so you feel assured that you can keep up.

Learning a new language by audio-tapes has long been regarded as an ideal “crash-course” way to get through holidays and business trips. Learning by audio also means that as you take on this new experience, you can do several activities, such as travelling or cooking. However, the subjects featured in these may be a little dry or bland, or sound like work. If you already have a grasp of a language and you just want to sharpen your ear to it, podcasts will have long discussions about subjects you are interested in. This topic may be a television programme, or a specific hobby; there really is a podcast about everything! Plus, it will be more fun and give you a concrete sense to apply what you learn by already getting an understanding of names and words around that interest.

TV and film watching is a common path by which we are exposed to a new culture or country. In the first few days of meeting new people, they can also act as the ideal ice-breaker for conversations when you pass. Watch them in their original language, if possible, or change the audio settings on the computer on which you are watching them. It's an easy trick to test your capacity, and if you forget anything, you can rewind yourself. Again, if you're already familiar with the programme or film, it can be a pleasant step in gaining trust in your abilities. Watching with subtitles can also help with your writing ability, including word order. Try these ways to improve your language skills easily.

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