How to improve your English!
my name is Omar, I'm from Italy, and I'm very grateful to BBClearning English for giving me the opportunity to practice my English hosting me as a student blogger for this month.
That's a picture of me, in my wedding day!
Coming back to the scope of this blog, I think that having a blog in English could really be a good way for an English student to improve his writing skills.
Actually, during the last years I tried a lot of different ways to enhance my knowledge of English without spending a lot of money, and I'm going to show you some of them, I hope they could be useful, and I also hope that you can share with me and other students other funny ways to learn the language:
1) A Song a day
Someone told me that it's easier to learn and remember new words if you memorise them while learning a song. So I decided to learn one song a day. The experiment lasted about three months, and it worked quite well. Also now, I can sing a lot of songs of The beatles!
2) Call a customer service
This is a very useful method. I tried it in England, but I think that it could be easy o find a way to do it also abroad. it's almost free, and it requires the greatest attention because it's all about conversations over the phone.
Choose an English company which products you owe or simply know. Then dial the number of their customer care (most of times the call is for free) and complain about something, or just ask for information.
Few weeks ago I've been in London to attend an English course (and to have a taste of the Olympic games, of course!). One day I had to call BT to complain about my telephone that ran out of credit in few minutes. It took me more than thirty minutes to explain the problem to the very tolerant girl that answered me and to understand what went wrong, because I had to ask her to repeat each sentences several times. But it has been a very good exercise, so the next day I called again, asking information about the different fares, and different plans, and so on. I asked a lot of information. A big load of. And I got both, the information required, and a free English lesson!
3) Host people for dinner
This is my most serious attempt to obtain free English conversations in my town, Milan.
I decided to offer a free dinner to foreign tourist in town, to give my wife and me the opportunity of speaking english for free, and to give foreigner tourists the chance to have an italian dinner with locals, also for free.
It worked well for some months, we advertised the project on the internet and on the free press of my town, and we got some answers, people from England, Usa, India, Iran, Columbia, came to visit us and enjoy a simple homecooked Italian dinner.
Well, ok, not everyone was a native English speaker, but we had a lot of fun, we became less shy while speaking, and we also found some good friends.
Here is my favourite one, and Indian guy named Nitin, who became a good friend of us, we really started to miss him since he moved to china. you could see three people but we were four, my daughter borned few months later.
And you? Which other method would you know to improve your English for free, or with a small amount of money? (a part from doing the homework the teacher would give us, of course!)