By: Rachel Karn, CCI Greenheart Work and Travel Marketing and Outreach Intern

English is a hard language to master – but don’t be discouraged! There are many ways to improve and practice before you leave home and while you are abroad! Below are some tips about how to enhance your English skills:

Find an app

Find an app on your smartphone that will help you learn basic words and phrases in English! Even if you think you know a certain word or phrase, it is always good to review the basics! Some noteworthy apps are Duolingo, Memrise, busuu, and Babbel.

Use a mirror

Talking to yourself in front of a mirror will help boost your confidence in speaking English! Even if it looks silly, it is a good way to practice hearing yourself speak English and not be shy around other people.

Record yourself

Record yourself saying sentences or telling a story! One example could be you recording yourself while repeating lines from a movie or a TV show. Then, compare them to the way the movie says them!

Listen to songs and watch TV

Listen to popular songs and watch TV shows in English! This will help you “have an ear” for the language. Some great shows are How I Met Your Mother, Friends, and The Big Bang Theory.

Read in English

Reading English-language newspapers or magazines are just some great ways to enhance your English abilities. This will help you gain insight about correct grammar and common phrases. Listen to audiobooks and read magazines or newspapers like Time for Kids and CNN Student News.

Surround yourself with English

The best way to increase your ability to understand, speak and read English is if you surround yourself with it! Talking to native English speakers every day, ordering food at restaurants in English and finding activities, classes or volunteer organizations where you can absorb as much English as possible are some of the best ways to learn the language!

Lastly… don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Asking for help from a native English speaker is a great way to improve your skills!

Want to practice your English while working abroad? Check out our Work and Travel program to get started!