7 Tips on Speaking English Like a Local
Learning English outside of your lessons is a great way to develop your language skills.
Rebecca, from the University of Exeter, has been teaching English to international students since 1981!
She shares her seven exclusive tips on the best way to speak like a local.
1. Don’t be afraid to engage in conversation with local people!
This is a great way to get used to the rhythm and accent of their speech.
Conversation can be as simple as asking how their day has been to what their hobbies and interests are.
You may even pick up new words or phrases you haven’t heard before.
2. Read books and magazines
Reading doesn’t just have to be limited to your textbooks. Reading books and magazines in English is a great way to pick up different styles of the English language.
Top Tip: Pick a topic you’re interested in to give yourself extra motivation!
3. Keep a diary to rehearse your English
Make a note of what you did during the day and what thoughts occurred to you.
Try writing down something different every day.
4. Watch movies
Another fun way to boost your language skills is to watch movies and television programmes in English.
Watching sections of a film again will help you remember what was said previously.
Movies tend to use English slang words, which will impress your friends!
Top Tip: Start with subtitles first and once you’re ready, take the plunge and try without them.
5. Get social and make friends
Joining a social programme at your university is not only a great way to make new friends, but you can also practice your English in a fun environment.
Making friends with students from different nationalities will allow you to practice your English with them.
6. Learn song lyrics
We all know singing is contagious, so pick a song you like in English and learn the lyrics.
Sing along to your favourite tracks whenever you hear them play.
7. Play games
Games such as Words with Friends allow you to test your knowledge with people all over the world.
The British Council Learn English site also has plenty more games to choose from, which are available as apps on your phone or tablet.
Do you have more tips to share? Tell us in the comments below!