English tips

  • English Learning Tip # 24

    Learn English Vocabulary Tip #7

    You're Always Learning

  • English Learning Tip # 25

    Learn English Vocabulary Tip #8

    Avoid Translating

  • English Learning Tip # 26

    Learn English Vocabulary Tip 9

    Live It / Love It

  • English Learning Tip # 3

    Take responsibility

  • English Learning Tip # 4

    The most commonly used words in written English

  • English Learning Tip # 5

    Talk to yourself

  • English Learning Tip # 6

    Reflect on what you are learning

  • English Learning Tip # 7

    Learn English Vocabulary Tip #1

    Learn words in context

  • English Learning Tip # 8

    Learn from your mistakes

  • English Learning Tip # 9

    Learn to learn

  • English Tips

    Tips for learning English. 

  • Is Immersion Better Than Learning English Online or in an Academy?

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    It’s a dream for many people to spend a summer break in an exotic foreign country, hanging out with the locals, making a friend or two (or even a summer romance!) and returning home refreshed and fluent in a foreign language.

     

    But can someone just pick up a language simply by being in the country in which it is spoken? Many companies that organize immersion exchange programmes, summer camps or English language courses in an English-speaking country would have you believe that it’s so much easier than with traditional English academies or online English classes. Even the wordimmersion itself sounds so, well, easy. Justimmerseyourself in the language, like standing under a waterfall, and everything will just seep into your skin.

     

    I’m afraid to say that in my case this just did not happen. Before I spent four months travelling around South America, everyone had told me I would ‘pick up’ Spanish as easy as ‘uno, dos, tres’. I took an Ipod full of Spanish songs, somehow hoping that the language flowing through my ears would end up stuck in my brain. But after a month or two, I couldn’t do much more than order a beer and have a basic conversation. So why was I ‘failing’?