Tips and advice for learning English better.
With the recent beautiful weather in Victoria, everyone is going outside. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet new people and practice your English!
But what do you talk about? As an ESL student, one of the first questions you will likely be asked is “Where are you from?” It’s a easy way to start a conversation, but what do you say after?
There are many different options for continuing this conversation. You could ask:
- Have you ever been to [my country]?
- Have you done a lot of traveling?
- Are you from the island? (This question is a common one. It means “Were you born on Vancouver Island?”)
- Have you been to [this event] before?
Now it’s time to say good-bye. How do you leave the conversation? You could try one or more of these phrases:
- It was nice talking to you.
- Thanks for the chat.
- I wish we could talk more, but I’ve got to go.
- I’ll hopefully see you around. (Meaning: “I hope to see you again.”)
Not sure what to do this summer? There are a lot of festivals, events, and activities that you can attend. Check out the following links for events around town:
We’re super excited to announce that we’ve won the Best Speaking School of Victoria again this year! This is the second year in a row that we have received this award. Thank you, Canada Study!
Thank you so much to all of our students, business partners, friends, and family. We are so proud of everyone that we work with. We made this school for you, and we will continue to work hard to give everyone the help that they deserve.
Come and talk to us anytime!
Meet Chris Chen, one of our students here at Real English Victoria. Originally from Taiwan, she has been studying as a full-time student for only three months. She wrote a post about her experience on her Facebook and has given us permission to repost it on our blog. Thank you, Chris! We’re so proud of all that you’ve accomplished in your short time here.
From reading to conversation, it’s my goal. Now I can do it.
First time when I came here, I just could say, “My name is Chris, I’m from Taiwan, nice to see you, yes, no, thank you, and I’m fine.” That was it.
Last year my daughter recommended the school to me, so I came here to study for 2 months.
Last week, we had Mary Chan from The Homestay Kitchen Podcast come by for an interview with Greg. They talked about how homestay families can make things better and easier for students and about being open to students’ culture.
Have you stayed with a homestay family before? Sometimes it can be hard to find a good homestay at a reasonable price. However, if you’re able to find a family that fits, living with a Canadian family can be a very rewarding experience. Many students and homestay families become long-lasting friends. I personally know many students and homestays who ended up switching places after because the homestay family went to visit the student in their home country!
But how do you know who’s a good homestay and who’s not?(more…)
It is important that you do all of these activities EVERY DAY. If you are not living in an English-speaking country where you can go to shops, recreation/sports centres, restaurants, etc., and practice English, you need to spend as much time as possible each day doing something in English for at least a couple of hours. This will help you to practice thinking in English, too.
TV and Radio to improve listening
CBC News Listening (CELPIP Listening All Parts)
CBC TV Listening (CELPIP Listening All Parts especially Parts 4 & 5)
Websites to improve fluency (listening and speaking)
Rachel’s English Ben Franklin Exercises Listen to each video several times and repeat what Rachel and her guests say. If you practice these often you will improve your listening and speaking skills in a few weeks, even if you are not in an English country!
Songs to improve fluency
Listen to these songs and try to learn them. If you do this it will definitely help your ability to hear and speak English more quickly! Do not focus on YOUR pronunciation of the words that you see, focus on LISTENING TO THE SINGERS PRONUNCIATION OF GROUPS OF WORDS and you should do the same.
Have you seen this meme on your Facebook or other social media?
Or this cartoon from Raeside?
Why do Victorians find them so funny?(more…)