This post is an entry to participate in an online contest held by Kaplan International Colleges that poses, in any case, an interesting question: which is the best way to learn English? I am quite certain about what the most effective method is, but let’s take a look at this interesting infographic they have prepared:
Looking at it, the answer stands out bluntly and is one I fully agree with and probably you do too: the best way to learn English, or any other language, is to travel to a country where that language is spoken and absorb everything you can. Why? I think it is quite simple:
- You are forced to use that language for communication. Period.
- You will pick up local accents and slang that will take you one step ahead.
- Want something? Whether it’s food, accommodation, directions or anything basic, using English (assuming it’s an English speaking country) will be the way to go. In fact even if it’s not an English speaking country English will come in very handy to get you anywhere, and anything.
- Many sources of entertainment are also in English, be it music, video, games or movies. This will shorten your learning curve even more.
- Practice makes perfection, and in an English speaking country you’ll be READING, WRITING, LISTENING AND SPEAKING in English 24 hours a day. How and where else can you put all these requirements into practice without feeling like an outsider? Only in an English speaking country, of course.
Who doesn’t like to travel, to explore the world? Learning a new language is a great excuse to pack your suitcase and hit the road. There are several fascinating countries that are the most commonly visited when English is the language to learn, namely USA, Ireland, the UK and Australia. Each has many other sources of entertainment, and depending on your budget, personal interests and location you will probably choose one of these four. My pick would be Australia because of all the other travel opportunities it would allow and because of the fine weather you can enjoy most of the year ( I know the South is cold- I’ve lived there). But I can understand why you might choose a place closer to home.
And now it’s your turn:
Which is, in your opinion, the best way to learn English? Why? Do you also think traveling is the most effective? Did you travel overseas to learn or improve your English skills? Where? Please share your opinion with us in the comments section below, and this post too if you liked it!
[photo credit @ Flickr: JLS Media]