Sunday, May 20, 2012

Learn English with Reliable Resources

When we attend a Language course, we are generally provided with the course material: one or two class books, a few photocopies and an audio exercise every now and then. Yet, there are endless resources within our reach we are not even aware of. All you have to do is be a little creative and start using your imagination for learning purposes. By the way, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on learning equipment; in fact, there is material available for all kinds of pockets. Let’s have a look at some ideas:

The Internet for Dictionaries (and a lot more)
            The Internet could be the main tool for language purposes, as it is full of newspapers from all over the world and written in many languages, blogs, forums, social networks, etc. Our only recommendation for the use of the Internet is that you do so wisely, meaning, go to the official sources always. For instance, however comprehensive Wikipedia may be, anyone can write information there, which leads to inaccuracy sometimes. When seeking to learn English Melbourne students who don’t have dictionaries or don’t want to carry heavy weights, can still count on the Internet: The Oxford or Merriam Webster sites offer online dictionaries for free.

Films for new Vocabulary
            So next time you go to rent a movie or documentary, check out the subtitles option. It might be convenient for you to just listen to the audio and try to do without them whatsoever. However, if you think you’re not quite there yet, try watching the movie with subtitles in the language you are learning. You will for sure get some new expressions, and depending on the time of the movie, you will acquire new vocabulary. For instance, if you rent a movie like American Pie, you are sure to pick up a lot of current American expressions. If you’re seeking to learn more along the lines of British English, why not go for something like Nothing Hill, Death at a Funeral or Bridgette Jones’ Diary? Or if you’re interested in learning some archaic vocabulary, you could rent any film placed in the medieval times like Robin Hood, Macbeth, Excalibur, Henry V, etc.

Music for Creative Writing
            Through music, students learn the fastest. Not only because they like it, as we all do, but also because words with catchy melodies are bound to stay in your memory for years and years. Through music, we generally learn words that we would hardly remember otherwise (as they are not used very often). David Bowie’s songs, for the richness of the lyrics, are highly recommended for creative writing purposes. 

David Bowie Aladdin Sane album 1973

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