Summer is at our doorstep. Fewer and fewer students come to class and there is an ever-growing crowd on the beach in Barceloneta. Time to take a break, leave our tablets and computers behind and chat with the person next to us, practice English in a real situation – in the street or on the bus. Cycle down to Barceloneta and find some Guiris (Spanish slang for tourists) in the beach bars and have fun – all in English! You will be exposed to various accents: French, Dutch, German as well as American, British and Australian. Let go of your prejudices against tourists and expose yourself to authentic slang and bad language – including grammar mistakes! Take it as an ultimate learning experience.
Here’s a video which will help you to understand bar language in English. Very useful if you’re planning to earn some extra money as a waiter this summer!
On the other hand, if you can , just travel, travel, travel. The same will happen. You will learn English outside the classroom and away from the Internet.
Again, James has prepared a lesson on travel language for his students. Check it out.
When everything calms down in September we will be back with fresh learning tips, articles and stories to read and videos to watch in English. Till then we would appreciate if you took some time to let us know what you would like to see more of in our blog. All suggestions are welcome!
Enjoy the summer!