Today’s article I would like to address to people with upper-intermediate or advanced level. Recently, I’ve read about some aspects of the foreign language and it was interesting to refresh in my memory some vocabulary and knowledge to tell you more about the language learning process. This article was born in my head after a while.
English practice for advanced learners
This is so amazing to communicate fluently with native speakers about everyday things, events, plans. But have you ever noticed that you use the same words and phrases. You speak with the same patterns that you have learnt before. When you need to use some new words you have doubts whether it is correct or not. Here I will try to explain you some useful methods how not to lose your language skills.
Being fluent in everyday conversations it doesn’t mean that you can discuss about business or economics. For every field there is a different lexical base. I often can hear from other people that it is difficult to understand the news. Of course, they speak about politics, economics, environment… If you don’t possess these words, logically you are not able to understand it.
A very useful habit is to read and translate some articles from news websites. Normally, you can find there all topics, starting from business to science. Also you can find podcasts (with text) where reporters speak slowly. Read news online. It is a great way to practise your language and to be well informed about the latest events.
USEFUL RESOURCES TO PRACTISE A LANGUAGE
French – Le Monde
British – BBC
American – The New York Times
Learn synonyms and phrasal verbs! There are more than ten ways how you can say the word “good” or “like” It is very useful skill. You should learn how you can paraphrase your sentence and say it differently.
I like visiting wonderful places.
I enjoy visiting splendid places.
I adore visiting beautiful places.
I delight in visiting amazing places.
I revel in visiting stunning places.
And you can continue this list…
Ask your language partner to discuss with you some topics that are difficult for you, or that you feel are not easy to speak about. For example, you would like to talk about economics or marketing. Before the conversation with your partner, find some interesting articles, translate all the unknown words and be ready to say a couple of phrases. Also think what you can add. It is really a great way how you can learn the new words and to be able to speak about everything you want.
Remember that you shouldn’t stop learning and practicing even if you feel like you’re fluent speaker. Once you stop, you will lose your knowledge with the time. It is not good or bad, it is just a normal process of our brain. The useless information goes far away. So we have to use languages to “show” our brain that we need it.