One thing that we can all agree on is that summer is great when the weather is sunny! But what happens on the days when it’s cloudy, or when it starts to rain? For anyone who wants to stay busy, this can be the perfect opportunity to spend some time practicing English, to maintain their language level during the summer.
Do you need some help thinking of ways to stay occupied? The Scrambled Eggs team has some tips:
- Watch a TED Talk
If you have to stay indoors because it’s raining, why not profit from the time by watching a speech in English? You will practice your listening skills, and if you make a note of words you don’t understand (don’t forget to use the subtitles to help you!) you can also increase your vocabulary. Additionally, TED Talks are always informative and engaging, so you can also learn about something really interesting at the same time!
You can find many interesting talks here: https://www.ted.com/talks
And here’s one recommended by Scrambled Eggs!
- Read a book.
Many students seem to be intimidated by English books, as they can be too hard. However, the secret is to A) find a book that was written for a slightly younger audience than you, or B) find a book that you’re extremely motivated to read. Our top tip is to have a pencil and highlighter near you while you read, so you can quickly make a note of words you’re not sure about, and then search for them with a dictionary or on your phone.
Here are some ideas from Scrambled Eggs, for students with a higher level of English:
- Plan a trip abroad.
There is no better way to improve your English than by using it while travelling abroad. It might seem a bit extravagant to plan another holiday during summer, but it will be autumn soon… and that’s the perfect time to visit a new country!
Our tops tips include London, Amsterdam and New York:
- Do some small English exercises
It might sound a bit boring, but if the weather is horrible for only a short amount of time, maybe it’s the best way to stay busy for 5 minutes? A small exercise every so often is a great way to maintain your level of English, and perhaps learn some new vocabulary too! If you’re about to go shopping, search for a vocabulary exercise. If you’re going to go to a party when the sun returns, google a small exercise about talking in the Future. Everything helps!
Here are some Scrambled Eggs suggestions:
- Learn some English expressions to talk about the weather!
It’s much easier to talk about the weather in English if you know the best expressions, so check out this list about hot weather:
How many expressions do you know about the rain? Is it drizzling, or raining cats and dogs?