Lately I’ve been feeling a bit hypocritical. I mean, I always tell my friends and readers of Real Life English, how important it is to practice any language that you are learning everyday, but I haven’t been doing it myself
It should be easy, right? I mean. I have friends who speak English and almost everyone who lives here does. And yet, I still manage to not practice it everyday. How is this possible? I am living abroad and I should be completely immersed, right? A lot of people think that by living abroad you are guaranteed success in a language, but this simply is NOT true. You still have to work hard to practice the language. Just living in a country where it’s spoken is not enough. My English is pretty good. I got to a conversational level after just living here for six weeks or so. However, I feel like I made a lot of progress my first few months here, but since then my level has remained stagnant.
So, what happened? Well, I teach English and I spend a lot of time working on Real Life Global, the work of which is all in English. In general, I only practice English when I get together with friends on the weekend, but it’s really not enough to grow. What can I do about it? So I started thinking, how can I integrate practicing English every day into my work with real life ? And, inspired by this awesome ted talk, I came up with a solution. For the entire month of July, I will practice English in some way every day for at least one hour, be it by speaking, listening, reading, writing, or studying a little grammar and structure. I will be sharing my progress with you through bilingual posts and videos. I will also use this as an opportunity to really reflect on the learning process and share my findings with you, Real lifers. So join me on my adventure! I hope to inspire and challenge you
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