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4 ways to keep your English at its best during the summer holidays

Summer is coming! Probably this is your most awaited season …. Holidays, sun, beach and trips!

Everything is so wonderful that makes us forget about our daily life.

In this blog post we will give some tips to improve your English this summer and to avoid feeling guilty next September.

If you do at least a couple of these, I assure you that not only will come back from the holidays more tanned, but also with better English.

Courses abroad

If you are young and want to have fun while learning English, the best option to take advantage of this holiday is to take an English course abroad. Eurospeak Language School is located in Reading and Southampton (UK), you can take a course from one week, from 15 up to 25 hours per week. The school will also help you with the accommodation.

 

Apps to learn English

The mobile is your faithful companion, isn’t it? Well, take advantage of it and do something productive like learn English. There are countless apps to learn languages, so I recommend that you do a simple search and choose the most suitable.

 

Language exchanges

This way of practicing your English is great. Indeed, you can do it anywhere in the world and there are also apps for it, apart from Facebook groups and MeetUps. Language exchanges consist of meeting one or more people and having conversations in your language and in the other person’s language. In this way both of you practice the language you are learning and both of you learn through each other.

 

Netflix, HBO, YouTube and other platforms

If you are keen on cinema or simply enjoy relaxed plans. Watching movies and series in English will give a boost to your language skills while you enjoy your favourite entertainment. Many of them have the option of keeping them on your mobile, so you can watch them during a journey or while waiting in a queue.

 

There are many ways not to forget your English this summer… and besides there are many other ways! Don’t forget to get cracking this summer to achieve your goals.

 

How to write a rave review ?

Every day we use and buy products and services. How can we share our opinion with future consumers? It is very simple to do a review, but when we are asked for this type of writings in a exam there are several points to consider.

We will need an eye-catching title, since our goal is to engage the audience.

In the introduction we should use rhetorical questions, or make assumptions for example … do you imagine…? have you ever felt…? To capture the reader’s attention, if we use the pronoun “you”, the reader will feel that he is the addressee.

If the review is about a movie or a book, don’t give spoilers, we will only give an overview never reveal the end. But not only will we focus on the facts, but we must also pay more attention to give our opinion, which must be positioned and not neutral.

To reinforce our opinion, we will use an emotive language such as strong adjectives for example “overwhelmed” or “heart-breaking”.

To make our review sound good we can make use of literary resources such as alliteration (use of two words together beginning with the same letter “sweet sound”).

To make it more believable we can provide evidence such as statistics or some examples. It is always recommended to use the magic number: three to give reasons or examples.

If you follow these steps you will avoid being one of the students who pass the “writing’ by the skin of your teeth”. You belong to the side that astonishes the examinators.

Great Britain, the UK or the British Isles?

But don’t they all mean the same thing? Well, not exactly…

Great Britain is the island containing England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland is on the island to the west, next to the Republic of Ireland.

The UK is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and is the name which we use for the political group and nation.

The British Isles is used to include all of the islands around the UK as a group, including Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel, the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, and the Shetlands off the north coast of Scotland, even though some of these are mostly self-governed.

 

 

Les astuces pour économiser en Angleterre

Alimentation

  • En ce qui concerne la nourriture vous pouvez acheter les produits dont la date de péremption est proche, ses produits comportent généralement une réduction.

  • Vous pouvez vous préparez vos propres repas pour le midi au travail ou à l’école, cela vous reviendra moins cher sur le mois. Si vous pensez ne pas avoir le temps, il vous suffit juste de prendre 1h ou 2h durant le week-end et de préparer tous vos repas pour la semaine, cela vous permettra de manger plus sainement, de manger ce qu’il vous plaît et d’économiser.

 

  • Si vous n’avez pas envie de cuisiner (car oui des fois ça arrive) mais que vous voulez quand même bien manger et pour pas trop cher voici l’application to good to go ! Le concept est très simple, grâce à cette application vous récupérez les différents invendus qui se trouvent dans les restaurants, boulangerie, pâtisserie et même supermarchés ! Vous faites donc un geste écologique, économique et vous permettez d’éviter le gaspillage !

 

  • En ce qui concerne les supermarchés, en Angleterre on trouve différents types de supermarchés c’est-à-dire qu’il existe des supermarchés très accessible et d’autre un peu plus élevés il faut donc savoir les différencier :

Les supermarchés les plus économiques :LIDL, ASDA, Aldi, Iceland (qui est un supermarché qui vent essentiellement des produits congelés comme picard en France.)

Vous pouvez aussi vous rendre dans les supermarchés les plus connus en Angleterre qui proposent également des prix très raisonnables :Sainsburys, Tesco, The Co-operative

Transports

Les transports sont assez élevés en Angleterre il est donc important de connaître toutes les astuces pour pouvoir voyager à moindre coût

Prendre le bus

Pour les longs trajets, il y a le “National Express”, compagnie de bus proposant des prix abordables. C’est un bus ordinaire où vous trouverez des prises électriques et des ports USB pour recharger votre téléphone portable, ainsi que des toilettes. De plus, l’autocar est équipé d’air conditionné, de sièges XL et vous pouvez vous connecter à son wifi gratuit.

Les prix évoluent généralement en fonction de la période à laquelle vous réservez votre billet. C’est toujours mieux de s’y prendre à l’avance.

De plus, vous pouvez profiter de prix réduits avec le National Express Coach en achetant une carte de réduction ce qui est très simple et peu cher ! Vous trouverez ici les différentes options d’abonnement qui s’offrent à vous.

Le covoiturage

Il est aussi possible d’utiliser le covoiturage qui permet de partager les frais d’essence, de passer un moment convivial et de moins polluer ! Voici une sélection que l’on peut utiliser au Royaume-Uni :

Blablacar qui est le site n° 1 en Europe

Gocarshare site de covoiturage pour l’Angleterre

Drivercollect: covoiturage en Angleterre

Liftshare: communauté de covoiturage en Angleterre

Europe carpooling: c’est un nouveau site participatif de covoiturage qui s’adresse à tous les européens, vous pouvez donc l’utiliser dans d’autres pays !

 

Loisirs

Enfin pour les sorties et loisirs ne vous faites pas avoir et privilégié les activités gratuites !

  • Si vous êtes par exemple dans la capitale londonienne et que vous voulez visiter le patrimoine culturel, sachez que la plupart des musées sont gratuits (Britsih museum, Natural History Museum).

 

  • Pour ce qui est de la belle Westminster abbaye un conseil, allez-y durant les messes, cela vous évitera de payer £23 vous pouvez consulter toutes les informations sur leur site.

 

  • Vous pouvez aussi flâner dans les différents quartiers et parcs de la ville sans dépenser un pound !

 

  • Pour vos sorties nocturnes un conseil certains bars et boite de nuit ne font pas payer avant 11h du soir. Sachant que ses établissements ferment à 3h du matin cela vous permettra de passer une bonne soirée gratuitement !

 

Voici toutes les astuces pour économiser en Angleterre, alors maintenant à vous de jouer! 😉

 

How to remember new vocabulary

Here are some key factors for improving your overall capacity to remember new terms and expressions!

1.     Interest

In order to improve your ability to recognize and memorize new words and expressions you need to be interested in and passionate about what you are doing. Cultivating an interest in a particular field and constantly reminding yourself why you are doing it provides an incredible boost in your learning process. Emotions enhance memory

2.     Attention

Concentration and attention are key factors in the learning process. In the Internet era, concentration is diminished due to multitasking. So, avoid distractions such as music radio, tv or social media and you will focus on the task at hand.

3.     Comprehension

We only learn what we can understand. Whenever you fully understand a sentence or a concept, you also understand its single parts and the connections among them. If a language learner understands a given sentence, he will remember the words better.

4.     Association

Our brain is a huge network of neurons: So, if we want to make the best of learning processes we should adapt them to the way our brain is structured. One of the most effective tools for doing this is association is linking new information with old information, which is stored in our long-term memory. For example, associate words with the same root: you learn a new word: ‘useful’ so you can associate it to a word that you already knew ‘use’.

5.     Visualization 

One of these ways is through images. Our brain also processes information via colors, forms, etc. If you link a given word with an image, that word will be more likely to be linked with other information already stored in our memory. As a result, we will remember it better.

6.     Consolidation

Take the time to process and store information. One of the best and simplest ways to do this is simply to review what you have learned at regular intervals. Repeating something makes your brain realize that it might need that information and it helps you to fix that information in a much more effective way.

7.     Context

It is important to always learn words in their context which helps your brain to form images, associate the word to other words. Search the new word in contexts, you will also find collocation, so you will use in the correct way.

8.     Multiple contexts

Reading makes us connect the dots. When we read a lot, we enormously raise the possibility of finding the same word in different contexts, which enormously reinforces our capacity to retain it.

9.     Dynamic

Learning a language is a skill that we acquire. A dynamic learning process is preferable to a static “study” of the language. Search online games or create flash cards to learn your new vocabulary.

Les 10 differences entre la France et l’Angleterre

La distance la plus courte entre la France et l’Angleterre ne dépasse pas les 30 kms, en effet ses deux pays sont quasi-frontalier mais pourtant on peut observer des différences culturelles importantes :

  1. Ce que l’on remarque tout de suite c’est bien évidemment la conduite à gauche, on ne peut pas y échapper en venant ici. Le volant des voitures est à droite, le sens de circulation est donc aussi inversé par rapport à la France. Il faut faire très attention lorsque l’on traverse et adopter les bon réflexes Anglais et ainsi éviter de se faire écraser.

 

  1. Le fuseau horaire n’est pas le même qu’en France, malgré la proximité des deux pays, on enlève une heure lorsque l’on arrive sur le territoire Anglais. Il faut donc bien penser à régler sa montre lors de l’arrivée.

 

  1. Attention aux prises électriques! Effectivement ce ne sont pas les mêmes, impossible de recharger vos appareils si vous n’avez pas acheté préalablement un adaptateur. Alors un conseil, soyez-prévoyants.

 

  1. Autre différence à laquelle on ne peut pas échapper c’est la disposition des touches sur le clavier d’ordinateur. Le clavier Français commence par les touches « azerty » alors que le clavier Anglais débute par « qwerty ». Une autre habitude à adopter quand vous serez sur place.

 

  1. Fait que vous n’ignoriez surement pas, la monnaie est différente. En Angleterre on paye en livres. N’oubliez donc pas de convertir les prix en euro et faites attention car l’euro est plus faible que la livre.

 

  1. Les bus sont aussi impressionnants, en effet ils sont sur deux étages et donc très grands. Cela fait partie des caractéristiques de l’Angleterre et dans certaines villes les fameux bus sont de couleur rouge.

 

  1. Les quartiers pavillonnaires sont aussi très typiques de ce pays. Toutes les échoppes se ressemblent avec pratiquement la même disposition. Les maisons sont similaires à perte de vue.

 

  1. Pour les enfants le port des uniformes à l’école est obligatoire. C’est amusant de voir les écoliers le matin avec leur « lunch » à la main, bien habillé avec le plus souvent pour les filles des jupes et pour les garçons des pantalons qui ne sont pas des jeans.

 

  1. Le matin les Anglais contrairement aux Français ne se font pas la bise, un simple « Good morning » suffit.

 

  1. Enfin le repas du midi pour les Anglais est beaucoup moins important que les autres, pour les travailleurs un simple sandwich suffit et les pauses déjeuners ne sont pas aussi conviviales comme cela peut l’être en France, chacun prend sa pause du midi quand il le désire, alors ne soyez pas étonner la première fois.

 

 

Using music to study

How many times have you sat down to study, only to get distracted by watching videos on YouTube, or songs on the radio? If you’re anything like us, then it’s a lot! But many people don’t realise just how useful music is for language learning – there are many ways that you can combine your love of music and your need to improve your English into one process.

YouTube

Of course, YouTube is a fantastic language learning resource already, with thousands of teachers around the world sharing lessons online. In terms of music, if you search for the ‘karaoke’ version of the song (lyrics on the screen, but no vocal sound) or simple the version ‘with lyrics’ you can practise singing along to your favourite tracks in English, improve your pronunciation, and entertain your neighbours at the same time!

Write what you hear, then check on the internet

Another great way to use music streaming services is to try and write the words of the song as you listen, pausing and repeating as often as you need to. After you think you’ve written as much as you can, search for the lyrics and see if you were correct, especially with spelling.

Lyrics Training

A great website that helps you to relate what you hear to the written word. With thousands of popular songs in many languages, you can select one that you love, and then type or click the correct words as the song plays. Make it into a competition with your friends and see who has the best memory!

Local music nights

Both Reading and Southampton have loads of great live music venues and they’re the perfect place to listen to English language music and meet people with similar interests to you. Try Sub89, The Oakford Social Club, South Street Arts Centre, The Face Bar and The Global Café in Reading, or The Joiners, Engine Rooms and the Guildhall in Southampton.

Join a choir

Another great way to meet people and share your passion for music is to join a choir. There are many choral groups around the UK, ranging from the more traditional, classical choirs to those which are all about modern pop music.

Music as background

Of course, there are some times when you just need to put your head down and focus, but music can help you with that too! There have been several studies which show that classical music can improve your concentration. Try these suggestions from the BBC – BBC In Tune

Learn English through a TV series

The final season of event Tv series « Game of Thrones» will be broadcast on the 15th of April. This series started in 2011 and was produced by David Benioffand Daniel Weiss. It’s an adaptation of          A Song of Ice and Fire, series of fantasy novels wrote in 1996 by George R.R Martin.

Since then, it has become a global phenomenon and here are some figures that better illustrate it:

– The last episode of Season 7 attracted nearly 1 million viewers in the United States.

– During this 7th season, episode 2 was simultaneously broadcast in 173 countries around the world, thus allowing the series to win the title of the most simultaneously broadcasted series in the world.

– As for the final season, it should smash its own record since the first episode is scheduled to be broadcasted in no less than 186 countries.

– For the past 6 years, Game of thrones has won the title of the most illegally downloaded series of all time.

If you want to watch the episodes without having to wait for the translation into your own language, it is essential to understand English!

Indeed, you can enjoy your favourite TV show while learning English thanks to the subtitles. This method has may uses – it can help you with:

  • Grammar:

When you read the subtitles, you will realize that some of the grammatical rules you learned in school do not always apply in real life. It is important to know the grammatical rules but also to know how to recognize the more natural expressions that are used in everyday life. This applies for example to contractions such as “gonna” instead of I’m going to, or “she just woke up” instead of “she has just woken up”.

  • Speaking:

Indeed, you will listen to words & expressions and see them in the context of the series. The visual elements will help you to keep up with the story – hence you will understand what those words & expressions mean. Your verbal skills will then improve as a result.

To better train those skills, you can summarize what the episode was about to a friend – in English, of course!

  • Listening:

The more you listen to words, the more familiar they will become to you. The accent is also very important, you will become familiar with the American accent or the English accent which is not the same. You can also learn expressions from different countries. Finally, subtitles will allow you to better understand what you are hearing.

  • Writing:

If you want to improve your writing skills, you can also summarise what happened in the episode on a note book. Just use your own words and keep it simple. This will allow you to practice, re-use the words learned during the episode and thus better assimilate them in your memory.

Unterkunft in Southampton

Es gibt viele Arten von Unterkünften, aber wenn Sie Zeit und Geld sparen wollen, empfehlen wir Ihnen, eine Unterkunft in der Nähe der Sprachschule zu wählen.

Zimmervermietung

Die günstigste Art, in Southampton zu leben, ist, indem Sie sich mit anderen ein Haus oder eine Wohnung teilen. Ein Zimmer kostet dann zwischen £300 und £600. Es ist möglich, dass Nebenkosten (z. B. für Strom und Wasser) entstehen, welche bis zu £100 betragen können. Für die Suche nach einer Unterkunft können Sie auf Webseiten wie Spareroom schauen, um eine Unterkunft mit Berufstätigen oder anderen Studenten zu teilen.

Gastfamilien

Eurospeak bietet Ihnen eine Unterkunft in einer Gastfamilie, in der Sie bei einer überwiegend britischen Familie wohnen können. Natürlich kommen nur Parteien zusammen, bei denen beide Seiten mit ihrem Gegenüber einverstanden sind. So wird ein angenehmes Zusammenleben gewährleistet. Die Preise hierfür variieren zwischen £120 und £150 pro Woche (Sommeraufpreis: £10 pro Woche) und hängen davon ab, ob Sie ein Zweibettzimmer mit einem anderen Schüler, ein Einzelzimmer oder ein Doppelbettzimmer wollen.

Für weitere Informationen, schauen Sie bitte hier nach: Unterkünfte in Southampton

Studentenwohnheim

Studentenwohnheime sind eine gute Möglichkeit, andere Studenten kennenzulernen und das Beste aus Ihrer Zeit in Großbritannien zu machen. Kurzaufenthalte sind nur im Sommer möglich, also bitte prüfen Sie die Verfügbarkeit, bevor Sie anreisen.

Innerhalb von einer Minute zu Fuß von Eurospeak entfernt. Die Preise variieren zwischen £150 und £210 pro Woche.

Mit Preisen von £145 bis £285.

Dieses hat sogar ein eigenes Fitnessstudio im Gebäude.

TIPS TO HELP YOU REMEMBER VOCABULARY

    1. First of all, keep an organised vocabulary notebook, write down every unknown word.
    2. Look at the words again after 24 hours, after one week and after one month to ensure that you have learned them.
    3. Read, read, read. It’s easier to remember a word if you see it and especially if you read it loudly.
    4. Use the new words! You need to use a new word about ten times before you remember it! So try to make sentences with the new words.
    5. Try word games like anagrams, quizzes, crosswords.
    6. Find playful ways to practice your vocabulary and new words, write colourful cards with the most difficult words for you, take them with you and read them whenever you have time.
    7. Learn words with a friend! It can be more fun & easier to learn with someone else, make sentences with the new words and try to use them in your conversation 😉
    8. Try to learn 5-8 new words per day. A small number of words is easier to remember.

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