How to PRACTISE English if NO ONE around you SPEAKS good English (BEST TIPS)
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How to PRACTISE English if NO ONE around you SPEAKS good English (BEST TIPS)

(bright, light music) – Hello, everyone, and welcome
back to English With Lucy. Today, I am going to talk to you about how you can practise your English even if you don’t live in
an English-speaking country. It’s the number one
complaint from my students. How on earth can I practise
and improve my English if I don’t have native
English speakers around me? Well, I have eight
recommendations for you. Let’s get straight into it. Tip number one is to join a language club, sometimes called a language cafe. And if there isn’t one near you, you need to start one. Be the person that makes the change. You can do it for very little
cost or not cost at all. It can be completely free to do. All you need to think about is the why, the where, and the who. Why is why you’re doing it? What are you going to be practising . Maybe you want to chat
just completely in English. Maybe you want to do activities together or do homework together, or maybe you want to set debates and have real in-depth
discussions in English. It all depends on the level. That moves me onto who,
who is going to come? Put posters up, launch it on Facebook. Bring your friends first, so you’re not on the only one there. And then of course the where, where are you going to hold it? Well, there are lots of free places where you could hold it. You could start asking your local library. You could try asking a cafe. Do you mind if on a quiet day, say like a Tuesday lunchtime,
we have a group of us here, and of course we’ll buy a
coffee each or something. Another good place to
try is a local church or religious centre. They, more often than not, will be very happy to help you
develop your skills for free. Number two is join an
online language challenge. This tip has been sponsored, but is very, very relevant. We are in a new decade, so now is the perfect
time to really go for it with your English fluency, and this is a fantastic option if you are looking for daily practise with native speakers, but you don’t have any around you. What if I told that you could improve your confidence and your
fluency in just three months and earn up to a 100% refund? This opportunity is called
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you do the regular sprint. I’ve tried Lingoda myself, and I was blown away by the experience. And Lingoda is now an
authorised Linguaskill agent for Cambridge Assessment English, which is a huge accolade and should help you build a lot of trust. All teachers are
qualified native speakers, and you can take classes
at your convenience anytime, anywhere, as long as you have a stable internet connection. Group sizes are really small with an average of just
three students per class. You study a structured curriculum and all of your learning
materials are provided. The sprint starts on the
29th of January, 2020, and finishes on the 27th of April, 2020. You have to participate in
an agreed number of classes each month to succeed. You can take only one
class per day every day. Now, originally, the gates to the sprint were going to close on
the 19th of December, but Lingoda are giving you more time, so now make sure you sign up
before the 27th of January. After registering for the
sprint you automatically sign up for a three-month-long subscription. But you can get 10 Euros
off your first month by using my code, SPRINT142. Upon registration, you agree
to make one payment per month for three months, breaking
down that total cost, however, and this is the exciting bit, if you complete the sprint
by following the rules and attending and
participating in every class, you will receive a 100% refund. How motivating is that? Graduates of previous Lingoda
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your English speaking skills and your confidence quickly? Click on the link in the description box and sign up using my code, SPRINT142 for 10 Euros off your first month. Best of luck. Now, number three, I don’t want to just
give you generic advice like watch TV, listen to the radio, because you know that. What I’m going to is
recommend you a specific app that you can use to
immerse yourself each day in spoken English. And most importantly, spoken English at a variety of levels and speeds and with a variety of accents. It’s the BBC Sounds App. I’ve linked it down below, but it depends on your operating system and where you are in the world, you should be able to
listen to most podcasts and a lot of radio programmes
from wherever you are in the world. Bear in mind you won’t
have access to everything. This app is full of radio
programmes, podcasts, little mini clips, all in spoken English, covering all different topics, whether you like talking about music or you like listening to
science documentaries, crime documentaries, discussion podcasts by your favourite sports people. It’s excellent, it’s my go-to app, I listen to it all the time. Now your interests are probably different to my interests. I listen to a lot of consumer
programmes where people phone up and complain about the price
of peas in the supermarket, things like that, it’s just
chewing gum for my brain, but I’d love to recommend
programmes like The Archers, this is if you have a more
advanced level of English, this is a radio soap opera
and it’s got a variety of different accents in it. There is also a children’s
section on there, which would be good for your children, but also if you have
a slightly lower level and you like to hear things that are, I’m not going to say more simplified, I’m going to say easier to understand. Then that could be a
really good option for you, there are lots of short
programmes for children, short stories, it’s a
really, really good idea to listen to children’s programmes, if you’re struggling with
understanding adult programmes. So, the BBC Sounds App, it’s really good, let me know if you find
something that you really like and share any programmes that have really helped
you improve your English in the comments section. Number four is, Find native
speakers in your area. Now, I know that this whole
video is about what do I do if there are no native speakers, but have you tried
searching in the right way. When Brits, British people or Americans, I don’t know English speakers go abroad, we do like to meet and congregate. We normally call ourselves expats. Ex-patriots, expats. And this is something that you might not have
searched for before. You might have searched
British people in my city or something like that, but I remember when I lived in Seville, I
was part of a Facebook group called Expats in Seville. Something that a non-native
speaker would never think to search for. So, if you want to attend
events with other expats and meet expats, then I
would recommend searching on Facebook for expat groups. So, expats in, and then
your city, your town or even your country. Lots of expats will be wanting
to learn the native language of the country they are living in. So, these Facebook groups
would be a great place to post and say, look, I’m
looking to improve my English and I’d be more than happy
to help you with my language. It’s worth a try and at the very least you
can attend the public events that everyone is welcome
to that will be posted on these expat groups, big tip there. Now, tip number five could be linked to the previous one actually. It’s, find a language
partner and speak only via WhatsApp voice notes. Now I’m going to say
that when you are looking for a WhatsApp partner or any sort of online language partner, please be safe. Don’t just ask anyone. Use an official place. It’s not safe, there are lots
of nasty people out there, who are looking for
girlfriends and boyfriends, not language partners. Do not give your mobile number to anyone that you do not fully know and trust. So, take a native English
speaker that you know and then when you communicate with them, ask that they only send you WhatsApp notes and you send them WhatsApp
voice notes in return. The reason that this is great
is because you can replay and replay and replay
until you understand them. But unlike written English it helps you with your pronunciation as well. You know now from me that
the way a word is written in English doesn’t give
you much indication as to how it’s pronounced. ‘Cause often the two
things are not aligned. And the good thing about
replying with voice notes is that if it goes wrong, you
can stop it and re-record. It’s a great step to use before
having proper conversations and phone conversations
with native speakers. It means you’ve got a little bit more time to process things and time to think. Number six is, use a pronunciation tool. If you haven’t got
someone who you could ask, “How do I pronounce X? Then use a pronunciation tool. And honestly, I am not offended, but when I get messages saying, “Sorry, how do you
pronounce X”, I just think, well you can find this out
for yourself very easily, I’ve given lots of examples
of pronunciation tools that you can use online. So maybe use them first and
then if you’re totally confused still, then ask a native speaker. The one I recommend is
Oxford Learner’s Dictionary, because they show you
how to pronounce things in both British English
and American English and they show the phonetic transcription, so you can listen to them and compare them and see how they differ in
the transcription as well. It’s an excellent tool,
I’ve linked it down below, I know there are lots out there, this is the one I always
use and it’s the one I use when I’m planning my videos. Number seven, if there really
isn’t anyone around you, then you talk to yourself. And I’ve recommended this method before in a how-to-start-thinking-in-English and stop-translating-in-your-head video. When I’m actively trying
to learn another language, I talk to myself in that
language all the time, whether it be in my head or whether it be out loud. Luckily I work from home and I work alone, maybe my neighbour thinks I’m a bit weird. But I can also hear a
lot of what he does, so. If he dares say anything. A great one is when you’re cooking, pretend you’re running a cooking show, I am putting this in the
pan, I am chopping that. It will just help you get used to stringing sentences
together and help you get used to just chatting mindlessly. Conversation will flow
better if you can talk to yourself easily. And the last one, number eight, this is one step on from
talking to yourself. Record yourself speaking in English. You know when you’re a
child and you finally hear yourself speaking on a
recording for the first time and you think, oh my word,
I sound so different, I remember that feeling, well,
we’re often not that in tune with how we actually sound. How we think we sound is very different to how we actually sound. And so, in your head you might think that you’re pronouncing things correctly, but in reality, you might not be, so sometimes recording
yourself reading a passage, just take something from the news or something from a blog if
you want a more relaxed tone, you can then use that
to analyse how you sound and pinpoint pronunciation mistakes and perhaps grammar mistakes, it’s a really, really good one, I’ve done it to myself multiple times, and I was shocked at the
mistakes that I was making, that I thought I didn’t make in Spanish. And actually, when I watch back my videos, when I’m editing them or
when I’m approving the edits on them, I do make so many mistakes that I shouldn’t as a native speaker. They’re just natural mistakes, a lot of you point them out. It normally happens when
I’ve not exactly planned what I’m going to say,
’cause I don’t use an Autocue or anything, I just say it from the heart, I have a guide script down here. And yes, looking back at the
videos, I do notice a lot of little mistakes, natural
ones, I’m not worried about them, it doesn’t
mean I have poor grammar or poor pronunciation, it just means that I’m a human. But hopefully you’ll be
able to use that technique to improve your own language skills. Right, that’s it for today’s lesson, I really hope you enjoyed it and I hope you can take some of these tips and apply them to yourself. Don’t forget to check out
the Lingoda sprint promotion, you can get 10 Euros off your first month by using my code, SPRINT142, the link is in the description box. And please feel free to share
any other recommendations and tips that have really helped you in your past experience in the
comments section down below. Don’t forget to connect with
me on all of my social media. I’ve got my Facebook,
my Instagram, my Twitter and my personal channel Lucy Bella Earl, I’ll be posting my Q and A on there soon, I know a lot of you
have responded to that. I’ll see you soon for another lesson. (blowing kiss) (upbeat music)


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