Learning English in VHS
Learning English in-between VHS English Courses
How to learn English on your in-between VHS courses
Doing an English course is just the beginning, "What you don't use you lose!" Learning a language is a lifelong task and it is important to do courses from time to time and practice inbetween these courses to reach a good level of English (or any language).
A lot of students ask me what they can do after their course to keep up with their English and to continuously improve it?
There are many ways and, needless to say, each person will have his own preferences. Here are just a few ideas and tips to help you along the way. Should I miss something, I would be glad to hear from you and I will add your suggestion to this list.
I think one of the best things you can do is to buy your favourite book in English and also the audio-book so you can also listen to the story. However, be careful to get a version with a voice you like. Often you may not have a choice, but often there are British English and American versions i.e. a British reader for the British version and American for the American version. Even if you get the right language you might not like the reader's voice###. The only way around this problem would be to listen a little to the audio-book before buying it! You often find audio-books in local libraries too.
Another thing you can do is go to the BBC website. The BBC website is so full of up to date news and general information that its amazing. Videos, Podcasts, Business English, online radio, absolutely everything you need. And its all free!
Another link for those who are interested in scientific and technical themes is:
Here you will find interesting pod-casts about scientific themes. All kind of things about natural science, ecology, physics etc. Its well worth a look.
For those who are intermediate level or above, the economist is a wonderful way to improve your English. If you subscribe (c.a. 66 Euros per 6 months - c.a. 56 Euros for students - then you get the weekly magazine with a podcast of the whole magazine. That means, each page of the magazine is read in superbly clear English, almost word for word. For a sample of this just go to
If you go to your local library you will probably find they regularly have the Times, the Times and other news papers and magazines. They will also have Spotlight and Business Spotlight with audio CDs.
Another thing you can do is to find a Language Exchange Partner. This is free or you can pay a small fee depending on where you register and how long you want to wait. Try:
There are masses of other sites. Just type "language exchange" in google, check the sites out and find the best one for you!
Another really go thing is Penguin Readers. They cost between 8 - 12 Euros, are graded into 6 different levels and are accompanied by audio CD's of the stories. This means you can follow the spoken story in the book. You can get stories like "The Godfather, Sherlock Holmes, and others.
Another thing would be to find a few others and organize a small conversation group which meets regularly with a native speaker who can correct you. This is perhaps the most difficult thing to organize. Unfortunately many people just don't find the time to spend on their English after their English courses. Learning a language takes time, planning and commitment and we often don't find enough time after fulfilling our other various commitments.
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