Language Exchange

It is very difficult to achieve a good level of English or any other language without direct face to face contact with a native. You may enroll in an academy, have private lessons, learn it at Secondary School or simply just travel abroad.

Another option is an exchange, two people or mixed groups of native speakers of two different languages spend half the time speaking in one language and half the time in the other language. All adopt two roles, one as a teacher and one as a student.

Why is it a good idea?

Search settings

Be aware that some websites are NOT free:

English operating systems and applications

Set your operating system and applications to English. If you use Windows, you are running out of luck because Windows only comes with one language by default and you can’t change it.

However, if you use GNU/Linux, you can change the language of both the operating system, and all the applications at will. For instance, in Ubuntu, you can change it from: System Settings > Language Support > Languages.

LanguageSupport

There are also many applications on the market that let you choose the language during the installation process. Some good examples are web browsers such as, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, and Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox allows you to install many add-ons that are very useful for learning English. Once you have launched Mozilla Firefox, select Tools, and then, Add-ons.

browserExtensions

Visit the Add-ons website for Firefox. As you can see in the Language Support category, you have access to translators, dictionaries, Text to Voice, etc.

You can also install more Search Engines to make your life easier: Manage Search Engines > Get more or Manage search engines. Good examples are: The Free Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Google Translator for Firefox, Quick Translator, Ask.com, Bing, and Goofram Search.

browserExtensions2

Google is your English friend

Go to Google and click on Search settings, Languages and select English as your language of choice in “Which language should Google products use?” and “Currently showing search results in: English.”

Make sure you also save the settings by clicking the blue SAVE button below the page!

google

Writing

Spell Check

tutorRobot

Listening.

En esta página encontrarás multitud de recursos que te ayudarán a mejorar tu listening en inglés: vídeos, televisión, web, etc.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.Nelson Mandela.

Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.Sarah Caldwell.

Variety is the spice of life.Anonymous.

One of the basic strategies to significantly increase your language skills is to listen as much as possible.

What can you hear? In principle, as the old saying goes, Variety is the spice of life. It is all about listening to various sources, about many subjects, natives of different nationalities, accents, etc.

The web sites you might want to visit are: -free of charge, of course- 🙂