A lot of students and parents ask me if it is better to learn English living in one of the English-speaking countries or cities.
My answer is yes but there are two possibilities of learning the language this way. Let’s look them one by one.
1. Just living & doing nothing about English
Well it all depends on what you really want to achieve. If you are happy to pick up some street language, a few slangs and vocabulary then probably you will be able to learn English fast and painlessly. But your English will not be competitive enough to apply for colleges or universities or apply for jobs with a decent salary. Why? Because all you know will be how to speak English on a street level. Also if you seriously do nothing you will not learn English automatically. Have ever heard people who have been living in New York for more than 10 years and know almost no English? My neighbor won a green card about 6 years ago and came back to visit his family last month. He speaks almost no English.
Bottom line: I do not recommend this ‘method’ of ‘learning’.
2. Living & studying English at the same time
However, if you wish to study English at a language center and live in an English speaking country, boy …that is a different story. It is actually an awesome story. If you do so then you will learn grammar and other theoretical aspects of English and then practice your English in a real life all around the city. This way you will not have to worry too much about your speaking, vocabulary and listening skills. They will improve as you go ahead. But when it comes to writing you will have do something and work hard on that. You will have to take a course, find a good tutor and constantly improve your writing skills.
Bottom line: it is a really good way but only if you have money to travel.
Anyway, if you have no money to travel to New York do not worry. One day you will win a scholarship and visit the city. I have never been to New York …well I actually I have never been to any English speaking countries in the West.
But I am sure I speak and write in English no worse than anyone who lived and studied in the USA.
So keep your spirit high and learn, learn and learn.
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