5 Tips to improve your English language skills during self-isolation


28 May 2020 • 3 min read

When it comes to learning a language if you don’t use it, you lose it.

You’ve been working so hard on improving your English, and you’re worried the coronavirus quarantine will set you back months.

But as long as you’re willing to put in a little effort, you have nothing to worry about. There are many ways to improve your English language skills during self-isolation. 

If you're struggling, however, we've put together this handy list of activities that'll help you improve your English from the comfort of your own home.

1. Keep chatting in English

One of the best ways to improve your English from home is to make sure you’re still having plenty of conversations in English.

Stay in touch with English-speaking friends and chat with them regularly. Video calls are ideal, but even messaging will help you practice your writing and reading skills.

There are so many ways you can do this. 

You could try WhatsApp; you already know how that works!

You could try Zoom, a video conferencing platform you can use on your phone and desktop.

You could even try Houseparty, a phone app that lets you video call multiple friends at once and play quizzes and fun drawing games.

2. Watch movies with English subtitles 

Who said movies aren’t educational? So how can you improve your English through a movie marathon?

Pick a film you’ve never watched before and put English subtitles on. In less than a second, you’ve turned watching a movie into watching a movie and reading at the same time!

It’s not the most formal style of learning, but it’s still effective.

Most importantly, it’s fun.

3. Try a free language app 

When you’re wondering how to improve your English from home, a free language app might be the place to start.

Rosetta Stone is one of the more popular apps, but there are plenty of others to choose from. 

These include Babbel and Fluent Forever (which is offering all users 30 free days of language learning with the promo code STUCKATHOME).

4. Find and follow a recipe

A great way to improve your English language skills is to do everyday tasks that require you to read and understand instructions in English. That includes baking and cooking! 

So, find a recipe online that you’ve always wanted to try and follow it through from beginning to end.

Not only will you get to improve your English skills, but you’ll also get a bonus cake or meal from it.

It’s a win-win!

5. Read and write in English

Reading and writing are potentially the best way to improve your English language skills, and you can do both of those things from home.

You can read books, magazines, online newspapers and even blog posts.

Whatever you enjoy reading, read it! If you do it consistently every day, you’ll notice the improvement in your language skills in no time.

In terms of writing, you could start a daily journal or a weekly blog post. Whatever you choose to write, make sure you’re doing it regularly so you can flex your writing skills and improve your English with every passing day.

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