When it comes to learning, no one but you can decide how much enough is, you set your own limit. To expand your learning horizons, it is important to use creativity: however excellent you may have been, academically speaking, you must continue to practice but especially, you must have learned to teach yourself. There are many things you can do at home to continue to learn and to brush up your second language skills. Here are some tips provided by students who took Russian courses in Manchester.
Go over your class notes
Every now and then, go over your class notes and other materials. At this stage, is important that you focus on grammar, as it is the foundations upon which all the new knowledge – especially vocabulary- will rest. Grammar set things in order; it allows you to understand sentences more clearly. Therefore, being strong on grammar will prevent you from making many mistakes.
Read the News
Well, you don’t necessarily have to learn the newspaper to practice. Any serious website containing news on a subject you are interested in will do the job. The important thing is that you practice reading, as you’ll be acquiring new vocabulary and expressions. That is why it is better to choose a subject that interests us. Besides, a good exercise is writing down the grammar structures or expressions that call our attention, as we might understand them naturally, but then, when we have the opportunity to use them, we tend to forget about them. Learning doesn’t have to be a boring task at all. Just check that the text comes from a reliable source.
Watch a film…without subtitles!
If your knowledge on the second language is intermediate, you should be able to watch a film without subtitles. Many times we focus so much on reading, that we completely forget our listening skills, which can lead to a total misbalance. If you’re a beginner, you might need a little more help: try watching the same film, with subtitles in your target language and dubbed in your mother tongue. This exercise will help you associate ideas with words, while you take a look at how they are written.
Get in touch with natives
Nowadays, it isn’t hard to reach natives of the language you want to learn from home. As long as you have a computer (and sometimes other gadgets like tablets, phones, etc.) you can try different ways to contact them: Skype, Facebook, Twitter are some of the most popular tools to stay in touch with people from all over the world. However, after taking Russian lessons in Manchester, students also use blogs and forums written in Russian, where they can comment and exchange ideas with Russians.