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hello my name is Emma and I am here to

help you with your English today I

wanted to talk about a question I get a

lot many learners of English ask me Emma

what do I do

I want to practice English but I live in

a country where people don't speak

English how can I practice more so if

you live in a country where people don't

speak English and you want to practice

more I have some great tips and advice

to help you do this

if you do live in an english-speaking

country these tips are also good you can

get more practice so let's get started

so the first tip I have is if you want

to practice reading and listening there

are different websites that can really

help you with this I really like the BBC

radio and the CBC radio so you can find

these websites online and they give

world news or news about different

topics including art culture current

events the thing I like about listening

to these short radio clips is that you

can see how long they are in advance I

recommend to my students to not pick

very long listening or readings in the

beginning if they're advanced that's


but for people who are just starting to

learn English choosing something short

that maybe is a minute or two minutes is

a good idea you can listen to one or two

minutes of English every day another

great website I love is breaking news

English here you can see other news

stories and you can get the news in easy

English or harder English you can also

you can also listen to the same news

stories as well so you can read or

listen depending on what you want to do

so I recommend these three sites I think

they're fantastic for learning my second

tip is you can visit

and I have had this website since

January this website I know I'm biased

but it's fantastic for practicing

English the reason is I have a lot of

students who come on and I teach

different lessons on different subjects

and in the Commons

I have students post a lot of

information or questions and I respond

so this is a great way to actually talk

with the native speaker so I recommend

checking out this website I offer free

lessons and there's also a paid

subscription all right so let's see what

other tips I have for learning English

so my third tip and I love this tip is

you can make or join an English club I

like learning with other people I find

it sometimes difficult or boring

learning things especially a language on

my own so I think English clubs can be a

great way to practice English so how can

you find people for an English club well

the library is often a good place to

start a lot of libraries have an English

section maybe the library in your city

or town already has an English club if

not maybe you can make a poster and try

to find people through the library to

create an English club colleges and

universities are another great place to

find people a lot of colleges or

universities have an English department

you can often find people who are

learning English at college or

university so again if there isn't a

club maybe you can make one create a

poster and try to find other people who

are learning English as well sometimes

religious places have an English club I

know in Toronto there are many churches

that run English conversation circles so

it might be an idea to check out a

religious place where you live maybe it

might be a church a mosque a synagogue

or a temple whatever the case may be

they have an English club or maybe they

would be willing to work with you to

create one

so when it comes to English clubs it's

always a good idea to have a goal or a

plan for each time you meet this can

make your English club very successful

so one example of a plan you might have

is you and the other members of your

club can choose an English song to learn

together maybe you can learn some

vocabulary from the song or some

expressions you can talk about if you

like the song if you don't like the song

you can compare two songs which one is

better so there's a lot you can do with

just music you can also read or listen

to the news together maybe a short clip

so for example I talked about the CBC

radio and the BBC radio and breaking

news English these are all great places

to find small examples of English you

can discuss you can also go to websites

like goodluck IELTS comm or good luck

TOEFL comm these websites are for people

who are taking the IELTS or the TOEFL

but they also have great speaking

questions so if you ever want to find

some great questions that you can talk

about you can go to the site and look

for the speaking section there you will

find many interesting topics and

speaking questions you can ask each

other so these are all great ideas for

what to do in your club another thing

that you can do is maybe you are

confused by something you don't know if

it's I'm until or bye or maybe there's a

new word you don't understand there's a

lot of questions we often have about

English so what you can do is in your

club you can come up with a list of

questions of things that confuse you and

then together you can search for the

answer sometimes having more heads

together is better than just one most in

clubs especially different people know

different resources so maybe your friend

here has a great website he uses to


English maybe another friend knows of

another place so together you can use

your knowledge to answer some of these

English questions so let's look at some

other tips for what to do when you are

learning English in a non-english

speaking place so my fourth tip I used

when I lived in China it's go to a

popular expat place so what is the next

fad an expat is somebody from another

country who comes to your country to

work expats often speak different

languages because they're from all over

the world so you can find an

english-speaking expat and practice with

them how can you find an

english-speaking expat what I would

recommend is go to the area of your city

or town where people from other places

hang out so for example there's usually

indifferent like in Beijing for example

there was a place where a lot of English

speakers would hang out they'd go to the

same clubs or the same restaurants in

other countries you'll find a lot of

English speakers hang out in the same

neighborhood or area so find out what

these places are and then what you can

do is you can maybe make a poster and

try to find somebody to do a language

exchange with what's a language exchange

well a language exchange is where you

and another person teach each other your

languages so for example if I want to

learn Chinese and my friend here wants

to learn English and he speaks Chinese

then we can practice together half the

time we can speak English the other half

of the time we can speak Mandarin so

it's a great way to learn English for

free so again going to the local expat

area maybe going to a coffee shop or a

restaurant and putting up a poster

saying you want to learn English and in

exchange you will teach your language

it's a great way to meet people my fifth

tip is it's always good to know what you

mistakes are and this is something you

can do on your own you can record

yourself speaking when you listen to

yourself talk you often will notice

mistakes you make in your speech so you

can listen and then you can make a

conscious effort to try to fix those

mistakes the next time you speak in

conversation another thing you can do is

with your writing you can know your

mistakes and you can look for those

mistakes anytime you write something

when you know what your mistakes are

it's easy to learn from them so how do

you know what mistakes you're making if

English isn't your first language how

would you know well one thing I would

recommend is find out what mistakes

people who speak your language often

make when they speak English so for

example I know a lot of French speakers

make mistakes with make and do in

English I know a lot of Korean speakers

have trouble with L&R in English and

listening to the difference I know that

a lot of students I've had who are South

American have trouble when they write

because they write really long sentences

because that I guess is more common in

their writing tradition so it's a good

idea to know what are common mistakes

people from your culture or your

language group make in English and then

record yourself speaking and check do

you make these mistakes or look at your

writing are you making these mistakes

another possibility you can do is create

an edit checklist you can when you edit

you reread something to look for the

mistakes and fix them an editing

checklist is something that reminds you

which mistakes to look for so maybe you

always forget to use capital letters

maybe when you write you write

I like when really I in English is

always a capital letter

it's always I so if you know that this

is a mistake you make you can write it

down on a checklist and then anytime you

write look at that checklist it can

remind you what your mistakes are and

how to fix them my next tip is I would

like to recommend a website you can

check out this website has

a lot of university courses that are


maybe there's something you've always

wanted to learn you can check out a

course from Coursera calm or sorry and they often have forums

where people worldwide are learning

together so this is a way to meet other

people who who know English you can

write to each other on the forums about

the course you're taking my last tip for

today is to visit on

these different topics and you can also

post on the comments boards so you can

write different comments to each other

you can meet a lot of people that way so

I really recommend checking out in

vidcom I actually I guess I have one

more tip to give you you can also

subscribe to my channel don't forget to

ring the bell by subscribing to my

channel you can get more videos on a

whole bunch of different topics so I

recommend subscribing and ringing the

bell to make sure you get all this great

English content so thank you so much for

watching everything covered in this

video I'll actually be putting on a quiz

at so there you can actually

practice what you learned so thank you

for watching and until next time take


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