Whether you’re a beginner or advanced learner, there’s no better way to practise your English language skills than to speak English. Immersing yourself in the language can help you to add to your vocabulary, improve your understanding of the grammar and even pick up some of the latest slang.
You can do all of these things by having conversations with native English speakers or checking out some of the local material written in English. This can include newspapers and magazines, TV shows and movies, menus, tourist guides and signs in shops and on the streets.
You’ll find all of those things in these amazing places – 4 great cities to learn English this summer…
If you’re visiting England, why not go a bit further than London? As you may expect from an island, Britain has some lovely beaches that are twinned with amazing coastal scenery. Only 45 minutes by train from London, Brighton has no shortage of English language schools, plus other attractions such as the beach and the pier, Brighton Pavilion, and the Lanes, a picturesque maze of cobbled streets and specialist shops and cafes. There is no end of things to do, thanks to a thriving nightlife, music festivals, a lively theatre scene, and art events and exhibitions.
Australia has a lot to offer, and magical Melbourne is one of the country’s best cities for international students. It’s actually winter in Australia at the moment but there are still plenty of sunny days and opportunities to enjoy Melbourne. Full of friendly people and a great nightlife, it’s easy to strike up a conversation in this city, plus it is home to world-class arts and cultural heritage institutions. Try out some of the fantastic restaurants and quirky cafes and the charming side streets that will keep you busy exploring for days. And don’t forget a visit to the Melbourne Museum, where you can touch and feel your way through the local history.
With plenty of language course options, this vibrant city gives students the chance to learn English, make friends and enjoy sweeping views. San Francisco also offers one of the healthiest lifestyles in all of the United States: from abundant organic and farmers’ markets, to parks, bike tracks, and yoga studios around every corner. It’s also home to the Golden Gate Bridge, the world-famous cable cars and sea lions on The Embarcadero Pier 39.
This city offers temperate weather, outdoor activities and heart-stopping views. Vancouver has protected its natural surroundings, limiting urban growth and taking care of green areas that include Stanley Park, famed for the totem poles and a fine example of traditional art. It’s impossible not to want to take advantage of being so close to the ocean and mountains – and you can even go waterskiing in the morning and snowboarding in the afternoon! Year-round, locals and visitors enjoy jogging, paddleboarding, swimming, skiing, and generally enjoying being out and about.
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