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Prague is now full of people coming to the city centre to see the Christmas markets and the spendidly lit up tree in Old Town Square. The cafes, pubs and shops are abuzz with activity and the year is coming to a close. If you’re in a country which celebrates Christmas, then your city may be similar. But what’s this got to do with learning English?
For those who want to get better at English, this is a tricky time of year. This is the busiest and most stressful time for many of you. At work you have deadlines to meet, end of year accounts to manage, and company events to keep you going. At university you may have essays to write or research to do for an exam. You’ve got family and friends to catch up with. So December is often a time when people have very little contact with English. Here in Prague language schools begin to shut down around the 15th and some don’t re-open till mid-January. For you though does it really need to be a lost month?
It’s kinda funny that people make all these New Year resolutions like “I’m going to study English much more in 2012” and yet the month they make this resolution is often the month when they neglect it. If you are seriously going to get better at English and improve your communication skills, why do you have to wait until January the 1st? Why not get into English now?
Learning English isn’t necessarily the goal. That’s like collecting a trophy and putting it on your shelf. Perhaps your real goal, at least in practical terms, is to get a better job in 2012. To get fitter. To give up smoking and spend more time on the things you really love.
Link English with your overall life goals
Can’t improving your English help you here? For example, I know quite a few people looking for work. Putting up a profile in English on LinkedIn can help you achieve your goal. Link up with others in your industry. Read articles on your favourite blog related to your area of expertise (if you don’t know one, then LinkedIn features business and work-related articles every day). Want to lose weight and get fit? Check out some free tips on health and fitness while you’re at a wi-fi cafe in between shopping trips.
Sure, take a break from that dull textbook your school told you to buy (hopefully it wasn’t me 😉 ). Forget about those small mistakes you were making in last week’s lesson. Instead look back to how far you’ve travelled this year, and what your wider goals are.
Don’t throw out English for a whole month – even integrating the language into your life for just 15 minutes a day will be well worth it!