Hey au pair family. I hope each one of you had an awesome week and that you keep enjoying this incredible au pair adventure. So many people have requested advice about how to improve their English so here it is (You’re welcome, lol) Let’s get straight to the point. If you wanna know how I went from “Hi…euh…ma nem is Sira” to “Hey, what’s up? I’m Sira. How are ya doin’ ?” KEEP reading.
1) Watch all your favorite TV Shows and movies in English.
I don’t know about you but I’m watching all my TV shows in English. It may be awkward at first but once you get used to it, you won’t be able to watch any other show in your mother tongue. For example, now when I hear Damon Salvatore (Vampire Diaries) talking, I feel so betrayed. His voice sounds weird and I hate it. I can’t even take him seriously. See for yourself.
And if you are a drama queen like me you can also learn some movie quotes or TV shows quotes and interpret them in real life with your friends, boyfriend or host family but keep it to yourself and don’t tell anyone because people would think you’re crazy. Haha!
I remember one time, I was talking to my friends (like all girls do) about this guy that I liked for whatever reason and it went like this:
Me: “I will turn it off!!!” (yelling)
My friends: “What are you talking about?!”
Me: “I will turn off my emotions just like Elena in Vampire diaries, I’m so sick and tired from listening to his bullshit”
Then my friends looked at each other and laughed so hard that I felt ridiculous. It goes without saying that they laughed because I was comparing myself to a fictional character.
2) Read English books
I know what you’re gonna say…”boring” but do you know that most of your favorite TV shows and movies are based on books? Game of Thrones, Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey. And guess what? Sometimes books are way better than the movies and TV shows. They offer more emotion and they allow you to learn new words. I wouldn’t have known words like “Sigh, wink,” etc. if I didn’t start to read books in English.
So give it a try and if you don’t like those books you can still read “Au pairs love cupcakes,” the book all about au pairs written by myself and corrected by my dear Siddiqa Khalifa.
3) Learn the lyrics of your favorite songs
Ah! Ah! It’s easy to do! Not only will you learn some new words and even words from the street, but you could even record yourself on Snapchat singing without looking ridiculous.
Genius is a great website for musical lyrics because it also explains the meaning of the song as well as the meaning of each lyric. It’s always nice to truly understand a song that you’re obsessed with.
4) Change your language to English on all your apps.
Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat. Put everything in English ’cause it will force your brain to think in English and I bet in a few weeks time, you’ll start to dream in English, if it’s not done already.
5) Make new friends
I know when you arrive in a new country, the first thing you wanna do is meet people from your own country ’cause it’s comfortable which is totally understandable but unfortunately, your English speaking skills may not improve since you’ll only be speaking in your mother tongue. Meeting people, au pairs, locals or even expatriates will not only help you to develop your English skills but it will also help you to be more open minded.