Whether you are new to the United States or not, moving here means that you have joined an extension of culture whose heart stretches across time and geography.
Here are some ideas to help you find new ways to practice speaking English in any American city like Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit etc. You might be surprised to find that people are more interested in helping than you would think. Here are 7 easy and fun ideas:
1) Join a club: There are lots of clubs you can join such as Toastmaster’s and Meetup. I especially recommend Toastmasters because improving public speaking skills, especially for ESL speakers, is such a vital skill. If you enjoy practicing English alone, joining a book club allows you time to practice your English and still maintain the social benefits.
2) Join an association: If you’re a professional you might already belong to a trade association. By becoming a member of a professional organization you can get involved with your profession and meet people along the way. It’s a great way to improve your English and enhance your career. If you’re interested in a low-budget option – try joining a group on LinkedIn.
3) Volunteerism: You receive when you give and there is no better way to give than volunteering. There are ever-increasing options available for people interested in volunteering. Find one that interests you and you will find like-minded people there.
4) Religion: Organized religion isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but having grown up in a small town, I saw how the religious community was at the heart of pretty much anything going on.
5) Be involved in a sport: You’ll be learning the language in no time so you can get in on the action. It’s also really healthy.
6) Take a class: There are a lot of classes available through community centers and colleges. You can enrich your life with knowledge and meet some new friends along the way.
7) Social Media: Social media offers the opportunity to see colloquial English in the written form. You’ll learn the way most Americans actually use English on a day-to-day basis.