The lovely folks over at Kaplan International Colleges are running a contest to get the word about their English learning programs, and I, of course, am all for immersion language study (and also all for prizes). They’ve got a nice infographic, but I have to say that I have an even better way.
But first, can you guess my favorite of those facts? I’ll give you a hint. Yup, I love that people are learning English from Harry Potter. 99% because I am a giant Potterphile and 1% because I am laughing at the thought of some non-native speaker unknowingly using magical words and wondering why the English Muggles are looking at her funny.
So what do I think is the best way to learn English (or any language)? Snag yourself a local significant other! I learned LOTS of Spanish from my host family. But after a couple dates with Rodolfo, my Spanish was suddenly much better. Make sense: on a group outing, you can just listen, but when you’re trying to impress someone on a first date you’re sort of required to talk.
I do understand why Kaplan isn’t encouraging young people to do some kind of reverse mail-order bride thing just to learn a language. Romance has to count for something. But if you’re tired of yet another Friends re-run, consider getting out there and making a foreign “friend” of your own.
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