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How can I keep my English up?

After travelling around the world for several months I am looking for approaches to keep my English on a certain reasonable level.

As i ve already mentioned in topics in the past i try to find a job in switzerland based on an international environment. regarding this, do you have some good job websites?

despite a job what other ways do you guys know? I am watching the news on english and try to read books.

i am glad for any help i recive!

thanks in advance.

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Old 18.12.2011, 00:23
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Re: How can i keep my english up?

You can find your feet here... Hopefully
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After travelling around the world for several months I am looking for approaches to keep my English on a certain reasonable level.

As i ve already mentioned in topics in the past i try to find a job in switzerland based on an international environment. regarding this, do you have some good job websites?

despite a job what other ways do you guys know? I am watching the news on english and try to read books.

i am glad for any help i recive!

thanks in advance.

regards
ente
A lot depends on the field in which you are working. In Airfreight and Civil Aviation in general, English is THE professional language
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Old 18.12.2011, 05:03
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Re: How can i keep my english up?

You can keep your English up by making friends who also speak English and talking. You will keep your English up and probably improve over time. I am now trying to do that myself with German. I haven't spoken German in 15 years and I have had to use it very sparingly since so I am trying to pick back up what I have been learning and improve it. I was given this same advice and so far it is the best I have heard aside from practice, practice, practice. Just keep at it darlin
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Re: How can I keep my English up?

I've moved this from Daily Life as it certainly isn't 'Daily Life in Switzerland' . As there are two themes mentioned, it doesn't really belong anywhere.

One bit of advice if you want to keep up your English or even improve it. Don't read too much on the English Forum. Reading the same grammatical mistake or seeing the same spelling error again and again can, in time, confuse even a native English speaker.
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Re: How can I keep my English up?

Go to the UK for your hols - total immersion on a fairly regular basis is the best way for me.
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Old 18.12.2011, 10:39
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I've moved this from Daily Life as it certainly isn't 'Daily Life in Switzerland' . As there are two themes mentioned, it doesn't really belong anywhere.

One bit of advice if you want to keep up your English or even improve it. Don't read too much on the English Forum. Reading the same grammatical mistake or seeing the same spelling error again and again can, in time, confuse even a native English speaker.
I don't agree. If you read my posts when I joined, it is visible improvement. I learned a lot of new words and expressions.
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but DO be careful which region you choose for your immersion, won't you?

I was taught German by a lady from Vienna and when she first worked in England she, in time, acquired the accent of the area she lived in.
Oh dear me. She had, very unwisely, taken a job in Yorkshire. When she later moved to Kent to teach, no-one could understand a word she said.

Slight exaggeration of course but a point worth considering all the same...
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One bit of advice if you want to keep up your English or even improve it. Don't read too much on the English Forum. Reading the same grammatical mistake or seeing the same spelling error again and again can, in time, confuse even a native English speaker.
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I don't agree. If you read my posts when I joined, it is visible improvement. I learned a lot of new words and expressions.
With all due respect Nil, it depends quite a bit on the level a person starts at and what level they are hoping to reach. I, too, have learned new words and phrases on here. And after looking them up in the Urban Dictionary, I assure you I would never use them!

Quite simply, however much one would like to think otherwise, many posts in here are riddled with grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. And someone learning the language simply doesn't know which are the correct ones and which the incorrect ones.

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I've moved this from Daily Life as it certainly isn't 'Daily Life in Switzerland' . As there are two themes mentioned, it doesn't really belong anywhere..
Neither does this post from Spain:

"The thing is I didn't have a chance to try her yet and when I send her the message asking her in the same time if next Friday could do, she didn't answer back....."
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Re: How can I keep my English up?

Very naughty, biff, but point made.
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Re: How can I keep my English up?

Read. Read. Read. And read some more. Best way to improve your English is to read and only then try and hang out with English speaking people to try and get your pronunciation right. Unfortunately the English language has been badly abused and bastardised like no other language. In my opinion. Admittedly it has never been the easiest language in the world to master. I wouldn't recommend learning English in England though, rather visit one of the old colonies. In my experience a better standard of English is spoken in most of those.

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Neither does this post from Spain:

"The thing is I didn't have a chance to try her yet and when I send her the message asking her in the same time if next Friday could do, she didn't answer back....."
It is already in general off topic where I put it from the start.
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What is your mother tongue btw? Why not offer to teach your language in exchange for English practice?

Reading is great of course, but there is nothing like communicating face to face in a totally immersed fashion.

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Re: How can I keep my English up?

I used to watch films and TV series with English subtitles on and write down all the interesting words and phrases. It was helpful when I was in Poland and didn't have a lot of opportunities to chat with native speakers.
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Re: How can I keep my English up?

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What is your mother tongue btw? Why not offer to teach your language in exchange for English practice?

Reading is great of course, but there is nothing like communicating face to face in a totally immersed fashion.
My mother tongue is german and after travelling i am urged to find a job. its none of my interests to leave Switzerland in the near future, i mainly looking for some advices how i can improve my English here in Switzerland

you ve already posted some really good advices, thank you so far!

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