You’re probably learning English because you want to be able to speak it. Maybe you’ve dreamt about walking up to a pub in a small English town and engaging in witty banter with the locals. English is the most spoken language on the internet. That means there are lots of opportunities for you to practise, improve and learn English online. In fact, there are thousands of English language channels on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. They offer lots of ways to read in English, watch videos and even interact with other English speakers and learners. With so many options, it can be hard to find the best accounts and channels to follow. Social media is a way to write about ourselves and interact with others. There are lots of different types of social media: social networking sites, online forums, sharing photos and videos, writing reviews, blogs and vlogs.
To get better at something, you have to practise it. That goes for speaking, too. The more you do it, the better you get. There are no shortcuts or ‘hacks’ that will get you speaking like a native unless you actually practise. Facebook is an excellent platform on which to find other learners and work together. Joining an English-language learning group will allow you to lean on each other for support and ask questions to others who are in the process of learning English. You can also use Facebook to create your own group. You can invite fellow English learners from your school or class and use the group as a place to post questions and get answers quickly. It's also an ideal place to share helpful tips and articles you come across so that others can benefit from them, too. If you're looking to improve your English in informal settings, Twitter is an excellent place to engage in conversations. Since there is a limit of 140 characters for every tweet, many people use abbreviations and short forms; this means that, although it won't necessarily teach you perfect formal English, it will introduce you to English slang. If you want to use tweets to practice your English, use try using the hashtags #Twinglish and #TweetinEng. Many English learners use these to practice their writing skills.
Conversation is a type of active learning. We’ve said elsewhere that you should aim to learn actively passive learning is not a very effective way to learn English. The beauty of a conversation is that it requires you to actively participate. Conversation provides immediate feedback: if you don’t understand something, you can’t reply. Your partner can then help you by repeating or clarifying or using different words. This automatic feedback and responsiveness is part of the reasons conversations are such good language practice. The best way to learn a language is by doing activities you like. Talking to others is often an interesting and enjoyable experience. It’s a learning activity, but it usually doesn’t feel like studying. Conversation is a great way to practise and actually improve your spoken English.
When learning any new language, practice is the most important thing. Use your social media platforms to build confidence in your writing skills, and before you know it, you'll be speaking and writing perfect English.