Language Learning During the Winter

It is officially winter! Practice your language skills while enjoying the snowy weather!

Here are some 4 tips to get you started plus a list of winter words you can start using today! The following is help for learning English, but if you are learning a different language, just take the vocab and grammar and do the equivalent in your target language. Example, if you are learning Spanish, instead of using “snow” use “nieve” or if you are learning French: “niege.”

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Write down all the things you see on your winter adventures

While you are out and about, write on a piece of paper or in your phone different things you see. If you already know the English word, write it in English. If you don’t know it, write it in your language and then look it up when you are home.

When you get home, write the English word and create sentences

Next, take all those words you wrote down and create sentences with different grammar structures. Example, if you saw a tree. You could write: “The tree is covered with snow.”

For more advanced learners, you can write the same sentence in all the tenses. Example:

  • The tree is covered with snow
  • The tree was covered with snow
  • The tree is going to be covered with snow
  • The tree will be covered with snow
  • The tree has been covered with snow
  • The tree had been covered with snow
  • The tree will have been covered with snow

This will practice your conjugations for the verbs!

Practice speaking about those items in a mirror

Once you have your sentences, read those sentences out loud to the mirror. Then, once you feel comfortable, have a mini conversation about the items. This helps you start thinking in English.

Once you develop your thinking muscle, speaking will become easier. You might find yourself translating or having “blocks.” These will disappear when you think more in English.

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If you have an English speaking friends, practice with them for 30 minutes – have a conversation about what you did and saw!

After practicing with yourself in the mirror, find a friend to practice! Just dedicate 30 minutes with this friend to discuss what you saw and did outside in English! You have already practiced the grammar and pronunciation, now it is time to put it into real life practice!

You can do it!

Some winter words to get you started:

  • Snow / to snow
  • Hail / to hail
  • storm
  • blizzard
  • fresh
  • blanket
  • fireplace
  • cozy
  • hot chocolate
  • sled / to sled
  • icicle
  • freezing / to freeze
  • frosty
  • bitter
  • icy
  • ice
  • snowman
  • snowflake
  • snowboard / ski
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