Learn a Language this Fall
It is officially fall! (Another word we can say is AUTUMN). Practice your language skills while enjoying the cooling temperatures and changing colors of the leaves (if you live in those areas)! This is part of our season series! Check out spring and summer!
Here are some 4 tips to get you started plus a list of fall words you can start using today (in English, but if you are targeting a different language, translate them over or look up the equivalent)!
Write down all the things you see on your fall 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 forest is many different colors.”
For more advanced learners, you can write the same sentence in all the tenses. Example:
- The forest is many different colors.
- The forest was many different colors
- The forest is going to be many different colors.
- The forest will be many different colors.
- The tree has been many different colors.
- The tree had been many different colors.
- The tree will have been many different colors.
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.
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 fall/autumn words to get you started:
- Harvest / to harvest
- to fall / falling leaves
- to change / changing colors
- back to school
- to pick apples / apple picking