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As with hard working teachers, students are also hard working and need a break. Here are some suggestions on not where to go for your break, but exactly how to spend your time so that you don’t totally lose everything you learned:
Firstly, if you can leave your city try to do these things:
- Try a new native English speaking environment
- Take friend with you who doesn’t speak your native language, that way you will be forced to speak English together
- Don’t put too much pressure on trying to make perfect English conversation, just use it to get by. You may be surprised exactly how much you have retained.
- Take the opportunity to catch up on your missed American blockbuster movies (all in English of course)
- Give yourself a few days where you don’t speak any English at all, or engage in anything related to English language learning
The last point is very important. One thing we forget is that our brain also needs a break. Constantly taking part in a classroom situation and then trying to use it outside the classroom can become very tedious particularly when we are at the lower levels of learning, so your brain needs a break too.
Whenever our body gets a chance to take a well earned break, when you go back to study one or two weeks later, you’ll be surprised at how easily it will absorb new information.
So next time you take a break – if you want to continue pursuing your English, that’s great, but taking a complete break from the language can also have its benefits too.