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Top 10 Semester Break Language Tips

Veröffentlicht am 29. Dezember 2010, 15:55 Uhr
During the semester break there are a number of fun and creative ways besides grammar exercises that can help you continue improving your language skills while you are not in class. Here is a top ten list of potential ways to improve your language outside of the classroom and during the long holiday break.

1. Maybe call or Skype a friend from another country and have a conversation in their language. (Discuss the events of the last year and predictions about the next.)

2. Watch a holiday themed movie in the original language. (Try starting with subtitles in your own language and graduate to subtitles in the original language and eventually no subtitles.)

3. Not into movies? Then just spend a couple hours on YouTube or watch a couple downloaded episodes of your favorite foreign language TV show. (Something like "Flight of the Concords" or Japanese game shows are always a hit.)

4. Get in the holiday mood. Download the lyrics to some of your favorite holiday music and listen to the songs in different languages. ("Baby it's Cold Outside" is an appropriate selection for our current weather conditions.)

5. If better English is your goal, you could take advantage of our Online English Classes. (http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/fachsprachenzentrum/dp/)

6. Maybe it's time to read that book in your target language that you've been putting aside. (What is Harry Potter, Le Fontaine or Hamlet up to these days?)

7. If that's too large a commitment, maybe a magazine or long online article would be more realistic. (Catch up on some celebrity gossip!)

8. Try translating a poem into your native tongue or possibly into another foreign language. It's not too big a commitment, and it's a great way to expand your vocabulary. Play with poetic devices like alliteration and meter. See what you can come up with. After you're finished search the internet to see if someone else has translated the same poem and compare. (Williams Carlos Williams or Dylan Thomas are good English examples.)

9. Play a board game or online video game in another language. (Kill the dragon and level up both your character and your language skills.)

10. If all else fails, you could go on a date with someone from another country! Speak their language. You'll win points and get to practice. (Personally my favorite!)

However you spend your break, we want you to know that we are grateful to be able to serve the university community and hope we can continue to meet your language needs even more in the future. We look forward to seeing more of you soon.
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