If there’s one way that you really can improve your English skills, it would definitely be to try to get as many English newspapers as you possibly can. It’s tempting to believe that you can just rely on magazines with very few pictures, but that’s only giving you a bit of culture, without the language. You have to go with the written word for a few different reasons. If you aren’t careful, you will end up only being able to speak good English, but you will not be able to write as well as you speak.
There is something that needs to be said about writing that’s actually quite powerful. You have to be able to communicate in words because there are so many facets of the English experience that are in written communication. If you ever have a problem with an American company, you will want to be able to correspond with them in writing because going on the phone doesn’t leave you a good “trail” to track the conversation. That’s something that you really need to make sure that you are following to the letter. A lot of people have lost a lot of money thinking that they didn’t really have to use written word — they could just use the phone to get everything done. Until you have to fight for your rights, you often forget how powerful the written word really is!
English newspapers are all about giving you the facts on the world around you. Not only will you be learning how formal English is written to some extent, but you’ll be learning more about culture at the same time. Reading the newspaper is definitely an American experience, and you will find quite a few people reading the newspaper as much as possible.
Are you getting at least one newspaper each day? They cost so very little and give you the feeling of actually integrating into the culture around you. It’s also a great time to be able to work in another conversation with someone that you don’t even know. Americans tend to be social, especially about something that they care about. If you really can get over any resident concerns that you have, you’ll find that it really is an experience you must check out.
English newspapers really can be your best friend — if you let them. What newspapers have you read lately? Have they helped you in your journey for better English? If not, we’d be interested to know your challenges at this time — just sound off in the comments!