How to work on your English if all you have is 15 minutes a day?

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Whenever you turn, you hear during the lockdown period you should be spending the spare time you would spend commuting on self-improvement and reaching your personal goals.
But wait, what spare time, you might ask? Maybe your current work intensity is at its ever-highest …

If advancing your English has been on your priority list for quite a while, yet you don’t have enough time to sign up for a regular course, there is still plenty of things you could do in order to learn something new every day.
And remember, even one new phrase a day is better than none

Here is my top 3 coffee-break English learning activities:

1. Hone your pronunciation

Who wouldn’t mention acquiring ‘a perfect accent’ as their learning goal? What many students don’t realize is that sometimes the non-native-sounding devil is in the details of pronouncing individual words or even sounds.

You might want to check out ‘5 minutes to improve your pronunciation’ e-mail course (Youglish), search for the way many native English speakers pronounce a given word using the Youglish search aggregator (check here) or, if you are willing to explore the ins and outs of individual English sound pronunciation, you could try the ‘Sounds’ application (check here).

2. Follow your local news – in English

If you like to keep up-to-date with what’s going on and visit news websites a lot, it could be a good idea to read updates both on global and local events in English. Many Polish media websites offer versions written in quality English. You might also like Notes from Poland.
I am planning to write a separate post on reading in English.

3. Keep a journal… in English


If you would like to allot some time to spend alone with your thoughts and – through jotting them down – become both a more reflective individual and a stronger writer, journaling is an option you may want to explore. Doing so in English creates the added value of providing a meaningful language production practice.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you would like me to assist you in drawing up a realistic self-study routine. No more excuses then 😉.

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