Sunday, September 04, 2011|
ESL Student Blog: A Dog is... An ESL Student's Best Friend?
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:03 PM
- Wonder how having a dog can help you learn English? Dogs are known for their friendly affectionate nature and loyalty, but they also create lots of opportunities for social interactions.
- As dogs are natural ice-breakers, they help connect - even to people who don’t seem very much alike. Your dog will give reason to people to stop and talk to you. When you’re out walking with a dog, you look much more approachable than just walking by yourself.
- Dogs can help you network and increase the number of people you meet. You might have a better chance to expand your social circle. Be it in a dog park, an elevator, a puppy training class or at a city festival, dogs help initiate spontaneous conversations between strangers in public places.
- Dogs are great listeners. You can practice your new words, pronunciation of a sound or even maintaining a direct eye contact with your furry friend. To improve your written English, why not join online dog-focused networking websites?
- Many English learning students complain they have no one to speak English to in informal situations and look for ways to have a native English speaker conversation partner. If you share a common interest - a hobby, a goal, music preference or... love for dogs - it instantly gives you a reliable topic of conversation that over time can evolve to more personal topics.
- Want a challenge? Decide to have an English speaking dog - teach him commands and tricks (sit, down, heel, stay, come, leave it, fetch, shake a paw, roll over) in English only. Taking care of your dog and socializing it with other dogs (while talking to the dog owners) will help you improve your general vocabulary, prepare you to speak on a variety of topics and make you a more confident speaker.
- All this holds true if you’re a genuine dog lover. Are you a dog person?