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May 22, 2014

Photo-of-twitter-use-to-learn-english-ALCCIf you’re learning English, you’re probably interested in finding fun ways to practice and grow your skills. Social media is one tool that all students can use, no matter how basic or advanced their language skills are. If you’re active on Twitter, why not use your account to your advantage when it comes to practicing your reading, writing, and comprehension skills? Here are three tips to make the most out of your time on the popular social media site:

1) Follow news organizations.

You can learn English while staying up-to-date on current events and important news stories when you follow news organizations that broadcast in the U.S. or England. Consider major networks like CNN and BBC. Tweets from these organizations are likely to incorporate words and phrases that will help you build your vocabulary.

2) Follow handles related to your hobbies.

When you use Twitter to stay connected to your hobbies and other interests, you’ll be more likely to use it on a regular basis. Whether you’re most interested in fashion, sports, crafting, or just about any other topic, you can easily utilize Twitter as a tool for learning English while staying up-to-date with the things you like most!

3) Put your problem-solving skills to use.

Because of the 140-character limit on tweets, most people use shortcuts for their posts. While you probably won’t learn any good spelling habits from using the service, you will be able to develop your language problem-solving skills. You can do this by reading tweets and working to determine what certain abbreviations mean.

 


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