Why Great Friends Are Important When Learning a Language

Moving to a new country is an exciting adventure, but it’s easy to feel alone once you reach your new home away from friends and family. You may feel isolated without understanding the language, but many of your classmates are in the same boat—and they make great friends! Here’s why making friends with your classmates can pay off as you learn English in New York City.

Fight Homesickness

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One of the biggest obstacles students face when coming to the U.S. to learn English is their own homesickness. Settling down in a new country is exhilarating, but once the boxes are unpacked and the dust settles, homesickness often creeps in. The best way to fight that lonely feeling is by making connections with the people around you, especially your classmates. You’ll probably find that many of them are in the same situation: they’re lonely and missing their own families! You can keep one another socially active and lean on each other for support during your time in the city.

Embrace Other Cultures

People from all over the world learn English in New York City, so when you make friends with your classmates—or even people in the local community—you’re sure to learn about other cultures and lifestyles. New York truly is a melting pot, so you’ll be surrounded by culture everywhere you go, whether you’re in the classroom or learning in local museums. Exploring and embracing other cultures helps you see different worldviews, and building friendships with people from opposite ends of the earth is a truly enriching experience.

Support One Another’s Studies

When you make friends with your classmates, you’ll always have people to study and practice English with. Although students at ALCC American Language speak different languages, everyone has to learn English to be able to communicate verbally. Students often feel comfortable listening to and speaking with other students who are also learning the language. Before long, you’ll be telling jokes and sharing memes in English with your new friends, and your friendships will grow as your communication skills improve.

Many ALCC American Language students form lifelong bonds with the friends they meet as they study English and explore NYC. If you’d like to learn English with other students from across the world, call us at (212) 736-2373 to learn more about our courses.

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