With the fact that English is so hard to learn, you will want to make sure that you use it as often as possible, both inside and outside of “learning time”. This means that when you leave the house, try to talk to people who already know the language, but you can start even before then. For instance, you can easily practice English phrases in the kitchen and it will help you figure it out faster.
Why Choose the Kitchen?
There are a lot of very confusing words in the kitchen. Foods have odd names and recipes call for a variety of ingredients. There are also a lot of “sugar”, “preservatives” and “calories” listed on most box labels. Reading off these types of words will be difficult for a new English speaker, but they can help you understand some of the blended sounds and silent letters that go into the English language. You can read it in your head and then say it out loud. See if it sounds like something that is a legitimate word the way that you are saying it. If it isn’t, try again. It will not only help you with speaking, but it may also increase your cooking versatility because of all the new foods that you will try after reading the recipes.
The Recipe for Success
No one wants to ever have to read random words. Chances are good, dextrose, maltose, and sucrose are words that you will never need to use outside of reading your prepared food labels. Therefore, many people prefer to use recipes to practice in the kitchen. It will require you to read words that have a meaning such as sugar or mushroom, flour or eggs, milk or butter. You also have the opportunity to learn how to cook new foods. For instance, if you have a home made fondant recipe, you can read, learn, and bake. It ties everything together so that you are not just looking at random words. They mean something, and you can learn more than just the language.
Putting Good Knowledge to Use
Once you have managed to say the words in your kitchen, you will be better prepared to talk about these items outside of your kitchen. For instance, it will make it easier for you to find the word “spices” when you venture out to the grocery store or if you are having trouble finding “nutmeg” you can ask someone to help you locate it. Even if you only know a single word, such as “spaghetti”, chances are good if you walk up to a sales representative or a fellow shopper and say, “spaghetti”, they will be able to point you in the direction you need to go. From there, you will find spaghetti noodles, sauces, and Parmesan cheese. Knowing these words will also enable you to survive when you venture out to a restaurant where you may want to order something from the menu. You will know how to turn the words that you see into something that you can say, at least close enough to have others understand you.