Traveling is an excellent way to learn more about different cultures, cuisines and most importantly, languages. After putting in all of the hard work to learn English, what better way to celebrate your achievement than to plan a holiday to an English-speaking destination. Along with sightseeing, you will have the opportunity to practice your newly learned language.
Here are five great holiday destinations to practice your English-speaking skills.
1. London, England
London offers many opportunities to practice your English speaking, listening and reading skills. The bustling city also offers many great sightseeing opportunities, such as:
- The British Museum
- Tower of London
- Big Ben
- Tower Bridge
- Buckingham Palace
- Hyde Park
- Westminster Abbey
- Covent Garden
While exploring the city and its sights, you will have plenty of opportunities to speak to Londoners. There are also meetup groups specifically for practicing English in London.
Another great way to practice your English-speaking skills is to go on a walking tour or hit the city’s markets to speak with local vendors.
2. Dublin, Ireland
Ireland’s capital is another wonderful place to practice English while exploring fascinating historical sites, like:
- Dublin Castle
- Kilmainham Gaol
- Christ Church Cathedral
- Malahide Castle & Gardens
Dublin is a vibrant town rich with opportunities to converse with the locals. Visit the markets and pubs to strike up new conversations. There are also meetup groups for practicing English in Dublin, so take advantage during your stay.
3. Melbourne, Australia
With its museums, libraries and art museums, Melbourne offers many opportunities to practice your English speaking and listening skills. Plus, there are plenty of great sites to see, including:
- Queen Victoria Market
- Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
- Eureka Skydeck
- National Gallery of Victoria
- Melbourne Museum
Visiting Australia will present a great, wonderful challenge to new English speakers. The Australian accent and idioms can take some getting used to, but the locals are friendly and happy to help.
Melbourne is home to many great libraries, including Kathleen Syme Library, the City Library and the Library at the Docks. These libraries have ESL (English as a Second Language) clubs for international students, which are run by native speakers. Exploring the city’s many attractions will give you ample opportunities to speak with locals and hone your English skills.
4. Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver is a coastal town with scenic views and fun sights. It’s a great destination for new English speakers to work on their English speaking and listening skills.
Granville Island, a haven for artists, has a vibrant market where you can speak with locals. There are plenty of museums to visit, including the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver Art Gallery, the Maritime Museum, Science World and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.
These sights provide opportunities to practice your reading as well as your listening and speaking skills. Friendly locals will be happy to help you, whether you need directions or just want to strike up a conversation.
If you’re a fan of nature, be sure to visit Queen Elizabeth Park or VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Grouse Mountain offers ski trails and sprawling city views.
5. San Francisco, U.S.
Known for its Victorian homes, cable cars and fog, San Francisco is a friendly American city that’s ideal for practicing English. The city is home to many great sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square and Golden Gate Park.
Head over to the Ferry Building to speak with the locals and sample the local fare. The Ferry Building is a foodie’s paradise, with several vendors and farmers.
These five cities offer many opportunities to speak with locals, learn English and see some fantastic sights. Stick to major cities if you’re still mastering the language, as they are often cultural melting pots.