Confident with your English? 3 reasons why you need to continue learning

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Your English is already good

Yes, you can say that you met the required level of English proficiency. That’s why you made it to Canada. You may have also spoken English back in your home country. So why do you need to learn more English?

You need to continue learning because:

  1. Canadian English is different
    Canadian English is unique. The pace, intonation and expressions are different. We may not be able to understand some words or phrases. Some words are also spelled differently.
  2. Language is culture
    Experience and understand Canadian culture to understand Canadian English. Everyday things, even the weather, have an impact on the language. Learn to understand unique Canadian words and expressions continuously. Learn words and expressions as well as the way people communicate. Canadians are polite and tactful. “Please”, “thank you”, and “I’m sorry” are used often. Communication is indirect. They will not say that you are wrong but they will suggest that you make improvements. They are tactful and respectful.
  3. There is a link between English proficiency and income
    The better your Canadian English, the greater your chances to move up in your career. This is because you will be able to contribute ideas better and participate in the workplace more. Leadership requires a high level of business communication skills. Develop this with continuous language training.

How to continually improve your English language skills

  1. Observe, listen and ask – Listen to people talk. Find a friend or mentor who can help you when you have questions. Ask when things that are not clear to you. Asking questions is also a great way to start small talk.
  2. Keep talking to Canadians – Always practice. The more you use the language, the better you’ll be. Read 5 big ideas for better small talk for more tips.
  3. Use free learning resources – Participate in conversation circles, read online lessons, watch YouTube videos and others. Here are some examples: Virtual Coffee Chats, Multi-Week Sessions, Intermediate Exercises.
  4. Take classes – Language courses are free for newcomers. They won’t be free anymore once you become a citizen. Read Language training programs in Manitoba and choose which one is best for you.

 
Sources: Canadian English, Charles Boberg, The Canadian Encyclopedia; Why is Canadian English unique? James Harbeck, BBC.com. Accessed January 15, 2018.

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Community Resources

To learn more Canadianisms, read Can you Can-speak? (while you’re at it, read Can you Can-speak 2 and 3 as well).

Learn more idioms here: Canadian idioms

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