The Seven Best Places in Your Town to Learn English Or a Foreign Language

Why Travel Abroad?

Who said that the only way to learn English or other foreign language was to travel abroad? True, this is an excellent way to acquire a second or foreign language, but it’s hardly the only way. You can delve into and deepen you language skills right there in your city or town. Where? How? Read on …

Here are Seven of the Best Places in Your Town:

o The Public Library

This can be one of the best places to learn a language and a lot of other things too, for that matter. You can not only read, but listen to tapes and cassettes, as well as watch videos and DVDs. Ask what materials are available in your local public library and you just might be surprised at how much they have.

o A Language Institute

If there is a branch of a foreign language teaching institute in your town, it might be a great place to broaden and deepen your foreign language skills. They would also know of stores, shops, restaurants and grocers familiar with the language you’d like to learn, whether it’s English or some other language.

o A Community College

Is there a community college or other higher-learning facility in your town? Check into whether or not they have English, foreign language or writing courses. Many continuing education type courses are offered after working hours or on weekends for the convenience of working adult learners.

o Restaurants and Diners

While you’re learning English, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, German, French, Arabic or other foreign languages, regular meals at related ethnic restaurants or diners can be a great boost to your vocabulary. Especially if any of the staff speak the foreign language you’re interested in.

o Bookstore or News Stands

Depending on where you live, the local bookstores and news stands may well offer foreign language newspapers, magazines and other publications that you may be interested in. Even comic books and publications for children can be useful, so don’t rule them out.

o EFL Classes

Naturally, wherever they are, you’re going to root out any available English or other foreign language courses in your area. Look for classifieds for language tutors too. Then call to arrange for more personalized private lessons.

o Local TV and Radio Broadcasts

While this isn’t exactly a place, you can in fact, lean quite a lot from regularly scheduled broadcasts in whatever language you’d like to learn. Check newspaper and TV guide listings for foreign language broadcasts or call local stations and ask about their foreign language programming. Also, be ready to record broadcasts from the radio or television so you can repeat them as you need to help you to practice and learn.

Before You Travel Abroad

So again, who said that the only way to learn English or other foreign language was to travel abroad? You can delve into and deepen your foreign language knowledge and skills right there in your city or town using the seven places and methods just mentioned. Check around to see what’s available. Then take advantage of every option that you can.

Own Your Town With a Vehicle Wrap

Advertising forms an important marketing tool for many businesses. When used effectively it gives business more exposure and so plays a role in increasing sales. However, advertising can be expensive and having a large billboard showing off your services or products along a popular route or highway may just be too expensive. An alternate concept for advertising emerged during the 1990’s, called vehicle wraps.

I am sure most have seen a motor car, lorry, bus or many motor vehicles displaying signage advertising some sort of business. Basically that is what vehicle wrapping is. Most were initially created by using artistic spray painting on the vehicle. Today, this is being replaced more and more by vinyl sheets. The vinyl based wraps have quite a few advantages in that the whole concept can easily be designed by computer and then just pasted onto the vehicle. When a company changes design or concept, it is much easier to change the vinyl sheets than to change the spray painting on the vehicle.

These adverts also differ in design and complexity. Some of them may just be simple signs with a few contact details. Others for example can cover almost the entire vehicle and be complex combining advanced graphic design and images. There are also designs which can be stuck against a car window. In this case the vinyl is not solid, but is porous and allows light to pass through. We just need to look around to see what is being offered. Many companies offer this type of advertising.

Do you have your own business or interested in starting your own business, then customized advertising could just be what is needed to kick-start your business. Shop around to find a reliable company who is able to offer you this kind of service at a price that you are able to affordable. Sit down and discuss your requirements with their designers. Soon you could have a crowd stopping advert that will provide your business with the necessary exposure to increase your sales and profit.

Another option which one can do is to advertise other people’s business using your vehicle. You can either get them to design the concept for you, or you could approach them and with their input organize the design yourself. Either way, you can own a full business by charging the businesses for advertising space on your vehicle.

Vehicle wraps can be useful for your business and it has plenty of opportunities for business as well.

Mystery Shopper Jobs Are Available Online And In Your Town

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get paid for doing all the things that you really enjoy doing? Things like shopping and eating out at your favorite restaurants? Well, not only is it possible, my wife and I do it every single day. Just this past week we shopped for groceries for free, ate at a fast food restaurant or two (for free plus we got paid $10) and went to a fancy restaurant and ate for free. The only thing that is standing in the way of doing this yourself is knowing where to sign up and which companies are actually legitimate. Fortunately for my wife and me we found some great companies to work for. But what exactly do you have to do to be finding those mystery shopper jobs in your area?

Most people have the impression that you go into a store just to check it out and then report what you see, but the stores contract you through a broker company actually have very specific things that you need to look for, including specific questions that you need to ask in different departments. You need to time their response and get names where possible. Then you take the compiled information and fill out an online report. Sometimes you will need to take digital pictures and submit them as well.

So while having a mystery shopper job can be both rewarding and fun it is also a job. You will get to go to nice places to eat for free and to shop at your favorite stores when the jobs become available, and it is a real treat.