Fun Ways to Learn English in Greenville
Learning English doesn’t have to be boring. Instead of burying your head in a textbook or listening to the news, why not get out and enjoy all of what Greenville has to offer? Practice your English, learn new vocabulary, and create memorable experiences all at the same time! Here are some great ways to learn English in Greenville:
Enjoy the Outdoors
Practice your listening comprehension every Wednesday night in September by watching a free classic movie in Falls Park in downtown Greenville. With titles like Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Princess Bride, I can’t think of a more fun way to enjoy a Wednesday night than this. Movies start at 8:00pm. www.greenvillesc.gov/PublicInfo_Events/MoonlightMovies.aspx
Do you know what a Griffin, a Lemur, or a Toucan is? If you answered no to any of those, you should probably brush up on your animal vocabulary. What better place than the Greenville Zoo to do so? With 25 exhibits and dozens of species of exotic animals, the Greenville Zoo is a fun place to expand your vocabulary. http://www.greenvillezoo.com
Shopping in the Streets
The TD Saturday Market is a great place for you to practice your English! Brush up on your fruits and vegetables vocabulary as you browse through produce grown by local farmers in South Carolina. Improve your conversation skills as you speak with the vendors about their products. You’ll find they are very friendly and eager to give you advice on cooking and gardening. Watch as some of the area’s best chefs give live cooking demonstrations or take a seat and listen to some local music. The Market runs every Saturday until the end of October. For more information, www.saturdaymarketlive.com
Be sure to check out Fall for Greenville the weekend of October 10-12. This is one of the most popular events in the region and brings in thousands of visitors from all over. Try to follow along with the lyrics sang by over 60 musicians and bands from around the country on five different stages. Learn more food vocabulary as you walk past more than 40 different food vendors representing the best restaurants in the region. We’ll have more on this event as it gets closer. http://www.fallforgreenville.net
Arts and Entertainment
The two big venues in Greenville are the Peace Center and the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. These are great locations to take in the arts while learning English. With musicals like The Book of Mormon and Wicked, stand up comedians like Ron White and Jeff Dunham, and musical performances from The Black Keys and Motley Crue, you can create memorable experiences while building your English skills.
Greenville has one of the best theatre scenes in the region. If you love going to see a play or musical, you’re in the right place. This too is a great way to practice and improve your listening skills. Have a laugh with shows like Legally Blonde: The Musical or Monty Python’s Spamalot or watch the drama unfold in Shakespeare’s Richard III.
Read in English
Are you a history buff? Check out one of the area’s local history museums as you improve your English reading and vocabulary. Get to know the history of your new home while honing your English skills. http://www.upcountryhistory.org/ http://confederatemuseumandlibrary.org/ http://www.shoelessjoejackson.org/
If you love to read, why not pick up a book in English? Instead of reading a great book in your native language, head to one of Greenville County’s 11 libraries and get a book in English for free. If you’re planning on traveling around the country, pick up a travel guide to read. If you want to stay in and watch a movie, get a DVD from the library. You can even turn the subtitles on to help you better understand exactly what is being said. http://www.greenvillelibrary.org/index.php/about/locations-hours
Check Out a Convention
The TD Convention Center has a couple of events to help you practice and improve your English vocabulary this year. From September 19-21, check out the Fall Southern Home and Garden Show. If you just moved to Greenville, you’ll find a lot of great ways to make your new house feel more like a home. http://www.hbaofgreenville.com/southernhomeandgardenshow.php Women will also want to check out Greenville’s 7th annual Upstate Women’s Show, full of fashion, shopping, food, and wellness. http://shegville.com/
As you can see, there are so many great ways to get out there and a have a great time in Greenville. You can have once in a lifetime experiences while practicing and improving your English language skills. Make learning English fun and you will quickly master the language!