Improve your English with the use of social media!
Do you enjoy using social media networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? These can all be useful tools to practise and improve your English skills. Have a look at the information below for tips on how to use social media to practise English!
Post (verb & noun)
To put something on social media, this could be information or photos. It is also used to refer to information or photos that someone else has put on social media.
“She posted it yesterday.”
“Did you see his post about his new school?”
A place on your social media homepage where you see new information that has been posted by other people recently.
“My Facebook feed is full of your holiday pictures today.”
Adding the # symbol to words or phrases puts them into categories so people can find them by searching. If you click on a hashtag, you can find all the posts where the hashtag is used.
“Check out #roseofyork.”
Facebook allows you to click a button to show that you like a post.
“I liked your new profile picture.”
If something is trending it means it is really popular and a lot of people are currently talking about and sharing it on social media.
“My latest article is trending.”
You can share your posts on all social media apps. Similarly, you are allow to share posts which are made by other people, too. You can share these posts with the people in your social network. You can normally share a post with the click of a button.
“Did you see the photo Natalie shared yesterday?”
When you name the people who are in the photo or are involved in your post. Therefore, tagging someone in a post creates a link between that post and their profile.
“Sorry, I forgot to tag you, I’ll do it now”
You need to be incredibly precise on the social media site, Twitter. You are only allowed 140 characters per tweet or post. Therefore, you must be very concise with your message. It’s a fun way to update others on your latest news or interests immediately but with only 140 characters you are forced to choose your words carefully. This is a very good way for improving your English.
- Find and follow our updates on Twitter for hints and tips. https://twitter.com/RoseofYork
- Follow specific English language pages on Twitter. Some good pages are @dictionarycom, @EnglishUK, @Roseofyork, @grammarly
- When you use Twitter you have to be precise with your update as you are only allowed 140 characters. This will challenge you to think of short and concise sentences.
Many people use the popular photo sharing app, Instagram. People download the app on their smartphones and the app links to many other social media networks. People generally use it mostly for pictures and photos; however, you can still take advantage of this fun social media site and improve your English, too.
- If you want to Instagram and share photos, be sure to describe your photos when you post. Where were you? Who were you with? What were you doing? How were you feeling?
People can create profiles on the social networking site, Facebook. Here, people can add friends and exchange messages. Similarly to Twitter, Facebook is an excellent way build on your English skills. You gain writing experience and, as you don’t have to limit your writing to 140 characters, you can go into much more detail with your writing. Additionally, you can practise your reading skills by reading different messages. Ultimately, this can help you to learn new vocabulary from friends and people all over the world.
- You can set your Facebook to English so you are reading, writing and communicating in English. You don’t realise how much you improve your English.
- If you see a word you don’t understand in someone’s post or in an article, note it down and look up the word later, adding it to your vocabulary diary.
- Join Facebook groups that have been set up for learning English. You and your classmates could even set up your own Facebook page where you can share tips and information.
- Read the Rose of York Facebook page as we are regularly updating it with fun and useful news and information.