Launching next year is ‘Lingo Land Homestay’, a new and unique opportunity to visit the up-and coming-city of Manchester, whilst receiving tailored tuition from Lingora Founder & born and bred Englishman, Edmund.
Edmund is learning four languages including Arabic, Spanish, French and Portuguese. He believes that his homestay programmes in France over a couple of summers sped up the process of learning cultural words and phrases, as well as the customs and values of the country.
“My main reason for starting Lingora was to provide language learners with a platform to connect with a community of like-minded native speakers. However, I now want to take Lingora to the next level, and let people travel to the country of their target language to ask as many questions as possible, meet English people and immerse themselves in our culture.
After all - we’re the experts, just as you are in your first language!”
Manchester, the 6th largest city in the UK, has been described as the ‘mini London’ by many locals and people who have relocated to the city centre. With cosmopolitan bars, a thriving arts & music scene and plenty of people from all over the world to meet, you won’t be short of things to do.
Home to four universities, the city is one of the most culturally diverse in the UK, attracting students who fall in love with the place and decide to stay, get a job and live there.
About Lingo Land Homestay
Do you understand how to pronounce words but are you not sure about verbal cues?
Is there one area of English you would like to focus on in particular - your writing, speaking or listening?
Are you excited about future career opportunities, but want to learn English to open up more possibilities?
Before you make any decisions about signing up for a homestay, you will be able to have a chat with Edmund, your ‘Lingora Talk Guide’, about the reasons why you would like to improve your English.
The tailored tuition and learning plans offered at Lingora look at your individual aims and goals, and help you develop in the way you want to.
Benefits of the homestay programme
1. Tailored Tuition
Are you a beginner or intermediate learner, or would you say you’re pretty much an expert, and just want to expand your knowledge further to become the ‘bees knees’ and learn idioms like these?
‘Bees knees’ means something that is excellent and of high quality. In English, if someone has a high opinion of themselves, we often say ‘they think they’re the bees knees.’ At expert level, you can learn more well-known phrases (idioms) like these, as well as more complex sentence structures and how to hold a great conversation in English.
On the other hand, at intermediate level, you may know how to pronounce and spell words and phrases, but you may not fully understand their meaning in detail, or you could be confused about double meanings.
Complete beginner? Think you only know the basics? Then it might be a good idea to book your ‘Lingora Land Homestay’ for longer.
2. Less scared to experiment
As mentioned earlier, Manchester is known for being one of the most culturally diverse cities in the UK. That means you will have the opportunity to meet international friends from all over the world.
In Manchester, there are so many social events and language exchange evenings for you to get involved in. Here, you will meet like-minded people, who may just be as reluctant as you to say the wrong thing and experiment in their target language.
This gives you the chance to practise amongst yourselves and develop your communication skills.
3. Field Trips
Okay, so let’s say you want to learn English to further your career in leisure and tourism and since English is the second most commonly spoken language in the world after Chinese, we don’t blame you!
Unlike the types of ‘outdoor adventure’ field trips you took at school, these ones set up by Edmund are a little more educational. If you’re interested in leisure and tourism, you may be able to visit a travel agency like Althams Travel Services to ask members of staff more questions about the roles that might appeal to you.
This way, you will be able to practise your English, at the same as picking up new words and phrases that are specific to the career you want to pursue, and discovering what you would be doing in this type of job from day-to-day.
4.‘Talk Guide’ turned ‘Tour Guide’
As well as being taken on a vocabulary vacation and immersing yourself in British customs and culture, you will be able to visit famous landmarks, see historical architecture and get to know other cities, towns and surrounding small villages & countryside.
From quaint villages and smaller market towns, to the capital city of London, you will be spoilt for choice on where to spend your weekend relaxing and exploring.
Market towns are well-known for their arts & crafts and gorgeous gifts, and you will be able to learn about the heritage of amazing buildings in other cities.
5. Learn accent and dialects
Okay - so telling accents apart isn’t always easy if you are from a completely different country, but dialects are another story.
‘Dialects’ refer to the slang that people adopt and use in a particular regional area.
‘Mancunian’ means a person from Manchester
‘Scouse’ means a person from Liverpool
‘Geordie’ means a person from Newcastle
‘Cockney’ means a person from East London
Each of these groups of people from different areas have their own way of talking - their own regional dialect - and if you are lucky, you may just get to hear some of them in person.
Homestay is an ideal way to improve your English.
Get in touch with Edmund Hutchings on: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are at all interested in this homestay programme.