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English Language and Culture: How To Find a Community in the USA

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 @ 10:29 AM

English language and culture guide to the USAMoving to the United States, starting a new life and finding a community in a city like Boston or New York can be a challenging task! You are probably eager to learn the English language and culture and to meet new people outside of your own cultural group. But in the big cities, it can be hard to connect with new people to make friends and practice your English so a lot of international students and professionals only socialize within their own cultural groups. In today's post, I would like to share a way for you to get out and meet new people in your city and start speaking more English with local people. If you are young, eager to learn English and ready for the adventure of exploring New York or Boston with a local person, keep reading for some great ideas!

 

 


How To Build a Community Through Couchsurfing:

 

Couchsurfing is a website which connects international travelers, professionals and students with local people.  Couchsurfing is not just meant for people who are passing through a city. If you are staying in the United States long term, it is a great way for you to connect with local people.  You can create a profile on the couchsurfing website and explore the city or have coffee with a local host. You can also get involved with the monthly gatherings to meet couchsurfers from the US and all over the world!

 

My Experiences with Couchsurfing:

 

Couchsurfing is a fun and unique way to connect with local people in any city around the world. I have had wonderful experiences with couchsurfing. While traveling in Montevideo, Uruguay a few years ago, I was tired of seeing cities from a tourist's point view. I wanted to find out the secrets of Montevideo, practice my Spanish and hang out with people from Uruguay. So I decided to try Couchsurfing. During my 4 day stay in Uruguay with Mariana, I tried Chivitos (Uruguyan sandwiches) with a famous tv actress, saw many interesting places that the tourists will never find and best of all, I spoke Spanish the whole time!



Learn English and Connect with New People:

 

Remember, during your time in the United States, the best way to learn English is to get out there and practice!  Couchsurfing is an opportunity to not only learn the English language, but also to find out more about American culture by speaking with people from the United States. So put down your books, be an independent learner and step out of your comfort zone! Join the Couchsurfing community! www.couchsurfing.org

 

 

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