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Learning English: Tips & Tricks!

Are you starting your New Zealand adventure soon but you are worried about your English skills? It’s just so hard to practice at home because speaking in English with your parents or friends just feels silly right?

I know exactly how you feel and want to help you prepare for your departure! Being from Germany I also had to learn English as my second language. To be honest, I wasn’t very good in English at all and almost failed a year in high school! Like many of you, I wanted to go overseas to improve my English. Now I am fluent and hopefully my tips for studying English will help you prepare for your time in NZ J

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  1. Watch movies in English

Seriously, this is just the easiest way of learning a language. It doesn’t even feel like learning! Choose your favorite movie or just one you have seen before and put on the subtitles that way you won’t get frustrated!

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  1. Read books in English

Start with an easy one like a novel that will not use words that are too complicated. Start off with one that isn’t too thick because you will probably take longer to read in English and get frustrated if it takes you ages to read one book. Also, don’t worry about not understanding every word! Just skip a word or even sentence you don’t understand you will probably figure out what it could be later on.

  1. Read/watch NZ news

If a whole book is a bit too daunting, maybe spend a little bit of time watching or reading our New Zealand news pages. This is a great way to find out what’s going on in NZ at the moment that way you also have some conversation starters with your family! Here are some news pages: http://www.newshub.co.nz/   and   http://www.stuff.co.nz/

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  1. Check out the lyrics when you listen to English music!

 I bet there are plenty of English songs you sing along like “ghbiblfkngbdijbg” guessing the lyrics! I do that too, even native speakers sing along without knowing what the song is actually about! Take your favorite song and google the lyrics. You will not only find yourself getting much better at karaoke but most importantly you will learn new words. For example, I learned the word “tongue” from Jason Mraz’s “I’m yours” and every time someone says tongue I’m thinking of this song!

  1. Use post-its

After many years of studying English in school you might have forgotten the basics by the time you graduate. In my last year in school we read Shakespeare but I didn’t even know words like knife and fork anymore. Crazy right? Leave Shakespeare at home, what you need in NZ is good foundations. Use post-its with English words and put them in the corresponding places in your house: for example, the words “sink” or “tub”. Question yourself: do I know what this is in English? If not, it gets a post-it! This way you will simply learn words throughout your day by doing nothing but looking at them again and again!

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  1. Speak!

I know speaking with your parents or friends in English is silly. Instead try and find someone who can actually not speak your language so you don’t have another other option! Try the internet to find a language partner or put up a note at the local university. There will always be some overseas students who would love to meet locals!

Just try to get exposed to as much English as possible in your daily life! Become really confident in speaking and listening/understanding because that is what will help you the most in New Zealand!

Most of all: be confident about your English! Don’t be shy! You know so much more and speak so much better than you think! Your host will appreciate how well you can speak a foreign language and you should be proud of yourself! With a bit of preparation, you will have an easy start here in NZ and once you are here you English will improve so much more just by talking it every day!

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INTERNeX New Zealand: Event in Auckland July 2015

Hello Guys and Girls!

Everyone here in New Zealand is getting cold as ice, which means that we need to plan some fun activities to get ourselves motivated and prevent ourselves from getting depressed! 😥 Therefore I have made a small list of things to do in Auckland in July 🙂

World Press Photo Exhibition

A lot of you guys probably heard of this exhibition before! It is in the news almost every year because of the impressive pictures, and this year the exhibition comes to Auckland!

For more information about this amazing Exhibition, take a look here!

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Disney on Ice – Dare to Dream

Okay, now be completely honest. Who didn’t get even a little excited when you saw this?! DISNEY ON ICE. I don’t think it gets any better. This amazing show will be performing in Auckland from Friday the 24th of July until the 26th in the Vector Arena.

For ticketing and the correct dates and times, take a look here!

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Scrapbooking & Crafting Expo

Yaaay it’s time to get creativeee!! This weekend the Scapbooking & Crafting Expo will be on! They have classes, seminars and workshops that you can book yourself into free demos, competitions, displays, ideas etc. So basically this will be a whole weekend full of creativity!

Wanna get creative? Take a look here!

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NZIFF New Zealand International Film Festival

The NZIFF is an annually returning festival in the winter. They bring all different kinds of movies from all over the world to Auckland to show to you! You can watch the movies on 6 different locations and is definitely worth a visit if you are a big fan of movies!

Want to watch a nice movie? Take a look here for more information!

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Aotea Square Ice Rank

Are there any ice skating lovers on here? Because now is your chance to enjoy some ice skating right in the city centre of Auckland. The Ice Rink is open from 10am in school holidays and 12pm on any other day until 10pm for 7 days a week! At night the lighting gives you a warm feeling as if you are in winter wonderland!

Get Frozen, Let it go, and build a snowman! For more information look here!

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INTERNeX New Zealand: Fun, Fright, Flight/Fight, Fit

Those are the 4 different stages that everyone goes through when settling in a new country 🙂 Moving to another country is a big step and will always involve a lot of adjustments. This usually almost results in a culture shock, even though you will not be expecting this when you move to such a modernized country such as New Zealand. 

1. FUN

This is the first stage that someone will go through. In this stage everything is a lot of fun because you are meeting new people, you are seeing new places and this will carry you through the first few weeks that you will be here.

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2.FRIGHT

This is the point where you realize that you are in a different country, all by yourself without your family and friends from back home. It might feel like everything back home is going on as usual, and that you are missing out on a lot of things. 😥

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3.FLIGHT/FIGHT

This is where you get unsure about your decision to move to New Zealand. You are thinking about going home (flight) or about just staying here and fight for it.

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4.FIT

This is the final stage where you are feeling at home in New Zealand, everything is going the way that you want it to go and everything is AMAZING!

We are sure that you are just gonna skip the second and third phase because New Zealand is just an amazing place, the people are extremely nice and welcoming and you are never gonna wanna leave! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

INTERNeX New Zealand: Annual American Express Queenstown Winter Festival

Hello Guys and Girls,

Just letting you know that if you are a big ski or snowboard fan, this winter in New Zealand is     going to be perfect for you!! For the past 2 days there has been a huge snow storm in the South Island which caused around a metre to a metre and a half of snow!

Not only is this great for the ski-season, but it is also a big bonus for the annual American       Express Queenstown Winter Festival that kicked of yesterday! As you probably already know, the Kiwis are always looking for reasons to make a party, and that is exactly how this Festival      started!

Back in 1975 a couple of locals from Queenstown basically decided that the Winter is super amazing and that the start of it needs to be celebrated! Since then, the Festival grew to be one of the biggest celebrations of Winter! The Queenstown Winter Festival is a 10-day celebration including street parties, fireworks, local ánd international acts, comedy, family fun and heaps of more fun stuff!

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INTERNeX New Zealand: Opening of the Ski-season

Kia Ora guys and girls!

As you all do or do not know, the ski season is about to be opened in the South Island. The first ski area to be opened will be Mt Hutt in Canterbury on the 12th of June, followed by Coronet Peak and Cardrona in the Queenstown and Wanaka areas. This seems like an amazing opportunity for you guys who are located in the south island or for the ones that are going to travel there!

Don’t worry if you are not going there anytime soon, because the ski-season last year lasted 128 days! And for you guys who are not going to the south island at all: INTERNeX is organizing a ski-trip in the North Island. More information about that will follow soon!!

Don’t forget that if you have ANY questions (also those not related to skiing) you can contact us via Facebook or via e-mail (pr@internexnewzealand.com).

We hope you are enjoying your time in New Zealand and we would love to receive some updates about how your stay is so far!

PR Team INTERNeX New Zealand