Once you arrive in the United States and get settled in your homestay, residence club or apartment, it’s time for your new student orientation and first day of school. Don’t worry—it shouldn’t be hard, and it isn’t scary.
English is the most widespread language in the world, more spoken and written than any other language. Over 400 million people speak English as a first language, surpassed only by the number of people who speak Chinese—and many more people speak English as a second or third language: up to 2 billion. At this moment, roughly 1 billion people around the world are learning English.
Want to improve your English vocabulary? That’s a great idea. For basic communication, knowing vocabulary is even more important than knowing grammar. The more words you know, the easier it is to express your thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
But improving your English vocabulary is not as simple as memorizing lists or looking up words in the dictionary. Why not? Because that is not enough to make sure that you remember the words you learn. If you don’t work with and use your new words, you will probably forget them pretty quickly.
Once you decide to study in the United States, there are a few things you need to do to prepare. It is important you secure housing, confirm your health and travel insurance and practice your English.