I am often asked: how much time did I spend on grammar books, dictionaries and practicing sounds. In fact, at school I studied English, and only after making the decision that I wanted to become a volunteer and fly to Germany, I went to German courses. Honestly, languages have always been easy for me and I learned everything new with pleasure, but this does not mean that I did not sit at books. If you can only acquire communication skills by talking to people, then to master grammar you will have to work hard yourself. Having passed the thorny path of various courses and tutorials, now I am just doing the fact that I help young people who have come to a foreign language country to feel comfortable and communicate freely with foreigners. At the moment I am working on the project "You are not alone" and would like to share with you some moments that will help you to assimilate easier in another country. For example, in our meetings, we often share stories from books we read or movies we watched. If you don't have a lot of time, you can listen to audiobooks or podcasts. I also recommend the list of foreign Internet forums. By registering on it, you can simply read the most popular topics, pay attention to speech turns, abbreviations, slang, and unusual colloquial expressions.
I also recommend that all young guys make a good habit of watching news in a foreign language every day. So you will not only learn different opinions about the events taking place in the world, but also enrich your vocabulary with the most correct and commonly used vocabulary. Be prepared for the fact that at first it will not be easy to perceive foreign announcer speech at a fast pace, but gradually you will begin to understand more and more. Another important point: change the language settings of devices, e-mail, social media accounts to English. Thus, you will constantly use a foreign language in your daily life. It seems to be so clear that this is a good way to quickly merge with a foreign language, but I have a friend who was stubborn to the last and did not want to switch the language on all devices.
It is becoming quite common to believe that fluency in the language is not so important for a volunteer. Like, Wednesday will take its toll anyway. This belief is only valid if your plans include solely volunteering. Any serious employer will not want to hire a person who can barely speak the main state language.