October 1, 2012

Practice English on Twitter the Right Way with These Tips on Finding Friends

Practice English on Twitter

Practice English on Twitter by making friends.

Today’s post is a guest post by Mitsuyo, an expert and author on how to practice English on Twitter and other social networks.

She talks about a common problem for English learners trying to practice English on Twitter, and tells you how to avoid this problem by finding friends the right way.

Enter Mitsuyo…

How many followers do you have?  If you have only a few and want to get more or you’re just starting Twitter, there are two things you should do:

  1. follow as many people as possible and
  2. tweet with @.

Are People Really Reading Your Tweets?

Some newbie Twitters say, “I want to talk to people all over the world!” and then just wait for people to talk to them.  However, the world doesn’t know that you exist until you let it know!

Just because you send a tweet doesn’t mean someone is reading it. Actually, it’s very likely that no one is reading your tweets!

How to Get More Followers and Responses to Your Tweets

Tip #1

How can you make sure someone reads your tweets?  Send a tweet to a particular person using @.  Retweeting other people’s tweets will also get their attention, but initially, using @ is a more sure thing.

e.g. @TweetinEng Hi, there! I’m a college student in Japan and trying to practice English on Twitter. Will you follow me?

Tip #2

You can also use a hashtag to converse with people who share similar interests.  For instance, if you’re interested in photography, add #photo, #photos and/or #photography to your tweet.  Then click the hashtag and you’ll get a list of all tweets using the same hashtag.  You can tweet to Twitters on the list or other Tweeters might contact you

Here are some hashtags that English learners can use to meet English learners in other countries:  #ESL, #ESOL and #learnEnglish.  Enjoy tweeting and learn English!

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The two tips that Mitsuyo talks about are really easy to start using, but it’s surprising how many people don’t use them! Unless you talk to people about specific interests you have, you won’t get the kind of practice you want to.

Following those tips will help you practice English on Twitter in a way that leads you to having conversations with people. This will improve your English more and you’ll have a lot more fun!

If you speak Japanese, I really suggest that you take a look at her books on social media.

Mitsuyo’s book, “英語でもっとSNS!どんどん書き込む英語表現“, discusses how some of her followers have improved their English skills while enjoying talking to their favorite overseas musicians and people in other countries, and introduces 1,400 expressions that can be used on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Her latest book, “ビジネスに対応 英語でソーシャルメディア(Business English for Social Media),” shares 2,300 English expressions for business users who want to interact with their customers, fans and followers overseas.  It shows how to write profiles for Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterst and LinkedIn.

Do you have any more great tips for making friends or practicing English on Twitter? Share them in the comments!

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