Are you trying to improve your spoken English? Do you live in Ras Al Khaimah? There are plenty of places where you can practice English and improve your skills and confidence.
Here 6 things activities in Ras Al Khaimah that can help you improve your English.
- Organise a playdate
- Sporting activities
- Study English
- Volunteer to help rescued animals
Try using only English when you go shopping. Even if the shop assistant speaks your language, insist on speaking English. There are a number of shopping malls in RAK, Al Hamra Mall, Manar Mall and Naeem Mall where you will find all your favorite shops. Go to coffee mornings if you are not working and making friends with others in the same situation as you. Join the many FB groups in RAK and you will soon make friends as people in RAK are very friendly and there is a much stronger sense of community than in the larger emirates.
Organise a playdate
If you have children, invite your children’s friends for a playdate and you will meet the parents who, in all likelihood, are not from the same country as you, so you will have the opportunity to speak English with them. Attend events such as Sport’s Day or Flag Day at your children’s school and you will be able to speak to the teachers and other parents in English. Don’t forget, if your children are being educated in English, you also need to speak English to know what they are doing at school.
There are a multitude of sporting activities you can get involved in, from sailing or jet-skiing to yoga and tennis, you are sure to find something for you where you can meet others and speak English. Join the sailing club in Al Hamra Marina (http://www.alhamramarina.com/Sailing-Club/The-Club) where you can learn to sail or hire a kayak, paddleboard or a boat. There is a restaurant at the sailing club so you can easily spend the entire day there. If you are into running, find a running group and train for the RAK half marathon or enroll at a gym and meet English speakers while working out.
Join one of the two golf clubs, Al Hamra (https://www.alhamragolf.com/) or Tower Links (https://towerlinks.ae/). There you will find golfers of all nationalities but what unites them, other than golf, is that they speak English, whether out on the golf course or in the bar afterward. There are also a number of other bars and restaurants in the Al Hamra area where you will be able to meet others who wish to improve their English. If you like dancing, go along to Trader Vic’s and you can join the Salsa group run by an American teacher!
All of these activities will allow you to practice your English but if you really want to improve your accuracy and fluency, join Speak English Language Institute where you will be taught by native English speakers who will allow you to develop and progress your language skills far more quickly than by socializing. Group lessons give you the opportunity to speak English, make friends and socialize at the same time. Many groups meet regularly for lunch or coffee outside the institute and become friends as well as fellow students. Speak also organizes social evenings at pubs, restaurants, and cafes for students of all nationalities to get together and speak English. So go along to Speak and find out more.
Volunteer to help Rescued Animals
If you are an animal lover, you could volunteer at RAK Animal Welfare Centre (https://www.rakawc.com/) You can look after the animals while speaking English to other volunteers. RAK Animal Welfare Centre has regular Open Days where you can get play and socialize with the animals, you children can learn how to look after and interact with the animals or you can even adopt a new friend.
Lovers of the outdoors can learn to ride a horse at Al Wadi Equestrian centre (https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/uae/al-wadi-desert/area-activities/equestrian-centre) as all lessons are in English. If you are an experienced rider already, you can join the desert trek, an amazing experience that takes you through the red and golden sand and where you will encounter local inhabitants, donkeys, camels, and goats. Or, if you want to do a really demanding physical activity why not get in touch with Challenging Adventure (https://www.challengingadventure.com/), a unique British owned and run adventure centre offering engaging Outdoor Adventure Activities in the natural landscapes in the UAE. Their aim is to educate everyone on sustainability, mindfulness and they offer a wide range of exciting activities for both adults and families with children aged 3 and above. These activities can be booked either as day packages or as overnight packages at their beautiful camp located in the heart of the Hajar mountain range.
Visit Ras Al Khaimah archeological sites
For those who love to find out about the local history, you are spoilt for choice in Ras Al Khaimah as there are six archeological sites to visit, Umm an-Nar Tomb, Shimal Stone Houses, Hudaybah Tower, Falayah, Dhayah Fort, and the Queen of Sheeba Palace (http://www.rakheritage.rak.ae/en/pages/intro.aspx). There you can ask questions about the past and find out what makes Ras Al Khaimah such a unique place to live. And if you want to see nature and history together, visit RAK Nature’s Treasures, located in Digdagga area of Ras Al Khaimah, set up by Tariq Al Salman, who has created a natural history museum in the heart of Ras Al Khaimah. The museum consists of a collection of around 2500 rare species preserved in their natural form. The museum and farm can be visited daily upon reservation. Guests will be assisted with a guide to show them around the farm, and the museum (https://www.facebook.com/raknaturestreasures/?modal=admin_todo_tour)