September is the Festival of Learning in England, a month-long celebration of trying new activities and learning new things. The British expression is “have a go”. It’s a great saying that suggests that even if you are nervous, or have doubts, about something you should still try it. The important thing is that you never stop learning!
London is slowly starting to wake up from months of lockdown sleep, stretching, and getting ready to go out on the town. September is a great month to pick up a new hobby or learn something new. Here are a few suggestions from Ingla:
Take an English Course
If you’re in Turnpike Lane, there’s no better time than now to pop into Ingla and start improving your English. From the time that we’re children, we think about September as a month of learning. School often starts again in September after summer holidays and, at Ingla, this is not different. Our new term starts on Monday, 28 September and there’s a great Early Bird offer on for anyone who signs up now. We’re an excellent, British Council accredited English school in North London with fun, interesting classes and experienced teachers. Whether you need a Trinity GESE test for a visa, IELTS to go to university, or you just want to understand grammar and speak better, we have courses for everyone. Check out our website for more information: https://ingla.co.uk/ or take our online test to see if your English could use a boost: https://ingla.co.uk/ingla-english-level-test/.
Start playing a new sport
Just because you spent the summer inside the house, doesn’t mean that you have to wait until next year to get fit. Going to the gym is not for everyone. Doing the same exercises on the same machines over and over can be boring. For an alternative you could try Rugby, a very British sport, played in the crisp, cool autumn air. In our borough, the Haringey Rhinos rugby club has men’s, women’s, and juniors’ teams for you to join. It’s right on White Hart Lane in Tottenham and they always welcome new members. Get out of the house, make new friends, and push your body to the limits!
Learn to play an instrument
Whether you’re young or old, adventurous or safe tastes, music is a source of joy in everybody’s life. Why not try to learn how to play an instrument? Haven’t you always wanted to know how to play the guitar, or wake your neighbours up at 5 AM with the jazzy sounds of your trumpet? If you’re a young person Haringey council has a lot of resources if you want to learn how to play an instrument. This includes lessons and an instrument hire scheme if you can’t afford to buy the instrument of your choice. If you want private lessons, there are lots of options too. On Green Lanes in North London, just a ten-minute walk from Ingla, there Penguin Music School and a number of other private tutors. Make September the month that you become the rock star you’ve always known you were inside.
This is the month to get the ball rolling. Step out of your comfort zone and have a go!