Speaking, speaking, speaking. That's what it's all about.
To be honest, I don't care if your grammar is perfect and if you can recite every grammar rule in the book.
If you can't speak in real, natural converations, then you have more work to do!
In today's lesson, I will bring you 7 of our best lessons to help you really understand how American people speak and how to speak with them.
Are you ready for 7 amazing lessons? Check it out.
#1) 10 American English Idioms for a Smooth Day at Work
The vocabulary that you learned in your home country might be useful, but when you are in the United States or working with Americans in your home country, you are going to hear idioms.
You have to know what they mean!
In this lesson you will learn idioms such as:
- "cash chow"
- "to bite the bullet"
- "to have a lot on your plate."
- "hard sell"
#2) How to Make Small Talk in English with Americans
Let's imagine this: you are excited that you have been invited to a party hosted by your American friend because you know that this will be a great way to practice your English skills.
The problem is, you are only confident when you sit down and do your grammar exercises, not when you actually speak.
Don't panic! This lesson will give you a few hints and phrases that you can use to make small talk with strangers and acquaintances.
Here is what you will learn:
- 3 phrases to make small talk
- 3 common topics for small talk in the United States
#3) Time Is Money! American Expressions about Time
Everyone knows that Americans are crazy about time.
If you spend even a few days in New York or another US city, you will understand why.
Americans are busy people!
Find out how time is used in five different American English expressions in this article.
- "To work overtime"
- "To be out of time"
- "To happen in the nick of time"
#4) 7 Weather Idioms to Use in Conversation
Ah the weather!
It's our favorite topic.
We love to make small talk about the weather because there is no easier, more neutral topic.
It's something that we all have in common so you can't really go wrong with this topic when it comes to small talk with Americans.
However, to make it work, you need a few phrases.
Here they are:
- "When it rains, it pours."
- "Rain or shine"
- "Fairweather friend"
- "To take a raincheck"
- "A breath of fresh air"
- "To be under the weather"
- "To have one's head in the clouds"
#5) 5 Ways to Say "Why" in Natural, Everyday English
If you use the exact same phrase every time you want to ask "why," you will start to sound boring. Nobody wants to sound boring!
In this article you will learn five new ways to find out why in natural, American English.
Here they are:
- "How come?"
- "Why would that be?"
- "What's the reason for that?"
- "Why is that?"
- "And that's because...?"
#6) The 6 WORST Ways to Start a Conversation with an American
There are some good ways to start a conversation with an American and there are some really bad ways to do it!
In today's lesson, guest teacher Gabby Wallace will show you which phrases and questions to avoid when you strike up a conversation with your American neighbor or colleague.
Here they are:
- Being creepy
- Talking about money
- Using too much informal slang
- Insulting the person ("You look tired")
- Asking personal questions ("Are you married?")
- Asking for a big favor right away
#7) Why "Hi, How Are You?" Is Not a Real Question
How should you respond when an American says, "Hi, how are you?"
Well, most of the time, this isn't really a question, it's just a greeting.
They usually do not expect a response.
In this lesson you will learn how to respond to this "greeting" based on your relationship with the person-are they a stranger, acquaintance, or a friend?
Read the article to learn more.
I hope these lessons have helped you develop real, authentic speaking skills! If you have any questions about how Americans communicate, feel free to send me an email and I will create a new blog lesson in response to your question. Thanks so much and good luck!