Resources: Notes on Life and Language in the United States

Don't Be a Robot! Here's One Way to Speak English Naturally

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 @ 08:54 AM

So you recently moved to the United States for work and since the day you arrived, you have been struggling with your English. Perhaps for you, the problem is not the technical language of your professional field. Perhaps the problem is not even giving presentations or participating in meetings. Maybe you feel confident in those situations too.

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Topics: English Conversation, English Lessons

21 Ways to Say Hello and Goodbye in American English

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 @ 07:11 AM

The other day I was speaking with a woman who came to the United States from Japan about 7 years ago.

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Topics: English Lessons, English Conversation, Vocabulary Workshop, Video Lessons

Infographic | English Phrases for Your Holiday Cocktail Party

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Dec 05, 2012 @ 06:58 AM

December is here and that means we are entering the holiday season! Between now and the end of the year, you will probably be invited to a few holiday cocktail parties in the United States.

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Topics: English Conversation, English Lessons, Vocabulary Workshop, Daily Life in the US

How to Be a Connector | Introducing People in English

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 @ 02:31 PM

Have you ever met a connector? Are you a connector? Maybe you are a connector in your native language but you don't know how to be one in English.

A connector is the kind of person who knows a lot of people and is always ready to introduce you to someone in his or her network. 

Malcolm Gladwell argued in The Tipping Point that connectors are instrumental in facilitating the spread of a new idea.

We know by now that the majority of job opportunities aren't claimed through job listings.

Jobs and other career opportunities are found through connections and the connector is someone who helps others get what they need by making introductions.

Of course, there are many benefits to being a connector, especially when you are living and working in a new country and in a big city like Boston or New York.

What English vocabulary words and phrases do you need for connecting and introducing people in English?

Keep reading to get the answers!

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Topics: English Lessons, English Conversation

Tips for Learning Conversational English in Boston | Volunteer

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Mar 07, 2012 @ 08:35 AM

Are you interested in learning conversational English in Boston? Do you work during the week but rarely have an opportunity to practice your English outside of work? A lot of international professionals are too busy during the week to find a language exchange or attend a language school. If that is your situation, we have some great ideas for you in today's post. There is another way to practice your English while helping people in need and making connections in the community. You can become a volunteer in your free time! Do you have two extra hours a few times per month? If so, keep reading to find out why volunteering can help not only your English skills but also your state of mind!

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Topics: Advice for English Students, English Conversation

Join Us on Facebook for a Chance to Win a Free English Lesson

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 @ 09:59 AM

Today I would like to announce a new opportunity to practice your English! Starting in February of 2012, we will be giving away a free English lesson to one member of our Facebook community every month. How does it work? It's simple, we will announce the free lesson on our Facebook wall and if you are the first one to respond, you get the free lesson! The lessons can be held in person if you are in Boston or on Skype if you are anywhere else in the world! How can you increase your chances of winning? Make sure you "like" our Facebook page, and check back every few days to see if the offer is available.

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Topics: English Conversation, English Lessons

English Immersion | How to Travel the US and Learn English

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, Jun 13, 2011 @ 08:26 AM

English immersion is the best way or perhaps the only way to learn English.

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Topics: United States Culture, Advice for English Students, English Conversation, How to Learn English, English Lessons, Listening Practice

NYC English: Tips and Advice on Riding the Subway

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Tue, Jun 07, 2011 @ 08:07 AM

Today's blog topic is NYC English! What do you know about the New York City subway? If you are thinking about coming to NYC to learn English, this post is a great way for you to get an idea of what it's like to ride the subway in New York. If you are already in New York and you ride the subway every day, you can learn new vocabulary expressions and idioms that New Yorkers use every day! Do you know what it means to be "in the red" or to "get the hang of it" ? If not, listen to the conversation about the subway in New York. Don't forget to take the quiz at the end to test your listening comprehension!

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Topics: English Idioms, English Conversation, English Lessons, Daily Life in the US, Listening Practice, Life in New York

English and American Culture: How to Give Feedback

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Fri, May 06, 2011 @ 08:48 AM

To be successful in the United States, you must understand not only the English language but English and American culture.

If you are doing business, taking a class, preparing for a test or just visiting Boston or New York, you will notice that the American culture is reflected in the English language.

One important aspect of communicating with American people is giving feedback or offering criticism.

Different cultures voice criticism in different ways. It is important to know yourself.

How do you express criticism in your home culture?

When you don't agree with someone or you see a problem with their work, how do you tell them? Do you come out and say it directly?

Do you use non-verbal communication and express your feedback indirectly so that you will not offend them?

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Topics: English Lessons, United States Culture, English Conversation, Vocabulary Workshop

English Conversation Practice | How to Make Small Talk

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 @ 10:47 AM

Do you know how to make small talk in the United States?

Do you want to make friends and great business relationships in the US?

If so, then you need to make small talk.

Americans engage in small talk all of the time, in many different situations including at parties, at work, in the grocery store or after a class.

Why should you learn how to make small talk?

Small talk with native English speakers is a great opportunity for English conversation practice

In this post, we will learn some of the most common small talk phrases and topics and the correct pronunciation and intonation for the phrases. 

Watch the video to get started!

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Topics: Advice for English Students, United States Culture, English Conversation

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