What do you call your mother? Here's what you might hear in the US:
Americans use indirect language in some social and business situations. We will be expanding on this topic as part of our soft skills video series, to help you understand what Americans mean when they use indirect language. This video is part of a talk by Harvard Linguist Stephen Pinker, animated by RSA.org.
In addition to working on improving your American Accent, you may want to work on other English language skills such as grammar, vocabulary building, listening skills and fluency. Here are some resources we recommend for English-Language learners:
Grammar topics (types of speech, verb tenses, free weekly lessons) http://www.englishpage.com/
English grammar lessons sorted by ability level: http://www.learn-english-online.org/
(This website is based in the UK, so some of the content will be different because they focus on British English.)
VOA: Leveled news articles with additional information for English learners: http://learningenglish.voanews.com/
Also from VOW: Let's Learn English is a new course for English learners. Certified American English teachers designed the course for beginners. The course continues for 52 weeks.
Each week, there will be a new lesson with video showing the lives of young Americans. The lesson includes instruction in speaking, vocabulary and writing.
There are also printable worksheets, assessments and lesson plans for individual learners and English teachers.
Podcast with a variety of topics for advanced level English learners (idioms, grammar, word choice, etc,):
Vocabulary Building: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/vocabmania.htm
Fluency: Read more about ways to build fluency in this post.
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