How can I improve American English?




 

The world seems to be crazy for American English. After all, it is quite widely spoken around the world. Except for few spellings and little bit of change in dialect, English is quite similar to the rest part of the world in terms of countries such as Canada, Australia, Britain etc.

 

Few of the American phrases worth mentioning are as follows:

 

 

  1. “What’s up?” – Means “what are you doing” or “How are you”? (You can use casually)

 

But, based on the literal meaning of the query, if you responded

It’s the sky (wrong)

 

It would be

  • I am great (Correct)
  • I am doing good (Correct)

 

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  1. Dunno – it’s a slang of Don’t know

 

  • I dunno how long will my friend take to come, as he is always infamous of being late at such crucial scenarios.
  • Can anybody here tell where my brother is? Everyone replied, “We dunno”

 

 

“Cool” and “Awesome” – Describe positivity and happy state. It signifies that you are perfectly happy and pleased with the idea

 

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Let’s take a look at how these two words are used

 

Hey, I am going to join you at the party tonight, “Cool”

I am pretty “cool” with the idea of travelling late at night

How “awesome” the weather has turned out to be now!!!!

 

 

  1. Hanging out – Spending time over a place as a source of recreation

 

It can be used in sentences such as

 

  • Do you want to hang out in the park with me?
  • In my free time, I often hang out in the mall
  • Let’s plan to create a bonfire to welcome our Alumni where all of us will hangout this weekend.
  • It has been many months since we haven’t met each other, we must hang out sometime

 

 

  1. To chill out – Verb – Relaxing

 

  • After successfully taking our exams, we finally managed to chill with our friends

 

  • Don’t have negative perception that you are going to fail, just relax

 

  1. To have a blast – Verb – To enjoy to the fullest

 

  • Last night, on our friend’s marriage party, everyone had a blast

 

  • My 50th marriage anniversary was a special moment for everyone, where I loved the fact that everyone had a blast

 

  • I am sure, you are going to have a blast, if you happen to join us

 

  1. To dump somebody – To stop talking or to forget with the immediate effect

 

  • It is very strange that Alex dumped his best friend, since he came alone to the party, much to the surprise and bewilderment

 

  • How can you be so cruel to dump her for no fault of her

 

 

Geek (noun) referring or mentioning the person in a negative manner

 

  • I am a studious student who can study for hours together, as I am not a geek like her

 

 

 

 

 “Y’all” is the short form of “You all” means you are directing  to a group of people

 

 

 

Considering the globalised world, we are living in, the craze for American English has become way more than ever before.

 

Likewise, verbal English has become very important in today’s era. Your success is directly proportional to your knowledge and experience which you possess in your desired field. And also the level of English you know right from giving interview to talking with your colleagues or clients. Everywhere, your English is tested and you can either make or break your reputation. That is the reason, why importance of English has become huge these days. Infact, using English in our day today activities give us confidence and we feel happy.

 

We obviously increase our chance to succeed with a greater mechanism that what we would have otherwise expected it to be.  So, don’t be sad thinking about why you couldn’t be able to polish your English skills in the past, your smartness lies in the fact where you can start devising plans from now on.

 

 

Now let’s start telling important ways to improve English:-

 

 




Watch News Anchors delivering News on channels like CNBC

Your journey towards practicing your American English lies on how you create a conducive scenario for yourself. Your main aim is to polish

Your English

And also to Imbibe American Accent. Isn’t it?

Now, closely watch the way news anchors deliver the speech with regards to the specific accent, they adopt. Based on watching for a specific length of time, you need to practice speaking as well.

Stand in front of mirror

 

We should know that it is our individual efforts which will matter a lot while polishing English.  So stand in front of mirror and talk by looking at your own eyes. You will benefit from this act greatly. Yes, it is important to make eye contact and as you do over a period of time you will get the best possible result which you are expecting

 

 

Improve your communication skills

 

Your verbal English will get a lot of help if your communication skills are good. You may feel shy while speaking with others by making eye contact and unfortunately we blame “poor English”  as the cause for not  able to speak well. Your English may not actually be as poor as you may think it to be. Yes, from my experience I am telling that if your communication skills are good then you will get a boost and possibly learn American English a lot faster.

 

Try to address people in a gathering

 

We should make efforts of speaking in a gathering.  Initially it can be used in any language. The reason behind is that it will help you get confidence and motivation. Yes, it will enhance your communication skills where through this exercise, you will start believing on yourself that
“yes you can speak in front of others”.  Slowly as your confidence improves, then you can easily start speaking in English. For the same reason, most of us may be able to write well, but when it comes to verbal English, we may be facing hesitation.

 

Also watch on American news TV shows such as CNN

 

Yes, in order to polish your American English, you need content to talk about. So while watching debates on television your knowledge base will increase and you will love to initiate similar kind of debates with your friends either “for” or “against” the topic. Yes, in the process you try to imbibe the local dialect as well which may help you.

 

 

Try to be louder while speaking

 

We fail to realize that our confidence level is directly proportional to the level of pitch.  You should always try to talk at a higher pitch because it automatically shows that you are confident, enthusiastic and motivated. People will s start making a positive perception which will benefit you further.

 

 

 

Let’s also take a look at what certain words are known specifically in American English with respect to Indian English

 

American English British English Explanation
Restaurant Hotel In U.S English, you use the word “Hotel” for staying at night ex. J.W Marriot.
Grocery Store Super Market The store where house supplies and vegetables are available
Cross Walk Zebra Crossing It is other name for Zebra crossing
Soda Cold Drink Americans use “Soda” for cold drinks
Egg plant Brinjal People in U.S will fail to understand if you ask the Grocery store to give you Brinjal, use Egg Plant instead
Clippers Nail Cutter U.S people use clippers to cut their nails
Pants Trousers People in U.S purchase pair of  pants as this is how it is known there
Mixer/Blender Mixi or Mixie It is  commonly referred as Blender
Eraser Rubber Your use eraser to erase things written from Pencil. Rubber in U.S is meant contraceptive
Peanuts Groundnuts Another popular word for snacks
Sneakers Sports Shoe Running shoes are known as sneakers
Battery Cell Battery is used for charging, and if you say “cell”, they will think as “cell phone”
Sidewalk Footpath or pavement In U.S it is said as sidewalk
Percent/Grade Marks Teachers and professors use “Grades” or “Percent”, unlike marks

 

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How can I practice making Present Continuous sentences in the next 5 minutes? – Tips

What are Present continuous sentences? How can I practise them

Present continuous tenses are the ones which signifies a moving action.

For example, eating, walking, moving, drinking, speaking, shouting etc.

Let’s take a look at the ways to construct sentences in Present Tense

Use of is/are/am
“Ing” will be included in the “main verb”

 

 

Top 3 mistakes English learners should not forget in 2018

Yes,

• I am eating food

• He is going for a walk

• They are speaking since 4o’ clock

Let’s take a look at negative sentences of Present Continuous Tense

• I am not going to listen to you because you are at fault

• She isn’t eating food, inspite of being warned by her mother

 

 

 

 

• They aren’t talking to one another due to some issue

• He is simply not going to succeed with such an attitude

• They are not listening me inspite of the fact, that I have been requesting them for the last one hour

Let’s take a look at Interrogative Negative Sentence

• Isn’t he doing my work, inspite of my repeated warnings?

• Aren’t you going to listen to me, even though I hold authority?

 

Is your English excellent? I challenge you to tick the correct option

 

• Am I not listening to you?

 

• Aren’t the masses skeptical about the party winning the election, especially after the charges levelled on one of their members?

• Isn’t she currently studying, as I don’t doubt, since I expect her to be engrossed in studies?

• Aren’t you going to like my picture on Facebook, as you promised to do the same?

• Why aren’t you going to school, even though your parents want you to continue studies?

• How come he isn’t showing signs of seriousness, especially after his debacle in the last match?

Let’s take a look at two negative sentences in one
Have a look at the negative sentences combined in one

• She isn’t going to obey his order, as both of them aren’t in good terms with each

• I am not reading the book, as my teacher isn’t giving my permission to read it

• Indian team isn’t going to travel to Pakistan to play the match, especially after the talk between the two nations isn’t ending on a fruitful note

• My son isn’t going to participate in the annual event in school, as inspite of my requests, the doctor isn’t advising me to encourage him to take part, due to health reasons

• Now, it is official, that the two teams isn’t playing in the tournament as the concerned authorities isn’t getting a satisfactory report of safety

 

• The doctor isn’t going to operate the person, especially in the wake of advisory issued by the government, that the “said” doctor’s degree isn’t passing legitimate records

• The advocate is’t working on my case anymore, especially in the wake of negative reports shown in the media which made him think, that I am n’t being honest.

• Why aren’t you waiting for me, as I can’t go without you to the interiors of the country

 

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2 crazy ways to improve English fast




 

When I say crazy ways I mean it

The following post only has practically proven ways to improve English without a second thought:-

 

Ok, let me ask you a query, Can you recall that time of your life, especially as you began to speak English, for the first time, can you understand how “low” you knowingly kept the pitch of your voice? People deliberately keep this fact due to the associated fear.

Well, first time learns or for that matter, the subsequent learners during to lack of sufficient practice only maintain a low voice which often becomes a negative point for them.

 

Read : Top 3 mistakes which English learners should avoid in 2018

 

  1. Talk to yourself at the top of your voice in a hysterical manner in front of mirror

I am sure you can relate this where if anybody comes to you to ask for anything and on finding the person to be speaking very slowly, you feel that it needs morale booster. Isn’t it? In the same manner, if are in the habit of speaking slowly, the first and the foremost thing you need to change in yourself is to know the kind of pitch you need to maintain. Now, while in the process to polish your skills, you can start practicing at unceasingly high pitch in a room where you are alone.




 

What you can do?

Stand in front of mirror and make eye contact with yourself, but the condition is that you have to speak at a higher pitch. This is only done to remove the associated worries and tensions which you may come up with later on. Now, as you continue to work on this, you will not be surrounding with any of the associated tensions and worries which most of the people may be finding themselves under. Many people may term you to be crazy, but you should know very well, regarding what you are doing and this motivation should be enough for you to follow suit. Isn’t it a great way to make way for better, happier and fruitful and easy times of your life?

 

Do you know the biggest obstacle during the time of polishing English??

Well, it is the lack of confidence. Now, in order to give this trait a befitting reply, I want you to speak in a gathering right from before.

You need to simple find yourself comfortable in a get-together like that in a press-club or any other place which often becomes the center stage for most of the intellectuals on regular basis. It can even be taking part in monthly or periodical meetings which happen over certain causes for which that specific organization is working for such as girl’s education, women empowerment etc

What you need to do?

Move out of your comfort zone, by asking queries after the end of address. You may practice asking about the associated query of what the certain meeting has been for, example, if it has been for women safety, then you can devise queries to be asked such as the following:-

What government is doing to enhance the aspect of women safety?

How common people can help towards ensuring safety of women?

 

It can even be of any kind (it may just be anything in general, like what is Bermuda triangle) in English. People may term you to be crazy, but you know the real thing which you are working on, is to build on your confidence by strengthening the base of English.

Atleast make efforts to speak this way. It may be a huge problem in the start, but don’t worry, you will eventually be able to counter the inner sense of fear and anxiety. When you start to practice speaking in a get together, where based on your taking initiative to talk to people, you will eventually realize the extent of awesomeness you are going to experience in the process. Yes, I mean, the feeling of gaining accomplishment where as you get the responses from people, you feel that you have successfully passed one hurdle. Now, as you continue speaking, you will keep on realizing the extent of success which you will meet as a result, much to your happiness and jubilation.

Read : How do toppers study and how I need to study too 

 




2 reasons why I am not able to polish English even after so many years now


 

One of the prime reasons is because you haven’t been working on the root cause of English. Such as knowing about tenses which are regarded to be the base.

So, ask yourself,

  • Do I really know tenses?

By tenses, I mean Present, Past and Future

    • Can I create sentences in any form if so require?
    • Do I know the ways to make present continuous sentences?
    • Am I able to create Future Perfect sentences?
    • Do I know how Past indefinite sentences are going to be formulated?


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Likewise, the “tenses” part necessitates you to polish and empower yourself with the detailed mechanism of knowing each and every single way, by which sentences can be created. Or else, I am afraid to say that no matter you may be practicing English for years, but still, if the basic thing isn’t addressed, then the house will simply crumble lick pack of cards, because its base isn’t strengthened.

Similar you are to be blamed when while speaking, you can’t relate the exact word which you want to describe certain occasion

      • Are you unable to relate the perfect word which can relate your emotions?
      • Is it taking too much of pressure in you, where you aren’t able to maintain fluency because you have to wait and pressurize your mind in the hope of using specific words?
      • Does this lack of vocabulary prevent you to talk with professionals in your office or gathering?
      • Is it taking toll on your personality?
      • Have you started maintaining low self esteemed because of this?
      • Are you really looking for ways to broaden the base of your vocabulary?

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If yes is your answer, then I have the best mechanism which will work in your favor. Yes, I am talking about how you need to learn at least one word on daily basis.

 

Yes, after you learn the word, make sure to make at least 5 sentences out of it. That’s very important or else your job is half done. Or else, not only you will forget that specific word, but also you may never be able to use it in a sentence.

See, what I am trying to explain to you is that learning a word is one thing and making the use of that word in a sentence is another.

So, where you should learn the new word?

Well, you should read newspaper and any new word, which you don’t know the meaning of, you should write it down. That’s important and also refer the dictionary for its exact meaning and try making sentence out of it. This will give you a practical and stronger force to speak directly. Now, your mind won’t become hollow during the middle of your conversation. As you have sufficient quantity of words with you to use them as well.

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