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Author: Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor Created: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Topic Page -American English Lessons (ESL/ESOL) For Daily Use -

Looking for assistance in being understood better by Americans? Maybe you want to communicate in a way Americans can understand better? This series has podcasts, videos and exercises you can use to improve your understanding of American English Language and Culture TODAY! ;-) Want to learn more about how I can help you in building confidence in talking with Americans? If yes, click here!

By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Monday, November 29, 2010

Helping someone study and prepare for the TOEFL test offers opportunties for the student to improve their English as well as offers oportunities for the tutor or teacher to also improve his or her English skills as I do in this post. Podcast and transcripts within!

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, November 12, 2010

When we gain fluency in another language in it's native environment, we may come to find out the sounds we make are not heard clearly by native speakers. This forms an accent. Accents are personality traits and are wonderful, but if our accent impedes understanding and clear communication, our daily life can be impacted. Rather than shy away from talking and making new friends in a new language, here are tips to improve your American accent!

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, November 05, 2010

For East Asians, especially Japanese, the L and R do not have distinctively different sounds in their languages, so when Americans hear it, we get confused 'Are they saying L or R."? This can be problematic when we don't have a context for the sounds to get the right word. In today's lesson we learn a bit deeper about L and R with consonant clusters "CR" and "CL". I hope this lesson not only helps you with improving your speech but much more! Click in to see what I am talking about!

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, October 29, 2010

Sometimes two or more sounds in the same language are not only made the same way but sound so similar that even when 'native speakers' don't talk clearly we misunderstand each other. This series will help us distinguish similar sounds by fine tuning our ears and also our pronunciation skills so we can both hear and speak correctly!

Today's lesson is "How to Pronounce P and B"

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, October 22, 2010

Understanding the weather report is important in daily life in America since in many areas of the country the weather can change so drastically in any given day - from warm to cold temperatures, sun to rain to snow to ice, thunderstorms, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, blizzards, floods, and many other kinds of climate conditions. Though many Americans take it for granted that we can understand the weather report; many foreigners in this country even entering with English knowledge get stumped by the weather report because it is unscripted, spontaneous and uses a lot of idioms, sayings and local slangs. Try your hand at understanding a local weather report from Rochester, New York!

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, October 15, 2010

American Idiom Podcasts - American English Conversation Tips

Idioms are groups of words that when used in conversation have particular meanings that may not be found in dicitionaries. Listen to the podcast to understand the idiom "give it back."

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, October 08, 2010

Improve Your American Accent Podcast Button

Sometimes- well almost always when Americans talk 'fast' we drop letters and combine words, making two or three words sometimes sound like a completely different word! These podcasts will help you to understand us a bit easier! (I hope!) Click in to listen.

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, October 01, 2010

Improve Your American Accent Podcast Button

Have you come to America prepared with years of English lessons and tested fluency but then get frustrated in understanding us Americans? Talking English fluently is different than listening to us talk to you! You have the skill to talk, but fine tuning your ear to the way Americans talk can help your fluency in everyday conversations. Inside is a podcast that you can listen to that has tips on improving your fluency in listening to us Americans when it seems we are just talking too fast.

 
By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, September 24, 2010

Improve Your American Accent Podcast Button

Click in to listen to a podcast with matching word pairs. The purpose of the podcast is to help you improve everyday, conversational American English!

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, September 17, 2010

One aspect of learning any language is words that sound the same but actually have very different meanings- one way of training your ears to hearing the difference in some of these words is by understanding words that rhyme. Rhyming words sound almost the same minus one or two sounds at the beginning of the word. Click in to hear a podcast to help you along this process.

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, September 10, 2010

Improve Your American Accent Podcast Button

Coming to America? Want to be able to have a leg-up by speaking more like a local before you come so you are understood a bit easier?

Learning English is not as simple as just speaking and understanding- but a bit finer tuning of how you hear and reproduce different sounds will help refine your accent to Americanize it. This is the second part in a four part series on matching word pairs that will help train your ear to hear different sounds in words that sound almost the same! Good luck!

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, September 03, 2010

Improve Your American Accent Podcast Button

When we learn another language our minds may trick us into believing the sounds from our language are the same as the one we are learning or that we have mastered foreign sounds. What we hear in our heads must be coming out of our mouths, right? Well, this is not always the case. I understand this very well from my experience learning Indian languages. What if you are learning American English? Here are some exercises that can help you train your ear to hear different sounds and words. I hope it is helpful.

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, August 06, 2010

American Idiom Podcasts - American English Conversation Tips

Are you an adventerous person? Are you looking for unique or lesser-known places to explore and enjoy? Are you the type that prefer to avoid the large crowds of the normal touristy places to relax in a less crowded but scenic and serene place? Or maybe you want adventure and to visit a place that is a bit challenging to get to and even to enjoy once you reach? All this is possible when you travel on 'backroads' and 'off-the-beaten-path.' In this post, I share a podcast with you about the meanings of these idioms/saying and examples of places I have gone that are

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, July 30, 2010

Improve Your American Accent Podcast Button

Click in to listen to a podcast with tips on how to form this sound with your mouth and words to use as examples to improve your American accent!

 

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, July 23, 2010

Everyday English LessonsThe idiom 'irons in the fire' is a positive saying in American casual conversation. Want to know more about the useage of this idiom and the origin?

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, July 16, 2010

Sayings in American EnglishThese idioms are commonly used in American movies, dramas, westerns and possibly newscasts. Rarely are these sayings used in everyday talk unless talking about someone else outside your social circle- I hope! Enjoy listening to this week's American English idiom podcast.

 

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, July 02, 2010

Have you ever heard someone say, "Oh that tasted so good because it was made 'from scratch?' This idiom or phrase 'from scratch' is quite common in American English. Open the post, listen to the podcast and enhance your ESL/ESOL American English studies today!

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, June 25, 2010

Have you heard someone say 'laundry list'? What are your thoughts on this idiom? What does it mean? Listen to my podcast to hear my thoughts on this idiom and examples of how to use it.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Monday, May 03, 2010

Parenting and socializing your child in America is a challenge for all parents, but for parents who come to America from different countries there are additional challenges such as learning American culture, American English and the American regional accent of your place of residence. One of the ways a parent can participate with their toddler in a pre-school, day-care, or mothers group is to sing nursery rhymes. I have created a lesson for the popular nursery rhyme 'Row Row Row your boat.'

Hope it is useful. Let me know if you have another song in mind. I am happy to add your suggestions!

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Monday, March 15, 2010

curious-georgeParents who come to America may learn English from their children! But, children desire interaction and role-modeling from their parents. In this post, I offer an audio recording of a children's book that can inspire you to also read books to your children in English, even if English is not your first (or second, or third, or fourth) language!

--Even if you do not have this book, don't worry, there are other ways you can use this exercise to help you learn American English- click in to see more!

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Sunday, January 10, 2010

Many people come to America from Japan every year- and know how to speak English quite well. But, many Japanese may loose confidence in their English skills because Americans may not understand their Japanese-English accents. I have found a series of videos that are helpful in adjusting one's accent and rhythm to American English speakers.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Monday, December 21, 2009

Preparing oneself to move to another country is a daunting task. One of the obvious skills one would have to learn if moving to another country that has another language than your native tongue is learning a new language! From personal experience, learning a new language and applying it abroad is much different than often expected! I hope to present you a series of video lessons on American English and culture that could help you adjust to life in America with more ease! Read More »

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