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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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