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Can you suggest a a good way for learning the American English language perfectly?  

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bahar1990 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted May 25, 2012 at 6:03 PM via web

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Can you suggest a a good way for learning the American English language perfectly?

 

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 26, 2012 at 9:17 PM (Answer #1)

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Let’s assume you already have sources for grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, etc. and want to augment the standard English tools such as workbooks, conversation exercises, etc.(and it goes without saying that English is a very difficult language to explain, but not so hard to “pick up” from media, business, etc.)  There is one website that claims it can teach American English, by which is meant the specific idiosyncrasies of American English, as opposed to British, Australian, etc. English. (www.learnamericanenglishonline.com/)  It has two particular strengths:  First, it does a good job of explaining idioms, not just identifying them.  Second, the levels of complexity are color-coded, so that the student can work up from simple problems such as syntax and conjugation to the complex exceptions to rules, the language-based variations on prefixes and suffixes, etc.  Of course, there is no substitute for a conversation partner who has control of the language already.  One final note: Even life-long native speakers, even television announcers, make numerous grammatical “errors” in everyday speech, so do not fret about “perfection.”

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