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What is the Best Way to Learn American English?

May 23, 2008
Of course the best way to learn any language is to immerse yourself in the language. Even if you do not live in an English-speaking country, you can do this by taking an online course in English. To study American English, you do have to make sure that the site you choose does specific that the courses are in this form of the English language because there is a difference between American and British English. This means that native speakers who have learned the British version of spelling and different vocabulary words can also benefit from taking such a course.

The reason that a site would specify that the course is in US English is because of the differences in spelling and pronunciation of words. While Canada will accept both spellings because of its proximity to the US and its close ties with the UK, it is important to know the difference between the two. For example, in North America, the storage area of a car is called the "trunk" of the car, while the British vocabulary for the same place is the "boot". Some words are also spelled differently as in the US spelling of "cozy" and the British spelling of "cosy". Both words are the same and mean the same thing.

The rules of English grammar, though, are the same in both US and British English courses. If you do not realize which variation of the language you are using, though, even when following the lessons on the structures, there may be differences in the spelling of the key vocabulary that will leave you confused when you enter the incorrect spelling to answer a question and then wonder why it is graded as being wrong.

In the online lessons you will listen to a native American speaker so that you get the proper pronunciation of the words. There is a complete audio course you can take in US English and the beginning lessons on the structures also include a listening component. The flash cards and games to help you enjoy your learning experience are also in US English.

Other aspects of taking such a course is that you can get the preparation you need to write the TOEIC, the test of competency in English that is a requirement if you apply to enter a college in the US or Canada. In addition to the sample questions and answers on the site, you will also get the help you need in writing the essay you need to accompany your application.

The audio course presents the information on all topics in the form of a conversation between two individuals. The conversation is realistic so you not only learn how to pronounce the words and check your rate of fluency, but you also learn the correct grammar and punctuation to use because the script is available on the screen. Then you can check your comprehension of the script by completing the practice exercise that asks you questions about what you have read or listened to.
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