What are some of the most difficult things to do in a foreign language? If you asked me I’d probably say taking advanced college classes and have philisophical conversations are two of the most difficult things I can imagine doing in any language other than English. But even more difficult than those is finding, interviewing for and getting a job!

Getting a new job often takes people weeks, months, sometimes even years to do. It’s never easy because you are competing with hundreds of other people for the same job. Now, imagine trying to get a new job in a foreign country and in a foreign language. Sounds tough, right? Well, today we are going to look at an introduction for some of the words, phrases and approaches to use when searching for a job that requires you to know how to speak English.

The BBC has provided English learning tools for decades, though many people are unaware of the excellent online resources that they provide. Today’s featured tool steps you through different sections of the job process, including:

  • The Job Search
  • Editing your CV (resume)
  • Writing an excellent cover letter
  • Interviews

By stepping through the many activities designed to help you land a job in English, you will be on your way to mastering American English in a more formal business setting.

If you are interested in learning how to get a job in English, check out BBC’s English-learning job tools here.

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In the process of learning any language, it’s always important to focus on the common ways of having polite conversations with other people, whether it’s verbal or non-verbal. In Japan, it is polite to bow to your guests, while in the United States people often shake hands when greeting and saying goodbye to each other.

But no matter where you are, the universally accepted way of being polite is to give thanks when someone has done something nice for you. It could be a stranger giving you directions when you’re lost, or a friend complimenting you on the clothes you are wearing when going out to the club. Whatever the situation, you should always respond with a “thank you,” which you have probably learned already. Do you know how to respond to someone in English who has just thanked you? You say, “you’re welcome.”

Check out the video below as Rachel’s English shows you how to say “you’re welcome” in American English.

Video Credit: Rachel’s English

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Here at Learn American English, we receive many questions about which types of American accents are best for international students to learn. This is an important question and we wanted to pass along some important accent information along to you and all our readers. There are so many different Americanaccents in the US, it can be tough to pick one and practice that. Is it a Boston accent? Not a chance!

We reached out to American English University to see what types of information they have found regarding American accents, and which one(s) are ideal for learning.

“At American English University our research has shown that the best American accents are believed to be from Iowa and Ohio – right in the heart of the United States. The Ohio and Iowa accents in fact are taught to call center employees in the Philippines who often manage customer service calls for United States companies. Call center workers all over the world who work with US companies are taught the Ohio accent because it is believed to be the easiest to understand and the most “pure” or “genuine”.”

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For today’s video of the day, we’re taking a closer look at one of the recent videos from Rachel’s English How to Introduce Yourself – American English Pronunciation.

We all know how important it is to introduce yourself. Making a good first impression can be critical, especially in interviews and other situations where you are meeting colleagues, co-workers and classmates for the first time. In this video How to Introduce Yourself – American English Pronunciation, Rachel goes in detail to teach you the proper words, phrases and pronunciations to focus on the next time you are meeting someone for the first time.

Watch the video below and gain confidence in introducing yourself in American English.

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Video courtesy of Rachel’s English. You can check out her YouTube channel here.

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fbExciting news for all of you who have followed us at LearnAmericanEnglish.com for the past few months as we’ve worked to bring you with the most helpful American English lessons, links and resources available, we are now on Facebook!

We’re just up and running, so be patient as we work hard to add more and more useful content for YOU: our friends & readers.

To kick things off, let’s make a deal – you help us reach 100 likes in the next week and we’ll ask one of our new Facebook followers what our next blog post should be! All you have to do is like our Facebook page and leave a comment with your best idea for the next article we write at LearnAmericanEnglish.com. We’ll even mention your name in the article!

 

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Top 5 ways to improve your EnglishFor today’s lesson, I am going to help you by giving you the top 5 ways to improve your English. For many people, learning a second language is difficult because you don’t get the same amount of exposure as you do for your first language. In other words, our learning can be limited and slowed down when we don’t practice the second language everyday.

For example, if you are a native of Mexico or Korea who has moved to the United States, you may find that you speak Spanish or Korean 90% of the time. The rest of the time you probably find yourself struggling with the more complex words, sentences and phrases. The best way to change that is by adding an organized and structured language learning practice to your daily routine. As I mention below, be consistent with your language practice will ensure that you are building knowledge and momentum every single day!

Does that mean we give up? Not a chance! Our philosophy at LearnAmericanEnglish.com is about taking action and and walking you through the process of learning. Now, let’s take a look at the top 5 ways to improve you English.


Tip #1: Start with basics and learn the alphabet

No one can expect to start learning a second language and expect to pick it up right away. No one. There are simply too many factors that make learning a new language a very complex process. And no two people learn a second language the same way. But I can say that EVERYONE benefits from mastering the basics first. In this case, it’s the English alphabet. Learning it will help you build a strong and necessary foundation for the different letter combinations you’ll learn in the future. For a good website to help you learn the alphabet, click here.

Tip #2: Buy a voice recorder

There are different ways of getting feedback on your pronunciations, but no one will be as critical of it as you. Even if you don’t like hearing your own voice, listening to recordings of your voice is one of the MOST IMPORTANT ways to improve your English. With a decent voice recorder you can listen and analyze your pronunciations of words, phrases and even conversations you have with friends in-person or on the phone. If you have a smartphone or cell phone with audio recording, just use that! Otherwise, check out some cheap alternatives here.

Tip #3: Set aside 30 minutes a day to practice

This goes hand-in-hand with your voice recorder, you just have to motivate yourself to use it! The BEST way to see improvements in your English pronunciations is to be consistent. Remember that word: CONSISTENT. If you are consistent in your language practice, I promise you will see huge improvements week to week and month to month. Just like everything else in life, the only way to be the best is by working hard. My advice is to dedicate yourself by setting aside 30 minutes each day to sit down and learn new vocabulary and practice your pronunciation.

Tip #4: Set daily, weekly and monthly goals

Your main goal is to speak perfect English, right? Or at least it’s one of them. Well, the easiest way to reach your biggest goals is by setting dozens or even hundreds of smaller goals along the way. By creating an outline and list of the various vocabulary lists, phrases and expressions to learn every day, week and month, you will find yourself achieving more and more. This will boost your confidence and create a more organized approach to learning English.

Tip #5: Learn with your friends and family

A helpful way to boost your learning potential is by having fun! Try getting your best friends and even some of your family members involved. Are they trying to improve their English, too? Then have study and practice sessions with them. Including the people you trust and enjoy spending time with will only serve as a benefit in the long run. It adds another layer of accountability, especially when you combine group-learning with a pre-outlined and established routine and practice.

That’s it for today’s lesson: the top 5 ways to improve your English. Always remember ‘the harder you work at it, the better you will be in the end’.

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