I want to talk about another very important idea. The idea is this: written English and spoken English are quite different.
Most students learn written English in textbooks – even most “English Conversation” Textbooks.
However, when we speak, we use different vocabulary, different grammar, and different pronunciation than what is in textbooks.
For example, in most textbooks, you might find a sentence like this:
“The theater sold all the tickets”
However, in normal speech, we would usually say,
“They sold out”.
“Sold out” is a two-word verb – also called a “phrasal verb.” You don’t find many phrasal verbs in textbooks, but we use them constantly in speech.
In fact, for most common actions we have two (or more) ways to say it – the more formal one-word form, and the more common two-word form.
LEARN ENGLISH TIP: FOCUS ON ENGLISH THAT IS SPOKEN INSTEAD OF WRITTEN
Focus your study on real spoken English, instead of on formal written English. For example, listen to the radio, watch English language TV, listen to English podcasts.
By doing this, you will learn to understand and speak to native speakers fast.
Director of Education and President
Flow English, LLC
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