Learn Real English is an exciting project. Kristin, Joe, and I realized that most English students have a problem. They know formal English– which is the English they learned in schools from textbooks. But they don’t know real English.
Real English is the casual English that native speakers actually use. We don’t speak like CNN announcers! We don’t speak like the BBC newscasters!
In real conversations, we speak fast. We use a lot of idioms and we use a lot of slang. We shorten some words and stretch others.
We don’t always speak in complete sentences. We rarely use textbook grammar.
And we don’t speak like the boring actors you hear in most English lessons. We speak with emotion!
The reason I dreamed of creating Learn Real English was because of the suffering of English students. In my classes in San Francisco, I always saw the same sad story. A student would arrive from another country, feeling great. They had studied textbook English for many years. They thought their English speaking was good.
But then, they would try to communicate with real native speakers– and they couldn’t understand anything! They tried to talk to people on the bus–but couldn’t understand anything! They tried to talk to people at parties– but couldn’t understand anything!
These poor students felt sad and frustrated and angry. They had wasted years studying textbook English that no one actually uses.
And so, we have created Learn Real English to help you understand REAL English conversations. We want you to talk to native speakers and understand them. We want you to feel confident and happy when you meet native speakers.
We want you to love English.
So enjoy our Real English Conversation Lessons and enjoy our blog and podcast.
Your suffering is finished! It’s time to enjoy REAL English!