I’m sure that all of us have had the experience of trying to speak English, only to end up sounding like a broken record.
After speaking to so many people, I decided to put together a list of the most common mistakes people make when speaking English.
So let’s begin by talking about how to speak American English better.
STEP 1: Watch American Movies and TV Shows
In order to speak American English correctly, you need to be aware of the subtle differences between British English and American English. The first thing you need to do is watch a lot of American movies and television shows.
American culture is vastly different from that of Britain. Not only do American people communicate differently, but they also behave differently.
So if you want to sound like an American, you need to understand how they talk, what they do and what they think.
STEP 2: Read American Fiction
When you read fiction, you need to focus on the vocabulary and sentence structure. You need to learn to use American colloquialisms such as “I’ll be there in five” instead of “I’ll be there in a few minutes”.
You also need to make sure you understand the difference between American and British spellings.
STEP 3: Read American Newspapers
There are also many different newspapers in America, with some being regional and others being national.
You need to make sure you understand the difference between the words “print” and “press”. You also need to learn how to read the headlines.
STEP 4: Watch American Television
Finally, you also need to watch a lot of American television. Most Americans have cable and satellite television. This means that you can watch as much television as you want, whenever you want.
You should watch a variety of programs, including sitcoms, news, drama and reality shows.
If you’re looking to speak American English better, you need to make sure you are well informed about the culture of America.