8 Examples on how Real Spoken English is different from Textbook English

July 10, 2017
10 July 2017,
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Here’s the thing. Most English language learners learn ‘textbook English’. However, most native English speakers speak ‘Real Spoken English’. What’s the difference? The difference can be perfectly described in this conversation: Textbook English Sara: “Hello Frank. What are you doing today?” Real Spoken English Sara: “Hey Frank! What’s up?”   See the difference?   The problem is most schools, classes, […]


11 Examples of how Real Spoken English is different from Textbook English

June 27, 2017
27 June 2017,
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English has all kinds of rules that can be difficult to remember. Textbook book English (or English you see in textbooks, newspapers, and other formal publications) usually use all of these rules. However, most of the time, Real Spoken English doesn’t use the rules correctly. Even native speakers don’t always speak properly. Let’s look at some examples of textbook vs. […]


Textbook English vs. Real English: Why You Should Learn Real English

August 8, 2016
8 August 2016,
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At Spoken English Practice we strongly encourage students to learn Real English, not textbook English. Textbooks like  Longman Student Grammar for Spoken and Written English have been part of ESL teaching for more than 20 years now. While these are great resources for beginner level English learners, they offer little or no help to more advanced English language learners. So […]