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. […]


25 “Cool” Slang words that are used in Real Life American Conversational English

March 10, 2017
10 March 2017,
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No matter how dedicated you are to learning the English language, new and unfamiliar slang words will always appear in everyday conversations. Chances are, you’ve seen these words being used in social media content or in everyday American conversations. Here is a list of 25 popular slang words to help you master American Conversational English! Chick- (noun) Another word meaning young […]


4 ways to Learn Modern Spoken English and talk like a Cool Kid!

January 28, 2017
28 January 2017,
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Most English students want to learn real, modern Spoken English that is used by native speakers in day to day conversations. However, a lot of traditional English courses teach English that is not used by real native speakers in real life situations. For example, take the expression “it is raining cats and dogs”. If you are a foreign student arriving […]


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 […]