How do you study English? And how do you communicate with American peoples?

United States
October 10, 2007 2:24pm CST
Obviously, I am not a native speaker. I have been in USA for 9 months, however, I have not improvements in English, because all colleagues in our lab are Chinese. And I only speake Chinese all day. And I tried to attend all kinds of events or activities to improve oral English. However, the improvement is very little. And, I tired to speak English with my colleagues. The feeling is very weird. When I meet an American people in the street or supermarker, I want to talk with him or her. I know most of American are nice and patient, however, I don't know how to communicate with them. And what kind of subject is what Americans are interested in. Please help me! Thanks! Welcome any suggestions.
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6 responses
@laurika (4536)
• United States
10 Oct 07
I am not a native speaker either.But mu partner is American and that is only language (english)we communicate in.So I think I am really improving from one day to another.if you want really improve specialy your oral english there is no other way only talk and talk.If you have internet at home, you might use some website where you can meet other people (for example American wants to leanr chinese)So you can teahc them and they can teach you.I think it would be great for you.If you would like to have a cotact for site, let me know.
• United States
16 Oct 07
Thanks. Could you tell me the websites that I can chat with some Americans.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
16 Oct 07
It is called shared talk
• United States
16 Oct 07
I got it. Thank you! And I have signed up.
@luzamper (1360)
• Philippines
12 Oct 07
We do not know anything at birth. But as we grow we learn, more and more as days go by. I suggest that you acquire a vocabulary book from Chinese to English and vice versa then also have a dictionary so that you can look up the meaning of words which you hear which you do not understand. It takes patience and interest to learn anything. Since you are in the U.S. where the language is English, you can easily learn to speak English. For grammatical English, first the vocabulary then acquire also a book on English grammar. In the Philippines, English is used as a medium of instruction and we have many English subjects up to college level.
@errielle (442)
• Philippines
11 Oct 07
One more thing, watch english movies.If you have a hard time, try with translations. That's what I am doing with Japanese. I'm trying to learn Japanese so I watch movies from crunchyroll.com so I can practice the words I hear.
@errielle (442)
• Philippines
11 Oct 07
In the philippines, English is part of the curriculum in school. From grade 1 to college, english is there. and in fact, it's used as a medium of instruction. One way to learn english is to get hold of a dictionary. Everytime you see a word that you're not familiar with, check the meaning. list down words that are new to you. Another way is read books, english books and check words in the dictionary. Check basic grammar in english books. Have friends to communicate in English. Make friends with some people who can speak and write english. That's one way to practice your english. You're english writing is already okey. Try to listen more to how americans speak.
@wasons (303)
• China
11 Oct 07
i think you are in a perfect condition to learn english,just make sure to speak and listen,talk with americans,you needn't worry about the talk they feel interested or not,just make your mouth open.
@dilmeet (56)
• India
11 Oct 07
i studied indian english so i speak well as in india we learn us english only and communicate my mind not only english