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  • Hi! My name is Jason Palmer, and I'm an English teacher from Toronto, Canada.

  • Today, we're going to talk about three reasons why you might not understand native English speakers.

  • Uh, reason number one: Native speakers sound funny.

  • Now, the reason for this is that most native speakers have their own personal English, really.

  • Um, if you think about it, uh, native speakers might come from different countries.

  • They come from different cities, they come from different towns.

  • Quite often it can be more difficult to understand native speakers who are from small towns and villages

  • because they might speak very quickly, they might blur the sounds they use together,

  • and perhaps they don't really use maybe a high-level or academic English sometimes.

  • So, all of these things can make it difficult to understand them.

  • Also, native speakers might have their own personal habits or phrases that they use a lot but no one else uses,

  • so this could make it quite complicated.

  • Uh, every native speaker uses their own pronunciation and ways to express things, and again, this makes it hard.

  • So, if you don't understand one native speaker, don't be discouraged, you might understand many more.

  • Okay, reason number two: You might be too used to classroom English.

  • Now, the problem with this is that classroom English is very good for getting started at learning a language.

  • Uh, it is very important to learn basic vocabulary, basic expressions, and the proper grammar,

  • but in real life, native speakers don't speak using classroom English.

  • They really like to use their own phrases, their own, uh, slang, and they don't always speak with perfect grammar actually.

  • So, this could make it difficult if you're only used to classroom English.

  • So, quite often it's useful to listen to native speakers on the street or watch movies or TV shows in English.

  • That will give you a much better idea of what real or natural English sounds like.

  • Finally, reason number three is that you might not know enough phrasal verbs or idioms.

  • So, in English there are a lot of phrasal verbs that native speakers use every day.

  • These aren't commonly used in writing, but when we speak we often use phrasal verbs.

  • I always recommend to my students to study many, many phrasal verbs.

  • Also, learning idioms is helpful as well.

  • They can be much more difficult to learn, but it's important to be able to understand them.

  • So, phrasal verbs and idioms are a great way to understand native speakers better and to sound more natural yourself.

  • So, to review, three ways that you can understand native speakers better:

  • Realize that native speakers might sound funny, depending on who you're talking to.

  • Also, remember that you might be used to classroom English a little bit too much.

  • And three, remember to learn phrasal verbs and idioms.

  • This will help you to understand native speakers much more.

  • So, this has been Jason Palmer. I'll see you next time.

Hi! My name is Jason Palmer, and I'm an English teacher from Toronto, Canada.

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