Chances are you have heard about expressions such as British English, American English, Indian English, Globish, the three circles of English, Aussie English, etc. If you haven´t, join us and find out what they are and learn some stuff and tips about them.
What kind of English do you speak? (Take a minute and think about your accent when you speak English) If you are not sure about the answer, it is a good idea to research about English dialects and accents. What’s a dialect? It is the way a language is spoken in a particular area. People may have a different way of pronouncing words, or they can use phrases other people don’t. What’s your favorite one?
Sometimes, these language variations can be confusing. I had the experience myself. I met this Scottish guys Michael and Kirsten. When they spoke to each other -in ‘English’-, I couldn´t understand a word they were saying. I wasn’t the only one ‘lost’ with their talk. There was an English girl, who asked them to speak clearer since nobody was understanding what they were saying. I remembered she said ‘What language are you guys speaking? That’s not English!’. Then, Michael and Kirsten realized they were using Scottish slang, and explained to us some words that were spoken and understood only in their country. The funny fact is that they probably didn't understand some of the things I said because of my hispanic accent. Lol!
I’m so sure all English learners go through experiences like the one mentioned above. So come and get some useful information about some accents and dialects that you could approach in short term.
Our conversation club sessions are held every Wednesday at noon in classroom 704 and at 5:30 pm in classroom N-401. Everyone is welcome!