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    kahhong is offline Member
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    Default how to overcome slang across country?

    Hello there, i have a problem to speak english with caucasian person, they seem not understand me and me too.. do you have any recommendation to overcome this barrier?

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    Default Re: how to overcome slang across country?

    Firstly, you mention slang in the title to the thread. If you are having trouble communicating, try to avoid slang and use standard common language. Are there any pronunciation issues on either side?

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    Default Re: how to overcome slang across country?

    I'm pretty sure I understand what you mean. i have gone throught french levels one and three and when we went on a trip to france i felt ready to communicate with somewhat simple conversation. However, just like in English words are shortened, and slang, not taught in the classroom obviously was used, and it was very difficult to understand. English phrases like, "Whats up?" have actually caused some foriegn exchange students to, yes, look up. Learning the local slang is not something your going to find somewhere, your simply going to pick it up as time goes on. It becomes very easy to do this once you start to think in the language your speaking and listening to, instead of translating it back into your native language. So just give it some time, and you'll pick it up.

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    Default Re: how to overcome slang across country?

    Quote Originally Posted by web101
    I'm pretty sure I understand what you mean. i have gone throught french levels one and three and when we went on a trip to france i felt ready to communicate with somewhat simple conversation. However, just like in English words are shortened, and slang, not taught in the classroom obviously was used, and it was very difficult to understand. English phrases like, "Whats up?" have actually caused some foriegn exchange students to, yes, look up. Learning the local slang is not something your going to find somewhere, your simply going to pick it up as time goes on. It becomes very easy to do this once you start to think in the language your speaking and listening to, instead of translating it back into your native language. So just give it some time, and you'll pick it up.
    I wasn't the one who asked original question but the answer also helped me too. Thanks very much.

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