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4. International English

100280_1For the 4th monthly podcast from the Queen’s School of English, I’m joined by special guest Amélie, a multi-lingual French girl with a lot of experience living and working abroad.

Together we talk about some of the difficulties to be found in using and understanding English while overseas. How can learners of English improve their listening skills? And what should you do when it all goes horribly pear-shaped? Find out below!

As always, extra materials can be found at the bottom of the page.

Click here for a downloadable worksheet.

Also, here are a couple of videos you might find useful. The first is a nice illustration of Cockney Rhyming slang taken from the film Austin Powers: Goldmember. As you can tell, it makes absolutely no sense unless you understand the code.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgPH0tYXJrA]

Also, if you can get over the extremely obnoxious host on this video, here is a nice side by side comparison of British and American pronunciation for you to enjoy.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua7nyAaf3pE]

And finally, just for the fun of it: Hugh Laurie trying to speak American.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYmrg3owTRE]