At first, you understand, and follow the conversation. As the conversation continues, it becomes more difficult.
You feel lost and uncomfortable. You don’t know what to do…
“Should I tell them to speak slowly? That’s embarrassing.”
“Should I ask them to repeat, again? I’ll slow the conversation.”
“Should I smile and pretend I’m following? I feel stupid!”
“Why can’t I understand?!”
(Me, trying to learn French in France in 2003)
When I studied French at school, I was the best student in my class.
Then, I came to France…
When I tried to follow real conversations, it destroyed my confidence, every time.
“I understand all my French lessons! Why can’t I understand real people?”
I became uncomfortable, embarrassed, and asked a lot “Can you repeat please?”
All the time I had spent listening to French movies and songs didn’t prepare me for the real world…
I thought it would. But I was wrong.
No scientific evidence supports this. Yes, it’s fun. Yes, it’s better than nothing. But when you watch a movie, you’re test your comprehension. You’re not actively learning how to understand better.
Learning HOW to understand is the key. In real life, there are no subtitles!
I thought this too: “I’ll go to France, I’ll be immersed in the language, and I’ll learn it like a child learns their native language. It’ll be easy!”
You are not a child. Your brain does not absorb the language the same way a child does. Plus, there is an advantage of learning as an adult: when I explain how to learn to understand, you can analyze apply my techniques, and progress faster.
This is passive listening. You do not actively work to better understand. There is a BIG difference between passively hearing English and actively listening to improve your comprehension.
Passive listening has a role in improving your comprehension. But you need active training too, so you can understand more, better, faster.
We’ve all met someone who has lived in an English-speaking country or “studied” English for years,
but still can’t follow conversations between native speakers. It’s very painful to see.
Why can’t they understand better?
Because there’s a BIG difference between listening a lot (even in immersion) and learning to understand
I found a friend who explained the sounds & expressions of spoken language
I felt less lost, less vulnerable. Progressively, I understood more easily
Finally, I felt like myself! I could build relationships and have real conversations
When you buy this course, I donate 10% of profits to the charitable organization Entrepreneurs du Monde.
Just like Business English with Christina, Entrepreneurs du Monde helps people to become more confident about their future and their skills.
Entrepreneurs du Monde teaches people in very poor communities in Africa, Asia, Haiti and France how to create their own business, so they can be independent, create a good future for their families, and adapt to climate change.
Together we’re stronger, and your purchase helps our bigger global community.
To learn more about Entrepreneurs du Monde, click here.
“Understand American English” is an online listening and vocabulary course based on real, unscripted conversations with Americans.
It’s for intermediate students who want to finally understand the fast, spoken English of real conversations.
This course bridges the gap between clear, articulate English lessons and makes it easier to understand real, spoken English
Accelerate your comprehension. because you learn to understand the fast sounds, the vocabulary, and the colloquial expressions you never learned in school
Practice listening as much as you want, so you’re prepared for conversations the real world. Because you’ve decoded the conversation, you actively train your ear (which is not the case when you watch movies for fun)
Test your comprehension skills and evaluate your progress as you work through the course. Each exercise highlights the most important lessons to take from the conversation.
Check you understood the fast parts and see new vocabulary, so you remember it better. The transcript gives you all the expressions in context, so you learn to use them correctly.
Your pronunciation is the first thing others notice about your English, and it immediately impacts their impression of you. Sound more natural with these pronunciation & intonation exercises.
Try the course for 30 days with no risk · If you decide to keep the course, your access never expires
I live in the USA, but often work with other French speakers, so my English listening doesn’t improve very quickly. This course is helping me finally see what people say in real conversations, and to understand better!
I want to learn to understand Americans and also improve my pronunciation, to sound better when I speak. This course is already helping me do both!
I joined because I want to improve my English and better understand Americans on the phone. Even if I haven’t spent a lot of time on the modules, I’ve already gotten tips that make my conversations easier!
My husband and I have a project to go to the USA as investors, so it’s essential for us to understand Americans the way they really speak. This course is helping me improve my comprehension and feel more confident about my English too!
We’ve tested this program with real students.
Research suggests that deliberate practice (where you intentionally work to improve a specific skill) leads to faster, better results.
So I know this course works.
But it’s best for you to see for yourself. Try the course for 30 days, with no risk.
When you learn a language, revision is important. When you buy this course, you get access FOREVER.
I want you to be sure that “Understand Real American English” is for you. The best way? To let you try it.
Take one month to try the course. If you don’t LOVE it, I’ll refund 100% of your money.
When you learn with someone, it’s important to feel good about the relationship. I put all of my love, pedagogy, and fun energy into my courses, because I want you to enjoy learning English with me.
More than 250 students have joined the course, to test and approve the activities for you. They love it!
So what are you waiting for?
I’m confident that you’ll see this program is like no other English course on the market.
But if you don’t LOVE it, I’ll refund 100% of your money.
“I moved to Florida 2 years ago to follow my dream and create my company, a small surveillance company. Every day we call clients, receive clients, and go on-site to their home.
I studied English for 12 years and even if I’m immersed in American English now, it’s still very difficult for me to understand, especially on the phone.
I avoid it and delegate it to one of my American employees as much as possible.
How can I be credible if I can’t make a simple phone call without being dependent on an employee?
When I can’t understand a potential client, I ask them to send me an email with their questions. The client is polite and agrees, but then I receive no email, so I lose the opportunity.”
“I’m losing money because I can’t understand my American clients!”
Valerie lost business in the past because she had difficulties understanding clients.
When we opened the course earlier this year, she didn’t hesitate to join.
“It’s a very small price to pay to feel comfortable & credible with clients, to understand them, and do my job better,” she says. “I’ll have a return on my investment quickly!”
Here’s what each level gets:
First, if you follow the roadmap that I have created for you in the course, I guarantee that you will improve your English. I’ve taught English for 15 years, and I constantly update my pedagogy.
Since I created this course, 250+ students have joined and tested the activities. They love this course!
But, you have 30 days to test the ENTIRE course to see how it helps you. If, after 30 days, you did the work but feel you learned nothing, I refund your money, no questions asked.
There’s no risk in joining.
But imagine what you risk if you do nothing to understand English better…
If you tried the sample lesson and couldn’t understand everything, this course is exactly what you need to bridge the gap between the clear English of lessons, and the fast, messy English of the real world.
Training your ear is not a fast process, but you can be more efficient. This course accelerates your improvement so you learn better and faster.
You’ll learn to recognize the sounds and colloquial expressions, so that you can understand them better.
And you’ll notice, when you listen to other conversations between native speakers (podcasts, movies, discussions), you’ll progressively understand more.
This course is a complete method. It’s a learning path where you simply follow the lessons and activities I created for you to reach your goal.
I guide you step-by-step from start to finish, and you know that you’re working towards your objective efficiently.
As you saw in the sample lesson, there are many elements in each module to help you learn each aspect of understanding real American English, and activities so you actively learn.
The free episodes on YouTube are great for learning tips on many different subjects, but they are not a structured course, and do not have exercises where you actively learn.
Yes, all of the conversations are authentic, unscripted, and just like conversations you hear in real life.
With my friends and family, we installed the camera, and just started talking about the topic of the lesson. But we didn’t do any advance preparation… just like in real conversations.
|Module||What you learn, in addition to the colloquial expressions from each conversation|
|1. Planning events, with Lisa||
|2. A recipe, with Bonnie||
|3. Talking about a past trip, with Colleen||
|4. Driving directions, with Jennifer||
|5. Catching up, with Michael||
|6. Discussing movies, with Jennifer||
|7. Talking business, with Paul||
|8. Describing your work, with Rubin||
|9. A charitable enterprise, with Zachary||
|10. Discussing the weather, with Kay||
After you pay, you receive a confirmation email. It has your username and password. Use them to connect to your course.
You can begin the course when you want.
No, this is a single, one-time payment.
You buy the course, and then you keep your access forever.
We included “Season 1” in the title, because we plan to make more courses like this one, with different themes in the conversations! That will be “Season 2”, just like with your favorite American series
Yes. I already have students from USA, South Africa, Brazil, Guatemala, Taiwan, Russia, and more!
My payment system accepts currencies from all countries. Our system does the conversion automatically.