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Basic questions and answers when meeting an American

There are some typical questions that you need to know when you meet an American. Memorizing a response to each question will help you be well-prepared for social situations, and will be useful if your mind goes blank!
1. How are you?---Fine! When Americans ask "how are you?" they don't expect a sincere, detailed answer about your health, your personal relationships or your current problems. The standard answer is "fine. How are you?"

2. Where are you from? This question usually is a way to find out your country of birth, so your answer is "Prague," or "South Korea" or "Bangaldesh," depending on where you were born. If you are currently living in another place, you can add, "but now I'm living in London" or wherever you live.

3. Do you have a family? or Where does your family live?---this question may be a way to find out if you're married or single, or to inquire about children you may have. Maybe the American wan…

American University Prep Course

This course is custom-designed for international students who wish to go to university or college in the USA. The course begins with an overview of American higher education, then provides practice in the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and SAT exams, both of which are required for admission to most American universities and colleges. The course is 10 weeks long, with an optional 2-week addendum for additional exam preparation. Also included is help with preparing a complete university or college application form.

Free English lessons on-line

You can visit the International Leadership Institute website to view and print free English lessons. The lessons are in the format of a short newsletter, called "A Lesson on English." Each lesson has a different topic. You can read the lesson, then answer these questions:
1. What is the main topicof the lesson?
2. What three new facts did I learn from the lesson?
3. How can I use this information in my studies of American English?

Here is the link to the ALOE newsletters:

More interesting tidbits about English

The shortest complete sentence in the English language is “I am.”

The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” uses every letter of the English alphabet.

The most used letter in the English alphabet is ‘E’, and ‘Q’ is the least used.

“Rhythm” is the longest English word without a vowel.

The word “alphabet” is derived from the first two letters in the Greek alphabet: “alpha” and “beta”.

Why learn English? Did you know...

Did you know that of all the world's languages (over 2,700) English is arguably the richest in vocabulary; and that the Oxford English Dictionary lists about 500,000 words, and a further half-million technical and scientific terms remain uncatalogued?

Did you know that the main language used throughout the world on the internet is English, and that 80% of what's stored in the world's computers is in English?

Did you know that more than half of the world's technical and scientific periodicals are in English?

Did you know that 5 of the largest broadcasting companies in the world (CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC and CBC) transmit in English, reaching millions and millions of people all over the world?