Friday, November 29, 2013

Demand Grows for Classes in English Slang

Before you are really fluent in a language, you must learn the local street talk and you can only learn it there.   - - Donna Poisl

by Elizabeth Lee

LOS ANGELES — Many people who learn English as a second language think they have a good grasp of it until they watch an American TV show or speak to someone from the United States and realize there's a lot they don’t understand. Some are actually coming to the U.S. to learn American slang, since it's rarely taught in textbooks back home.

Most people come to Venice Beach seeking sun and entertainment, but for Hussain al Shahri of Saudi Arabia and his classmates, the beach is a classroom.

Their teachers are strangers they meet by the beach.
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