I teach you how to understand
Americans when they speak fast

What happens when you try to understand native speakers?

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!”

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“Why can’t I understand?!”
(Me, trying to learn French in France in 2003)

I've been in the same embarrassing situation...

When I studied French at school, I was the best student in my class. It was easy to understand the scripted audio conversations in my coursebook.

Then, I came to France…

When I tried to follow real conversations, it destroyed my confidence, every time.

“I could 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.

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3 Myths about understanding real, fast English

“If I watch movies in English, I will learn to understand real conversations”

No scientific evidence supports this. Yes, it’s fun. Yes, it feels like you’re doing something to improve your English. Yes, it’s better than nothing. When watching a movie you’re testing your comprehension, not learning how to better understand.

Learning HOW to understand is the key. Because in real life, you can’t rewind the conversation to listen again. And there are no subtitles in real life! 

“I just need to go live in an English-speaking country for 6 months"

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!”

Wrong.

You are not a child anymore. Your brain does not absorb the language the same way a child does. Plus, there is an advantage of learning as an adult: when someone explains something, you can understand, analyze, apply it, and progress faster when you work at it.

“If I listen to CNN and podcasts every day, I will understand eventually”

Like with movies, no research justifies this. It’s passive listening. You consume the sound, but you do not actively work to better understand. There is a BIG difference between passively hearing English and actively listening to improve your comprehension.

Sure, 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

To learn faster, you need someone to teach you the sounds, the vocabulary, the culture

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

You don't need years of practice. You need a step-by-step system.

This course is like having an American friend who teaches you the important things you need, to understand real, fast conversations

“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

Result?

What level is this course?

This course is pre-intermediate to advanced (B1 - C1)

Try the course for 30 days with no risk · If you decide to keep the course, your access never expires

What's in the program?

14 Video lessons: I decode the fast sounds & colloquial vocabulary for you

Accelerate your comprehension. because you learn to understand the fast sounds, the vocabulary, and the colloquial expressions you never learned in school

10 Videos: Unscripted, spontaneous discussions between Americans

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)

30 Exercises: Global and detailed comprehension

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.

Transcripts for each 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.

10 Pronunciation exercises

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.

Students recommend this course to help you better understand spoken English

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!

Guy L.

Student, 

USA

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!

Darren L.

Student, 

Malaysia

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!

Lai S.

Student, 

Taiwan

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!

Vero B.

Student, 

France

Choose your price! You get lifetime access to the course

Your access to the course never
expires, so it fits your busy schedule.

Do the lessons anytime you want!

Try the complete course "Understand Real American English" for 30 days, with zero risk

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.

If you don't love the course, just tell me and I'll refund your money

You get access to the entire course, for life.
Nothing more to pay, ever.

When you learn a language, revision is important. That’s why, when you buy one of my courses, you get access FOREVER.

No monthly membership fees. No annual renewals. Just one single payment for lifetime access to the course.

My guarantee:

You love the course, or I refund your money

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.

What's the cost of doing nothing?

Here’s a true story from a client. We’ll call her Valerie:

“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!”

“Will this course work for me?”

“Is this course ok for my level?”

Here’s what each level gets:

  • Intermediate learners B1 and B2: you will expand your vocabulary to strengthen your confidence with spoken English. You’ll become more confident because you understand more nuances and colloquial expressions. Intermediate learners see a big increase in self-confidence thanks to lessons that explain step-by-step the sounds and expressions of authentic spoken English.
  • Advanced learners C1 and C2: your understanding of fast spoken English will become easier and more automatic. You may even integrate some colloquial expressions into your own English, to sound more like native speakers. At this level, it’s the little details that make the biggest difference. You want your level of English language to reflect your personality, naturally.
  • Elementary A1 and A2: This course is NOT for beginners.

“What happens if I feel like I’m not improving with the course?”

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…

“I tried the sample lesson, but it was very challenging. I understood about 50%...”

I’ll be honest. This course IS challenging. That’s why it works.

It pushes you to your limits in understanding English, to take you step-by-step to a new level.

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.

“Is 10 lessons really enough to improve my comprehension?”

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 in the video conversations. You can revise the lessons as much as you want to progressively train your ear.

And you’ll notice, when you listen to other conversations between native speakers (podcasts, movies, discussions), you’ll progressively understand more.

About the course content

What’s the difference between this course and your free videos on YouTube?

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.

Are the conversations really authentic?

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.

What’s will I learn in the course lessons?

Module What you learn, in addition to the colloquial expressions from each conversation
1. Planning events, with Lisa
  • The weak schwa sound
  • How to understand words that include this very weak sound (it represents 30% of the sounds in spoken English. In other words, it’s ESSENTIAL to understand)

 

2. A recipe, with Bonnie
  • Disappearing sounds at the ends of words
  • How to recognize words when they are “squished” together and sound like one strange sound
3. Talking about a past trip, with Colleen
  • Understanding words with the flap T (where you see “T” but you hear “D”, and makes “easy” words hard to understand)
4. Driving directions, with Jennifer
  • Expressions like “should have” & “could have” that sound like “shoulduh/ and /coulduh/
  • “Going to” pronounced as /gonna/ or /gowintuh/
  • “Kind of a” pronounced as /kaï nuhvhuh/
5. Catching up, with Michael
  • Recognize common questions we say fast, without thinking
  • Understand the contraction of “them” with the word before it (it becomes /’em/)
  • Ignore the filler “like”, because we use it all the time, but it has no meaning
6. Discussing movies, with Jennifer
  • Follow a “messy” discussion with lots of false starts & unclear structure
  • How to follow a conversation that changes topics quickly and with no transition
  • The use of the word “stuff” (It’s so common)
7. Talking business, with Paul
  • “Little” transition words you hear in casual conversations
  • How we pronounce verbs with -ed (and how they’re squished with the next word)
  • “A lot of” pronounced as /uh lodduh/
  • Pronunciation of difficult words like “brewery”
8. Describing your work, with Rubin
  • Syllable stress in words, and how it helps you understand and speak more clearly
  • Word stress in sentences, and how it’s essential for others to understand you easily
  • Understanding when some words are squished and fast in the middle of conversations
9. A charitable enterprise, with Zachary
  • Understanding super fast parts within conversations
  • Coping with speed variations (they speak slowly, then quickly) in a conversation
  • “Of” pronounced as /uh/
10. Discussing the weather, with Kay
  • How sounds are squished in certain verb tenses
  • -ing pronounced as /in/ at the end of words
  • Liaisons between the /in/ sound and the following word

About how to do the course

“I want to join the course, what’s the process?”

Simple!

  1. Choose one of the two options: single payment or monthly payments
  2. Create your student account and make payment (card or PayPal)
  3. You’ll have immediate access to the course

If you have any problems making payment, contact me here or at contact@christinarebuffet.com. I’m happy to help you.

“What happens when I pay?”

After you pay, you will receive a confirmation email. It has your username and password that you’ll use to connect to your course.

Then, you can connect to the course with your username and password, to begin your activities when you’re ready.

“In the course title, it says ‘Season 1.’ Do I have to pay again, like a subscription?”

No, this is a single, one-time payment.

You join the course, and it becomes your permanent library of real American English lessons. 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

My card is not in Euros. Can I join the course?

Yes. We already have students from USA, South Africa, Brazil, Guatemala, Taiwan, Russia, and more!

Both our payment system and PayPal accept currencies from all countries, so you can pay in your local currency. Our system does the conversion automatically.

What will you do now?

You can continue just watching series and movies and pretend you're improving, but there's a cost:

Or, you can let me guide you step by step, to better understand fast English:

Get lifetime access to the course for only 129€ 97€

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