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Essential English for Life in the USA

Feeling lost in the USA?

When learners move to the USA, they quickly realize that the English they studied in school is not enough. Because of this, they often become frustrated and may even avoid everyday activities due to fear of not understanding or not being understood. 

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Living in English doesn't have to be difficult for you.

The Essential English for Life in the USA is a 10-week course based on the experiences of hundreds of immigrants I've worked with over the past seven years. We will cover the things many immigrants say they wish they knew before moving, such as:

✅ Understanding native speakers when they're talking fast


✅ Feeling more confident talking on the phone and arranging appointments


✅ The key language Americans use to talk about time, money, and other measurements


✅ Easily talking to cashiers, make returns, discuss and solve everyday problems

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How would your life in the USA be different if you communicate well and with confidence?


💪 Gain Useful Skills: Learn how to understand fast native speakers and the language Americans use to talk about everyday life so that you can express yourself confidently. 

☎️ Become Self-Sufficient: Imagine being able to easily arrange your own appointments, make phone calls, or go to the bank. You will practice communicating with others so you can feel prepared and be independent in your new country.

⚾️ Keep Up With Culture: Cultivate your cultural knowledge about America so you can participate in daily conversations and feel connected to your community.
Improve Your Life: Mastering the day-to-day language of life in the USA will allow you to find a career (or a better career!), enroll in a school, socialize, and much much more!

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Who runs Essential English for Life in the USA?

Hello! My name is Gabbie and I will be your instructor for this course. I am a CELTA-certified English teacher who has been working for 7+ years with adults moving to or already living in the United States for work, school, or just for fun.

I am also a language learner who has spent some time living abroad. I understand how incredibly difficult adjusting to a new country can be. At times, it can feel exhausting, frustrating, and lonely, and even simple, everyday tasks can be exhausting. 

You see, I studied French for over 10 years before I moved to France to work. And while I could write long academic essays and discuss philosophy in French, I completely freaked out and cried in a store one day when I had to return a toaster because I had no idea how to make a return in French. No one had ever taught me the REAL French I would need for daily life.

My goal is to help you avoid these problems so that you can actually feel confident and enjoy your life in the United States.

What's included in the course?

Ok, let's get into the details!

  • Access to the online portal with all the materials you’ll need, including either weekly videos or readings, introducing the topic so you know exactly what we’re talking about that week.

  • A community of fellow English learners to share your struggles with, chat to and exchange ideas about life in the US.

  • Weekly assignments to help you build healthy English learning habits and better remember the class material.

  • Access to a private Telegram group where you can complete tasks, talk to others, and ask me questions.

  • A LIVE weekly 60-minute group (Tuesdays or Thursdays from 6-7pm New York Time) meeting  where we will discuss each week's topic and practice using the new vocabulary / expressions / ideas in small groups. I will also provide feedback and answer questions.

  • Access to recordings of all weekly group meetings so that you can review it anytime 

When and where do we meet?

Each week we will meet on Zoom. 

There are 2 sessions each week (Tuesdays or Thursdays from 6- 7pm New York Time). 

You can choose to attend the Tuesday or Thursday session, or both, but the content will be the same for both classes each week. 


The class will run from January 10th until March 16th 2023.

What will I learn? 

We will cover a different topic each week.

Week 1: Understanding fast spoken English with 5 pronunciation patterns used by native speakers

Week 2: Key phrases for answering and taking phone Calls, leaving messages, and what to expect when you call a business

Week 3: The questions you'll need to know how to answer when making any appointment in English

Week 4: How to express and pronounce everything about numbers (phone numbers, dates, quantities, fractions, decimals, percentages, etc.)

Week 5: Banking with ease: Key language for the bank and reading credit card and bank statements

Week 6: Money Matters: How to pronounce prices naturally and talk about saving and spending money

Week 7: English for shopping, including phrases for the grocery store and paying at the checkout

Week 8: How would you like that?: Ordering from restaurants, making special requests and stating preferences

Week 9: How to describe and explain problems in and make polite complaints

Week 10: Small Talk: How to Make Conversation in English

What level of English do I need to join this course?

Anyone over the age of 18 can join. However, I recommend having at least an intermediate level of English.

What if I don't live in the United States?

That's OK! You don't need to live in the US to participate in this course. If you're interested in American culture or just looking for more exposure to authentic English, this is a great course for you!

How much does it cost?

The entire 10-week program costs $207. This includes the live class sessions and their recordings, weekly class videos and quizzes, private Telegram group for extra practice and support, as well as lifetime access to all class materials.

What if I cannot attend the live sessions?

If you can't attend the live sessions, no worries! You will have access to all the recordings to review when it is convenient for you.

What if I still have more questions?

If you still have questions or concerns, please send me an email at

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