The Word “SHALL”

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The Word Shall

Although not commonly used in the English language, I often get asked about the word “Shall” by a lot of my English Learning Students. 

They want to know how to use it and when to use it. 

Sometimes they even use it incorrectly.

So I decided to make a lesson about it since I have been teaching about Modal Verbs as of late, I felt this would be the perfect time to address this word. 

“Shall” can be used to find out if someone things a certain suggestion is a good idea. 

In the US, if you use this word, people will not find it strange, rather they will know you are not a native speaker of the English language, unless you are British or perhaps from another English speaking country where “shall” is used more frequently. 

But in the US, it is not common to hear this word used often and is sometimes considered an outdated word or a word from much older times. 

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Many students ask me how they can improve their listening skills. 

One way you can do this is to listen more. Simple enough, right?

Below is the English podcast for this video lesson which will help you to improve your listening skills. 

Once suggestion I have is that you watch the video first so you can visually see the lesson and then listen to the audio alone so you can focus on what you hear instead of what you see. 

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English Listening

After watching the video or listening to the audio, think of some ways you can use the word “SHALL” in your conversations.

How would you respond to someone who asks you a question using the word “SHALL”.

Let’s look at some ways you might hear someone use this word:

“Shall we go to the store now or later?”

“Shall we see a movie tomorrow evening?”

“Shall we call your mother tonight?”

Think of some ways you can respond to these questions?

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