Conversational English – Y’all

y’all smile for the cameraimage: y’all smile for the camera – Brandon and I host exchange students for a southern meal in NC

Tim Ferriss, author of best selling “The 4-Hour Work Week,” creator of a truly brilliant life, and one of my current heroes, inspired a new addition to MBA in the USA with his recent blog post about the word y’all. Thanks to Tim, I’m going to complement our Business English buzzwords with Conversational English terms, beginning with y’all.

Y’all is used in the southern United States as the plural for you; it’s a contraction of you all, and serves its purpose quite well. As a South Carolina native, I am intimately familiar with the word y’all. In fact, I didn’t even realize y’all technically is not a word until I was 16 and was introduced to the northern variation “you guys.”

Tim’s post is a great read, and provides a unique opportunity for international students to glean some insights into more conversational English. Read the post here, and be sure to check out the comments. Tim Ferris has such an amazing following; his readers contribute to the posts almost as much as the author himself.

Ooh, and in South Carolina, y’all is plural, period. Some readers comment that y’all can be used as singular or plural, and others say y’all is singular while “all y’all” is plural. Not the case where I grew up. If you’re talking to one person, it’s you. More than one, it’s y’all.

Y’all enjoy Tim’s post!

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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