By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – “How’s it going?” “What’s up?” …these are openers of many conversations when Americans are speaking with one another. But to newcomers who want to “fit in” they make no make sense.

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The Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central, at 1901 Vine Street, can be a major source of help and fun. Each Thursday night, 6:30-7:30, there’s a conversation hour for international adults – a place to talk and build confidence speaking English.

It’s not a class, but a casual setting – no one gets called on, no exams, no readings, but small talk about holidays, customs and anything members of the group want to discuss; and new topics are encouraged.

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Make friends with those from other countries as you learn English. And when your neighbor asks, “What’s up?” you’ll have an American answer.