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Speak American A Survival Guide to the Language and Culture of the U. S. A.

ISBN-10: 037570468X
ISBN-13: 9780375704680
Edition: 2000 (Large Type)
List price: $8.99
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Description: Imagine that you're from England, or India, or Hong Kong, and your English is impeccable. But when you travel to America, you get a funny look when you tell a colleague,"I'll knock you up tomorrow at half-eight." And you can't find bangers on a  More...

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Book details

List price: $8.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Random House Information Group
Publication date: 4/25/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Imagine that you're from England, or India, or Hong Kong, and your English is impeccable. But when you travel to America, you get a funny look when you tell a colleague,"I'll knock you up tomorrow at half-eight." And you can't find bangers on a single restaurant menu. You feel like you speak a foreign language-because you do! You need to know how to survive in American English, and this book will help you do it. This user-friendly guide focuses on the vocabulary that newcomers to the U.S. really need to know. Arranged by subject, from driving to shopping to eating, the book includes information on basic cultural and linguistic differences between British and American English, including particular pitfalls to watch for, and a handy glossary. Each chapter begins with a quick-reference summary of key confusable words. Americanisms, grammar, and cultural points. Offers guidance on social issues such as tipping and addressing people. Perfect for travelers, businesspeople, and students.

Foreword
The Basics
American Society
Eating and Drinking
Getting Around
Tipping
Holidays and Vacations
Sports and Leisure
American Education
Housing
Everyday Life
Weights and Measures
Pronunciation Symbols for the Sounds of American English
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