Synopses & Reviews
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.
A brand-new, pocket-sized guide to American English for British English speakers - British, Australians, Indians, South Africans, and people who learned British English as a second language.
Handy, portable, and written in a chatty, user-friendly style, the book is divided into thirty topic areas covering basic cultural and linguistic differences, including travel and transportation, eating and drinking, nicknames and pronunciations of places, shopping, health care, smoking, and ways of addressing people. Each topic section highlights particular pitfalls to watch out for, and includes a short glossary.
Much more than just a phrasebook, with helpful cultural advice as well, this book will help students, businesspeople, or other travelers avoid embarrassing mistakes -- both in their vocabulary and in their manners -- while in America.
About the Author
Dileri Borunda Johnston, originally from Juarez, Mexico, taught English as a Second Language in North America before moving to London, England.