Lonely Planet, 2001 - Foreign Language Study - 317 pages
From Tinseltown's glitter to the charm of the South, decode the jargon and discover the culture of the USA. Compare Big Apple speed-speech with the laidback Texan drawl. Identify the multitude of regional and social dialects and influences on the language along the way.Learn to order a splash of red noise in a diner or request your coffee unleaded ; understand dialects from SoFlo to Yooper, and hear the echoes of Shakespeare ; expand your musical horizons with a comprehensive guide - from rock'n'roll to techno ; immerse yourself in the language melting pot - from US Spanish & Asian languages to African-American English & Yiddish ; includes Native American languages & Hawaiian
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TITLE: "Best "bang for your buck" on learning 'bout American English" April 7, 2005
This is by far the best resource on decoding the regional, colloquial, or vernacular dialects found in the USA.
The booklet is very portable, well organized and low priced.
After 17 years of living in the USA (only California), I use this booklet everytime I visit the South or New England States. The phrasebook has a good introduction on the development of the American English dialect, and how culturally ecclectic the US lexicon is.
This pharasebook is written mainly for your average tourist BUT is equally pedagogical for the average US citizen.
A SHORT HISTORY
Pronunciation American 2729
General Geography 51 Pissing People Off
Eating Drinking 59 Foreign Infusions