USA Phrasebook

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Colleen Cotter
Lonely Planet, 2001 - Foreign Language Study - 317 pages
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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
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This is by far the best resource on decoding the regional, colloquial, or vernacular dialects found in the USA
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The booklet is very portable, well organized and low priced.
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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.
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This pharasebook is written mainly for your average tourist BUT is equally pedagogical for the average US citizen.
 

Contents

A SHORT HISTORY
15
Recent History
21
Pronunciation American 2729
27
Body Language
31
Dating
41
TRAVEL TRANSPORT
47
Psychobabble 144146
50
General Geography 51 Pissing People Off
54
Eating Drinking 59 Foreign Infusions
69
SPORTS
75
Auto Racing
85
Shopping 9293
92
Ice Hockey 83
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About the author (2001)

Colleen Cotter is a senior lecturer at the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film at Queen Mary, University of London. She is a former daily news reporter and editor in the USA. Her previous publications include USA Phrasebook: Understanding Americans and Their Culture, Second Edition (2001).

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