Do You Really Know American English: How Truly American are You?

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Barron's Educational Series, 2005 - Foreign Language Study - 244 pages
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Every ESL student will want a copy of this brand-new book. It teaches everyday conversational ¬“American¬” English by making abundant use of classic Americanisms, informal one-liners, and old-fashioned expressions still in common use. It also includes timeless proverbs, childhood rhymes, lyrics of traditional American songs, and well-known quotations from American writers. Metaphors and their informal meanings include phrases like ¬“in the doghouse¬” and ¬“if the shoe fits.¬” There are also idioms of command, such as ¬“pipe down¬” and ¬“stay put.¬” Words and expressions are grouped thematically in chapters, and citations come with both meanings and word origins. Every page is filled with questions about America and American English that the reader can answer as a way of evaluating his command of American-style English. Reading is made easy and pleasant with word games and humorous cartoons. Do You Really Know American English? is not a dictionary, but a virtual tour across America, offering informal history, cultural insights, and knowledge known to all Americans, but generally unfamiliar and often puzzling to people born abroad.
 

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Contents

We the People
2
WhatdYouCallMe?
7
Nice Body
14
Lets Eat
22
Animal Lover
29
SPECIAL DETAIL
39
All Kinds of Stuff
40
Bits and Pieces
46
Playing Around
122
Kids Stuff
127
MIGHTY MESSAGES
135
Mom Used to Say
136
The Religious Past
142
Express Yourself
148
Wacky Words
154
Foreign Imports
157

Tell Me About It
51
Tell Me Where
63
Say When
69
SMALL TALK
77
Pick a Number
78
Take a Letter
82
And?
88
ChitChat
93
Just Do It
98
A LOT GOING ON
103
Need Some Action?
104
Acting Strange
110
Vicious Verbs
116
FilmFest
167
Song and Dance
172
What a Laugh
180
Fame
187
In the News
194
THE GOOD OLD DAYS
201
Duty Calls
202
Wild West
208
Old English
214
Since the Sixties
221
More More More
229
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About the author (2005)

William C. Harvey is the author of several books and language tools available from Barron's, including Spanish for Gringos..

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