What's Up: Vocabulary for Those New to America
My idea for this book and its intended audience is the awareness and use of expressions by typical Americans. In my country, we call these expressions slangs. Although some people might have attended higher institutions in their native countries, when they came to America they were baffl ed or confused by these “slangs”. Most of my friends who went to college before coming to America also have problems because they don’t let go of their accent and their English. Even though I came from a country whose offi cial language is English, (were colonized by the British), I had a very hard time understanding the Americans use of slang. Statements like, “Are you nuts?” meant a whole different thing to me until after I had been here a while, then I began to decipher the subtle meanings of these slang expressions and American dialect.I began to compile foreign expressions and put them in book form so that people who are new to this country might appreciate and understand what these expressions mean. It is my hope that both Americans and new immigrants will be helped by this small book by learning these expressions and using them when appropriate and knowing when not to use expressions that may rub people in America the wrong way.