A fun guide to everything American for the English language learner! Authored by seasoned ESL instructors, this handy guidebook is perfect for people who already have a good grasp of English, but want to improve how they speak the language as it is spoken in the United States. Written in a lighthearted and easy-to-follow style, this book is a great resource for people of all ages and all nationalities. Each unit introduces commonly used phrases, vocabulary, and verbs, and offers sample dialogs to illustrate everyday American life. Sentence completions, quizzes, tips, and illustrations make learning fun.
In the last 30 years, a large number of once commonplace words, phrases, and expressions have disappeared without trace from common usage in the UK. And with them have gone a number of goods, services, and everyday objects that were once an important part of their everyday lives. Where did they go and why? Lost English takes a look at how our language changes and explores the influence of differing cultures on one another. For example, the pace of modern life and the influence of America on the UK has forever impacted that country's sociological formation, and rapid advances in technology have made certain products obsolete.
Here is the riveting story of the English language, from its humble beginnings as a regional dialect to its current preeminence as the one global language, spoken by more than two billion people worldwide. In this groundbreaking book, Melvyn Bragg shows how English conquered the world. It is a magnificent adventure, full of jealousy, intrigue, and war—against a hoard of invaders, all armed with their own conquering languages, which bit by bit, the speakers of English absorbed and made their own.
English is the world's lingua franca-the most widely spoken language in human history. And yet, as historian and linguist Nicholas Ostler persuasively argues, English will not only be displaced as the world's language in the not-distant future, it will be the last lingua franca, not replaced by another. Empire, commerce, and religion have been the primary raisons d'etre for lingua francas–Greek, Latin, Arabic have all held the position–and Ostler explores each through the lens of civilizations spanning the globe and history, from China and India to Russia and Europe…