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REA'sEnglish the American Way: A Fun ESL Guide to Language and Culture in the U.S.with Audio CDHelps English Language Learners Improve Their Skills A fun guide to everything American for the English language learner! Authored by seasoned ESL instructors, this handy guidebook was designed 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. Individual units cover topics essential to the mosaic of American life:making friends, basic skills, driving, dining out, dealing with money, home life, emergency situations, doctor visits, handling a job interview, and more. Our audio CD offers sample dialogsthat present correct pronunciation using natural speech. The dialogs help English language learners practice their vocabulary and pronunciation skills. They're also a great way to work on accent reduction. As an added bonus, an MP3 file of the sample dialogs plus additional reading and pronunciation pointers is available online at www.rea.com . If you're looking for a fun and easy way to improve your English language skills, this is the book for you!
A Letter from the Authors Hi there! Thanks for choosing our book. We think it shows just how smart you are. We had a lot of fun writing this book, and we hope that you’ll have a lot of fun reading it. Well, have fun, but also learn a lot about the English language and American culture. We’ve always loved Englishâthe sound of the words, the fun of the idioms, and the interesting way the words work together. We also know that learning all this stuff can be a challenge to English language learners. And that’s where our book comes in! English the American Way: A Fun ESL Guide to Language and Culture in the U.S. is your very own... well, guide, to... yes, American language and culture. You’ll find tons (a lot!) of vocabulary, all of it used in real-life ways. We’ve included tons of informal languageâthe stuff you really hear every day. And we take a look at American customsâ birth to death, and everything in-between! We hope this book will be a help in your adventure learning English. Good luck!
How This Book Works This book has 21 units packed with language and culture! Each unit has a main topic divided into two or three cultural readings. In these readings and the dialogues that follow, you’ll find real English, not the simplified language you find in most ESL books. The units are full of vocabulary and informal languageâ tons of idioms, phrasal verbs and slangâbold within the text, then listed at the end of each section with a simple explanation. Listen to the CD for native speaker pronunciation of the dialogues, then pause and repeat to practice! Look for grammar reminders, idiomatic expressions, culture tips, and fun facts. Oh, and don’t forget to check your understanding (and memory) with the special review sections. You’ll find them after every three units. Good luck, and have fun!Unit 1 - New FriendsNew country? New friends! But how do you meet them? Making new friends is an exciting part of moving to a new place, but sometimes it’s hard to know just how formal to be with new people. Americans are usually very casual. They’re also very friendly. This is a good thing, but it can be tricky. Everyone knows that good old basic English phrase, “Hello. It’s nice to meet you.” Oh, yeah, we bet you were ready for that. Well, you may be ready, but then you may be surprised to learn that you won’t hear that phrase very often. “Hello. It’s nice to meet you” is okay for first-time introductions, but when friends meet socially, the conversation will probably sound more like this: ALAN: Hey, Lia! It’s good to see you. LIA: You, too. I haven’t seen you in a few days. How are you? How’s it going? ALAN: Not bad. I’m so busy with the classes I’m taking. How about you? LIA: I’m okay. I know you’re busy with classes. My job’s really hectic this time of year, too. What’s new with you? ALAN: Nothing much. I’m on my way to the mall. I need some time off! Do you remember Lana? She’s there. Ha! She’s always at the mall! I think a lot of our friends plan to just hang out at the mall tonight. LIA: Who? Oh yeah. I remember Lana. She’s the one with the scary-looking dog. I don’t want to hang out with that dog! ALAN: Ha! You aren’t afraid of that little tiny dog, are you? Well, I’m sure Rover isn’t at the mall. LIA: Actually, I’m headed to the mall later, anyway. There’s a huge sale going on. I think they’re open extra late. ALAN: Great! Maybe I’ll see you there. LIA: Sounds good. We’re both good shoppers! If I get there before you leave, maybe I’ll see you. After all, we aren’t leaving until we see all the sales. And I’m not leaving until I have some cute new shoes!