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Do You Speak American

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Author: Robert Macneil
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
ISBN: 9780307423573
Size: 79.40 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 240
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Book Description: Is American English in decline? Are regional dialects dying out? Is there a difference between men and women in how they adapt to linguistic variations? These questions, and more, about our language catapulted Robert MacNeil and William Cran—the authors (with Robert McCrum) of the language classic The Story of English—across the country in search of the answers. Do You Speak American? is the tale of their discoveries, which provocatively show how the standard for American English—if a standard exists—is changing quickly and dramatically. On a journey that takes them from the Northeast, through Appalachia and the Deep South, and west to California, the authors observe everyday verbal interactions and in a host of interviews with native speakers glean the linguistic quirks and traditions characteristic of each area. While examining the histories and controversies surrounding both written and spoken American English, they address anxieties and assumptions that, when explored, are highly emotional, such as the growing influence of Spanish as a threat to American English and the special treatment of African-American vernacular English. And, challenging the purists who think grammatical standards are in serious deterioration and that media saturation of our culture is homogenizing our speech, they surprise us with unpredictable responses. With insight and wit, MacNeil and Cran bring us a compelling book that is at once a celebration and a potent study of our singular language. Each wave of immigration has brought new words to enrich the American language. Do you recognize the origin of 1. blunderbuss, sleigh, stoop, coleslaw, boss, waffle? Or 2. dumb, ouch, shyster, check, kaput, scram, bummer? Or 3. phooey, pastrami, glitch, kibbitz, schnozzle? Or 4. broccoli, espresso, pizza, pasta, macaroni, radio? Or 5. smithereens, lollapalooza, speakeasy, hooligan? Or 6. vamoose, chaps, stampede, mustang, ranch, corral? 1. Dutch 2. German 3. Yiddish 4. Italian 5. Irish 6. Spanish


Speaking American

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Author: Richard W. Bailey
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 019517934X
Size: 79.63 MB
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Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 207
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Book Description: Investigates the history and continuing evolution of American English, from the 16th century to the present, to celebrate the endless variety and remarkable inventiveness that have always been at the heart of our language. By the author of Images of English: A Cultural History of the Language.


Speak American English

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Author: S.LAWRENCE JAYAKUMAR
Publisher: SAKTHI PUBLISHING HOUSE
ISBN:
Size: 63.16 MB
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Languages : en
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Book Description: அமெரிக்கன் ஆங்கிலத்தை அறிந்து கொள்ளுங்கள்


Speaking American

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Author: Josh Katz
Publisher: Mariner Books
ISBN: 9780358359937
Size: 32.83 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 224
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Book Description: Did you know that your answers to just a handful of questions can predict the zip code of where you grew up? Speaking American offers a visual atlas of the American vernacular--who says what, and where they say it--revealing the history of our nation, our regions, and the language that divides and unites us.


Speaking American

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Author: Zevi Gutfreund
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 0806163569
Size: 41.62 MB
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Category : Education
Languages : en
Pages : 308
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Book Description: When Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Bilingual Education Act of 1968, language learning became a touchstone in the emerging culture wars. Nowhere was this more apparent than in Los Angeles, where elected officials from both political parties had supported the legislation, and where the most disruptive protests over it occurred. The city, with its diverse population of Latinos and Asian Americans, is the ideal locus for Zevi Gutfreund’s study of how language instruction informed the social construction of American citizenship. Combining the history of language instruction, school desegregation, and civil rights activism as it unfolded in Japanese American and Mexican American communities in L.A., this timely book clarifies the critical and evolving role of language instruction in twentieth-century American politics. Speaking American reveals how, for generations, language instruction offered a forum for Angelino educators to articulate their responses to policies that racialized access to citizenship—from the “national origins” immigration quotas of the Progressive Era through Congress’s removal of race from these quotas in 1965. Meanwhile, immigrant communities designed language experiments to counter efforts to limit their liberties. Gutfreund’s book is the first to place the experiences of Mexican Americans and Japanese Americans side by side as they navigated debates over Americanization programs, intercultural education, school desegregation, and bilingual education. In the process, the book shows, these language experiments helped Angelino immigrants introduce competing concepts of citizenship that were tied to their actions and deeds rather than to the English language itself. Complicating the usual top-down approach to the history of racial politics in education, Speaking American recognizes the ways in which immigrant and ethnic activists, as well as white progressives and conservatives, have been deeply invested in controlling public and private aspects of language instruction in Los Angeles. The book brings compelling analytic depth and breadth to its examination of the social and political landscape in a city still at the epicenter of American immigration politics.


Michael Harrington Speaking American

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Author: Robert A. Gorman
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415911184
Size: 53.54 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 243
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Book Description: This first study provides illuminating insights in to America's preeminent Yankee Radical and his concepts.


African American Women Speak Out On Anita Hill Clarence Thomas

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Author: Geneva Smitherman
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 9780814325308
Size: 80.43 MB
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Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 276
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Book Description: An essential voice has been added to the ongoing national debate and public discourse on race, class, and gender. African American Women Speak Out on Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas is the first commentary on the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas confrontation written exclusively by African American women. Margaret Walker Alexander, Angela Y. Davis, Darlene Clark Hine, Harriette McAdoo, Julianne Malveaux, and other scholars and writers offer reflections and in-depth analyses on one of the most wrenching public dramas in recent history. Diverse and interdisciplinary in scope, the contributions clarify the significance of the event and examine the broader ramifications for the African American community and the nation.


Everyday English Volume 1

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Author: Jeannie Yang
Publisher:
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Size: 42.60 MB
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Languages : en
Pages : 196
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Book Description: Hello, 안녕하세요, こんにちは, hallo, 你好!I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, and moved to the United States when I was a teenager. I have traveled to most English spoken countries, if not all; and although I speak five languages (English, Korean, Japanese, German, and Chinese), I came to the conclusion that English is the most important language of all. Without knowing and speaking English, traveling would be very hard, even harsh. I realized that English is the most important language of all because it connects people. I would say it is the most important tool in communication. There is no time like the present to learn English. The world's most widely spoken language permeates many aspects of our daily lives. Internet sites, blockbuster movies, even toothpaste tubes bear English words. But let's be honest, learning to speak English is not easy. Pronunciation, sentence structures, figures of speech, and idioms are just some of the potential headaches for those who are courageous enough to take on English. One might wonder if there is a way to learn American English with minimum hassle. That is exactly why this book was created.Flipping through the pages of this book will reveal the absence of numbered lessons and regimented exercises. In fact, the majority of the text is written in a format similar to a movie script. There is a cast of characters performing the actions of each scene. The two main characters (Diane and Ken) have different personalities and backgrounds, but they are united by the quest to learn English. Both of the characters drive the storyline by making decisions that are based on their learning goals. You have the opportunity to imagine that you are a character in the story. You can decide which parts of the text to read, and the order, in accordance with your own learning goals.Whether you are going on a cruise or heading to a job interview, this book serves as a practical and entertaining guide to conversational American English. You can also use it as a handy reference while traveling abroad. Although the events in the story take place in the United States, the speaking skills you will gain can be used in other English-speaking countries as well.The lines of the characters in the story provide a glimpse into the diversity of dialects and rich vocabulary that American English has to offer. It is a dynamic language that is deeply intertwined with American culture. References to American thought, history, and pop culture enliven the text, making for an enjoyable reading and learning experience. As you make your way through the book, I hope you will come to see, as I have, how wonderful and exhilarating it is to learn English.


Speak American

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Author: Dileri Borunda Johnston
Publisher: Random House Reference
ISBN: 9780375704680
Size: 43.18 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Education
Languages : en
Pages : 231
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Book Description: A guide to the particularities of American speech offers newcomers to the language a leg up on the vocabular, grammar, and cultural influences that distinguish American from British English. Original.


Speak English Like An American

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Author: Amy Gillett
Publisher: Language Success Press
ISBN: 0972530037
Size: 15.31 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Foreign Language Study
Languages : en
Pages : 173
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Book Description: The audio CD contains all of the dialogues in the book.