English the American Way: A Fun Esl Guide To Language And Culture In The U.s. W/audio Cd: A Fun Esl…

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bySheila Mackechnie Murtha, Jane Airey O'connor, Dana Passananti

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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 SkillsA 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 atwww.rea.com.If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to improve your English language skills, this is the book for you!

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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 SkillsA 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 spo...

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ENGLISH THE AMERICAN WAY: A FUN ESL GUIDE TO LANGUAGE AND CULTURE IN THE U.S.If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to improve your English language skills, this is the book for you!LEARN ENGLISH FROM THE EXPERTSWritten by experienced ESL instructors, this handy guidebook was designed for people who already have a basic grasp of English, but want to improve how they speak the language as it is s...

About the AuthorsSheila and Jane have been colleagues and friends for… well, let’sjust say a long time. As English as a Second Language (ESL)teachers, they worked together on lots of projects… and had lots offun as they worked. A partnership was born!Together, Jane and Sheila have teaching credentials in severalstates and two continents. With years and years… and years… ofexperience (they just don’t want to count the...
Format:OtherDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:January 14, 2011Publisher:Research & Education AssociationLanguage:English

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A Letter from the AuthorsHi there! Thanks for choosing our book. We think it shows just howsmart you are.We had a lot of fun writing this book, and we hope that you’ll havea lot of fun reading it. Well, have fun, but also learn a lot about theEnglish language and American culture.We’ve always loved English-the sound of the words, the fun ofthe idioms, and the interesting way the words work together. Wealso know that learning all this stuff can be a challenge to Englishlanguage learners. And that’s where our book comes in!English the American Way: A Fun ESL Guide to Language andCulture in the U.S. is your very own... well, guide, to... yes, Americanlanguage and culture. You’ll find tons (a lot!) of vocabulary, all of itused in real-life ways. We’ve included tons of informal language-thestuff you really hear every day. And we take a look at American customs-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 WorksThis book has 21 units packed with language and culture!Each unit has a main topic divided into two or three cultural readings. In these readingsand the dialogues that follow, you’ll find real English, not the simplified languageyou find in most ESL books. The units are full of vocabulary and informal language-tons of idioms, phrasal verbs and slang-bold within the text, then listed at the end ofeach section with a simple explanation. Listen to the CD for native speaker pronunciationof 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 specialreview sections. You’ll find them after every three units.Good luck, and have fun! Unit 1 - New Friends New 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!

Table of Contents

About the AuthorsLetter from the Authors
Authors’ Acknowledgments
How This Book Works
Symbols Used in the Book
About REA
Acknowledgments
New Friends
Hi There!Meet the Neighbors
Those Crazy Kids!Grammar Reminders:
1. Verb to be—Affirmative Statements and Contractions
2. Verb to be—Questions and NegativesGetting Around
Riding the Bus
Going Underground: The SubwayHey, Taxi!Grammar Reminders:
1. The Present Simple Tense—Affirmative Statements
2. The Present Simple Tense—Negatives, and Questions with does
3. The Future Simple Tense—Affirmative Statements, and Negatives
4. The Present Simple Tense—Negatives, and Questions with do
Taking a Drive
Everybody Loves the DMV
Let’s Go for a Ride!
Oops. Sorry, Officer
Grammar Reminders:
1. The Present Simple Tense—Short Answers 2. Comparatives
3. Superlatives
Review: Units 1–3
Dining in Style
Zipping Through the Drive-Thru A Little More Upscale
Is This What I Ordered?
Grammar Reminders: 1. Stative Verbs
2. Would You Like or Do You Like?
3. Count/Noncount Nouns
4. More Count/Noncount Nouns!
Get Moving!
Play Ball!Members Only! Joining a Gym
Extreme Sports
Grammar Reminders:
1. Modal Verbs of Ability—Can
2. Modal Verbs of Ability—Could
3. Will Be Able to for future ability
Get Away from It All
Day Tripping
Going Wild
Fancy-Schmancy
Grammar Reminders:
1. The Past Simple Tense—Affirmative Statements, Regular Verbs
2. The Past Simple Tense—Affirmative Statements, Irregular VerbsReview: Units 4–6
Home Sweet Home
To Buy or Not to Buy; That Is the Question
City Life or the 'Burbs
Nothing but Bills!
Grammar Reminders:
1. The Past Simple Tense—Negatives, Verb to be
2. The Past Simple Tense—Negatives, Regular Verbs
3. The Past Simple Tense—Negatives, Irregular Verbs
Ooh, Money, Money!
Stash the Cash! Get Started with BankingMaking the Big Bucks
Grammar Reminders:
1. The Past Simple Tense—Questions, Verb to be
2. The Past Simple Tense—Questions, Regular and Irregular Verbs
Shop 'Til You Drop
It’s All at the Mall.
Food, Glorious Food!
Saving Some Dough
Grammar Reminders:
1. Expressions of Quantity—much, many; few, less2. More Expressions of Quantity!Review: Units 7–9

Emergency 911
HELP!
HELP! FIRE!HELP! HE’S NOT BREATHING!
HELP! STRANGER DANGER!
Grammar Reminders:
1. Modal Verbs of Necessity—Have to, Must
2. Modal Verbs for Requests—Can, Could3. Modal Verbs of Advice, Possibility, Ability—Should, Would, Could
What’s Up, Doc?
Under the Weather
Health Insurance: What’s Up with That?Grammar Reminder:
Modals Review
What’s Up Now?
Open Wide
Let’s SeeWOOF!
Grammar Reminders:
1. The Past Simple Tense—Short Answers
2. Prepositions of Time
Review: Units 10–12
Around Town
Where Am I?At Your Service
Grammar Reminders:
1. Prepositions of Place
2. The Present Continuous Tense—Affirmative Statements
3. More Present Continuous Tense
Culture Vulture
What’s Happening? .
See the Capital… and the CapitolGrammar Reminders:
1. The Present Continuous Tense—Questions
2. The Present Continuous Tense—Negatives
Helping Out
Helping Hands, Giving Back
Good Citizen? Good Neighbor!
Grammar Reminder:
Even More Present Continuous TenseReview: Units 13–15
The Better Half
The Dating Game
Will You Marry Me?
It’s Over!Grammar Reminders:
1. Phrasal Verbs
2. Suggestions and ProposalsThat’s Life!
And Baby Makes Three
That Bundle of Joy
Grammar Reminders:
1. Will and Going to
2. Used to
Full Circle
End-of-Life Issues
Funeral Customs
Grammar Reminders:
1. Making Suggestions .
2. Expressions of Sympathy
Review: Units 16–18
Gadget Central
Hello? Hello? Can You Hear Me Now?
The Easy WayGrammar Reminders:
1. The Past Continuous Tense with Past Simple Tense
2. The Past Continuous Tense—Affirmative Statements, Negatives
3. The Past Continuous Tense—Questions
9 to 5
The Perfect JobPaperwork!
Grammar Reminders:
1. The Present Perfect Simple Tense—Affirmative Statements
2. The First Conditional
3. More Present Perfect Simple TenseThe Big Interview
BeforeDuring
AfterGrammar Reminders:
1. The Present Perfect Simple Tense—Questions 2. Present Perfect Simple Tense—Negatives
Review: Units 19–21Answers to Review Activities
Appendices
Appendix A: Audio CD Tracks
Appendix B: Common Irregular Verbs
Appendix C: Vocabulary
How to Use the Audio CD