The UK to USA Dictionary

Author: Claudine Dervaes
Publisher: Solitaire Publishing Inc
ISBN: 0933143400
Release Date: 2012-01
Genre: Reference

An A to Z ("Zed") of terms and expressions that differ in British English vs. American English. Dictionary format with UK terms and expressions and their US equivalents first, followed by US terms and expressions and the UK equivalents next. Also includes pages of rhyming slang, pronunciation differences, spelling differences, conversion charts and more. Great for travelers, Anglophiles, expatriates and anyone who has a love of languages!

100 Questions and Answers About Americans

Author: Michigan State University School of Journalism
Publisher: David Crumm Media LLC
ISBN: 9781939880246
Release Date: 2014-02-02
Genre: Education

“One Hundred Questions and Answers About Americans” is part of the Michigan State University School of Journalism series in cultural competence. This guide to understanding Americans and American culture has sections on social behavior, education, race, religion, money, culture, health, food, family, relationships and language. It also includes a glossary of American slang and idioms. This guide is intended for anyone visiting, studying or planning on living in America. We began by asking international students for questions they had about America and Americans. We learned that perceptions of Americans are very different from one person or culture to the next. After whittling the questions down to 100 that we thought were best, we placed the questions into categories such as social behavior, education and race. We then researched the questions and consulted with experts. The result? This guide, which uses studies and surveys, generalities and ranges of possibilities to explain U.S. culture. Not all parts of the United States are alike — and neither are all Americans. There can be greater differences within one country than there are between two countries. Even brothers and sisters from the same family can be quite different. Questions include: How big is the United States? How does a typical college classroom function in the United States? Why is it acceptable for students to speak out and challenge professors? Is it emotionally hard for American families to send their children away to college? Is it financially hard for American families to send their children away to college? Why is racism such an issue in America? Americans seem to have many religions. What are the main ones? Why are Americans so fascinated with religion? How much do Americans work? Why don't Americans take more days off? Why are a lot of Americans so willing to work overtime? Is success at work important to Americans? Why do Americans eat so quickly? How often do Americans eat? Why are the meal portions so large? Are family members in America close? How much time do Americans spend with their families? Why is every person in a family treated like an individual? We then set out to answer those questions. Finally, we sorted the questions into chapters and asked members of the community to check our work. Individuals from several Michigan State University departments helped produce this guide. They include: Paulette Granberry Russell, senior advisor to the president for diversity, and director of the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, who proposed this subject, D. Venice Smith, consultant for multicultural issues, education and development, MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Peter Briggs, director of the MSU Office for International Students and Scholars, Joy Walter, international student advisor/community outreach coordinator, OISS, Bess Carey, MSU Office of Study Abroad, Kathy M. Collins, director of MSU Residence Education and Housing Services, Eduardo Olivo of the Residence Education Team, Lawrence Zwier, associate director of curriculum at the MSU English Language Center, Patricia Walters, associate director and student advisor at the MSU English Language Center, Geraldine Alumit Zeldes, associate professor, MSU School of Journalism, John Golaszewski, director, Business & Community Affairs at the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. The authors are MSU students Michelle Armstead, Gabrielle Austin, Celeste Bott, Marlee Delaney, Stephanie Dippoliti, Max Gun, Emily Jaslove, Aaron Jordan, Alexandra McNeill, Katherine Miller, Ashiyr Pierson, Marissa Russo, Merinda Valley, Jessica Warfield, Jasmine Watts and Danielle Woodward. This guide is published with John Hile of David Crumm Media, which publishes the Read the Spirit site. Joe Grimm is the series editor. He takes responsibility for any omissions, errors or oversights. Please direct questions and concerns to him at [email protected] ] Back cover text: [This cultural competence guide for international students attending U.S. colleges and universities was written by journalism students at Michigan State University. We interviewed students from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America and came up with 100 questions. Created for college and foreign exchange programs, the guide deals with U.S. social customs, race, religion, culture, health, food, relationships, dating, sex and language. It includes a glossary of American slang and phrases. This guide is intended to help international students pursuing a U.S. education to make American friends. We hope this cultural resource leads to greater understanding and face-to-face conversations that help you on your journey.

Divided by a Common Language

Author: Christopher Davies
ISBN: 0966094573
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

DIVIDED BY A COMMON LANGUAGE is a comprehensive reference book about the differences between British English and American English. It covers pronunciation and spelling differences along with a comprehensive dictionary of the words which have a different meaning or are unknown in the other country. The comparison of idioms and expressions has everyone in stitches! A must for the traveler.

Foolproof Spelling Flash

Author: Elspeth Summers
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781444141405
Release Date: 2011-06-24
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Foolproof Spelling is a short, simple and to-the-point guide to learning the basic principles of correct spelling in a few short steps. Whether to brush up on writing skills, do better in exams or simply to feel more confident, in just 96 pages you will discover how to master the essential rules and feel more in control of their writing.

Fowler s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Author: Fellow of the British Academy and Senior Research Fellow Jeremy Butterfield
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199666317
Release Date: 2015-07-09

Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage is an invaluable reference work that offers the best advice on English usage. Known in previous editions as the 'Pocket Fowler', this third edition is a descendant of the original 1926 edition of A Dictionary of Modern English Usage by Henry Fowler. Based on the unrivalled evidence and research of the Oxford Dictionaries Programme, the new edition answers your most frequently asked questions about language use. Should you use a split infinitive, or a preposition at the end of a sentence? Is it infer or imply? Who or whom? What are the main differences between British and American English? Over 4,000 entries offer clear recommendations on issues of grammar, pronunciation, spelling, confusable words, and written style. Real examples are drawn from OUP's vast database of classic and contemporary literary sources, newspapers and magazines, and the Internet. Jeremy Butterfield has judiciously revised the text to reflect the English usage practices and concerns of the 21st century. More than 200 new entries have been added, including increased coverage of recently emerged sensitive terms (e.g. disabled/handicapped). The existing entries have been thoroughly revised to update any out-of-date language and to ensure that the entries reflect current usage. This dictionary is an indispensable companion for anyone who wants to use the English language effectively.

Improve Your Spelling Teach Yourself

Author: Elspeth Summers
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781444131093
Release Date: 2010-06-25
Genre: Education

This practical guide to spelling will help you to feel more confident by teaching you simple strategies to boost your ability. You'll learn which words are commonly misspelt and how to avoid falling into these traps. With simple rules and guidelines to follow, you'll discover when it's acceptable to misspell and when it's not, and you will finally learn how to enjoy - rather than fear - the written word. With plenty of exercises, crosswords and games to practice and perfect your skills, your spelling will never let you down again. NOT GOT MUCH TIME? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. AUTHOR INSIGHTS Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors' many years of experience. TEST YOURSELF Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE Extra online articles at to give you a richer understanding of spelling. FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. TRY THIS Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

Attitudes to Language

Author: Dan Clayton
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108402149
Release Date: 2018-01-31
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Essential study guides for the future linguist. Attitudes to Language is an introduction to the facts and fallacies behind our beliefs about 'good English'. It is suitable for advanced level students and beyond. Written with input from the Cambridge English Corpus, it looks at contemporary attitudes to language, the role of technology, language variation - such as accents and dialects - and frameworks for analysing how people use language to discuss language. Using activities to explain analysis methods, this book guides students through modern issues and concepts. It summarises key concerns and modern findings, while providing inspiration for language investigations and non-examined assessments (NEAs) with research suggestions.

Language and Identity in Englishes

Author: Urszula Clark
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135904807
Release Date: 2013-04-12
Genre: Foreign Language Study

Language and Identity in Englishes examines the ways in which people interact with linguistic features of English in creating identities linked to geographic place and imaginative space. Drawing on a range of international examples from the UK, US, China and India, Clark uses both research undertaken in the field and her own ground-breaking investigations to give a comprehensive account of the study of language and identity.

Living and Working in America

Author: Steve Mills
Publisher: How To Books Ltd
ISBN: 1857039130
Release Date: 2004-01
Genre: Business & Economics

Updated and revised for the sixth edition, this guide is packed with information on immigration, employment and living conditions, as well as useful names and addresses, including websites.

The Architects Guide to Writing

Author: Bill Schmalz
Publisher: Images Publishing
ISBN: 9781864705720
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Architecture

There are a lot of good books available to help people write better. They include dictionaries, usage guides, and various types of writers’ manuals – and professional writers ought to have many of those books on their bookshelves. But most architects and other design and construction professionals are not professional writers. Instead, they are people who spend a large part of their professional lives writing. That’s a big difference, and that’s where this book will help. The Architect’s Guide to Writing has been written not by an English major, but by Bill Schmalz, an architect who knows the kinds of documents his fellow professionals routinely have to write, and understands the kinds of technical mistakes they often make in their writing. This book is designed to meet the specific needs of design and construction professionals. It’s not going to waste their time with the things that most educated professionals know, but it will help them with the things they don’t know or are unsure of. It’s not a Chicago Manual-sized encyclopaedic reference that includes everything any writer would ever need to know, because architects don’t need to know everything. But what they do need to know – and what they use every day in their professional lives – has been assembled in this book.

American English

Author: Katrin Appenzeller
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 9783640310364
Release Date: 2009-05

Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 1,3, University of Duisburg-Essen (Englische Sprachwissenschaft), course: Hauptseminar: Language, Meaning and Use, language: English, abstract: The USA is one of the largest western countries. Its population amount to approximately 250 million people. Thus, American English is spoken by an immense number of people in the world. It is estimated that nearly 2/3 of all native English speakers use any dialect of American English. American English, as an independent variety, differs from British English and even weakens its hegemony. More and more, American language, culture, and business become an integral part of European society. Therefore, it is very interesting to investigate the significant characteristics of this language. To give the reader some background information there is a brief overview of the history of the English language in the USA at the beginning of the study. After that the term American English is explained and analyzed. Further, different linguistic features, among them pronunciation, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary, are described and compared to British English. In addition, sociolinguistic characteristics, such as regional and social dialects, are illustrated. As a result a conclusion follows.