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Biz Talk 1: American Business Slang & Jargon Paperback – December 1, 1993

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The preface

Visitors coming to America for the first time seem to have a common complaint: "What are the natives saying?! This isn't the English I learned in school!"

Anyone visiting or living in America is bound to encounter a confusing yet popular "inside" language used by the inhabitants: slang and idioms. This is an ever-changing, ever-evolving language which is like a code that tends to segregate non-native speakers. Street Talk 1, 2, and 3 are designed to open these seemingly closed doors quickly and help the non-native speaker integrate into American culture.

However, after learning everyday American slang and idioms, the business traveler is faced with an additional obstacle which MUST be conquered in order to transact business effectively in America.

Biz Talk 1 presents some of the most popular business slang terms and jargon which have infiltrated just about every profession and business situation. Without an understanding of this type of lingo, any non-native speaker conducting business in America is at a grave disadvantage, especially during important meetings and negations where is common to hear expressions like:
"to have the floor"
"to stonewall"
"to brainstorm"
"to table a discussion"

This is only the beginning! Biz Talk 1 not only dedicates an entire chapter to slang and jargon used in meetings and negotiations, but also focuses on the lingo used in finance, marketing, advertising, computerese, business travel, sports terms used in business, offices in general, office parties, and more!

Biz Talk 1 takes a close look at the most popular terms and expressions used in American business as well as business terms adopted into everyday speech used by virtually everyone.

This easy-to-use textbook/workbook is divided into four parts:

Dialogue: Approximately twenty new business expressions and slang terms (indicated in boldface) are presented as they may be heard in an actual conversation. A translation of the dialogue in standard English is always given on the opposite page followed by an important phonetic version of the dialogue as it would actually be spoken by a native-born American. This page will prove vital to any non-native speakers since Americans tend to rely heavily on contractions, reductions, and shortcuts in pronunciation.

Vocabulary: This section spotlights all of the slang words and expressions that were used in the dialogue and offers more examples of usage, synonyms, antonyms, and special notes.

Practice the Vocabulary: These word games include all of the new terms and idioms previously learned and will held you to test yourself on your comprehension. (The pages providing the answers to all the drills are indicated at the beginning of this section.) A Closer Look: This section offers the reader a further in-depth look at common words used in slang expressions pertaining to the chapter's category.

If you've conquered the task of learning everyday American slang, you will undoubtedly be somewhat surprised to encounter a whole new world of colorful business phrases and terms usually reserve only for the native speaker...until now!

--David Burke


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Optima Books (December 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879440172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879440173
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,677,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David Burke is the author of over 100 products and books on how to use and understand slang and idioms in different languages. His books are currently used as course curriculum by Berlitz Language Schools, UCLA, Harvard University, New York University (NYU) and Hewlett Packard.

David was brought up in a multi-lingual household and knows English, French, Italian, and American Sign Language. He is also a musician, having worked as a television composer and as the in-house composer for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.

In 1999, David became known as "Slangman" to 90 million listeners in 120 countries due to his regular 5-year segment on Voice of Americas Coast to Coast. Throughout the past 10 years, he has been the owner and CEO of Slangman Publishing, Inc., a publishing company specializing in materials on slang and idioms.

David is also the creator of Slangman's World, a children's TV show, currently in preproduction, which introduces children age 2-6 to the world of foreign languages and cultures, as well as popular American expressions in an environment of music, animation, and magic.

To date, David has appeared in more than 250 national and international radio and television programs helping parents to understand their teens, including; The Jenny Jones Show, The Sharon Osbourne Show, Entertainment Tonight, CNN International, and has been a recurring guest on the KTLA Morning Show and Canada's most popular talk show, the Vicki Gabereau Show. David was also a commentator at the 2004 Academy Awards for the BBCs Five Live (a program broadcasting to 7 million people throughout the United Kingdom) to speak about slang used in American movies and TV shows.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Suee13 on November 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
I personally am not so enamored with Biz Talk-1. Sure, there is some useful slang inside, but the conversations presented are so chock-full of slang that they are not realistic. They also use some slang that is not commonly heard.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a teacher of English as a foreign language at a private business college in Shanghai, China, I have found the Biz Talk series to be very useful. After one day of using it, students usually ask for more and want to know how they can buy the other volumes in the series.
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As advertised, fast shipping, Good seller, Thanks!
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