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Biz Talk - 2: More American Business Slang & Jargon Paperback – January 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Optima Books (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879440199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879440197
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,830,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Biz Talk 2 is an entertaining step-by-step approach to more of the actual spoken language used in American business and international trade. Many of these business terms have found their way into the home, movies, books, magazines, televisions, and day to day life.

Biz Talk 2 is a companion volume to Biz Talk 1 and presents additional popular slang and jargon used in the general office, the computer world (essential terms for today's information age), international trade (plus commonly used initials), bureaucracy, management, politics, and more.

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

Dialogue: Approximately twenty new slang terms and expressions (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 an America. This page will prove instructive to any non-native since, as previously demonstrated, Americans tend to rely heavily on contractions and shortcuts in pronunciation. Note: On occasion, some of the words used in Biz Talk 1 will be repeated here due to their frequent usage.

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

Practice the Vocabulary: These word games include all of the new terms and idioms previously learned and will help you to test yourself on your comprehension. (The pages providing the answers to all the drills are indicated at the beginning of this section.)

Dictation (Test your oral comprehension): Using an optional audio cassette (see coupon on back page), the student will hear a paragraph containing many of the idioms from the opening dialogues. The paragraph will be read as it would actually be heard in a conversation, using frequently contractions and reductions.

Biz Talk 2 will guide the reader through some of the most popular slang terms, jargon, and expressions used today in American business and international trade. Any business reader, from the twenty-year veteran of the English language, to the beginning student, is sure to find the following terms informative, helpful, and perhaps, even essential.

David Burke Author

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
It's nice book for everyone need to learn american slang, american business words and communication. I recommend this book with cassette version.
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By phoot Ari on May 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book may have been good once, but now it is out-dated and can even be embarrassing for people to learn from and use at work. The author has written new books which I bought and like much more. They are easier to use, and include more commonly used expressions. I do not reccommend this old book.
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