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Improve Your English: English in Everyday Life (DVD w/ Book): Hear and see how English is actually spoken--from real-life speakers Paperback – October 3, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0071497176 ISBN-10: 007149717X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Improve Your English
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (October 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007149717X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071497176
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen E. Brown is an experienced developer of multimedia language programs in a variety of languages.

Ceil Lucas is a sociolinguist and professor of linguistics at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

Customer Reviews

I bought this book in Kindle format but I can't to see the DVD Content.
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The book includes transcriptions of the video interviews as well as glossaries explaining idiomatic expressions and cultural references.
Pilar Pinar
I was astonished to see how different the written words of natural spoken slang are from what we normally read.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pilar Pinar on April 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book and DVD program provide teachers and students with an exquisitely rich array of real English language materials, the kind of language that English learners will come across outside the classroom in a real world setting. The program includes a series of interviews with both native and proficient non-native English speakers reflecting the variety of accents, dialects, vocabulary, and registers that are normally found in real communication situations within a diverse society. It is refreshing to see the inclusion of ethnic and linguistic groups whose dialects have traditionally been left out of English-teaching materials. The topics of the interviews are interesting and have contemporary relevance. The book includes transcriptions of the video interviews as well as glossaries explaining idiomatic expressions and cultural references. These materials could be used as the primary texts in a language course or as complementary texts in other types of courses, such as a conversation or a culture course.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Reviewer on April 1, 2009
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I was astonished to see how different the written words of natural spoken slang are from what we normally read. This book is extremely insightful and helpful to anyone that might not know how to express themselves in a more natural tongue. The book exposes how English is actually spoken and does an excellent job of pointing out and defining phrases that everyday speakers are not even aware they use. This can be critical for someone that doesn't know the language to understand the meaning and inflection behind the conversation.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mae B. Leumas on October 26, 2008
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Improve Your English: English in Everyday Life (DVD w/ Book) (Improve Your English)

I'm not really sure what I was expecting when I ordered this dvd & book set for a friend, but this isn't it. What you get is a dvd full of people talking, in the most mind-numbingly dull fashion, on the most gruelingly uninteresting subjects imaginable. It is much like watching the worst public access cable program, from a town you don't live in or care about, if the said show were to have an accompanying text that also had a glossary. I think that a person could get just as much out of watching boring television, with closed-captioning, and referring to a dictionary. This product has a sedative side effect.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Hopkins on March 24, 2009
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Improve Your English: English in Everyday Life (DVD w/ Book)

We all know that language spoken in everyday life can be quite different from the language taught in proper grammar texts. This book and DVD set is a wonderful tool to help people who are learning English to bridge that gap. This series demystifies the slang and idiomatic expressions people will come across in real life, and makes is much easier to understand the language actually encountered. Unscripted interviews are lively and entertaining. They are accompanied by verbatim text transcripts, and explanations of all the things that are said that could not be looked up in a traditional language/grammar text. This is a totally unique and innovative approach. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carl on September 23, 2011
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I purchased this book with DVD with high hopes. This item was not what I expected and was not helpful in improving my english or speaking skills. Video was very basic and lower quality then assumed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Libuse Kral on May 22, 2014
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My order #DO1-8329258-6784552 was delivered on my Kindle but I am not able to find out anything about the DVD. If it means that a Kindle order is only the text that it is no help to me. English is my second language. I need to hear the pronunciation. Can you help me to purchase separately the DVD if it is not included?
I cannot find a way to contact customer service department.
Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By claramaria63 on April 3, 2011
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This book contains a wealth of interesting topics and related interviews on DVD. It's exactly what I expected fom a book intended to help you communicate more easily and naturally.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adel Hasan on March 4, 2014
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The Book and CD have surpassed my expectations, the one thing I would say is that it feels to Americanised but either then that its very good.
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