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Speak English Like an American [Kindle Edition]

Amy Gillett
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Our bestselling English learning book is now available as a Kindle ebook! Please note that the ebook does not include audio files. The audio option (which is optional) should be purchased separately here:

What's the secret to speaking English better? It's mastery of those tricky idioms and phrases that are so common in English. And learning these idioms and phrases will not only help you speak better, it'll help you understand Americans better. In this book, you'll join an American family as they go about their day-to-day lives. Along the way, you will master over 300 of today's most common English idioms and expressions!

Discover why thousands of students from around the world are turning to Speak English Like an American to improve their everyday English skills...this bestselling book is a fun and effective way to improve your English!

Other books in this series are: More Speak English Like an American, Speak English Around Town, Speak Business English Like an American, and Speak Better Business English and Make More Money.

Editorial Reviews


A highly recommended self-teaching tool... -- Midwest Library Review (review refers to the Spanish edition of this book)

I must admit that even after 15 years living in America, I found this book useful and relevant... -- Vadim Yarmolinets, Novoye Russkoye Slovo Newspaper (refers to the Russian edition of this book)

This book will serve as a great support for those who want to master contemporary conversational English. --Dr. Vladimir Mylnikov, ESL instructor, Monterey, CA

From the Publisher

This version of book & audio CD set is the "all-English version" and is designed for native speakers of any language. Speak English Like an American is also available in specialized versions for:
- Native Spanish Speakers
- Native Chinese Speakers
- Native Russian Speakers
- Native Japanese Speakers

These language-specific versions define the idioms and expressions in both English and the target language. The dialogues are the same as with the standard, all-English version of Speak English Like an American.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Remember your good old English textbook which started with an introduction of the characters who would be in the dialogs throughout the units? That's how this book is laid out. Idioms are contextualized and there are various consolidation exercises between units to reinforce them. The accompanying CD is very clear and the voices convey the moods of the characters - although I must say that the man who does Bob's voice sounds incredibly boring at times as his voice doesn't seem to show much pitch variation. Some of the idioms are already known to most high-intermediate students, but there are many others to learn, so it can certainly satisfy those students who resent not having enough "real-life" vocabulary in class. It may also be useful for the student working on his own, once the explanations are very clear. In a nutshell: It's worth buying if you're looking for a simple - yet effective - way to explore the most common idioms of American English.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, Practical, and Engaging March 2, 2008
This excellent ESL textbook provides engaging model dialogs, explains practical American idioms - with solid definitions and examples, and includes a CD with clear articulation. The dialogs, illustrated with pen and ink cartoons, display a healthy sense of humor.
Speak English Like an American is almost ideal for adult education students, international visitors seeking to improve their language skills, and young people considering studying in the United States. Apparently designed for self-study, this book also works for English tutors and classroom instructors.
I strongly recommend this outstanding new book for immigrants and international students, ESL teachers and tutors. It's a winner!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Book March 9, 2006
This is a good book to read, esp. for non-native English speaker. I learn many new expressions with ease (because the book provides proper context). The reason I give 4, instead of 5, is that there are (too) many repetitions throughout the book.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 2, 2006
By Max
I am really amazed of how much idioms and colloquial expressions you can learn just by listening to the CD. And guess what - these are idioms and phrases you REALLY hear everyday on the street, used by most people in everyday situations. Before, my English sounded a bit "artificial" and somehow forced. Now, the more I used the idioms I learnt here, the more natural and even friendly I sound to the native speakers.

Buy it, it's totally cheap for what it does!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a break and read this book January 17, 2005
I found this book to be really helpful. I learned from it lots of American expressions with great ease. The book is complemented by the audio CD which I could listen to while driving. The best thing was when I started using some of the new expressions at my job and my co-workers were all impressed about it. I loved it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice and explanation of idioms May 31, 2007
Being a non-native speaker who has lived in US for over 10 years, I've heard of many of the idioms in this book at work, on TV and in every day conversations. I didn't know what some of the idioms mean exactly until I read them in this book. I think the book is very useful for immigrants like me or simply anybody who would like to learn American English.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speak English Like an American January 9, 2007
One of the best idiom books out there, and I've tried quite a few. The stories are entertaining and most of the idioms are very common.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful book April 16, 2008
this is a very good book, i even didnt expect it. All idioms in it are really common and used by native americans.I am just in the beginning of the book but i started to bother my husband and surroundings by using idioms all the time:)This book is not for the beginners but for people who wants to improve their language and make it more natural.Very very good book after all
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for studying idioms!
Published 16 days ago by Luke
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Tin Pham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It works wonder on my accent.
Published 1 month ago by Wen Cheng
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and very funny!
I read it very fast. It would be better if you put a test. I already bought the second part.
Published 4 months ago by Arturo N. Dominguez
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I am very happy with this book, it is cheap and I consider is really interesting. I was learning too much vocabulary with it in my last class.
Published 8 months ago by Carlos Ponte
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to pick up some useful expressions
I think this kind of book is really good for either reading in sequence or consulting. It is a story of a family that goes on all together. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Denny
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible way to speak American English
The CD is read obviously from a script and does not model how to speak English like an American. I can project and read better than that. Feels like a robot is reading it for me. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Eva
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for ESL student!
I purchased this book because I want to improve my English skill and communication with the native speaker. Well, it is not a disappointing book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by hlieu
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
This book is modern, easy to read and very useful for an every day conversation. I think I will buy the second one.
Published 10 months ago by Violaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to have
This is a great book to help me with my English accent. The audio tracks are easy to follow. The structure and layout of the book are pretty straight forward.
Published 12 months ago by James Vang
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