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English as a Second F*cking Language: How to Swear Effectively, Explained in Detail with Numerous Examples Taken From Everyday Life Kindle Edition
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About the Author
World-renowned for his innovative lectures and workshops, Professor Sterling Johnson has been teaching English as a second language for over twenty years. He now lives in Pacific Grove, California, where he enjoys a "nice f*cking day" as much as the next fellow.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File Size : 153 KB
- Publication Date : June 15, 1996
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 92 pages
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; 1st Edition (June 15, 1996)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B005H10ILS
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #509,007 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But for those who really are interested in learning slang, and don't mind crude topics (I mean, there is a whole chapter on masturbation) I now recommend this book as well. Although published in 1996, it strikes me as not very dated. There are, of course, some words that are no longer used, as well as others that have come in to the language, and there will be considerable variation based on one's geography. But I give it 5 starts instead of 4 simply because it is as good as I would expect a book on slang to be. It is written in an entertaining manner, has example sentences, defines the meaning of the slang, and for the most part contains entries that are quite relevant and accurate.
Either you already know the words and phrases the book covers or you don't. I won't review them specifically. In either case, look forward to an entertaining and accurate guide to angry English. The author has fun with example sentences, names of speakers, and pointed advice about soft-ball swearing to avoid like the [...] plague. (He's had an effect on me.) There is also some discussion of whether Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is an actual name or a sophomoric pseudonym. You will need to make up your own mind.
It's light reading with just the right irreverence for its topic. If you are not the Church Lady, give it a look.
Obviously you're not going to buy this book for your ultra-Puritan friends in the first place, but just be careful buying this for professional colleagues. It really holds nothing back.
In the 1970's, George Carlin cited seven words that would never appear on TV, but time and theatrical productions have changed their acceptability. Unfortunately, I cannot list them in this review because they would not be suitable, but they are listed on page 8 of this book.
Cable TV followed the lead when they began showing these R+ rated movies. Language that was not conventional when Carlin clarified what the "bad" words were is now common in conversations.
His and Hers, Hands on experience, Tips and Traps are just a few of the sections that provide alternate words for different body parts and actions. Throughout the book, Johnson gives examples through dialogue. The goal is to help the newcomer with a way to understand what f*ck and other derivatives mean, and which ones are fighting words.
Writers will find this book is a clear definition of how to write true to life dialogue for today's market.
I was expecting a different outlook than definitions of "bad" words, so I was somewhat disappointed. However, this is a valuable resource that is well written and funny.
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Wer english lernen möchte, findet bessere Medien, ob den Slang zu lernen.
Grundsätzlich darf man sich hier einige Eigenarten gerne durchlesen und lernen, um es anwenden zu können.
Dazu kommt noch, dass es nicht allzu lustig wie erwartet ist, das ist aber auch wiederrum Geschmackssache.
Was ich lustig finde ist nach der Definition und den Beispielen des Wortes ".ssh.le" folgendes kommt, was aber auch schon das ganze Buch über verteilt war: *
Das erinnert natürlich stark an oben erwähntes Wort^^
Ansonsten muss man sich natürlich vor dem Kauf fragen ob man 7,99 für ein 96-seitiges Buch ausgeben will wenn man für ca. 2€ mehr ein 400-seitiges Buch von David Wong bekommt ("John Dies At The End" oder "This Book Is Full Of Spiders"), die meiner Meinung auch lustiger sind.
Fazit: ein nettes Gimmick für das Bücherregal, einige Lacher sind bei mir gefallen, wobei ich mich wiederholen muss und sagen muss, dass das auch Geschmackssache ist, und für 7,99 liegt der Preis für 96 Seiten für mich noch hart an der Grenze.