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THE SLANGMAN GUIDE TO STREET SPEAK 1: The Complete Course in American Slang & Idioms

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Yo, dude! Check out Slangman... he's da bomb! --Los Angeles Times

The various textbooks by Slangman David Burke are excellent tools to remedy this widespread deficiency among foreigners studying English. There are certainly many fine English idioms textbooks out there, but very few books address practical, colloquial slang that we hear every day. The Slangman's books are certainly the best in the field. Check 'em out, man! --Andrew Freund, Professor at UCLA

Such an exciting way for world travelers coming to America to fit in right off the bat! --CBS News

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The world is getting smaller every day: people are traveling more, making friends in other countries, and working with people who speak different languages in the workplace.

We want to remove the frustration from communication and make it fun. We have a lot to learn from each other, but we can't even start unless we can communicate effectively.

Our products allow people to learn the real language, the language not often taught in schools. Our books and audio products make it fun and easy to learn. We want to give you the confidence to speak English anywhere!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Slangman Publishing (May 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891888080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891888083
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rusty Keele on April 26, 2000
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I purchased this book so that I could help one of my high-intermediate students understand American slang. I have been nothing but pleased with this book and have used it with several of my students. THE GOOD: Each chapter has about 10 new slang words (or phrases) to really concentrate on. The pictures are hilarious and help the students to relax and have fun as they get started on each chapter. After introducing the words, the book then incorporates them into a delightful dialogue. Each chapter also has a section entitled "A closer look at 'real speak'." This is my favorite feature and helps students to understand how American slang is really produced. For example, it explains when a "T" is really pronounced like a "D" (or flapped). The rest of the chapter then has TONS of practice for the students in all four skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking. THE BAD: There really isn't too much to say here. If anything I would say that the book doesn't cover a lot of slang words. There are only 10 chapters, so students really only learn somewhere around 100 new words and phrases, but they really learn those 100! The only other bad thing that I have noticed is that my more advanced students seem to pick up the slang more quickly and then find the remaining practice to be redundant. But hey, it could be worse! OVERALL: A wonderful book of current and useful American slang that I would recommend to anyone - teacher, tutor or student! I would suggest that you buy the cassette tapes if you are going to use this book as a self-study guide.
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I recommend this book "BIG TIME"!! It's the most useful book I have found on American slang and idioms. I have spent a lot of money of other books to learn how Americans REALLY speak (what they teach us in school is not the real language). They are more like dictionaries, and use old terms that Americans don't use any more. David Burke, who calls himself "Slangman," has created a series of books that are really great for ESL students who are

trying to learn American English. I showed Street Speak 1 to an American friend and he said that the words in the books are very popular. In the book, Slangman gives many examples of the everyday slang words and expressions using dialogues in context. One of the BEST things about it is that he also shows you the dialogue on the next page rewritten as it would actually be spoken by a native!! This is so important because American pronunciation is very strange to non-native speakers. For example, instead of "We are going to have a blast at the party," the rewritten dialogue shows "W'r gonna have a blast 'it the pardy!" The audio CD follows the books exactly which I thought was really important. It's the only way to speak like a native. The exercises in the book were also very useful. It only takes about an hour to finish a chapter and after doing the exercises in the book, you really remember everything. The exercises were really fun too and the illustrations are very funny. They help you to remember the words. It's just a really fun book. I'm "HAVING A BLAST!"
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It's a very good book.It teach you not only the words but it teach you how to use words. You can learn the correct grammar, the accent and most important the context.
Advice: Buy also the CDs( not included with the book) or you have to order again !!!!!!
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This series fills a vital niche in the ESL world where too many teachers and professors continue to act as if English were a static language stuck in the past. I've had several young college students, often in IEP programs, approach me for advice on how to learn "real" slang and modern idioms. The Slangman Guide works - although it will not help students on TOEFL exams or academic essays.

Yet we, and I speak as an ESL instructor at a private university, need to recognize the diverse desires and needs of our students. While I would never use this book as a textbook for a wide variety of reasons, the casual and hip tone encourages, even cajoles, many young students into studying more and living better inside the English language. Better for the 15-25 year old crowd than the older adult population, David Burke deserves far more respect than he has been given in the ESL world.

Good job!
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I would like thank Slangman David Burke for his wonderful books. Actually, this series helped me a lot to understand American culture and daily conversations , especially with its comical pictures.May be the main attracting feature of this book which also has differentiated it from other similar idiom books is its nice division of slangs into some daily topics with pictorial format.

Now when I listen to radio or watch TV, I feel like hearing something new I couldn't have heard before.

Ali

Montreal,Canada
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I have used slangman for years . The idiomatic expressions and slang terms are put into context with many examples that can be addeed onto by the teachers experience. a great supplement to any curriculum.
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Bottom line is, Americans do not speak anything like 99% of the available English classes and books. Our speech is saturated with slang, puns, contractions and the like. Most English courses for internationals do not address this and also lack conversation practice. International people therefore feel lost and afraid when put into conversational situations with Americans.

This series closes that gap by miles! I have used it myself in teaching ESL classes and it is incredibly helpful. The material uses fun exercises and pictures to teach American speech. The chapters are also broken down by real-world situations too. There are also special sections on how Americans actually say things in the real world. The process of learning how Americans talk therefore becomes fun and engaging with this series.

I cannot believe that so many English book authors have missed what this book offers.

I would not recommend this series for English "absolute beginners." This is better for advanced English students who already know the "book English," but lack conversation skills with Americans.
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