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The emphasis is on fun in this lighthearted guide to language and culture in the United States.
Celebrate the American Way takes you on a year-long journey through American social customs, highlighting the meanings behind the U.S. holidays and special events celebrated in each season. Learn why Americans mark Independence Day on July 4th, discover the history of Thanksgiving, get tips on wedding etiquette, find out how to carve a jack-o-lantern, and more!
Each section is chock-full of vocabulary and informal language related to the season or occasion. Wacky idioms, verbs, and slang expressions are shown in bold as they’re introduced in the text and then listed at the end of each section with a simple definition or explanation.
Throughout the book, look for “Your Turn” practice exercises. Quiz yourself with these fun fill-in and matching activities as you learn about commonly confused words, adjectives, and synonyms. You’ll find that these are great ways to check your understanding (and memory ).
Good luck, and have fun!