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Do's and Taboos of Using English Around the World
     

Do's and Taboos of Using English Around the World

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by Roger E. Axtell, Mike Fornwald (Illustrator), Mike Fornwald (Illustrator)
 

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"Roger Axtell is the international Emily Post."-The New Yorker

English has become the global language-the dominant language used in international trade, science, technology, and travel. But for most Americans, the potential for linguistic misunderstanding, confusion, and embarrassment when using English with nonnative speakers is greater now than ever. In this

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"Roger Axtell is the international Emily Post."-The New Yorker

English has become the global language-the dominant language used in international trade, science, technology, and travel. But for most Americans, the potential for linguistic misunderstanding, confusion, and embarrassment when using English with nonnative speakers is greater now than ever. In this essential guide, veteran international businessman and raconteur Roger E. Axtell shows you how to use English successfully in any business or social context-and how to avoid making embarrassing or misleading statements to people who are trying to understand you. Inside you'll find:

• Valuable rules for making yourself understood when communicating with people from other cultures

• Dozens of amusing anecdotes that illustrate the potential trials and pitfalls of using American English around the world

• The important differences between American English and the English spoken in Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and South Africa

• Helpful advice on using interpreters and translators

• Special sections on communicating in English with speakers of other languages, including Japanese, German, French, and Italian

• Tips on telephone conversation and dangerous cognates

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Axtell is the author of six other "Do's and Taboos" books treating such topics as public speaking and hosting international visitors. This latest outing in the series tackles the problems with using American English in English-speaking countries and in other lands as well. The work is divided into three parts: "Understanding American English," "Understanding World English," and "Becoming a Global Communicator." The first section offers little more than amusing anecdotes of misspoken language and a history of how American English developed. Works such as Richard Lederer's Crazy English (Pocket Bks., 1990) offer a more detailed treatment and many more examples of the ill uses of language, while Robert Mccrum's The Story of English (Viking, 1986) better explains the history of the language's development. The second section examines the differences between English spoken in America and that spoken in other English-speaking nations-information that could for the most part be found in any good travel book on the country in question. The third section provides information on using English in business and social situations, i.e., pick-up lines and synonyms for a rest room. The premise of this work is interesting, and bookstores, especially travel bookstores, will most likely want to stock it. It is, however, not suitable for any library except public libraries that either have extensive travel collections or do not own any works similar to those mentioned above.-Neal Wyatt, Mary Washington Coll. Lib., Fredericksburg, Va.
Booknews
This guide for U.S. travelers includes rules for communicating with people from other cultures; advice on using interpreters and translators; anecdotes from the author's trips abroad; and glossaries of English words as used in England, Australia, and New Zealand. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471308416
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/17/1995
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.93(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

ROGER E. AXTELL is a former VP of Worldwide Marketing for The Parker Pen Company who has spent thirty years living and traveling abroad. A much sought-after speaker and seminar leader, he is also the bestselling author of several previous books, including Do's and Taboos Around the World, Do's and Taboos of Hosting International Visitors, and The Do's and Taboos of International Trade.

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Do's and Taboos of Using English Around the World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DMVillegas More than 1 year ago
I recently found this book accidentally as I was looking for resources on spelling and writing in "international English". I ended up using this book as a main resource for my project in my graduate class. Axtell does a great job of going over almost every last detail about the similarities, differences, nuances and "taboos" of English around the world. All English speaking countries don't speak the same language! Axtell goes beyond the usual comparisons of American and British English to include English used in other British Commonwealth countries or former British colonies. He has an easy writing style that makes it easy to understand, and makes it easy and enjoyable reading. I highly recommend this book for people who are looking for a good study on the English language around the world, enjoy reading about cultural differences, or just enjoy a good, user-friendly history of linguistics book. This book is definitely not for scholars, students or professionals only; it is a great informational book that could easily be non-fiction pleasure reading as well.