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Axtel is a former VP of Worldwide Marketing for the Parker Pen company who has spent 30 years living and traveling abroad. This book is aimed at anyone trying to be understood while speaking English with non-native speakers at home or abroad. Axtel also makes important distinctions between English speakers from different countries. The book features both amusing anecdotes and helpful advice.

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Axtel is a former VP of Worldwide Marketing for the Parker Pen company who has spent 30 years living and traveling abroad. This book is aimed at anyone trying to be understood while speaking English with non-native speakers at home or abroad. Axtel also makes important distinctions between English speakers from different countries. The book features both amusing anecdotes and helpful advice.

Roger Axtell, the bestselling author of Do's and Taboos Around the World, has helped hundreds of thousands of travelers steer around unintentional i nsults and breaches of etiquette in international settings. Now, Axtell shows speakers of English how to avoid misunderstandings when speaking with others around the world.

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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.
Jennifer Henderson
Aimed at speakers of American English, Axtell's book can assist business travelers, tourists, and students who want English from over here to communicate correctly with English as spoken over there--whether that's as a first, second, or third language. He presents glossaries for translating English English, Australian English, and New Zealand English into American English. Tips for using American English beyond our shores include avoiding slang, jargon, and acronyms; enunciating clearly without any "gonnas" or "shuddas" ; and being especially careful when numbers are involved. He suggests that numbers be repeated or written out to avoid any misunderstandings that might arise from differing interpretations. His goal of creating "global communicators" stems from 30 years of living and traveling abroad for the Parker Pen Company. Having seen the disastrous results of misspoken English firsthand, Axtell offers anecdotes to stress the need for speakers to know the meaning of what they're saying where they're saying it. Written in a chatty style, this is an ideal book to read while flying over international borders.
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785825289
  • Publisher: Castle Books
  • Publication date: 3/13/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Understanding American English
1 Exporting American English 3
2 Why American English Is So Difficult 15
3 Mangled Misstatements 34
Pt. II Understanding World English
4 English English 47
5 English: The Global Language 64
Pt. III Becoming a Global Communicator
6 Using Interpreters 85
7 Social Conversations around the World 96
8 The Tower of Business Babel 118
9 Confusing Cognates and Telephone Talk 134
10 How to Be Understood 139
Epilogue: Words about Words 149
Appendix: What to Know about Other Languages and Cultures 153
Glossaries 181
Index 203
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    Is there such a thing as International English?

    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.

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