Excuse Me, Can You Repeat That?: How to Communicate in the U.S. as an International Student

Excuse Me, Can You Repeat That?: How to Communicate in the U.S. as an International Student

by Cathryn Cushner Edelstein




WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT? The rules of communication are not universal - they are specific to particular cultures. Excuse Me, Can You Repeat That? is packed with tips and suggestions that afford the international student an inside look on how to successfully navigate verbal and nonverbal communication while pursuing studies and life in the United States. It goes beyond simply teaching students and U.S. visitors how to speak English. It delves into manners and the meaning of American English as it pertains to a variety of situations such as grocery shopping, attending a social gathering, eating at a restaurant, and attending classes. In addition, it explains how intonation patterns, pronunciation, and nonverbal language cues can completely change the meaning of the spoken word and demonstrates how to communicate in a way that will ensure speakers are clearly understood. Diagrams, charts and words to practice are an added value to this comprehensive English communication guide. WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK UNIQUE? Edelstein, a speech consultant and communication professor, bases her guide on 30 years of experience working with individuals who have come to the United States to work, study or live. Included in the book are enlightening comments from 50 foreign students, who have studied in the United States. The quotes were taken from a survey conducted by Edelstein that asked them from a communications perspective to compare what they thought studying in the U.S. would be like to what it was actually like once they began taking classes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589852563
Publisher: Five Star Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Pages: 74
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

For 30 years, Cathryn Cushner Edelstein, MA, has worked with international students and clients who traveled to the U.S. for work or school. Her new book, Excuse Me, Can You Repeat That? covers information these individuals most often misunderstand. A scholar-in-residence in the Department of Communication Studies at Boston's Emerson College and speech consultant with her company, Verbal Impact, her past clients include employees of Fidelity, Hitachi, Inktomi, Biosphere Medical, and MIT.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This guide was very helpful. I am from Spain and I speak English but people still have trouble understanding me. The pronunciation section explains how to say each sound correctly and now I already feel I am being understood better. I also really like the section on nonverbal language. I never knew the reason people reacted to me the way they do is because I stand too close - in my country that's what we do. In the United States people like to stand further apart when they speak to each other.