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British And American Idioms

Author : Violeta Polikarenko
ISBN : 9783640872862
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Research Paper from the year 2010 in the subject English - Grammar, Style, Working Technique, grade: 10, University of Latvia, language: English, comment: The Aim: to understand and to know difference between British English and American English idioms, abstract: People use idioms to express something that other words do not express as clearly or as cleverly. Often they use an image or symbol to describe something as clearly as possible and that make our point as effectively as possible. An idiom is a group of words which, when used together, has a different meaning from the one which the individual words have. Many idioms are colourful and curious, and their origins are impossible to trace.

Divided By A Common Language

Author : Christopher Davies
ISBN : 9780547350288
Genre : Travel
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Puzzled by signs warning you to “mind the gap” in the London Underground? Wondering what will be on your plate if you order “toad in the hole” in a London café? In Divided by a Common Language, Christopher Davies explains these expressions and discusses the many differences in pronunciation, spelling, and vocabulary between British and American English. He compares the customs, manners, and practical details of daily life in the United Kingdom and the United States, and American readers will enjoy his account of American culture as seen through an Englishman’s eyes. Davies tops it off with an amusing list of expressions that sound innocent enough in one country but make quite the opposite impression in the other. Two large glossaries help travelers translate from one variety of English to the other, and additional lists explain the distinctive words of Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Divided by a Common Language is the ideal travel companion for both British visitors to the U.S. and American visitors to the U.K. It is also the perfect book for Britons interested in American culture and Americans enjoying British novels, movies, and television at home.
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Essential English Idioms

Author : Richard Spears
ISBN : 0844208418
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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This fascinating reference presents more than 1,800 of the most interesting and difficult-to-grasp expressions used by Brits around the world. Completely indexed.
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Idiom Structure In English

Author : Adam Makkai
ISBN : 9783110812671
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Oxford Dictionary Of English Idioms

Author : John Ayto
ISBN : 9780199543786
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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Offers entries for over six thousand idioms, including seven hundred new to this edition, and provides background information, additional cross-references, and national variants.
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Webster S New World American Idioms Handbook

Author : Gail Brenner
ISBN : 9780544188907
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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The largest barrier to fluency in English is the ability to understand and use idiomatic language. Webster's New World American Idioms Handbook walks readers through learning and using American idioms, with complete explanations for over 1,000 idioms. Emphasizing acquisition, application, and understanding, this book offers all the information readers need to know about when, where, why, and how to use them. It includes a wealth of examples to provide users with context. Thorough explanations help readers identify which idioms are appropriate for which situations. An extensive index allows easy, helpful access to individual idioms so that they can be found quickly.
Category: Foreign Language Study

Oxford Idioms Dictionary For Learners Of English

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ISBN : 0194315452
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A new edition of the Oxford Learner's Dictionary of English Idioms, enlarged and updated to reflect the English of the new millennium.
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Idiomatic Creativity

Author : Andreas Langlotz
ISBN : 9789027223708
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book revisits the theoretical and psycholinguistic controversies centred around the intriguing nature of idioms and proposes a more systematic cognitive-linguistic model of their grammatical status and use. Whenever speakers vary idioms in actual discourse, they open a linguistic window into idiomatic creativity – the complex cognitive processing and representation of these heterogeneous linguistic constructions. Idiomatic creativity therefore raises two challenging questions: What are the cognitive mechanisms that underlie and shape idiom-representation? How do these mechanisms define the scope and limits of systematic idiom-variation in actual discourse? The book approaches these problems by means of a comprehensive cognitive-linguistic architecture of meaning and language and analyses them on the basis of corpus-data from the British National Corpus (BNC). Therefore, Idiomatic Creativity should be of great interest to cognitive linguists, phraseologists, corpus linguists, advanced students of linguistics, and all readers who are interested in the fascinating interplay of language and cognitive processing.This book has a companion website:
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

21st Century American English Compendium

Author : Marvin Rubinstein
ISBN : 9780884003168
Genre : Reference
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A compendium of American proverbs, expressions, slang, colloquialisms; British-US glossary; abbreviations and acronyms and other various odds and ends. Widely used by non-native speakers and translators.
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American English Compendium

Author : Marv Rubinstein
ISBN : 9781589797260
Genre : Reference
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A compendium of American proverbs, expressions, slang, colloquialisms; British-US glossary; abbreviations and acronyms; and other various odds and ends. Widely used by non-native speakers and translators.
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Network Nations

Author : Michele Hilmes
ISBN : 9780415883856
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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In Network Nations, Michele Hilmes reveals and re-conceptualizes the roots of media globalization through a historical look at the productive transnational cultural relationship between British and American broadcasting. Though frequently painted as opposites--the British public service tradition contrasting with the American commercial system--in fact they represent two sides of the same coin. Neither could have developed without the constant presence of the other, in terms not only of industry and policy but of aesthetics, culture, and creativity, despite a long history of oppositional rhetoric. Based on primary research in British and American archives, Network Nations argues for a new transnational approach to media history, looking across the traditional national boundaries within which media is studied to encourage an awareness that media globalization has a long and fruitful history. Placing media history in the framework of theories of nationalism and national identity, Hilmes examines critical episodes of transnational interaction between the US and Britain, from radioâe(tm)s amateurs to the relationship between early network heads; from the development of radio features and drama to television spy shows and miniseries; as each otherâe(tm)s largest suppliers of programming and as competitors on the world stage; and as a network of creative, business, and personal relationships that has rarely been examined, but that shapes television around the world. As the global circuits of television grow and as global regions, particularly Europe, attempt to define a common culture, the historical role played by the British/US media dialogue takes on new significance.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Cambridge History Of The English Language

Author : Richard M. Hogg
ISBN : 0521264790
Genre : English language
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Volume 1, Beginnings to 1066: This volume deals with the history of English up to the Norman Conquest and contains chapters on Indo-European and Germanic, phonology and morphology, syntax, semantics and vocabulary, dialectology, onomastics, and literary language. Each chapter, as well as giving a chronologically-oriented presentation of the data, surveys scholarship in the area and takes full account of the impact of developing and current linguistic theory on the interpretation of the data. The chapters have been written with both specialists and non-specialists in mind.
Category: English language


Author : Wolfgang Mieder
ISBN : 0313326983
Genre : Social Science
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Defines and classifies proverbs, and explores their occurrence in oral tradition, literature, art, and popular culture.
Category: Social Science

Ntc S English Idioms Dictionary

Author : Richard Spears
ISBN : 0844254797
Genre : Reference
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Provides more than 11,000 examples of usage for 5,500 high-frequency English idioms. Entries are mainly standard British English but also include slang and informal expressions.
Category: Reference

The Life Of Slang

Author : Julie Coleman
ISBN : 9780199571994
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Offers a portrait of an aspect of the English language that is slang, from Old English to contemporary slang, and shows why and how slang is used and how it has developed in English-speaking nations around the world.
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Dictionary Of Idioms

Author : Martin H Manser
ISBN : 1840224916
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You have asked a friend to keep a secret and he or she blurts out, 'Trust you to open your big mouth ' You agree with someone in having the same idea or opinion and you say 'Great minds think alike'. Written by British lexicographer, Martin H Manser, this dictionary explains such idiomatic phrases used in typical English conversations.

British To American English

Author : Louis McKinney
ISBN : 9798610019284
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British to American English: A Dictionary and Guide to the English Language--perfect for every academician, whiz-kid or bookworm looking to conquer the language barrier. "The Americans are identical to the British in all respects except, of course, language." ~ Oscar Wilde Whether you're travelling to Great Britain or the United States of America, or you just want to understand the differences in our common language divided, this unique dictionary will answer all of your questions. The book contains a wide array of British terms and expressions and their American equivalents; coupled with a history of the language, numerous examples of its everyday usage such as making small talk, and customs and etiquette. BRITISH vs. AMERICAN ENGLISH. A LIFESAVER? The guide provides copious amounts of valuable material by covering the differences between the British and American English accents, pronunciation, grammar, spelling, as well as an A-Z on idioms, a glossary of common differences and variations in slang, and metaphors. The English language is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England, and is now the global lingua franca. Travel back in time to find out how the earliest spoken dialects of English were brought to Great Britain by Anglo-Saxon settlers back in the 5th century. Explore how English is closely related to the Frisian languages, and learn how its vocabulary has been significantly altered by other Germanic languages, including Latin and in particular French, after the Norman conquest of England in the 11th century. Part language guide, part cultural study. It's a superb addition to every English language learner and linguists library. Filled with extensive quotations from authentic, real-life English from both sides of the pond (the Atlantic Ocean), this is an easy-to-follow, precise and organised guide which tackles the differences, and the similarities between the grammar of British and American speakers. The book is especially effective and useful for learners with no prior knowledge of linguistics, as it demonstrates the grammatical differences and provides a sound account of contemporary English in use. William compares the customs, manners, and practical scenarios of everyday life in the United Kingdom and the United States. Furthermore, he wraps up with a humorous list of expressions that in one country are innocent, but that can be quite vulgar or suggestive in the other. Two large glossaries help travellers translate from British to American English with meanings such as: Flick knife (switchblade) Fringe (bangs) Lorry (truck) Patience (solitaire) Peg (clothespin) Tollgate (turnpike) And more! Any visitor to Old Blighty or Uncle Sam can be brought right up to speed with the this handy A to Z on the most commonly used and the not so commonly used English words that can often cause confusion, bedlam, red faces and even cost you money if misused or misunderstood. Read on your PC, MAC, smart phone, tablet, Kindle device or buy it on paperback.

American English Es

Author : Roberto Cagliero
ISBN : 9781443849036
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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American English(es) focuses on the manifold nature of a macro-regional variety of English which is better described in the plural form, thus enhancing the endless contribution of most diverse ethnic groups, such as those kidnapped from Africa to be employed as slaves, survivors of native American tribes systematically exterminated in the past, and, later on, European Jews escaping from pogroms, Europeans and Asians escaping from poverty, and, more recently, Central and South Americans, mostly Spanish speakers, emigrating to the USA in search of supposedly better living conditions. By tackling the notions of “minority”, “variety”, and “dialect”, this book singles out three language-related phenomena which are currently relevant to the academic and cultural debate concerning US society, namely the obsolescent representation of minority vs hegemonic varieties of English, the latest developments of the Spanish vs English controversy, and the increasing exposure of slang in public contexts. The multiple points of view on American Englishes, offered by the essays included in the present volume, draw on diverse and often contrasting approaches, ranging from corpus linguistics to cultural studies, from lexicography/lexicology to discourse analysis.
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Business Writing For Dummies

Author : Natalie Canavor
ISBN : 9781118583623
Genre : Business & Economics
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How many pieces of paper land on your desk each day, or emailsin your inbox? Your readers – the people you communicate withat work – are no different. So how can you make your communication stand out from the pileand get the job done? Whether you’re crafting a short andsweet email or bidding for a crucial project, Business WritingFor Dummies is the only guide you need. Inside you’llfind: The basic principles of how to write well How to avoid the common pitfalls that immediately turn a readeroff Crucial tips for self-editing and revision techniques toheighten your impact Lots of practical advice and examples covering a range ofdifferent types of communication, including emails, letters, majorbusiness documents such as reports and proposals, promotionalmaterials, web copy and blogs - even tweets The global touch - understand the key differences in writtencommunication around the world, and how to tailor your writing forinternational audiences
Category: Business & Economics