The American Way of Writing
How to Communicate Like a Native at School, at Work, and on the Road
American English is peppered with references to speed, mobility, frontier, and even guns.
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Explains the uniquely American cultural references that appear in American English for students and professionals to increase their written command of the language.
Language is a window into the soul of a culture. The hardest part for newcomers who want to master American English is not learning the alphabet, grammar, or vocabulary — it's understanding the distinctive way Americans approach the world.
This unique book is aimed at non-native speakers who come to the United States to study, as well as international business and legal professionals who have to work and communicate with Americans in a professional or business context. Understanding what makes Americans uniquely "American" is a challenging subject for anyone to master. Such characteristics are always in flux and a source of constant debate — particularly now, at a moment in the nation's history when the country is so divided. For that reason, this book may also be of interest to Americans, offering a deeper understanding of the ties that bind rather than divide.
- Clearly presents detailed knowledge of American history and culture for non-Americans, with examples of features of American writing such as short, to-the-point sentences
- Provides three key takeaways for students and professionals at the end of each chapter
- Includes chapters on moving from other forms of English, such as Canadian or Australian, to American
- Features a section with information of specific interest for speakers of other language groups, such as Romantic, Germanic, or Slavic