The UK to USA Dictionary

British English Vs. American English

Author: Claudine Dervaes,John Hunter

Publisher: Solitaire Publishing Inc

ISBN: 9780933143401

Category: Reference

Page: 138

View: 9980


An A to Z ("Zed") of terms and expressions that differ in British English vs. American English. Dictionary format with UK terms and expressions and their US equivalents first, followed by US terms and expressions and the UK equivalents next. Also includes pages of rhyming slang, pronunciation differences, spelling differences, conversion charts and more. Great for travelers, Anglophiles, expatriates and anyone who has a love of languages!

100 Questions and Answers About Americans

Author: Michigan State University School of Journalism

Publisher: David Crumm Media LLC

ISBN: 1939880246

Category: Education

Page: 52

View: 2705


“One Hundred Questions and Answers About Americans” is part of the Michigan State University School of Journalism series in cultural competence. This guide to understanding Americans and American culture has sections on social behavior, education, race, religion, money, culture, health, food, family, relationships and language. It also includes a glossary of American slang and idioms. This guide is intended for anyone visiting, studying or planning on living in America. We began by asking international students for questions they had about America and Americans. We learned that perceptions of Americans are very different from one person or culture to the next. After whittling the questions down to 100 that we thought were best, we placed the questions into categories such as social behavior, education and race. We then researched the questions and consulted with experts. The result? This guide, which uses studies and surveys, generalities and ranges of possibilities to explain U.S. culture. Not all parts of the United States are alike — and neither are all Americans. There can be greater differences within one country than there are between two countries. Even brothers and sisters from the same family can be quite different. Questions include: How big is the United States? How does a typical college classroom function in the United States? Why is it acceptable for students to speak out and challenge professors? Is it emotionally hard for American families to send their children away to college? Is it financially hard for American families to send their children away to college? Why is racism such an issue in America? Americans seem to have many religions. What are the main ones? Why are Americans so fascinated with religion? How much do Americans work? Why don't Americans take more days off? Why are a lot of Americans so willing to work overtime? Is success at work important to Americans? Why do Americans eat so quickly? How often do Americans eat? Why are the meal portions so large? Are family members in America close? How much time do Americans spend with their families? Why is every person in a family treated like an individual? We then set out to answer those questions. Finally, we sorted the questions into chapters and asked members of the community to check our work. Individuals from several Michigan State University departments helped produce this guide. They include: Paulette Granberry Russell, senior advisor to the president for diversity, and director of the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, who proposed this subject, D. Venice Smith, consultant for multicultural issues, education and development, MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Peter Briggs, director of the MSU Office for International Students and Scholars, Joy Walter, international student advisor/community outreach coordinator, OISS, Bess Carey, MSU Office of Study Abroad, Kathy M. Collins, director of MSU Residence Education and Housing Services, Eduardo Olivo of the Residence Education Team, Lawrence Zwier, associate director of curriculum at the MSU English Language Center, Patricia Walters, associate director and student advisor at the MSU English Language Center, Geraldine Alumit Zeldes, associate professor, MSU School of Journalism, John Golaszewski, director, Business & Community Affairs at the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. The authors are MSU students Michelle Armstead, Gabrielle Austin, Celeste Bott, Marlee Delaney, Stephanie Dippoliti, Max Gun, Emily Jaslove, Aaron Jordan, Alexandra McNeill, Katherine Miller, Ashiyr Pierson, Marissa Russo, Merinda Valley, Jessica Warfield, Jasmine Watts and Danielle Woodward. This guide is published with John Hile of David Crumm Media, which publishes the Read the Spirit site. Joe Grimm is the series editor. He takes responsibility for any omissions, errors or oversights. Please direct questions and concerns to him at [email protected] ] Back cover text: [This cultural competence guide for international students attending U.S. colleges and universities was written by journalism students at Michigan State University. We interviewed students from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America and came up with 100 questions. Created for college and foreign exchange programs, the guide deals with U.S. social customs, race, religion, culture, health, food, relationships, dating, sex and language. It includes a glossary of American slang and phrases. This guide is intended to help international students pursuing a U.S. education to make American friends. We hope this cultural resource leads to greater understanding and face-to-face conversations that help you on your journey.

Foolproof Spelling: Flash

Author: Elspeth Summers

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444141406

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 96

View: 2862


The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Foolproof Spelling is a short, simple and to-the-point guide to learning the basic principles of correct spelling in a few short steps. Whether to brush up on writing skills, do better in exams or simply to feel more confident, in just 96 pages you will discover how to master the essential rules and feel more in control of their writing.

Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Author: Henry Watson Fowler

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199666318

Category: Electronic book

Page: 645

View: 4657


Fowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage is an invaluable quick-reference work, providing clear, practical and up-to-date guidance on questions of grammar, spelling, style, and word choice. Jeremy Butterfield has judiciously revised the text to reflect the English usage practices and concerns of the 21st century.

Collins German Dictionary

Author: Collins Uk

Publisher: Collins

ISBN: 9780007253425

Category: English language

Page: 1128

View: 7170


The Collins German Dictionary & Grammar is an up-to-date dictionary and a user-friendly grammar guide in one handy volume. Colour headwords, cultural notes, a section on translation problems and now including all the changes from the 2006 German Spelling Reform, the Collins German Dictionary & Grammar is the ideal book for intermediate learners.

Divided by a Common Language

A British/American Dictionary Plus

Author: Christopher Davies

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780966094572

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

View: 1068


DIVIDED BY A COMMON LANGUAGE is a comprehensive reference book about the differences between British English and American English. It covers pronunciation and spelling differences along with a comprehensive dictionary of the words which have a different meaning or are unknown in the other country. The comparison of idioms and expressions has everyone in stitches! A must for the traveler.

American English

Author: Katrin Appenzeller

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640310365


Page: 28

View: 1260


Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 1,3, University of Duisburg-Essen (Englische Sprachwissenschaft), course: Hauptseminar: Language, Meaning and Use, language: English, abstract: The USA is one of the largest western countries. Its population amount to approximately 250 million people. Thus, American English is spoken by an immense number of people in the world. It is estimated that nearly 2/3 of all native English speakers use any dialect of American English. American English, as an independent variety, differs from British English and even weakens its hegemony. More and more, American language, culture, and business become an integral part of European society. Therefore, it is very interesting to investigate the significant characteristics of this language. To give the reader some background information there is a brief overview of the history of the English language in the USA at the beginning of the study. After that the term American English is explained and analyzed. Further, different linguistic features, among them pronunciation, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary, are described and compared to British English. In addition, sociolinguistic characteristics, such as regional and social dialects, are illustrated. As a result a conclusion follows.

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

The Classic First Edition

Author: H. W. Fowler

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191615110

Category: Reference

Page: 832

View: 6363


'What grammarians say should be has perhaps less influence on what shall be than even the more modest of them realize ...' No book had more influence on twentieth-century attitudes to the English language in Britain than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage. It rapidly became the standard work of reference for the correct use of English in terms of choice of words, grammar, and style. Much loved for his firm opinions, passion, and dry humour, Fowler has stood the test of time and is still considered the best arbiter of good practice. In this new edition of the original Dictionary, David Crystal goes beyond the popular mythology surrounding Fowler's reputation to retrace his method and arrive at a fresh evaluation of his place in the history of linguistic thought. With a wealth of entertaining examples he looks at Fowler's stated principles and the tensions between his prescriptive and descriptive temperaments. He shows that the Dictionary does a great more than make normative recommendations and express private opinion. In addition he offers a modern perspective on some 300 entries, in which he shows how English has changed since the 1920s. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

British to American English

A Dictionary and Guide to the English Language

Author: Louis McKinney

Publisher: Independently Published



Page: 41

View: 8404


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.