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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Com edition (11 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470747471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470747476
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Master English from scratch and navigate English–speaking countries with confidence Want to get to grips with spoken English and need a helping hand? Whether you′re a student or a traveller, this expert guide equips you with the skills to understand and speak English in no time. Perfect your pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary and learn how to use key English greetings and expressions in any context – from the train station to the cinema! Start at the beginning — learn basic English grammar, introduce yourself and practise formal and informal greetings Try out your skills — buy food at the market, arrange to meet friends in town, describe where you live and learn to read signs, emails and newspapers Become more confident — use English at the bank, understand directions and timetables, check into a hotel and describe medical symptoms Act native — discover the best ways to learn English quickly and drop in phrases and expressions that make you sound fluent The companion audio CD is packed with over 50 dialogues in English, to help you use your skills in a variety of common situations, from chatting at the bus stop, to ordering a dessert or discussing the football match. Open the book and find: How to form simple sentences and use tenses accurately Advice on pronunciation, intonation and word stresses Tips on making small talk and telling anecdotes The differences between spoken and written English How to speak confidently on the phone and write good text messages Day–to–day phrases to use in the office Regular and irregular verbs explained Favourite English phrases and expressions

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Gavin Dudeney is Project Director at The Consultants–E, a company specialising in online learning and teaching in education. He works regularly with the International House World Organisation and other leading teaching entities. Nicky Hockly is Director of Pedagogy at The Consultants–E. She works as a teacher and teacher trainer, both online and face–to–face, and gives seminars and workshops around the world.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. W. Hatfield VINE VOICE on 16 April 2010
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This is actually a very useful book. Unfortunately, the pitching and marketing are completely wrong. Basically, it is an aid for teachers or for fluent English speakers to enable a non-native speaker to learn English. As such, it's invaluable, and should earn five stars.

However, it is being marketed at complete novices, and as such, it is written in far too complex terms and is nowhere near accessible enough to someone working on their own. In the right hands- eg a teacher, a relative, a fluent English speaker helping a friend to learn the language, it offers excellent advice ( by the way, much of which would be very useful to native English speakers- this would make an excellent classroom tool for any PGCE English student teacher).

But given to a non-native speaker without a strong basic grounding, it will be confusing, difficult and ultimately pointless.
Use it properly! There are many good things here...but it needs help.
How about a rename?
"Teaching English as a Foreign Language for Dummies?"
Much better!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pallus TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Mar. 2010
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English is my mother tongue, although I'm only educated to 'O' Level standard.
I found this book hard to follow, confusing, unhelpful, and without humour.

I could not in a million years see how it would possibly benefit someone with rudimentary English. Right from the introduction and the explanatory text, the book is written using complicated terms and explanations.

But then it goes on to suggest alternatives for "Excuse me?" with terms such as "Eh?", doesn't forbit the term "Innit?" and gives suggestions for texting like 'yr a gr8 m8'. Lord love a duck, what planet are they on?

It should be called 'An out-of-touch Professor's Guide to English..'

My girlfriend is Brazilian and has a good grasp of basic English but I didn't even bother trying to explain the complicated terms and exercises in this book.

I just don't get it. In the book it suggests that the reader may have picked-up just a few English words from pop songs, films and popular media. So if that's who the book is aimed at, why is it written like a teaching aid instead of a 'Dummy's Guide'?! It's as clear as mud and as useful as a chocolate teapot.

Very poor and unhelpful. If I was an EFL student, reading this would make me learn Spanish instead.

There are only two people I can think of who will benefit from this book -the authors!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Di Zendle VINE VOICE on 19 Mar. 2010
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I bought this book as as an English teacher, hoping to use some of the material in it to teach classes. Thus, this review won't be helpful for those buying the books for self-tutoring, but rather those buying it as an aid to teaching.

If you're running a bit scarce on material for classes and your syllabus is relaxed enough that you can include your own stuff, this book is an invaluable aid for planning lessons. Grammar and vocabulary points are fleshed out into developed narratives, and one can easily plan a lesson around the content covered in each section. Of course, photocopying sections of the book would be illegal, and not the sort of thing a TEFL teacher would EVER do - but if you were to copy out pages by hand you could easily use them as handouts.

All in all, I'd highly recommend this book as an aid to classroom prep - it's saved me a lot of time and effort lately, and students seem to respond really well to the book's content.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nozza on 1 Feb. 2010
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Not another "for Dummies" book I hear you asking... er, no it's not just another Dummies book at all. This one is a lively and useful guide to learning English in the UK. It covers all the linguistics basics well - the grammar, forming questions, subject and object questions etc, verbs and tenses, conditionals, lots of vocabulary and the CD has loads of examples of spoken English; the voices cover a range of ages and is a good mix of BBC-style English. Bear in mind that regional accents in the UK vary a lot and this is not reflected on the CD.

But what stands out for me is all the other additional stuff in the book. This book is not aimed at academics, but for those people wishing to spend time in the UK and as such it meets their needs with lots of useful information about life in the UK - whether it is about reward cards, checking into a B&B or paying for carrier bags. It's all in here.

A fine book that will prove useful to anyone witha serious interest in learning to speak UK English by visiting the UK
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fireball Dragon HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Mar. 2010
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The book is apparently designed to help those learn English as a new language, yet it is peculiarly written in English itself. This is the first thing that will strike you. If I were planning to learn, say French, it would not help it the book teaching was also written in French!

Perhaps what this book is good for then is individuals who can read English, but have issues with communication skills. In this respect, it can help even people who speak English as a first language if they need to brush-up on their lingustics, but I should warn you, it is very simple and basic.

The book covers several scenarios, such as how to speak to people in different settings such as a bank, going out for dinner, communicating with the emergency services and speaking in day-to-day life (e.g. a shop).

The book also comes with a CD-ROM which can aid learning. All-in-all, don't expect anything special. If you really want to learn English, you can do much better by getting a real Teacher or a better book. 2/5
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