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Why is English Like That?: Historical Answers to Hard ELT Questions (Michigan Teacher Training) Paperback – Feb 2006


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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: The University of Michigan Press (Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472031341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472031344
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,624,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Norbert Schmitt is an instructor in Applied Linguistics, and Richard Marsden is a specialist in historical linguistics, University of Nottingham (UK).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
At last!! 20 April 2006
By Planaria J. Price - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't been this excited about a book since I read "Everything is Illuminated." And this one is non-fiction!! This well-written, extremely detail-filled book is an English teachers' dream come true. It not only gives us clear and fascinating answers to all the difficult questions students ask about our crazy language: the weird spelling, myriad vocabulary, irregular verbs, etc, but it even has reproducible lessons at the back of each chapter. Filled with marvelous statistics and readable charts, it's the first non-fiction book I have ever read, cover to cover. It will be an asset and joy to teacher and student and a great read for any curious soul. Hooray!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fun, Practical, and Memorable 18 Mar 2010
By Eric H. Roth - Published on Amazon.com
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This under-appreciated book answers many pesky English questions from advanced ESL students, adds historical insight to vocabulary and grammar lessons, and deepens both novice and experienced EFL teachers' love of our native language. It's a powerful book! Plus, it caused this reader to smile several times.

It's also a great book to train, and inspire, English teachers. When I became the director of an English program in Vietnam, I wanted to pack an entire suitcase of books and build a reference library for EFL instructors. Unfortunately, weight matters. So I could only take a few books. This fantastic book made that short, and rather exclusive, list. After using it for a training session, the book was continually being borrowed by various English teachers. Why? Because this book amuses as it instructs.

As the old American cereal commercial advised, "try it - you'll like it."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Linguistics is not everyone's chosen light reading, but "Why is English Like That?" is a great introduction to both the history and linguistic characteristics of our language. Anyone puzzled by the illogic of irregular verbs, our horrific spelling, or why there seem to be two words for everything in English (not true, but it sometimes feels that way) would find enlightenment a simple and enjoyable task with this book.
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Book was in perfect shape and timing was correct. I'll do it again someday soon. always happy with new books.
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