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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2010
This is the best practical English book I've ever come across so far. I strongly recommend the book and its CD to everyone who has an aspiration to use the English language as natural as native English speakers. Both the textbook and the CD are considered as invaluable learning resources. I've used them to self-study real English for quite a while now. To date, I've built up many useful phrasal verbs and English expressions in my mind. I am able to apply them in my daily communications where applicable. I become more assertive when sharing ideas with English speakers. Certainly, my communications in English becomes more and more effective and efficient. I am really delighted with my noticeable improvement in the use of the English language.

I appreciate the careful selection of phrasal verbs/idioms/colloquiums, which covers almost every aspect of our real life situations, from `your shoe laces are undone' to `a major breakthrough in peace negotiations between country heads'. By imitating those examples, I can use the right word/phrase in the right context. I can articulate my views and get them across to a wide range of audiences.

I am really sorry to see the negative feedbacks on the CD. From my own perspective, I found the CD had been very useful and have never spotted any drawbacks from the dialogs - that may be because I am a Chinese and not sensitive to any odds in the English sounds. In fact, I appreciate the CD very much as it has given me the flexibility to pick up the knowledge whenever and wherever I would like to learn. I am a full time worker and usually spend at least two hours in commuting to and from work. I can no longer afford a large amount of my time in improving my English language as I really don't have much spare time on my hands. I've made the most out of my commuting time and used that to self-study the CD. As you can imagine, how overcrowded the London trains/tubes are, especially in the rush hours. Most of the time I don't have a seat allowing me read comfortably. I copied the whole CD into my ipod so that I could listen to the learning materials while braving the crowds.

No wonder, it was very difficult for me to grasp the meanings of the conversation in the first place - despite I understood every English word, when they came together as phrases that didn't make any sense to me at all!! That feeling was very similar to my real life experience when listening to native English speaker speaking. However, this didn't put me off learning from the CD. When listening to the CD, I visualized the context of each conversation and observed how people expressed their views and described a situation by using English idioms and phrasal verbs. When I got home, I would normally follow up the unfamiliar words I picked up on my journey. For example, when listening to the sentence `...you father said he could murder a hamburger so we went to `Jimmy's', I was very confused with the term `murder'. What was motivation to murder the hamburger? With this query, I then looked up the textbook for the definition. I've kept repeating listening to the audio clips, repeating referring back to the textbook, and repeating putting them into practice ... Gradually, these English expressions have sunk in for me and I can apply them into my daily communications freely and naturally. I have gained more confidence in my English communication. Indeed, most of phrasal verbs used in this review are derived from the book. You can check it out if you wish.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2013
I found the information very accessible and useful. I use this book in teaching small groups and for individuals. I would recommend it for self study and to use as a support to a language course. Great! Perfect as a back up to online conversation classes for example.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2012
Very useful book, recommend to everyone who wants improve English! Well organized, very easy to read, good exercises and audio lessons!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2011
As a Malaysian national but having lived in England for a number of years, I have found the approach taken in this book most helpful. My English language skills are generally good but the ideas contained in this book provide examples that have taken my use and understanding of English to a higher level. I would highly recommend this book for those wanting to improve their knowledge and understanding of English especially in the subtleties of phrases and idioms used in everyday English.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2008
My wife already had good English but since using this book I have noticed a big improvement in her comprehension when with friends and her everyday vocabulary is much more natural. This is a great book if you want to really improve your everday English.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Whoever uses the series Practical / Advanced / High-Level Everyday English has the one and only choice: either to learn or to learn. Apart from the clear explanations and examples of every one of the words or phrases, as well as the dialogs and the exercises, there is a lot of repetition: when learning a new word or phrase, another one that has already been learned is recalled. Needless to say, this only helps students memorize what they have been studying; it could hardly be more effective! Although the book is intended to be used by British ESL students, given that the vast majority of the words and phrases are used by either British or American English speakers, someone learning American English will find this book very useful too. In other words, this series is virtually a must for whomever wants to speak English fluently. Ernesto Simon, ESL Teacher
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2008
This is a fantastic book for foreign speakers of English who already have good basics. When I came to England from Italy my grammar wasn't too bad, but I Had to cope with many idioms and phrasal verbs and English has such a huge vocabulary. I got totally fed up sitting bored in English language schools and I didn't need exams. And then I found this book Practical Everyday English. After reading the first two chapters, I began to recognise more expressions and with constant practice I really improved. This new version has a CD which i have found very useful because they speak really quickly, just like in real life. This book has saved me a lot of money in English classes. Advanced students don't need lessons...just this amazing book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2013
This is an excellent book! I try to help Polish youngster speak English. I am not a teacher, I just speak English. With this book I find it very easy to help the children understand the every day English and also easy for me as I am not searching the net to find material to work with.
The CD is a real bonus too as the children can listen to it over and over again. It will take quite a while to work through this book but I would definitely buy book 2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2013
The book turned out to be very useful for me. I would mostly recommend it for self-study although when it comes to the classroom use I find it possible as well. What the author could improve are the exercises- they are rather predictable. I was also a little bit put off with the cd. Still, a really good book to improve your conversational skills. I bought it almost a year ago and didn't regret it a single day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2012
I would recommend this book to those who cannot speak fluently in English. This book teaches me a lot on how to start a real life conversation rather than speak it technically.
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