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1.0 out of 5 stars Really hard to follow. Steep learning curve + lessons on TEXTING?!, 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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Initial post: 13 Jul 2016, 14:33:41 BST
what does 'forbit' mean? is it used with regard to forbitten fruit? or the musical "return to the forbitten planet"?
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