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By Marv Rubinstein

ISBN-10: 0884003167

ISBN-13: 9780884003168

A compendium of yank proverbs, expressions, slang, colloquialisms; British-US word list; abbreviations and acronyms and different numerous odds and ends. conventional via non-native audio system and translators.

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The American Language. And rightly so. The American language is so much richer and more adventurous. British English never stood a chance. The bottom line can perhaps be summed up by a sign in the window of a shop in Tel Aviv, which reads: Ici, on parle français. Se habla español. English spoken here. American understood. More than 650 million people in the world speak English, about sixty percent learning it as a first language. As a second language, English is in popular use in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Israel, the Netherlands, the Scandinavian countries, and half a dozen countries in Africa, among others.

Camel and assassin from the Arabic gamal and hashish. Diva, adagio, fortissimo, and numerous other musical terms from Italian. Boogeyman from the Boogie pirates in Indonesia. Smorgasbord from Swedish. Kosher, shamus, and shmear from Yiddish. Typhoon from China. Kamikaze, bonsai, and Geisha from Japan. g. guru, sahib, brahmin, and rajah. Cigar from the Mayan language. Orangutan from the Malay language. Aloha and hula from Hawaiian. Not to mention a vast international vocabulary of food terms found in many restaurant menus of America’s major cities and on television cooking programs: Biali, enchilada, taco, paella, fritata, farfel, matzo ball, sauerbraten, curry, sushi, tempura, vichyssoise, Vienna schnitzel, strudel, Sachertorte, flan, crème caramel.

Local French expressions eventually become part of the French language. The same could be said for Germany. However, a major difference is that the United States is much larger than either of these countries. Consequently, there are more local areas. What about China, Russia, and India, which also have vast land masses? Here again, there is a major difference— television and advertising. Even in remote corners of the United States, people soon become familiar with the local terminologies of the rest of the country.

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