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BOOKS
LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

1.
Michael Swan – Catherine Walter
The Good Grammar Book With Answers

The Good Grammar Book teaches all the grammar needed for speaking and writing in English. It explains the rules, shows how the language works, and gives plenty of practice. It can be used either with the coursebook in class or as extra practice at home.

2.
Edward Finegan, John R. Rickford
Language in the USA: Themes for the Twenty-first Century

This textbook provides a comprehensive survey of current language issues in the USA. Through a series of specially commissioned chapters by leading scholars, it explores the nature of language variation in the United States and its social, historical and political significance. The book is divided into three sections.

Part I, American English, explores the history and distinctiveness of American English, and regional and social varieties. Part II, Other Language Varieties, looks at multilingualism and linguistic diversity. Part III, The Sociolinguistic Situation in the USA includes chapters on attitudes to language, language and education, Rap and Hip Hop, and adolescent language. It also explores issues such as the Ebonics controversy and the English Only movement. Clear, accessible and broad in its coverage, this book will be welcomed by students across the disciplines of English, Linguistics, Communication, American Studies and Popular Culture, as well as anyone interested more generally in language-related issues.

3.
Christine Ammer
The Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches: Meanings and Origins of Thousands of Terms and Expressions (Writers Reference)

Product Description: More than 4,000 cliches compiled in one fun, easy-to-use guide.

Praise for the previous hardcover edition:
“…an excellent resource for word lovers…inherently fascinating and an excellent place to look for old chestnuts galore…” Library Journal

“…[thorough]…Recommended…” Booklist

The Facts On File Dictionary of Cliches, Third Edition is the largest, most comprehensive, and most entertaining reference of its kind. Featuring hundreds of new cliches, this updated and expanded edition explains the meanings and origins of more than 4,000 cliches and common expressions. Each entry includes the meaning of the cliche or expression, its origin and early uses, its historical development, and its present-day usage. This fully indexed and cross-referenced resource is essential for students, writers, and anyone seeking the gift of gab.

New entries include:

-“Don’t go there”
-“Flavor of the month”
-“Ground zero”
-“Not so much”
-“Show me the money”
-“So yesterday”
-and more.

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