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BOOKS
LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

1.
The Oxford Dictionary of Slang

Slang is language with its sleeves rolled up, colorful, pointed, brash, bristling with humor and sometimes with hostility. Here, John Ayto has brought together over 10,000 slang words and phrases common to 20th-century English, to provide a comprehensive and highly engaging guide to the most outspoken corner of our language. Unlike most such dictionaries, this volume is organized thematically, with slang words gathered under such headings as “the body and its functions” or “sustenance and intoxication.” Within each section, the words are listed chronologically, starting with the century’s earliest words and phrases and progressing right through to the present day, thus illuminating the development of slang and colloquial language over the last hundred years. Word origins and other interesting features of usage are given wherever possible, as are illustrative quotations from a wide range of authors. A comprehensive A-Z index lists all words included in the dictionary, so you can find a particular word quickly. From “five-finger discount” to “forty-rod whiskey,” this is an authoritative and up-to-date record of slang throughout the English-speaking world.

2.
Everyday English for Nursing, 1e

A specialist U.K. English language learning course book for nurses who are non-native speakers of U.K. English. The book is intended for self study but would serve as a major resource for a taught course.

The book presents examples of formal medical U.K. English, colloquialisms, idioms and clinical notes. The user practices reading and writing through exercises and the language is introduced through the medium of a series of simulated clinical cases

The first part contains text and exercises which are `about’ nursing in the NHS – the crisis, what nurses say about the crisis, the hospital hierarchy, pay and conditions, applying for jobs, etc. The second part is about communication in a simulated hospital setting. At its core are clinical forms relating to admission, patient care and hospital discharge. These forms and clinical documents generate exercises, which practice parts of language (idiomatic phrases, etc.) The book will be highly illustrated assisting with the clarity and understanding of situations/scenarios

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