Do's and Taboos of Using English Around the World (Paperback)

by Roger E. Axtell

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"Roger Axtell is the international Emily Post."-The New Yorker English has become the global language-the dominant language used in international trade, science, technology, and travel. But for most Americans, the potential for linguistic misunderstanding, confusion, and embarrassment when using English with nonnative speakers is greater now than ever. In this essential guide, veteran international businessman and raconteur Roger E. Axtell shows you how to use English successfully in any business or social context-and how to avoid making embarrassing or misleading statements to people who are trying to understand you. Inside you'll find: Valuable rules for making yourself understood when communicating with people from other cultures Dozens of amusing anecdotes that illustrate the potential trials and pitfalls of using American English around the world The important differences between American English and the English spoken in Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and South Africa Helpful advice on using interpreters and translators Special sections on communicating in English with speakers of other languages, including Japanese, German, French, and Italian Tips on telephone conversation and dangerous cognates

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