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Here Speeching American

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Written by Kathryn PetrasAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Kathryn Petras and Ross PetrasAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Ross Petras

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
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  • Publisher: Villard
  • On Sale: October 5, 2004
  • Price: $9.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-8129-7315-0 (0-8129-7315-1)
Also available as an eBook.
about this book

Here Speeching American offers a survey of the oddities non-native English speakers introduce into the language.

Some examples include:

• Feel like shopping?
We have no good things to sell.
–shop sign, Lovina Beach, Bali

• Feeling sick?
Are you haunted by the horribles? Do you run after your own nose?
–Japanese medical form

• Wondering what to wear?
A sports jacket may be worn to dinner, but no trousers.
–in a French hotel brochure

• Wondering where to eat?
Grill and Roast your clients! Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch.
–slogan of the Hibiscus restaurant in the Jakarta Hilton International

A humorous starting point for any discussion of usage and language acquisition.