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The Elements of International English Style: A Guide to Writing Correspondence, Reports, Technical Documents, and Internet Pages for a Global Audience [Paperback]

Edmond H. Weiss

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe (March 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076561572X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765615725
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #591,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Many useful ideas; could use better editing June 1 2005
By Thomas K. Gally - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a translator and writer who often produces English documents for readers who are not native speakers of English, I have long wrestled with the problem of how to adapt my English writing style so that it is understandable to the widest possible audience. This book offers many useful ideas and pointers for people like me: avoid ambiguous and culturally-bound expressions, anticipate how individual words will be translated by readers into their native languages, avoid sarcasm and humor, and much more. I thus recommend this book strongly.

I wish, though, that it had been more carefully edited. In my first few minutes of skimming through it, I came upon several embarrassing errors: "The shorter Oxford English Dictionary has 25,000 entries" (p. 17) should be "The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary has [some much larger number of] entries"; references to "German-English" and "Hebrew-English" dictionaries (pp. 21-22) should be to "English-German" and "English-Hebrew" dictionaries; the example sentence "an investigate trail is cold" (p. 23) must be a typo (of "an investigation trail is cold"?); examples of hyphenation usage (p. 74) are unclear because the examples appear at the ends of lines; and an example text that is described as being in a mono-spaced font (p. 82) is in fact in a proportional font. Such mistakes distract from the book's overall worth.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Strunk and White" for the 21st Century and the Internet June 18 2005
By Michael B. Goodman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
With the publication of The Elements of International English Style, Dr. Edmond Weiss has provided writers a "Strunk and White" for the 21st Century and the Internet. He does this through a stimulating presentation of coherent principles -- simplicity, clarity, correspondence, cultural adaptation; through rules of usage presented as 57 tactics for writers; and through numerous helpful examples and illustrations. Writers of English in a global environment have a wise and valuable guide and resource in Dr. Weiss and his book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for Business and Technical Writing June 13 2005
By Jonathan Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For about 10 years, I have given every new employee of my engineering firm a copy of Edmond Weiss's 100 Writing Remedies. I came across International English when I was ordering new copies and now I'm going to give this one to new employees also. There's something that business and technical people need to know on every page. And I had a shock of recognition when he explained why "yes" doesn't always mean "yes" in negotiations with "high context" suppliers. I hope the business schools will make this book required reading.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weiss should practice what he preaches! April 15 2011
By LHL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I think the overall content of this book is good. However, after about page 124, I got so tired of his American bashing that I found myself starting to just skim the pages. Ironically, he suggests writers avoid offending readers, yet he does this to Americans throughout the book.

As an American living overseas, I am interested in improving my communications for a global audience. I realize the conventions of English in the United States are different from most of the world. That is why I wanted to read this book.

I did gain some new perspectives from the book, but I did find it interesting that the writer did not follow his own advice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for tech writers who have international audiences Feb. 11 2009
By D. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a professional writer whose audience is primarily ESL speakers, I was surprised to find I still had a lot to learn. This book taught me some new tricks. It should be required reading for anyone who writes for an ESL audience. It's easy to read, well-organized, and full of practical examples.
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