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Improve Your English: English in Everyday Life (DVD w/ Book): Hear and see how English is actually spoken--from real-life speakers Paperback – Oct 3 2008
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About the Author
Ceil Lucas is a sociolinguist and professor of linguistics at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.
Stephen E. Brown is an experienced developer of multimedia language programs in a variety of languages.
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I'm not really sure what I was expecting when I ordered this dvd & book set for a friend, but this isn't it. What you get is a dvd full of people talking, in the most mind-numbingly dull fashion, on the most gruelingly uninteresting subjects imaginable. It is much like watching the worst public access cable program, from a town you don't live in or care about, if the said show were to have an accompanying text that also had a glossary. I think that a person could get just as much out of watching boring television, with closed-captioning, and referring to a dictionary. This product has a sedative side effect.
We all know that language spoken in everyday life can be quite different from the language taught in proper grammar texts. This book and DVD set is a wonderful tool to help people who are learning English to bridge that gap. This series demystifies the slang and idiomatic expressions people will come across in real life, and makes is much easier to understand the language actually encountered. Unscripted interviews are lively and entertaining. They are accompanied by verbatim text transcripts, and explanations of all the things that are said that could not be looked up in a traditional language/grammar text. This is a totally unique and innovative approach. Highly recommended!