By Marv Rubinstein
A compendium of yankee proverbs, expressions, slang, colloquialisms; British-US word list; abbreviations and acronyms and different a number of odds and ends. general via non-native audio system and translators.
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That was 22 years ago. Since then I have watched American television, read popular fiction extensively, and conversed with a wide variety of people from all over the United States, as well as the rest of the world. After achieving Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, I worked in a variety of fields, including mental health, advertising, retail, and management consulting. I have been a professional translator of Japanese and teach Japanese to English translation students at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS).
Most people who converse with me believe that English is my native language. Achieving this, however, took 22 years of dedicated exposure to the language with all its quirks and flavors. Even with my language background, a book such as this is very useful. For most translators and students of English, who are not so fortunate in their training and experience, the book can be a timesaver at least and under some circumstances a lifesaver. The majority of my students are native speakers of Japanese, while some are native speakers of English and some of a third language.
Over many years, American English has vastly expanded and changed, a transmutation which has left it only loosely connected to its mother tongue, British English. (As one chapter in this book will illustrate, the differences are vast. ”) Someone once jested that the United States and England are two countries separated by a common language. Many a true word is said in jest. Though English is the primary language of many countries— the United States, England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Falkland Islands, Bermuda, and many other countries in the Caribbean—the variations from place to place are humongous.
American English Compendium by Marv Rubinstein