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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Major Reference Important for ESL Students and US Emmigrants

What America Needs To Know About America From A To Z
Subtitle: How To Understand Crazy American Culture, People, Government, Business, Language and More
By Lance Johnson
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ISBN: 978-1468172362


Endorsed by U.S. and foreign ambassadors and editors, this new book paints a revealing picture of America and its people for those foreigners who will benefit from a better understanding of America. It will also inform Americans who want to learn more about the U.S. and how it compares to other countries around the world.

World traveler and teacher Lance Johnson studies cultural differences and the difficulties foreigners (even Americans!) have understanding crazy America, as some call it. Foreigners might come to the U.S. to work for American employers, to open branch offices or factories for their homeland employers, to start their own businesses (100's of thousands do each year), go to school (1 million a year do), or just move here (500 thousand do yearly). Others might work for American organizations in their homelands or have American teachers there. An understanding of American culture and language without question will contribute to their success.

For this book “foreigners” are defined as anyone who is not sufficiently familiar with American culture to achieve success. This includes the multitudes of foreign-born, naturalized citizens who have lived in the U.S. for years and still struggle with the ways and the language. A foreigner could also be a first-generation American whose immigrant parents did not fully expose their children to American culture and they now pay the price in mainstream U.S. There are lots of other examples, too.  Throw in foreign students, those who would like to become foreign students, those who would like to open a business in the US or do business with Americans--either in the US or oversease, and you have a very wide audience indeed. The language chapter has special value for ESL (English as Second Language) students everywhere.

Each of the 26 chapters’ brush strokes contributes to the final painting of what America is all about. For ease of understanding, the chapters are grouped into four sections. (The sections are available as individual books as well.)

•Section I – America's Heritage - The historical background of why America and its people became who and what they are today.

•Section II – America's Culture - Everyday life in America, ranging from customs and etiquette, to what’s on the minds of Americans, to education and personal relationships.

•Section III – America's Business - The complex business environment, operations, and people-related customs. How to start a business of your own in the U.S. How to increase the chances of getting hired by an American firm in the U.S. or abroad.

•Section IV – America's Language - The number one problem area foreigners say they have with American culture. Easy, practical ways to improve English grammar, speech, writing, communication skills, and accent reduction. Common English grammar and speech errors made by foreigners are identified and simple tips are provided for overcoming them.

This book is also in paperback in Europe and Asia at:  



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It is also available in Chine from Oriental Press in simplified Chinese.

For those with special needs or interests,
the sections of this book
are also available separately:

Book 1 - America's Heritage
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Book 2 - America's Culture
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Book 3 - America's Business
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Book 4 - America's Language
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The above volumes are also available on Amazon in Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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