Author: Okie Quillin
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1-4787-2917-4

Pronunciation and vocabulary are useful tools, but would be useless without knowing word meanings. In English, one word often has many various meanings in different contexts, causing a lot of confusion for ESL students,” Okie Quillin writes in the introduction of her book, Learn English The American Way: English Book 1 for ESL Students

This seven hundred and six page letter-sized paperback targets those wanting to learn American English as a second language. Written by a Korean teaching assistant living in America, it is more of an amplified dictionary than a book of instructions with lessons with an index at its ending.

In the introduction, Quillin explains how the English language is very complicated and confusing to other cultures. By using correct vocabulary, punctuation, accents, and learning to speak correctly in complete sentences, a foreigner can conquer the language.

Written in an easy-to-read font, the book is organized in alphabetical order similar to a dictionary. The chosen word is in bold font, followed by pronunciation and a short description including if noun, verb, adjective, adverb, etc. Synonyms and related words follow along with two to eight complete sentences, using the chosen word in all manners of its description.

Here is one example of the format:

converse ken-‘vers (v) to talk or speak; to chat

synonyms: commune, discuss communicate, adverse, counter, reverse
related words: converse ‘kan-verse (n) something that is opposite or contrary; the                             
                                    reverse
                        conversation kan-ver-‘sa-shen (n) a familiar talk; talking; and informal       
                                    discussion
                        conversational kan-ver-‘sa-shen-el (adj) of talking; fond of talking
 
1. If you want to learn English quickly, you must converse with native speakers.
                                                                                   verb
2. Jackie is happy but not rich is the converse of Jackie is rich but not happy.
                                                            noun
3. His actions were the converse of his promises so he disappointed many people who
                                        noun
   had previously supported him.  

4. Although I’ve had several conversations with him on the phone, I haven’t met him yet.    
                                                   noun
5. Even though I haven’t met him yet I really like his conversational tone of voice.
                                                                                           adjective

With approximately seven hundred words listed, those that want to understand and learn the English as a secondary language can use this helpful, user-friendly book for guidance, correcting bad and incorrect speaking habits.     

Thanks to the author for furnishing this book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinions.


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