“2-pc Spicy ChickenJoy with extra rice…”
“and upgrade to pineapple juice…”
Yes, I still have the Jollibee commercial hangover LOL!
“For Dine in or take out?”
We’re so used to hearing that last line from restaurant crews but do you know that it’s actually incorrect?
So says this book, Don’t Speak Good. Speak Well! The “nosebleed” edition.
Just so you know, the correct statement should be “For here or to go?” as take out is usually used as a noun, as in Chinese takeout.
This is just among the many Filipinisms (non-standard English which we usually come up with by literally or loosely translating English words and expressions) discussed in the book. I’m learning a lot actually!
The book is divided into these 3 parts:
- The Rules of English
- Expressions and Conversation Strategies
- The Sounds of English
While you can normally see 1 and 3 in regular grammar books, it’s so rare that you get ideas on how to start and keep a conversation going (part 2). It’s not a lengthy chapter but it does give a lot of pointers in sounding natural when conversing. It also gives ideas on conversation starters, carrying on a conversation and even conversation enders! What a gem of a book, huh?
At just 115 pages, it’s a very light read and a very handy helper for locals and foreigners alike. I’m actually in the process of teaching my son to read more English words and I’m finding the last part (the Sounds of English) very helpful.
Free Video and Audio
Apart from the learnings in the book, one can also gain access to complementary videos and audio files through their website http://americanenglish.ph/
Each book has a unique product key that lets you enhance your learning beyond what’s written on the book.
Because let’s face it, it’s so much easier to learn when you actually see and hear the words being said through videos and audios.
So if you’re looking to improve your English and don’t want the serious and traditional grammar books, I suggest you get your copy of Don’t Speak Good. Speak Well! It’s being offered at an introductory price of P590 and is available in bookstores nationwide.