Speaking and Writing Well: Empowering Yourself With "Proper" English--Your Dynamite Guide to Conquering the World

Kathy Alba

Published by Thatch Tree Pubns, 2001
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Synopsis: A wacky but authoritative self-help guide to improving your English language skills for speaking and writing. Funny, caring, and unbelievably easy to understand, Dr. Kathy Alba, the author, becomes a trusted friend as she shows you how to speak and write correctly for success in the world beyond "back home"--places in society where Standard (educated) English is expected or even required. The book's sole purpose is to make you, the reader, look good.

From the Publisher: If you’re like most people, you may feel insecure when speaking or writing. Certainly you want to make a great impression, but you wonder "Am I making errors that I don’t know about but that other people notice? Is that why they wince (or privately laugh with disrespect) when they’re listening to me or reading anything I’ve written? Do I break so many language rules that I sound dumb?"

Dr. Kathy Alba’s remarkable new book makes educated-sounding English easy to learn and increases your speaking and writing skills without pain. The knowledge you gain builds your confidence and gives you the assurance that comes from knowing you’re correct in what you say or write. And best of all, Kathy’s zany sense of humor and offbeat photography make you laugh while learning concepts you’d normally expect to give you headaches or hives. Experiencing this delightful book can change your life.

Here are a few examples of ways you’ll learn to sizzle your English: —Is it correct to say "Yesterday I come home and stacked marbles in the freezer"? How about "Last September I seen water lilies sprouting on the football field"? Or "Every Tuesday for the past six months I have ran circles around the pop machine at the 7-11"? —Is it "Yesterday Angela laid in the sun" or "She lay in the sun"? —How about "That empty gum wrapper infers that your mouth is happy" or "It implies that it is"? —"The media is responsible for Harrison Ford’s dimples," or should it be "The media are responsible for them"? "The data is ancient" or "The data are ancient"? —Discover how to use "whom" like a college professor and whether "themself" (as in "Did the server at the Pizza Hut introduce themself?") is a word. —Get solid on whether a comma should appear before the word "and" in the sentence: "Bullfrogs sit on lily pads, and croak during the Superbowl." The question of whether to use or not use a comma in front of "and" (or "but") is the most misunderstood and frequently messed up concept in English today. —Find out which answer is correct in the phrase, "Those (1) gremlins (2) gremlin’s (3) gremlins’ bellies craved dog biscuits right after midnight." —When you answer the phone, should you say "This is her" or "This is she"? Is it correct to say "It is I" or "It’s me"? Find out why so many of the old grammar seem so weird to our modern ears.

Speaking and Writing Well can make each of these points and scads of others perfectly clear in your mind so that other people may start looking to you as the local language expert. A copy of the book on your desk at work can be an indispensable tool for making you, your boss, and your company shine with professional brilliance. And Dr. Kathy’s Grammar Emergency Hot Line—a month of free service that comes with purchase of the book—will help dig you out of those English problems you can’t seem to solve.

The bottom line is this: you deserve to be honored for your excellence. This fun book will show you how.

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Title: Speaking and Writing Well: Empowering ...
Publisher: Thatch Tree Pubns
Publication Date: 2001
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