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Learning any language can be nerve-wracking. It's hard to relax when learning, and it's easy to make mistakes when writing and speaking a language - even if you've been speaking it for years. This book is aimed at the intermediate student of English, but will be helpful to those interested in a few brush-up tips.
Shape Up Your English aims to help take the student's understanding of written and spoken English a few steps further. This book explains, with the help of sample conversations, ... [more]how to speak idiomatic English fluently and comfortably, and encourages a practical approach to mastering written English.
With information presented in small chunks, the book presents vital information under clear headings and sub-headings, plus boxes, and presents the rules of grammar in an easier way than many more formal books.
In order to communicate with a wide range of people in a wide range of situations in a fluent and natural way, readers should have a good grasp of English grammar, a sound knowledge of spoken English and its pronunciation as well as a familiarity with English idioms. (Idioms are phrases where the actual meaning of the phrase is different to the obvious meaning of the words it is made up of. And it is important to be able to use the phrases fluently to speak well in English.)
With a comprehensive overview of vital aspects of English language study, this book enables readers to perfect their written and spoken English. [less]