How important is American slang in speaking and understanding English in the U.S.? Very! That’s because native
speakers don’t use the academic English most language students are taught in school. American slang words,
colloquialisms and jargon are so embedded in American popular (or more commonly, “pop”) culture, it’s impossible
to avoid. And why would you want to? Everyone uses them! They’re spoken by teens, tweens, adults, and used in
advertisements, the workplace, movies, TV shows, books and in everyday conversations. Communications media
like texting and Twitter make it difficult for non–native speakers of English to figure out popular shortcuts like
LOL, BRB, or OMG! Imagine how confusing Cut it out! or Break a leg! is to a language student with no knowledge
of American slang! Here’s where the Slangman language books come in! Now you can learn that part of the English
language, the real English, usually reserved only for native speakers…until now!
Entertaining dialogues, activities and games will make sure you have a blast (“have fun”) and don’t sweat it
(“get tense”) as you get up to speed (“current”) on all the typical slang and idioms used by virtually every native
speaker! So chill out (“relax”) and kick back (“get comfortable”) and let’s get started!
The Slangman Guide to Street Speak 1 contains popular chapters on slang and idioms associated with
Parties, Shopping, Movies, Airports, Restaurants, Health, Markets, At School, Dating, plus special sections on
everyday reductions and contractions.
If an American said to you, “Could you please crack the window?”—you are NOT being asked to “break the window”
which is indeed the literal meaning! You are simply being asked to “Open the window a little.” Or if someone
tells you to “Knock it off!” or “Cut it out!”—that just means “Stop doing that!”
The Slangman Guide to Street Speak 2 contains popular chapters on slang and idioms associated with
The Workplace, Shopping, Houseguests, Babysitting, Birthday Parties, The Subway, Aches & Pains, and The
Telephone. Also included are “The Slangman Files”—a special section in each chapter with slang & idioms used
The third book in the series introduces you to popular slang and idioms used in a variety of situations including
dating – everything from the pick up (“beginning of a relationship”) to the break up (“end of a relationship”) and
everything in between! Once you learn all the slang used in dating, you’ll definitely know if someone is either
hitting on (“flirting with”) you or just not into (“not interested in”) you!
The Slangman Guide to Street Speak 3 contains popular chapters on slang and idioms associated with Dating
& Relationships, Emergency Situations, Television & Entertainment, Teens & Students (Jr. High—University),
Being Politically Correct, Sports (Popular terms used in daily conversations), Foreign Words that Americans
Used Every Day, and Alliterations & Repeating Words. This book also includes “The Slangman Files”—a special
section in each chapter with slang & idioms used in categories