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Against All Odds

Against All Odds: The Culture And Idioms Of Risk Taking In America: Stories For Learning Useful Business Idioms


Against All Odds is Volume Two of the Stories for Learning Useful Business Idiomsseries with FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD. (See series description below.) Travel along with Lucy, a Vietnamese refugee and now a high-tech engineer, on a business trip to Las Vegas where her personal and professional future are at risk, and she is faced with life-changing choices.Learn over 170 idioms and cultural expressions borrowed from the world of gambling, and used in business today where risk-taking is fundamental.Find the definitions of all idioms on the page where they appear in the story.Read additional sample sentences that use the idioms in a business context. Reference the handy Index of Idioms and risk-taking terminology for quick review.Expand your knowledge with a list of resources for further study. 76-page book with illustrations Download the free MP3 audio and learn the correct intonation of idioms and phrases by listening to the story read by the author, Jolinda Osborne.Stories for Learning Useful Business Idioms Series One of the final steps in mastering American English is becoming comfortable with the informal, everyday, sometimes humorous English expressions not usually taught in textbooks. Non-native speakers in the business world are especially challenged when understanding an idiom is critical to understanding the underlying message of a conversation or presentation. Misunderstanding an idiom can lead to confusion or even embarrassment. Dictionaries of idioms fill shelves and online searches, but an alphabetized list of idioms and definitions does not easily enable users to really comprehend its usage because those listed idioms are not explained in the context of any conversation. A better way to remember and become proficient with idioms is to learn them within the cultural context from which they originated. Against All Odds and other books in theStories for Learning Useful Business Idioms series, not only give precise definitions of the idioms, but embed the idioms within the context of the business-oriented story, so readers will quickly internalize and recall them during critical meetings and conversations.



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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
  • ISBN-13: 9781461157076
  • ISBN: 1461157072
  • Publication Year: 2011
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