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Ian Stuart-Hamilton

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27 novembre 2006
This revised and expanded edition adds over 300 new expressions that help unlock the meaning of everyday expressions. Both informative and entertaining, the book addresses an important aspect of social communication for people with Asperger Syndrome, who use direct, precise language and 'take things literally'. This dictionary aims to dispel any confusion that arises from the misinterpretation of language. It provides explanations of over 5000 idiomatic expressions and a useful guide to their politeness level. Each expression is accompanied by a clear explanation of its meaning and when and how it might be used. The expressions are taken from British and American English, with some Australian expressions included as well. Although the book is primarily intended for people with Asperger Syndrome, it will be useful for anyone who has problems understanding idiomatic and colloquial English. An essential resource and an informative read; this dictionary will assist in a wide range of situations.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Book That Might Put NT Translators Out of Business 20 décembre 2004
Par BeatleBangs1964 - Publié sur
For many people with autism and its related condition, Asperger's Syndrome, metaphors and other "vague" expressions are interpreted at the literal level. In many instances, people on the a/A spectrum have difficulty in understanding metaphors and certain idiomatic expressions.

I like the way Anglo, American and Australian expressions are included. While the suggestion of separating each set of idiomatic phrases and metaphors by country is a good one, that is not to overlook the validity and need for this book. Even if one's child or anyone else on the a/A spectrum uses phrases from other countries, it speaks to inclusion and cultural awareness. I think that speaks to having goals for those who would most benefit from this work and it also is a fascinating look at idioms. It just might make the work of neurotypical (NT) translators lighter; people on the spectrum can consult this book for some of the more ambiguous-sounding expressions.

I recommend "What Did You Say? What Do You Mean?: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Metaphors" by Welton, et al. and feel the Welton book does a much more thorough job of clarifying idioms and metaphors.

All in all, a solid work.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Any library will find it an excellent language reference. 9 juin 2007
Par Midwest Book Review - Publié sur
Not just for Asperger sufferers is this dictionary of everyday expressions, a reference tool which has been revised and expanded to include some 5000 expressions to reveal the meaning of everyday idiomatic expressions. People with Asperger Syndrome have difficulties with social communication: here entries are clearly explained, cover British and American English alike, and clarifies phrases commonly used - and confused - in social situations. Any library will find it an excellent language reference.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Question - Can a book be too comprehensive? 2 février 2007
Par Suzie - Publié sur
You wouldn't get this book to learn phrases to use... you would use it to understand other people.

There is just one small problem... most people misuse expressions a lot because they have incorrectly assumed what they mean or heard someone else use them wrong, so you could never be sure what is written here is what was actually meant, and it does nothing to help with people's lack of clarity and precision and honesty when speaking in general, which as a person with AS myself I have found a bigger problem than understanding expressions.

If you or someone you know has a serious problem understanding expressions then this book could be helpful, but I would worry that it is perhaps too comprehensive. Many of the phrases contained within seem a bit obscure or archaic. If you did start using the phrases in here the chances are that no one would be able to understand you!

Nice idea though.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excelent for foreigners! 6 janvier 2011
Par Jesse Alves - Publié sur
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Being a Brazilian, I use this book as a regular dictionary of everyday expressions. If you have to have only two books on English idiomatic expressions, this definitely should be one of them.
One very useful feature is it indicating the offensiveness of each expressions. In the sense of being socially tactful in the use of the language, we non-native English speakers, should be deemed as Asperger syndrome bearers :)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Could Be Quite Useful For Understanding Social Cues, But Seems Almost the Same As a Typical Collection of Colloquialisms 3 août 2008
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I didn't really expect that the dictionaries for people with Asperger Syndrome(AS) would be published. But I don't believe the dictionary will guarantee 100% to catch the social lives of people with AS. Of course, I do see the author's intention; to help Aspies(people with Asperger Syndrome) cope more smoothly with their society. The stars which indicated social manner(1 star:unlikely to offend, 2stars:may offend, 3 stars:will always offend) is sure to help Aspies know the social convention better. Without knowing them, it can lead to a real disaster. I know it can be quite useful to remember the idiomatic and pragmatic expressions shown in this dictionary when it comes to making conversations more lively. It does satisfy English-speaking adults with AS, but falls short of the details, I suppose.

After all, I could have given 5 stars to this book with more specific examples. For Non-native speakers of English with AS, it might be better to deal with What Did You Say? What Do You Mean?: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Metaphors written by Jude Welton.
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