Excuse Me, Can You Repeat That? How to Communicate in the U.S. as an International Student

Author, Researcher, or Creator

Cathryn Edelstein

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School of Communication


Communication Studies


Cathryn Edelstein

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Five Star Publications, Inc.

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Brief Description

The rules of communication are not universal - they are specific to particular cultures. Excuse Me, Can You Repeat That? is packed with tips and suggestions that afford the international student an inside look on how to successfully navigate verbal and nonverbal communication while pursuing studies and life in the United States. It goes beyond simply teaching students and U.S. visitors how to speak English. It delves into manners and the meaning of American English as it pertains to a variety of situations such as grocery shopping, attending a social gathering, eating at a restaurant, and attending classes. In addition, it explains how intonation patterns, pronunciation, and nonverbal language cues can completely change the meaning of the spoken word and demonstrates how to communicate in a way that will ensure speakers are clearly understood. Diagrams, charts and words to practice are an added value to this comprehensive English communication guide.


Foreign Language Study, English as a Second Language, ELL, TOEFL, Study Abroad, United States Study

Recommended Citation

Edelstein, C. C. (2012). Excuse Me, Can You Repeat That? How to Communicate in the U.S. as an International Student: A Reference Guide. United States: Five Star Publications, Incorporated.

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