Hi, I'm looking for a good book for everyday English conversation, which is full of everyday contexts.
I prefer a practical book with a CD, which includes how to buy a concert ticket, how to book a room at a hotel,
how to transfer money to a bank account, how to use a credit card or how to ask the way to get somewhere.
I know there are a lot of books on this, but I'm not sure which one is the best.
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I too have been looking for someting like that! I don't know how many books of this kind there are, but I guess there aren't really a lot, compared to the number grammar books available. Plus, I guess if a student is interested in American English, they'll probaly find less material.
"English vocabulary in use - Basic - Intermediate - Advanced" could be useful books (Cambridge University Press). I don't know exactly what's in those books, but they'll help you learn vocabulary and common expressions. I was only able to find the British English versions (but American English is also available), so I didn't read them...
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Thank you for the info.
I'm interested in the book(English vocabulary in use).
Is a CD attached to the book?

As a token of my appreciation, let me give you some tips.
I have 'Everyday American English Expressions'(NTC Publishing Group).
This includes a lot of examples of daily English, from how to order a pizza to
how to make emergency calls, from how to shop on the phone to how to request a magazine subscription etc..
With this book, you can survive in the US!
The only downside is that it doesn't provide an attached CD.
I really wish if the publisher put out a CD of the book.
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I think those books ("English grammar in use") are not exactly what you're looking for. They are more about teaching vocabulary (words) than teaching what to say in the most common situations (I think there are no complete dialogues ). As I told you, I didn't read them, I just took a look at them, but anyway, this is the catalogue (both British and American stuff): http://www.cambridge.org/elt/catalogue/catalogue.asp?cid=44
If you know what file sharing is, you will be able to get them from the net (only British versions, dammit) so that you can took a look inside (notice that file sharing of copyrighted material might be illegal in your country). Emotion: smile
i'd suggest watching english TV series can help ya a lot in everyday converation cuz wot they say n use is v. natural jz like in Prisonbreak u often hear some of american idioms n slang

i hv brought some books published by living language.quite good actually.maybe check it out later on their website
Kooyean, thank you for the link. As you said before, there aren't many books on everyday English,
particularly those attached with CDs. But I'll keep searching.

Jeffrey, I often watch English dramas and movies.
I know they help me somewhat.
Expressions I learned from dramas include 'I couldn't be overdrawn', 'I've rotated through different jobs',
'it puts me out of whack' etc.
They are helpful, in fact one my friends never buy educational materials and learn English only from dramas and movies. That's a good thing.
Are there any good dramas for English learning?
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I have just launched a subscription based product called Talktrain. Although the conversations are not task specific like booking a hotel or transfering money, it is full of everyday conversations and is a very useful tool for someone who is serious about improving one's English. It contains over 90 hours of course material.

James Glick

Author of TalkTrain
My name is Steve Collins and I have been teaching English in London for twenty years. I'm not sure, but my book Practical Everyday English with CD will be able to help you if your level is upper intermediate or advanced. It is particularly useful for those wishing to be fluent in British English conversation. Please contact english forums for details of my email address and website. I do not sell the book personally but it is available on all Amazon sites.
Good luck

this is a very good book

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