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Spears, Richard A.

Works: 104 works in 755 publications in 5 languages and 25,201 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Terms and phrases  Conversation and phrase books  Terminology  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler, Author of introduction
Classifications: PE2839, 423.1
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Publications about Richard A Spears
Publications by Richard A Spears
Most widely held works by Richard A Spears
NTC's dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions by Richard A Spears( Book )
112 editions published between 1989 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 4,301 libraries worldwide
Contains alphabetically arranged entries that provide definitions of thousands of contemporary American slang and informal expressions, including fad words, idioms, metaphors, and figures of speech; and includes a "phrase-finder" index
NTC's American idioms dictionary the most practical reference for the everyday expressions of contemporary American English by Richard A Spears( Book )
62 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 3,428 libraries worldwide
Contains definitions, explanations, cross-references, and examples for 14,000 formal and informal American expressions
Essential American idioms by Richard A Spears( Book )
59 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,675 libraries worldwide
Contains more than 1,500 idiomatic expressions of contemporary American English. The entries have been specially selected with the needs of nonnative speakers of English in mind and represent the most frequently used phrases of everyday spoken and written American English. Among the many features of Essential American Idioms are the following: clichés, proverbs, and informal expressions are included and identified accordingly; each entry has at least two example sentences illustrating how expressions are used in context in natural American English; cross-referencing system makes entries easy to locate; shortened or abbreviated idioms are identified and defined alongside the full forms.--From publisher description
McGraw-Hill's dictionary of American idioms and phrasal verbs by Richard A Spears( Book )
14 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,189 libraries worldwide
Covers the full breadth and scope of idiomatic American English. A valuable resource for ESL students, as well as writers, scholars, and public speakers, this reference combines in one volume the two most perplexing aspects of American English phraseology, idioms and phrasal verbs, providing access to the complete meanings and varying usages of thousands of common terms and verb constructs. Features: More than 24,000 entries; concise definitions of each entry and sense, followed by one or two example sentences; Idiomatic phrases, proverbial expressions, and cliches; guidance on the tone appropriate for a select phrase as well as its origin; treatment of variation, of particular help to ESL learners; a comprehensive phrase-finder Index
Common American phrases in everyday contexts : a detailed guide to real-life conversation and small talk by Richard A Spears( Book )
39 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,098 libraries worldwide
This updated edition covers almost 2000 common phrases and colloquial expressions used in contemporary American English. From greeting and good-byes to everyday small talk, each entry is presented in a realistic context. Usage restrictions and cautions are also included
NTC's pocket dictionary of words and phrases 12,000 words, idioms, and phrasal verbs for travelers and learners by Richard A Spears( file )
9 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 938 libraries worldwide
NTC's American English learner's dictionary : the essential vocabulary of American language and culture by Richard A Spears( Book )
12 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 784 libraries worldwide
Everyday American English dictionary : a basic dictionary for English language learning by Richard A Spears( Book )
13 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in English and held by 773 libraries worldwide
Limited to 5,500 basic words that are essential to everyday life. Includes additional features: a table of irregular verbs, pronunciations according to the International Phonetic Alphabet; important facts about the United States--states and abbreviations; presidents; national holidays
Contemporary American slang by Richard A Spears( Book )
34 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 745 libraries worldwide
Slang and euphemism : a dictionary of oaths, curses, insults, sexual slang and metaphor, racial slurs, drug talk, homosexual lingo, and related matters by Richard A Spears( Book )
20 editions published between 1981 and 1991 in English and held by 680 libraries worldwide
West African folktales ( Book )
5 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 654 libraries worldwide
Collection of West African folktales drawn from prose narratives, proverbs, riddles, and songs
McGraw-Hill's dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions by Richard A Spears( Book )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 546 libraries worldwide
Presents a comprehensive dictionary of American slang and colloquialisms, and contains over twelve thousand terms, the origins of slang, and much more
NTC's English idioms dictionary by Richard A Spears( Book )
25 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 488 libraries worldwide
Practical and up-to-date, this pocket-sized dictionary of English idioms contains more than 1800 of the most frequently used expressions in contemporary British English. The book should be of use to those learning English as a second language
NTC's dictionary of proverbs and clichés by Anne Bertram( Book )
6 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and held by 431 libraries worldwide
Contains approximately 950 old and new proverbs and clichés in use in English, each clearly defined and illustrated by two or more realistic examples. Allusions to American, British or European cultural elements are explained, and idioms derived from proverbs are defined as well. Includes a Phrase-Finder Index that allows the user to find an expression by looking up any major word in it.--From publisher description
NTC's dictionary of acronyms and abbreviations by Steven Racek Kleinedler( Book )
12 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 424 libraries worldwide
The most useful and up-to-date guide to American English acronyms and abbreviations
NTC's dictionary of everyday American English expressions : presented according to topic and situation by Richard A Spears( Book )
18 editions published between 1994 and 2004 in English and Chinese and held by 418 libraries worldwide
The slang and jargon of drugs and drink by Richard A Spears( Book )
6 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 399 libraries worldwide
NTC's compact English dictionary : the core vocabulary for learners by Richard A Spears( Book )
3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 349 libraries worldwide
NTC's dictionary of grammar terminology by Richard A Spears( Book )
12 editions published between 1991 and 1996 in English and held by 346 libraries worldwide
This brings together the many terms used in traditional grammar and language arts with those terms from linguistics that are commonly accepted in traditional grammar
McGraw-Hill's conversational American English : the illustrated guide to the everyday expressions of American English by Richard A Spears( Book )
10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 338 libraries worldwide
Overview: Learn more than 3,000 English expressions and speak and understand the language easily. As a new speaker of English, you may hear some expressions in your daily conversations that you do not understand-yet. McGraw-Hill's Conversational American English will help you learn these expressions, so not only do you know what a person is saying to you, but that you can use the expression yourself! More than 3,000 expressions are organized by theme, so you can find what you are looking for quickly. And each topic is illustrated to further help you understand context. The book features: Common expressions are batched into 350 themes, ranging from general greetings and asking how someone is, to the more specific needs, like showing disbelief, asking someone's intentions, and expressions for a forgotten word or name; A comprehensive thematic glossary provides an additional means for the learner to locate expressions by key words and concepts; Topics include: Basic Social Encounters, Greetings, Small Talk, Introductions, Ending a Conversation, Good-Byes, Agreeing, Disagreeing Conversational Encounters, Focusing Attention, Launching the Conversation, Making Friends, Complex Matters, Disputes, Discussion and Resolution, Polite Encounters, Prefaces, Communication Barriers
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Alternative Names
Spiers, Ričard A. 1939-
Spiers, Richard A.
Spiers, Richard A. 1939-
Спиерс, Ричард А 1939-
スピアーズ, リチャード
スピアーズ, リチャード・A
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Chinese (6)
Japanese (3)
German (2)
Korean (1)
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