Give Your English the Winning Edge, the third book in Jose Carillo's English-usage trilogy, was formally launched last Monday (July 20) in ceremonies at the Centennial Hall A of The Manila Hotel in
The 486-page volume by the National Book Award-winning author discusses the various mechanisms and tools of English for combining words and ideas into clear, logical, and engaging writing. It shows how the various connectives—the conjunctions, the conjunctive adverbs, and the prepositions—establish the six basic logical relationships in language, then demonstrates how to make them work with the various other grammar elements to form more effective, convincing, and readable expositions.
Carillo, a nationally awarded writer and editor and an internationally awarded corporate communicator, won the National Book Award for linguistics from the Manila Critics Circle in 2005 for his first English-usage book, English Plain and Simple: No-Nonsense Ways to Learn Today's Global Language. He came out in mid-2008 with his second English-usage book, The 10 Most Annoying English Grammar Errors.
A former newspaper journalist and corporate communications executive, Carillo ran a Metro Manila-based English-language services company as its general manager for nearly five years until mid-2005. He is now an independent editor and communication consultant based in Metro Manila, and writes a weekly English-usage column for both the print and online editions of The
Published by Manila Times Publishing, Give Your English the Winning Edge comes in regular softcover and, by order, in premium hardcover. Copies are now available in the major Metro Manila outlets of National Book Store, Powerbooks, Bestsellers, Goodwill Bookstore, Fully Booked, and Expressions. Distribution to their outlets in major cities outside Metro Manila will follow in the next few weeks.
ADVANCED CRITIQUES OF JOSE CARILLO'S
"GIVE YOUR ENGLISH THE WINNING EDGE":
Jose Dalisay, Jr., PhD, Director of the Institute of Creative Writing, University of the
John Nery, Senior Editor and Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer: "'Our words define us,' writes the preternaturally positive Jose Carillo. Yes, and our sentences reveal us for who we are. In Give Your English the Winning Edge, Carillo offers 155 well-tempered essays on grammar, usage, and style that we can read—that we must read—to help us in our own acts of revelation. His loving mastery of the English language is a source of hope—and a happy standard we can all aspire to."
Sonny Coloma, PhD in Organizational Development; Professor, Asian Institute of Management, and columnist, Business World: "This book provides a much-needed boost to the advocacy for correct and proper English speaking and writing. It is a timely resource book, especially for younger Filipinos and their parents, considering the way the current culture of text messaging has caused a massive depreciation of our ability to speak and write good English."
Maria Luz C. Vilches, PhD, Associate Professor and Dean of the
Ed Maranan, Carlos Palanca Hall of Fame writer; winner, NCCA Writer's Prize for the English essay: "With his first two books, we thought that Jose Carillo had given us sufficient ammunition to overcome our inadequacies with English. Now he offers up yet another excellent guide to the grammatical rules and correct usage of the world's global language. The table of contents appears daunting, but one feels rewarded with a new-found confidence after going through the book. This is definitely essential reading for teachers, columnists and reporters, lawyers, public officials, job seekers, and all those who need to be competent and credible in their use of English. For the accomplished as well as for the aspiring writer, reading this book promises to be a delightful voyage of discovery."
ABOUT JOSE A. CARILLO
Jose Carillo is a nationally awarded writer and editor and an internationally awarded corporate communicator. He won a National Book Award for linguistics from the Manila Critics Circle in 2005 for his first English-usage book, English Plain and Simple: No-Nonsense Ways to Learn Today's Global Language. Previously, he had won a total of nine major industry awards in the
A former college newspaper editor in chief, national newspaper reporter, company editor, and corporate communications executive, he ran a Metro Manila-based English-language services company as its general manager for nearly five years until mid-2005. He is now an independent editor and communication consultant based in Metro Manila, and writes a weekly English-usage column for both the print and online editions of The
After English Plain and Simple, Carillo came out with The 10 Most Annoying English Grammar Errors in mid-2008, followed by Give Your English the Winning Edge in July 2009. He has also maintains Jose Carillo's English Forum at http://josecarilloforum.com, a website that provides a venue for wide-ranging discussions on the use and misuse of the English language.
BOOKS BY JOSE A. CARILLO
Give Your English the Winning Edge (2009)