"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
This accessible grammar provides a concise and user-friendly guide to the
structure of Modern Standard Arabic. Using familiar terminology and keeping
theory to a minimum, it is suitable for beginning students as well as those
at a more advanced level. Detailed descriptions of all types of sentence
are given, and numerous tables provide a clear presentation of verbs and
nouns. The most familiar grammatical terms are given in Arabic as well as
in English in order to help the student identify them, and the index is
also presented in both languages for fast and straightforward cross
referencing. Each pattern or rule described is illustrated with authentic
examples from a range of real-life contexts such as newspapers, magazines,
business communication and the Internet, as well as from Arabic literary
texts. Clearly organised and practical, this book will be an invaluable
reference resource for all learners and teachers of Modern Standard Arabic.