"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.
The Middle East has become an increasingly important place in the minds and
concerns of the English-speaking world. This volume, originally published
under the title Jerusalem Arabic, is the gold standard for anyone beginning
to learn the Arabic spoken by the Palestinians, or those who live in Syria
Written in transcription using the Roman alphabet, the "Levantine" Arabic,
or Jerusalem dialect, is a central Middle Eastern dialect and recognized by
Arabs virtually anywhere—in large part due to the Palestinian diaspora—and
a good choice for anyone wishing to learn a base Arabic dialect. Enhanced
by a CD with MP3 files (replacing the former set of nine audiocassettes),
Eastern Arabic provides the best available structured, introduction to the
essential features and vocabulary of spoken Palestinian Arabic.