"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.
Using Russian is a guide to Russian usage for those who have already
acquired the basics of the language and wish to extend their knowledge.
Unlike conventional grammars, it gives special attention to those areas of
vocabulary and grammar which cause most difficulty to English speakers, and
focuses on questions of style and register which are all too often ignored.
Clear, readable and easy to consult, it will prove invaluable to students
seeking to improve their fluency and confidence in Russian. This second
edition has been substantially revised and expanded to incorporate fresh
material and up-to-date information. Many of the original chapters have
been rewritten and one brand new chapter has been added, providing a clear
picture of Russian usage in the 21st century.
"...contains a greater wealth of information...highly recommended for
collections serving teachers, translators and graduate students of
Russian." --B.K. Beynen, Choice