"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 is a guide to Japanese usage for students who have 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 that cause the most difficulty to English speakers. Careful
consideration is given throughout to questions of style, register, and
politeness, and there are sections on social rituals such as greetings,
introductions and apologies. Clear, readable and easy to consult, with two
indexes (Japanese and English), this is an essential reference for learners
seeking access to the finer nuances of the Japanese language.