"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.
A Frequency Dictionary of Spanish is an invaluable tool for all learners of
Spanish providing a list of the 4,000 most frequently used words in the
language. Based on a 20-million word corpus which is evenly divided between
spoken, fiction and non-fiction texts from both Spain and Latin America the
dictionary provides the user with a detailed frequency based list plus
alphabetical and part of speech indexes.
All entries in the rank frequency list feature the English equivalent, a
sample sentence plus an indication of major register variation. The
Dictionary also contains thirty thematically organized lists of frequently
used words on a variety of topics. A Frequency Dictionary of Spanish aims
to enable students of all levels to maximize their study of Spanish
vocabulary in an efficient and engaging way.