"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 book extends the highly regarded Routledge Grammars series to include English. It will prove to be a tremendous boon to everyone who struggles with the language, from freshmen in composition 101 to graduate students looking to hone their skills. English: An Essential Grammar is a concise, user-friendly guide to modern English. Written specifically for native speakers, it includes: * Discussion of points of usage that often cause problems * Guidance on sentence building * Practical spelling rules * Explanations of grammatical terms * An appendix of irregular verbs.
Beginning with the basics and progressing gradually and systematically to more complex issues, this is the guide for anyone seeking a genuine command of English. Routledge Grammars series.