"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.
Designed for those who have already developed a basic competence in Arabic,
this comprehensive synonyms guide aims to broaden and improve the learner's
vocabulary by helping them find the right word for the right context.
Presenting words of related meaning together, it provides a range of
options which will help avoid repetition and improve style, enabling
students to develop a deeper awareness of the subtle differences in meaning
and usage of different words. Each entry is illustrated with authentic
examples of the synonyms in use, showing their unique meanings and
grammatical properties, and enabling students to quickly recognize them in
real-life contexts. The book is complete with two clear indexes, in English
and Arabic, enabling the reader to instantly and easily locate any word. An
essential reference for college and undergraduate students, their teachers,
and other language professionals seeking a clear, user-friendly guide to
Arabic vocabulary and its usage.