"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.
Arabic is an up-to-date and practical reference guide to the most important
aspects of the language. Suitable for beginners, as well as intermediate
students, this book offers a strong foundation for learning the fundamental
grammar and structure of Arabic.
The complexities of the language are set out in short, readable sections
and exercises and examples are provided throughout. The book is ideal for
independent learners as well as for classroom study.
Features of this book include:
*coverage of the Arabic script and alphabet
*chapter on Arabic handwriting
*guide to pronunciation
*full examples throughout.