"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.
500 Common Chinese Idioms is the ideal tool for all intermediate to advanced
learners of Chinese. Based on large corpora of authentic language data, it
presents the 500 most commonly used Chinese idioms or chengyu, along
with a variety of synonyms, antonyms and the most common structures,
enabling the reader to make educated guesses about the meanings of
hundreds of unfamiliar idioms.
Key features include:
*the idiom in both simplified and traditional characters
*a literal English translation and English equivalents
*two suitable example sentences, plus explanations and usage notes
*a Pinyin index and stroke order index.
This practical dictionary is suitable both for class use and independent study
and will be of interest to students and teachers of Chinese alike.