"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 unique reference and practice grammar is based entirely on real spoken
and written language. It analyses why people choose certain structures in
situations and the effect of those choices on meaning, Exploring Grammar in
Context upper intermediate and advanced: *provides 25 units focusing on key
grammar areas for language teachers and students *actively engages the
reader in discovering patterns of grammar use *offers an extensive, varied
range of practice exercises to check understanding *is based on real life
examples from the Cambridge International Corpus, a computerised database
of contemporary spoken and written English *emphasises spoken English with
examples from the Cambridge and Nottingham Corpus of Discourse English
(CANCODE) *has a full answer key with detailed explanations, a useful
glossary of grammar terms and a set of supporting grammar reference notes