"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, designed for students who have already developed a basic
competence in German, aims to broaden and improve their vocabulary and is
invaluable as a guide to finding the right word for the context. It
provides detailed information on groups of German words with related
meanings, including examples of usage, English glosses, and regional
variations. There are two indexes allowing users quickly to locate words in
German or English. The book is an essential reference for intermediate and
advanced students as well as teachers and other professional linguists
seeking access to the finer nuances of the German language.