"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 presents a comprehensive foundation course for beginning students
of written and spoken Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), providing an essential
grounding for successful communication with speakers of the many colloquial
varieties. This long-established and successful text has been completely
revised with the needs of English-speaking learners especially in mind, and
will prove invaluable to students and teachers alike. * Step-by-step guide
to understanding written and spoken texts * Develops conversational ability
as well as reading and writing skills * Arabic-English Glossary containing
2600 entries * Fresh texts and dialogues containing up-to-date data on the
Middle East and North Africa * Includes Arab folklore, customs, proverbs,
and short essays on contemporary topics * Grammatical terms also given in
Arabic enabling students to attend language courses in Arab countries *
Provides a wide variety of exercises and drills to reinforce grammar
points, vocabulary learning and communicative strategies * Includes a key
to the exercises * Accompanying cassettes also available.