"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.
Using Chinese Synonyms is an essential reference book, specifically
designed for non-native speakers of Chinese, and for teachers and other
language professionals who want a user-friendly guide to the finer nuances
of Chinese synonyms. It contains approximately 1700 synonyms in 316 groups.
With the particular needs of non-native speakers of Chinese in mind, this
invaluable book selects and explains words and phrases in everyday use,
allowing students to enhance their knowledge of one of the most important
and widely-spoken languages in the world. This book assists in the
development of fluent, spontaneous and skilful use of Chinese synonyms.