Foreign Language, General
Becoming Fluent: How Cognitive Science Can Help Adults Learn a Foreign Language
Becoming Fluent
How Cognitive Science Can Help Adults Learn a Foreign Language
Paperback      ISBN: 0262529807
How adult learners can draw upon skills and knowledge honed over a lifetime to master a foreign language.

Adults who want to learn a foreign language are often discouraged because they believe they cannot acquire a language as easily as children. Once they begin to learn a language, adults may be further discouraged when they find the methods used to teach children don't seem to work for them. What is an adult language learner to do? In this book, Richard Roberts and Roger Kreuz draw on insights from psychology and cognitive science to show that adults can master a foreign language if they bring to bear the skills and knowledge they have honed over a lifetime. Adults shouldn't try to learn as children do; they should learn like adults.

Roberts and Kreuz report evidence that adults can learn new languages even more easily than children. Children appear to have only two advantages over adults in learning a language: they acquire a native accent more easily, and they do not suffer from self-defeating anxiety about learning a language. Adults, on the other hand, have the greater advantages--gained from experience--of an understanding of their own mental processes and knowing how to use language to do things. Adults have an especially advantageous grasp of pragmatics, the social use of language, and Roberts and Kreuz show how to leverage this metalinguistic ability in learning a new language.

Learning a language takes effort. But if adult learners apply the tools acquired over a lifetime, it can be enjoyable and rewarding.

Beginning Mandarin Chinese Characters: Learn 300 Chinese Characters and 1200 Chinese Words Through Interactive Activities and Exercises (Ideal for Hsk
Beginning Mandarin Chinese Characters
Learn 300 Chinese Characters and 1200 Chinese Words Through Interactive Activities and Exercises (Ideal for Hsk
Paperback      ISBN: 0804845077
Learn the essential Mandarin Chinese characters and words in everyday use in China

Anyone planning to learn Chinese knows that there are 300 primary characters they must understand to function in China. This systematic introduction to the Mandarin language is designed to help you learn them fast--along with how to pronounce, write, and remember 1,200 key vocabulary words and phrases.

Essential for anyone wishing to pass the official Chinese government HSK Level 1 & 2 proficiency exam or the Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture Exam, Beginning Mandarin Chinese Characters presents these 300 characters in a series of very simple and easy lessons:
  • The Chinese characters are grouped into themes with a warm-up narrative for each one
  • Each character's pronunciation and meanings in combination with other characters are presented
  • Exercises to practice recognizing the characters and using the vocabulary are provided
  • Writing guides show you how to write each correctly
  • Includes easy access to online native speaker audio recordings and free, printable flashcards

This straightforward, easy-to-use resource is ideal for test-prep and mastering essential vocabulary, pronunciation and writing. With useful English, Pinyin and Mandarin characters, this book helps you to use what you learn both within a formal classroom setting and in real-life situations in China.
Bengali (Bangla)-English/English-Bengali (Bangla) Dictionary & Phrasebook
Bengali (Bangla)-English/English-Bengali (Bangla) Dictionary & Phrasebook
Bengali    Paperback      ISBN: 0781812526

Bengali, an official language of Bangladesh and India, is the seventh most-spoken language in the world, with nearly 230 million total speakers. Travelers who like to venture off the beaten path are sure to find adventure and lush natural beauty in Bangladesh. The country is home to a World Heritage Site mangrove forest, Bengal tigers, tropical rain forests, and relics of ancient Buddhist civilizations. This bilingual dictionary and phrasebook contains all the essential language that a traveler to Bangladesh or West Bengal needs to communicate. The dictionary offers instant access to key words, while the phrasebook covers topics including introductions, travel, accommodations, and sight-seeing. A concise grammar section provides an overview of the language. This is the only Bengali phrasebook available. It features 4,000 dictionary entries. Simple phonetics included for all Bengali words. It is perfect for travelers, businesspeople, and foreign aid workers.

Berlitz French Compact Dictionary: French-English/Anglais-Francais
Berlitz French Compact Dictionary
French-English/Anglais-Francais
Paperback      ISBN: 1780042558

Compact in size, yet comprehensive in coverage, this bilingual dictionary features more than 50,000 entries, all main headwords in blue for quick reference, and a robust vinyl cover.

Berlitz Italian Compact Dictionary: Italian-English/Inglese-Italiano
Berlitz Italian Compact Dictionary
Italian-English/Inglese-Italiano
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1780042574

Compact in size, yet comprehensive in coverage, this bilingual dictionary features more than 45,000 entries, all main headwords in blue for quick reference, and a robust vinyl cover.

Berlitz Japanese Phrase Book + Dictionary
Berlitz Japanese Phrase Book + Dictionary
Paperback      ISBN: 1780042671

A Japanese language guide, designed for travellers with little or no knowledge of the language, this phrase book is packed with even more everyday phrases that every traveller needs to speak confidently.

Berlitz Korean Compact Dictionary: Korean-English/English-Korean
Berlitz Korean Compact Dictionary
Korean-English/English-Korean
Korean    Paperback      ISBN: 9812686509

The Berlitz Compact Dictionary series, ideal for travelers, students, and business people, features bold, blue headwords for maximum accessibility, thousands of idioms, new words, expressions and grammatical information. It’s a must-have compact reference work for language learners that fits in a pocket. From Berlitz – the leaders in language-learning.

Berlitz Mandarin Chinese Compact Dictionary: Chinese-English/English-Chinese
Berlitz Mandarin Chinese Compact Dictionary
Chinese-English/English-Chinese
Chinese    Paperback      ISBN: 9812686495

The Berlitz Compact Dictionary series, ideal for travelers, students, and business people, features bold, blue headwords for maximum accessibility, thousands of idioms, new words, expressions and grammatical information. It’s a must-have compact reference work for language learners that fits in a pocket. From Berlitz – the leaders in language-learning.

Berlitz Picture Dictionary French
Berlitz Picture Dictionary French
Paperback      ISBN: 1780044771

Developed by a team of language experts, this dictionary series is a goldmine of more than 2,000 illustrated words and phrases.

This series is packed with essential terms you need to know in order to communicate in everyday situations: money, numbers, family, shopping, work, filling in forms, etc. Every word is accompanied by a picture and there are also useful phrases boxes on each page.

FEATURES

Developed by a team of language experts in a realistic visual context

Contains more than 2,000 illustrated A-Z words and phrases

Content is organised within 12 thematic units, including Everyday Language, People, Housing, Work, Food and Leisure.

Every word is accompanied by a translation, simple phonetics and a picture

Includes a bilingual index.

Berlitz Picture Dictionary German
Berlitz Picture Dictionary German
Paperback      ISBN: 1780044798

Developed by a team of language experts, this dictionary series is a goldmine of more than 2,000 illustrated words and phrases.

This series is packed with essential terms you need to know in order to communicate in everyday situations: money, numbers, family, shopping, work, filling in forms, etc. Every word is accompanied by a picture and there are also useful phrases boxes on each page.

FEATURES

Developed by a team of language experts in a realistic visual context

Contains more than 2,000 illustrated A-Z words and phrases

Content is organised within 12 thematic units, including Everyday Language, People, Housing, Work, Food and Leisure.

Every word is accompanied by a translation, simple phonetics and a picture

Includes a bilingual index.