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250 Essential Japanese Kanji Characters
250 Essential Japanese Kanji Characters
Japanese    Paperback      ISBN: 0804847592
"This is the best kanji book available today. Designed for beginners with a basic knowledge of Japanese to use in the classroom or for self–study."—Modern Language Journal Everyday tasks like finding a street address or buying a train ticket can be an ordeal in Japan if you don't read kanji–the system of Japanese writing based on Chinese characters. Unfortunately, the kanji characters taught in most textbooks are not always those that you'll encounter in everyday situations. To fill this gap, a group of teachers from the prestigious University of Tokyo have pooled their talents to create 250 Essential Japanese Kanji Characters in two volumes: a practical way to learn the kanji most frequently used in daily life in Japan. Each lesson helps you master a new group of kanji, using an extremely effective approach that focuses on you, the learner, taking an active part. - Introductory Quizzes introduce everyday situations where you encounter kanji. - Vocabulary sections help you understand the readings and meanings of the kanji. - New Character Charts teach you new kanji systematically—for each character you'll learn its meanings, its basic on–kun readings, its stroke order, common compounds, and derivations. - Practice sections help you improve your skills in recognizing and using the kanji. - Advanced Placement Exam Practice Questions for each lesson follow the format of the College Boards Japanese Language and Culture examination. You'll also encounter authentic and practical materials that help you understand how kanji are used in real–life situations. Emails and texts, choosing the best dictionary in a library, understanding the weather report, navigating floors in a Tokyo department store—all are easier when you know kanji. After studying this book together with its companion 250 Essential Japanese Characters, Volume 1 you will have learned 500 of the most important characters in Japanese and thousands of words in which they appear.
ABC dario / ABC-Book
ABC dario / ABC-Book
Spanish    Hardcover      ISBN: 849268318x
The result of the collaborative effort between author Antonio Ventura and illustrator Noemí Villamuza over three years’ time, this spectacular work of visual art and literature emanates from the alphabet itself and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. El resultado de la colaboración entre el autor Antonio Ventura y la ilustradora Noemí Villamuza durante tres años, esta espectacular obra literaria y artística surge del abecedario en sí y puede ser disfrutado por personas de todas las edades.

The Accidental Dictionary: The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words
The Accidental Dictionary
The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words
Hardcover      ISBN: 1681775697
Brimming with hidden histories and tantalizing twists, The Accidental Dictionary tells the extraordinary stories behind ordinary words.
The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language
The Adventure of English
The Biography of a Language
Paperback      ISBN: 1611450071
A history of the English language traces its evolution from a Germanic dialect around 500 A.D. to its modern form, noting the influence of such groups and individuals as early Anglo-Saxon tribes, Alfred the Great, and William Shakespeare.

Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story
Alphabetical
How Every Letter Tells a Story
Paperback      ISBN: 161902702x
"How on Earth did we fix upon our twenty-six letters, what do they really mean, and how did we come to write them down in the first place? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in twenty-six vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and fascinating facts. Starting with the mysterious Phoenicians and how sounds first came to be written down, he races on to show how nonsense poems work, pins down the strange story of OK, traces our five lost lettersand tackles the tyranny of spelling, among many many other things. His heroes of the alphabet range from Edward Lear to Phyllis Pearsall (the inventor of the A-Z), and from the two scribes of Beowulf to rappers. Each chapter takes on a different subject - whether it's codes, umlauts or the writing of dictionaries. Rosen's enthusiasm for letters positively leaps off the page, whether it's the story of his life told through the typewriters he's owned or a chapter on jokes written in a string of gags and word games. This is the book for anyone who's ever wondered why Hawaiian only has a thirteen-letter alphabet or how exactly to write down the sound of a wild raspberry"--

Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story
Alphabetical
How Every Letter Tells a Story
Hardcover      ISBN: 1619024837
"How on Earth did we fix upon our twenty-six letters, what do they really mean, and how did we come to write them down in the first place? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in twenty-six vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and fascinating facts. Starting with the mysterious Phoenicians and how sounds first came to be written down, he races on to show how nonsense poems work, pins down the strange story of OK, traces our five lost lettersand tackles the tyranny of spelling, among many many other things. His heroes of the alphabet range from Edward Lear to Phyllis Pearsall (the inventor of the A-Z), and from the two scribes of Beowulf to rappers. Each chapter takes on a different subject - whether it's codes, umlauts or the writing of dictionaries. Rosen's enthusiasm for letters positively leaps off the page, whether it's the story of his life told through the typewriters he's owned or a chapter on jokes written in a string of gags and word games. This is the book for anyone who's ever wondered why Hawaiian only has a thirteen-letter alphabet or how exactly to write down the sound of a wild raspberry"--

Alphabetter Juice: Or, the Joy of Text
Alphabetter Juice
Or, the Joy of Text
Paperback      ISBN: 0374533377
The NPR panelist and humorist author of Alphabet Juice presents a second helping of dexterous and lighthearted vocabulary factoids, fripperies and phenomena compiled to raise awareness about the relationship between words and their various definitions. 50,000 first printing.
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Fiftieth Anniversary
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
Fiftieth Anniversary
Hardcover      ISBN: 1328841693
A major revision of the Fifth Edition of The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, the premier resource about words for people who seek to know more and find fresh perspectives. This new printing, which marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of the original American Heritage Dictionary, presents the most up-to-date research about the words in our language in an accessible and elegant design, featuring thousands of revisions, including more than 150 new words and senses. This is the fiftieth anniversary printing of The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language. This beloved dictionary has become the premier resource for anyone who wants to know precisely what words mean, where they come from, and how to use them effectively. It is renowned for presenting accurate and comprehensible definitions, etymologies based on the latest research, and authoritative usage guidance from the celebrated American Heritage Usage Panel. The fifth edition of the dictionary, published in 2011, included 10,000 new words and senses, as well as 4,000 new full-color images. This comprehensive update continues the tradition of exhaustive research and thorough review. Thousands of revisions to definitions and etymologies, 150 new words and senses, and new usage advice make this updated printing the most current print dictionary of its size available today. The American Heritage Dictionary combines clear, precise definitions with useful features that make it easier to choose your words and express yourself clearly. Your words really do define you. Make the most of them with the guidance of this respected work of reference.
Approaches to Complex Predicates
Approaches to Complex Predicates
Hardcover      ISBN: 9004306986
Drawn from a conference, Approaches to Complex Predicates, held in Paris in May 2013, the nine essays in this volume examine formal, typological, and diachronic aspects of complex predicates in different theoretical frameworks, focusing on the issues of the nature of grammatical mechanisms responsible for the composition of complex predicates and their idiomatic specificities, how to account for mismatches between a complex underlying structure of a verb and its simple morphological realization, monoclausality, and the role of complex predicates in reshaping alignment patterns in language change. They address location verbs in Basque; univerbation of light verb compounds and the obligatory coding principle; variation and grammaticalization in Bantu complex verbal constructions, focusing on the dynamics of information growth in Swahili, Rangi, and SiSwati; the verb-particle construction in English; the noun-verb complex predicates in Hindi and the rise of non-canonical subjects; Malayalam ceyy-support and its relation to event and argument structure; complex predicates as complementation structures; and complex predicate formation through voice incorporation. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words
Aspire
Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words
Hardcover      ISBN: 0061964549
Goes beyond general etymology primers to counsel language enthusiasts on how to understand the pure significance of words, explaining the ways in which correct usage has a potential for enabling deliberate and positive communication, inner peace and more productive professional and personal relationships. 75,000 first printing.