A History of Linguistic Aggravation
Paperback ISBN: 0399165584
"The author of Reading the OED presents an eye-opening look at language "mistakes" and how they came to be accepted as correct-or not. English is a glorious mess of a language, cobbled together from a wide variety of sources and syntaxes, and changing over time with popular usage. Many of the words and usages we embrace as standard and correct today were at first considered slang, impolite, or just plain wrong. Whether you consider yourself a stickler, a nitpicker, or a rule-breaker in the know, Bad English is sure to enlighten, enrage, and perhaps even inspire. Filled with historic and contemporary examples, the book chronicles the long and entertaining history of language mistakes, and features some of our most common words and phrases, including: Decimate Hopefully Enormity That/which Enervate/energize Bemuse/amuse Literally/figuratively Ain't Irregardless Socialist OMG Stupider Lively, surprising, funny, and delightfully readable, this is a book that will settle arguments among word lovers-and it's sure to start a few, too"--
Basic Mandarin Chinese
Reading & Writing
Paperback ISBN: 0804847266
This is a complete beginning-level course for written Mandarin Chinese designed to teach you to read and write Mandarin quickly and effectively! The Basic Mandarin Chinese series offers a complete introductory course superior to any other language product for Chinese. These books teach spoken and written Chinese separately, allowing you to focus on the area most important to you, and to learn the spoken and written forms of Chinese at different speeds depending on your available time and interest. The free audio recordings included with this book reinforce the content and make the learning process easy. No matter whether you're learning Mandarin for work, travel or other reasons—the Basic Mandarin Chinese approach of having two separate but integrated "tracks" helps you to learn the language more efficiently and more successfully. Key features of this Chinese textbook and discs include: - Learn to read and write the 288 highest-frequency characters and over 700 words - Designed to have you reading and writing simple, connected Chinese sentences quickly - Both simplified and traditional characters are taught; you may choose to learn either or both - Features a variety of fonts and styles—typeset and handwritten—preparing you to use Chinese characters in different contexts, from reading signs to texting on your phone The free disc included with this book includes over 6 hours of audio recordings by various native speakers, including recordings of all the reading selections, new characters, and vocabulary. This textbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the Basic Mandarin Chinese—Reading & Writing Practice Book which provides a range of drills and exercises designed to dramatically enhance your proficiency in reading and writing Mandarin Chinese quickly.
Basic Mandarin Chinese
Reading & Writing: Practice Book: A Workbook for Beginning Learners of Written Chinese
Paperback ISBN: 0804847274
This comprehensive Chinese character workbook can be used with any textbook or on its own to dramatically enhance your Mandarin reading and writing skills! No matter what textbook you're using to learn Chinese, it requires a lot of practice. Here is a wealth of effective activities and drills—plus an hour of native speaker audio recordings—to help you learn the 288 basic Chinese characters quickly and effectively. This book follows the Basic Mandarin Chinese—Reading & Writing textbook but works equally well with other coursebooks or on its own. The free disc contains audio recordings as well as printable PDF files providing hundreds of pages of extra exercises and activities and a set of 288 printable flash cards to help you learn the basic characters. Basic Mandarin Chinese—Reading and Writing Practice Book includes a wealth of carefully-designed activities designed to improve every aspect of your reading and writing skills, including: - Character writing practice sheets - Dictation, fill-in-the-blank, and dialog completion exercises - Answering questions, reading maps, converting written style to spoken style - Identifying radicals and phonetics, punctuating sentences - Writing tasks based on real-life schedules, photographs and name cards - Translation exercises The accompanying disc contains: - Audio recordings by native Mandarin speakers - Hundreds of printable practice pages - A printable set of 288 Chinese flashcards About the Basic Mandarin Chinese series: Respected Chinese language educator Dr. Cornelius Kubler has taught Mandarin Chinese to diplomats, business people and students for several decades—using an effective learning system with two separate but integrated "tracks" to help you learn the spoken and written forms of the language more efficiently and more successfully. The materials in this series have been acclaimed as a breakthrough in Mandarin Chinese language learning.
Beginning Japanese Kanji Language Practice Pad
Learn Japanese in Just Minutes a Day! (Ideal for JLPT and AP Exam Prep)
Paperback ISBN: 0804846707
Five minutes a day is all it takes to begin learning Japanese. With Beginning Japanese Kanji Language Practice Pad, anyone can master the 334 basic kanji along with 1,000 frequently used words in just minutes a day! Ideal for beginning learners, this informative writing pad-style workbook was designed for students preparing for the JLPT N5 and AP Japanese Exams. Each sheet introduces a new character in bold, easy-to-read type, along with its pronunciation, meanings, stroke order, and related vocabulary. After studying the character its compound forms, users can tear off the sheet and practice writing these in the writing boxes provided. These sheets make it easy to learn the correct stroke order by practicing one new character each day. An accompanying study book lists all 334 Japanese characters and their associated vocabulary words. In just five minutes a day, users of all ages will be well on their way to writing Japanese like a native!
Beginning Japanese Phrases Language Practice Pad
Learn Japanese in Just a Few Minutes Per Day! For JLPT Level N5 Prep!
Paperback ISBN: 0804846715
With Beginning Japanese Phrases Language Practice Pad you can master essential Japanese phrases in just minutes a day! Although more people are studying the Japanese language than ever before, others are still wary of starting because they believe, "it's too difficult." But Beginning Japanese Phrases Language Practice Pad will show absolute beginners that Japanese is in many ways much easier than other languages and it will help intermediate Japanese learners review and improve upon their past studies and practice Japanese everyday. Japanese is a fascinating language that uses Chinese characters (kanji) as well as two other alphabets (hiragana and katakana). After a few weeks of gradual progress your ability to read Japanese, write Japanese and speak Japanese will grow tremendously. This calendar like desk companion is divided into monthly topics and builds upon itself, one day at a time. Japanese phrases are kept short, simple and functional. Each of the 365 pages include these four components: - The phrase or dialogue in Japanese characters. - A transliteration using English letters (romanji), which gives English speakers a guide to pronunciation. - The English translation. - A related note about the phrase, Japan, or Japanese culture to add context.
Celtic and Medieval Alphabets
53 Complete Fonts
Paperback ISBN: 0486400336
An impressive gallery of alphabets, inspired by the elaborate calligraphy of the Middle Ages, features many unusual fonts for artists and illustrators. Styles range from heavy Gothic typefaces such as Lowenbrau and Hansa to the more dainty modes of Leipzig and Tory. Most include uppercase and lowercase letters; many numerals. 53 fonts.
The New Way to Read Chinese
Paperback ISBN: 0062332090
In this revolutionary new approach to learning one of the oldest written languages, the author creates a simple system for quickly understanding the basic building blocks of written Chinese by transforming Chinese characters into easy-to-remember pictograms.
Learning Chinese Through Its Culture
Paperback ISBN: 0062439715
A unique and highly entertaining introduction to the richness of Chinese language, culture, and civilization, built on the groundbreaking and hugely popular Chineasy visual learning method. To educate the world about the richness and character of China’s people, customs, and heritage, entrepreneur ShaoLan Hsueh created Chineasy, a special building-block learning method that uses highly recognizable and appealing illustrations. She introduced her revolutionary teaching methodology and graphic language in her bestseller, Chineasy. In this standalone guide, she expands her scope to include all facets of Chinese life and culture, including Numbers, Time & Dates, The Solar System & the Five Elements, People, Nature, Animals, How to Describe Things, Health & Well-being, Travel, City & Country, Shopping, Food & Drink, and Internet & Technology. She begins all twelve sections with an overview of key Chineasy characters, then presents the specific symbols relevant to each—providing insight into how Chinese thinking has shaped its language and civilization in a way that anyone can understand and appreciate. Whether you are a student learning Mandarin, an executive pursuing business ties to Chinese companies, or a curious tourist traveling to China, this single-volume encyclopedia will stimulate the mind, enchant the culturally minded and inspire everyone who seeks new experiences and a wider understanding of our world.
A Chinese Character a Day
Paperback ISBN: 0804845840
This calendar–like practice pad allows you to effectively practice Chinese characters and learn a year's wroth of characters in just minutes a day. Although more people are studying the Chinese language than ever before, others are still wary of starting because they believe, "it's too difficult." But A Chinese Character A Day, Volume 2 will show beginner–intermediate students that learning Mandarin Chinese characters is highly manageable when absorbed in small doses. It will help intermediate and advanced Chinese learners review and improve upon their past studies and practice written Chinese every day. Chinese characters (hanzi) are fascinating pictographic symbols that each have a specific meaning. After a few weeks of gradual progress your ability to read Chinese, write Chinese and pronounce Chinese will grow tremendously. This calendar like desk companion starts with the most basic Chinese characters and builds upon itself, one day at a time. For easy reference and review, a booklet listing the 365 Chinese characters is included. Each of the 365 pages contain these six components: - The featured Chinese character. - The English meaning. - The pronunciation written in romanized Chinese (hanyu pinyin). - Related compounds with their meanings and pronunciations. - Stroke–order diagrams. - 28 practice squares. To get started with A Chinese Character a Day, turn to Day One and begin by studying the character, its readings, meanings and sample compounds. Then tear off the sheet and, using the stroke–order guide, practice writing the character in the spaces provided. In a matter of days you'll be on your way to reading and writing Chinese with ease!