The First 100 Chinese Characters
The quick and easy way to learn the basic Chinese characters: Simplified Character Edition
Paperback ISBN: 0804849927
This book is an easy and effective way to learn basic Chinese Characters. All beginning Chinese language struggle to memorize and learn to write Chinese characters. The First 100 Chinese Characters adopts a structural approach which helps students to quickly master the basic characters that are fundamental to this language. Intended for beginning Chinese students, this book presents characters that have been carefully selected for rapid and effective learning. The English meanings, pronunciations in hanyu pinyin and alternate forms (if any) for each Chinese character are presented along with a stroke order guide and spaces for writing practice. Printed with gray guidelines, the stroke order guides are designed to be traced over to teach students the standard sequence of strokes used to write the character. Related compounds and phrases are given to assist in vocabulary building. Three indexes at the back allow the Chinese characters to be looked–up by their English meanings, hanyu pinyin pronunciations, or radicals. Extra practice sheets are also provided. This Chinese character book contains: - The 100 most frequently-used characters - Foundation characters for the HSK A level language proficiency test - Standard hanyu pinyin romanizations - Step-by-step stroke order guides and ample space for writing practice - Over 500 words and phrases containing the basic characters - Concise English definitions
The First 100 Chinese Characters
The Quick and Easy Way to Learn the Basic Chinese Characters: Traditional Character Edition
Paperback ISBN: 0804844925
This book is a quick and easy way to learn basic Chinese Characters. All beginning Chinese language struggle to memorize and learn to write Chinese characters. The First 100 Chinese Characters adopts a structural approach which helps students to quickly master the basic characters that are fundamental to this language. Intended for beginning Chinese students, this character book presents characters that have been carefully selected for rapid and effective learning. The English meanings, pronunciations in hanyu pinyin and alternate forms (if any) for each Chinese character are presented along with a stroke order guide and spaces for writing practice. Printed with gray guidelines, the stroke order guides are designed to be traced over to teach students the standard sequence of strokes used to write the character. Related compounds and phrases are given to assist in vocabulary building. Three indexes at the back allow the characters to be looked–up by their English meanings, hanyu pinyin pronunciations, or radicals. Extra practice sheets are also provided. This Chinese character book contains: - Step-by-step stroke order diagrams show you how to write each character. - Special boxes with grid lines help you practice writing them correctly. - Compounds and sample sentences provide easy vocabulary building. - Hanyu pinyin romanizations identify and help you pronounce every word.
The First 100 Japanese Kanji
The Quick and Easy Way to Learn the Basic Japanese Kanji
Paperback ISBN: 0804848270
This is an invaluable study guide for learning essential Japanese characters. The First 100 Japanese Kanji is intended for beginning students or experienced speakers who need to practice their written Japanese. Kanji are an essential part of the Japanese language and together with kana (hiragana and katakana) comprise the written components of Japanese. This book presents the kanji characters that are most commonly used. They have been carefully selected for rapid and efficient learning. Each kanji's readings, meanings, and common compounds are presented, and romanized pronunciations for English speakers (romanji) are included as well. Stroke order guides are designed to be traced over to teach students the standard sequence of strokes used to write each character. Three indexes at the back allow the characters to be looked up as with a dictionary or by their readings. Students who wish to practice writing kanji will find extra practice sheets available. This book includes: - Step-by-step stroke order diagrams for each character. - Individual boxes with grid lines to practice writing characters. - Words and phrases using each kanji. - Romanizations (romanji) to help identify and pronounce every word.
The Greeks Had a Word for It
Words You Never Knew You Can't Do Without
Paperback ISBN: 055217243x
Do you ever search in vain for exactly the right word? While the English may not have a word for it, the good news is that the Greeks, the Norwegians, the Dutch or possibly the Inuits probably do. This is a smorgasbord of words from around the world that can come to the rescue when the English language fails.
Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red
The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases
Paperback ISBN: 1612436684
Hindi Flash Cards Kit
Learn 1,500 basic Hindi words and phrases quickly and easily!
Hindi Paperback ISBN: 0804839883
Hindi is the national language of India, one of the worldAEs largest and fastest growing countries! Flash cards are an excellent language learning tool. This comprehensive set of flash cards is designed for students, travelers and anyone who wants to learn Hindi. This is one of the best ways to learn to read and recognize Hindi words, learn new vocabulary and review and reinforce what you know already. The Hindi Flash Cards Kit has a full range of features designed to help beginning and intermediate learners. Key Features of Hindi Flash Cards Kit include: - Contains 300 flash cards featuring the most common Hindi words and phrases. - Each card has one main vocabulary item plus four other related items. Frequently-used idioms are also given. This set of cards contains over 1,500 words and phrases! - Sample Hindi sentences are provided for each main word (in both Hindi script and romanized form) showing you how it is used, with English translations. - A handy organizer ring allows you to create smaller sets of cards you can carry around easily in your pocket or purse, to look at when you have spare time. - A study guide is included explaining how to use the cards for effective language learning.
How to Speak Brit
The Quintessential Guide to the King's English, Cockney Slang, and Other Flummoxing British Phrases
Hardcover ISBN: 1592408982
The quintessential A to Z guide to British English?perfect for every egghead and bluestocking looking to conquer the language barrier Oscar Wilde once said the Brits have "everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language." Any visitor to Old Blighty can sympathize with Mr. Wilde. After all, even fluent English speakers can be at sixes and sevens when told to pick up the "dog and bone" or "head to the loo," so they can "spend a penny." Wherever did these peculiar expressions come from? British author Christopher J. Moore made a name for himself on this side of the pond with the sleeper success of his previous book, In Other Words. Now, Moore draws on history, literature, pop culture, and his own heritage to explore the phrases that most embody the British character. He traces the linguistic influence of writers from Chaucer to Shakespeare and Dickens to Wodehouse, and unravels the complexity Brits manage to imbue in seemingly innocuous phrases like "All right." Along the way, Moore reveals the uniquely British origins of some of the English language’s more curious sayings. For example: Who is Bob and how did he become your uncle? Why do we refer to powerless politicians as ?lame ducks
Indonesian for Beginners
Learning Conversational Indonesian - With Free Online Audio
Indonesian Paperback ISBN: 0804849188
Selamat datang! Welcome to the Indonesian language, people, culture and nation! By completing the 12 lessons in Indonesian for Beginners, you will learn not only to understand, speak, read and write basic Indonesian, but also about many vital aspects of Indonesia's amazingly diverse culture, and about the people and places in its 17,000 islands. This course provides a gateway to understanding the language and the country and helps you to apply what you learn in a way that is relevant and meaningful to young people, as well as appropriate. The course includes reading, writing and speaking tasks based on authentic real-life materials. The passages are adapted from or inspired by a variety of sources and media (online, print, electronic, visual, etc.) from across the archipelago. They feature people from many different social and ethnic settings. This provides learners with a broad overview of contemporary Indonesia, its people and the way the language is evolving today. The course is structured around the concept of spending a year in Indonesia, experiencing different seasonal events which bring the learner on a journey. In this way, the cultural and background information become a natural part of the learner's understanding of the language and help her or him to place what they have learned into context as part of a more full narrative about life in Indonesia. Each chapter follows a similar format that contains the following elements: - An introduction, with images and captions - Indonesian grammar points - A word bank containing essential vocabulary - One or more sample conversations - Listening practice - And "Indonesian and me" section that uses Indonesian to talk about yourself - Key questions and statements - Readings - Drills and exercises While this course is aimed at learners taking a classroom course, it can also be used by anyone studying Indonesian in other ways—in a high school course or as a self-study text with or without the use of a tutor.
Intermediate Written Chinese Practice Essentials
Read and Write Mandarin Chinese As the Chinese Do
Paperback ISBN: 0804840210
Learning to read and write Chinese requires lots of practice. This unique practice guide can be used with any Chinese textbook or on its own to enhance your proficiency in reading and writing Mandarin Chinese. Intermediate Written Chinese Practice Essentials offers a wealth of carefully-designed exercises and activities to help you develop every aspect of your reading and writing ability: - Character writing practice sheets, character identification and sentence punctuation exercises. - Sictation, fill-in-the-blank and dialog completion exercises. - Writing and reading activities based on train schedules, photographs, restaurant menus, street signs, name cards and many other commonly encountered texts. - Translation and writing exercises—Answering questions, map reading, converting written style to spoken style. The enclosed CD-ROM provides - Over 16 hours of native-speaker recordings for dictation practice - Printable flash cards - hundreds of additional pages of Chinese exercises and activities Together with or after this book, you can use Basic Spoken Chinese if you want to learn fluent spoken Mandarin. About the Series: Respected Chinese language expert Dr. Cornelius Kubler, who has taught diplomats, business people and students, presents a learning system that uses separate but integrated "tracks" to help you efficiently master the basics of spoken and written Chinese. The materials in this series allow you to move from complete beginner level to basic fluency.