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161. English Language, Literature, and Composition: Essays and Pedagogy Study Guide (Praxis Study Guides)
by Educational Testing Service
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Asin: 0886852536
Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
Publisher: Educational Testing Service
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Complete with a targeted review of all the material on the selected Praxis exam in addition to a full-length practice test, these test preparation guides are written by the makers of the real tests. Thorough explanations of the answers are provided and helpful test-taking strategies are found throughout the guide. The three categories of assessments covered correspond to the three milestones in teacher development-academic skills assessment, subject assessment, and classroom performance assessment. Reflecting the rigorous and carefully validated nature of the exams, these guides provide beginning teachers the information needed to succeed. ... Read more

162. Greek Grammar
by Herbert W. Smyth
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Asin: 0674362500
Catlog: Book (1983-06-01)
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Still the best Greek grammar
I am sad to say that I never bought this Grammar during my four years of studying Classics while in college. If I had been smart and actually bought this when I started I could have saved myself a lot of time and prevented a lot of headaches. Now I know that Smythe is old, and some of his approaches are outdated, but that does not mean his grammar book is still effective. His work on both prepositions and moods of verbs are the best I have found and have helped me tremendously. There are some scholars who have surpassed Smythe's work in other areas of Greek grammar and syntax, but as far as a basic and comprehensive grammar goes, Smythe is still the best for your both your wallet and your studies.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best for all pre-modern Greek except Hellenistic.
This is an excellent reference book! It has passed the test of heavy usage, and it has outlasted many academic fads.

Smyth does a thorough yet concise job on the known varieties of written Greek usage from the Homeric epics up to the beginning of the Hellenistic period .

Smyth does not cover Hellenistic (Koiné) Greek as much, especially not for texts that have Semitic or Egyptian "flavors:" the Septuagint, New Testament and Egyptian Greek papyri. For real grammars on those, look up these authors: Wallace, Dana, Mantey, Robertson, Blass, Debrunner, Funk, Conybeare, Stock and Zerwick.

Some writers in the centuries between the reigns of Augustus and Constantine, and the Byzantines afterward, tried to "return" to Classical Attic usage in writing, with mixed results. When reading them, use both Smyth and a Hellenistic/Koiné grammar together, carefully.

5-0 out of 5 stars You will thank yourself.
This specific edition of the book is a joy. The brilliant oxblood leather cover, the cream-colored pages, intoxicating in their aroma. You think I'm a fool, but this book is a dream. And as a grammar, it's indispensable. Read what the other reviewers have said, then read what I have and decide: is $30 too much to spend for such a valuable reference, and so beautiful a book besides? I think not.

5-0 out of 5 stars Need this book be praised?
Smyth is the only grammar for ancient Greek worth buying (besides the advanced treatments of specialized topics like Goodwin on the moods and tenses and Denniston on the particles). Unlike Latin, where the field of grammars is much wider, Smyth is the only English grammar of ancient Greek comprehensive enough to warrant any attention from Hellenists. Goodwin and Gulick's volume is too sparse in comparison (but note they cover prosody and Smyth does not) while Kaegi's is a step below theirs in depth. Ideally all intermediate level Greek students will begin to use this text as a reference grammar. Very reasonably priced for the wealth of information it contains. The book itself is also durable and will endure years of constant thumbing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for study of Classical Greek
Not for the beginner (or the fainthearted!) this nevertheless is a nonpareil of a reference for Greek grammar. While a book with chapter titles like "The Antecedent Of Relative Clauses" isn't going to hit the Barnes & Noble front window any day soon, those engaged in the lifetime study of Greek would do better to refer to this than to Goodwin, except perhaps for information on moods. There is an excellent overview of variation in dialects, and the examples given are well-chosen and helpful. I see I am the first to write a review for Mr Smythe -- now, gods, stand up for grammars! ... Read more

163. First Spanish Reader: A Beginners Dual-Language Book (Beginners' Guides)
by Angel Flores
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Asin: 0486258106
Catlog: Book (1989-01-01)
Publisher: Dover Publications
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners
Excellent reader for beginners. It is broken in to "tense" sections, i.e. present tense, past, subjunctive, etc. I read it outloud with my tutor and it is very helpful. I would highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent first reader with a literary bent
Classy and elegant are the first words that come to mind upon going through the first few pages of this book.

The book is a selection of stories, or their portions, from the original literature, ranging from the medieval times to the first half of the 20th century, and covering both Spanish and Latin American authors. In addition, it has an occasional interlude consisting of a short poem or a selection of proverbs to tempt the neophite into further exploring the richness of the Spanish language. Being a dual-langage book, the english translation of a story appears on a facing page. I found the translation of varying utility in nailing down the nuances, but the glossary at the end of the book is quite good, so one can read without a separate dictionary at least on the first pass.

The book generally avoids the use of subjunctive and introduces the past tense only in the middle. I had thought that this would make the stories look emaciated, as is the case with a number of such readers I'd seen. Somehow, it does not happen with Flores' delightful volume; if anything, it drives the point home that verbs is not all there is to a language, rich vocabulary and phraseology are just as important, and Flores' selections definitely get across that aspect of the beauty and expressiveness of the Spanish language.

As you work through this reader, more likely than not, your motivation to keep going with your Spanish and, furthermore, to get familiar with its rich literature, will be reinforced tremendously. It will also encourage you to venture into unabridged novels and stories in Spanish sooner than you had thought possible.

Finally, an attractive price helps make it a real winner.

5-0 out of 5 stars an exotic and practical entry to spanish
Although there are some mistakes which my mexican tutor vigorously pointed out years ago (Cefiro doesn't mean zephyr in spanish or central america, or something like that),this is more than anything an entertaining book. "Why some people don't figure in the census" is just about as entertaining a short story as any american modernist could write in two pages and the surreal "the Switchman" gives the beginning reader a chance to see a creepy Kafka-like story in spooky, creative, poetic, spanish. Yet with respect especially toward this last story is that right in the middle of the book it stops being a beginners' book. I think that the second half of it should be read in english - depending on the persons' desire or time spent learning the lanuage,- and read in spanish months later: The latter half of the book contains relatively difficult stories with specific and scarcely used words.

Yet at the same time this is really the only good thing about these dual language books: - to reach real foreign literature by means of, in our case, English ; to think that by simply glancing over to the other page one can fool one's inherent english syntax into conjuring itself up as spanish. Will this yield a result?;- expecting the clarifaction of words and relatively obscure grammar(DISIMULAR- to overlook; LO DE MAIZ- the corn affair) which are not simple to suddenly become simple in a first readers' book for beginners is silly. But the stories! This is a fountainhead book one can always go back to for grammar and those words(horquilla - pitchfork, perito-expert, avena - oat) that aren't used daily and a glossary that can be easily found in a BINDING that two angry wrestlers contemplating the book as a wishbone would have trouble unlacing! This book would also, I imagine, help Germans or French who are forced into learning spanish as a third language refresh their memory by dint of the stories' inherent charm and wit.

I recall one story where a women is referred to as "lista" - at MY own slovenly and innocent first glance it was rendered only "smart" or "alive" , but after many rereadings the connotation "sly" reared its head and a simple parable, though yes only a parable, took on a more shrewd and teasing meaning. Any future student of spanish will be faced with false cognates and problems such as those addressed in this book, and yet it solves these problems without being irritating.

The connotations and simple double-meanings I have mentioned permeate the book, and I am sure the meanings of many -especially those of el guardigujas- will continue alluding me for some time to come.

This book should be given to all high school students harboring intentions to study spanish.It is nothing less than a linguistic phenomenon,- a jewel.

5-0 out of 5 stars First Spanish Reader: A Beginner's Dual-Language Book
First Spanish Reader: A Beginner's Dual Language Book, is an excellent beginner book for the Spanish neophyte or for the individual with some background in Spanish that needs a little refreshing. It contains 41 short stories/proverbs in somewhat graded difficulty of well-known Spanish writers past and present. Spanish verbal forms, that bugaboo for most students of Spanish, are arranged so that the first 15 selections are in the present-indicative, after which imperfect-indicative and preterite are introduced, followed by future and conditional verbs towards the end. No subjunctive verb forms are found in this small volume. Idiomatic Spanish is introduced as well, using common idioms understood in all parts of Spanish-speaking world.

The choice of selections reflects the Spanish culture well and is excellent, often highly amusing, and arranged so that short and long selections are interspersed.

In the rear of the book, oral and written exercises regarding each selection are especially helpful if this book is to be used in the pedagogical setting. Additionally, a thorough vocabulary, referenced for the selections presented, rounds out this book.

Editor Angel Flores has done a remarkable job with this book. I would highly recommend it for the beginning Spanish student or those who wish to brush up on their prior Spanish. ... Read more

164. The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read & Write It
by Nicholas Awde
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Catlog: Book (1987-03-01)
Publisher: Citadel Trade
Sales Rank: 6788
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Arabic alphabet resource I've ever seen
After browsing, borrowing & buying, numerous resources to learn Arabic, this is truly the best that I've ever seen! Several of the advantages are a font large enough to differentiate the letters and symbols, clear explanations of the letters, and individual discussion of the letters with practice recognition. The best feature by far is that there are step-by-step illustrations of how to write each letter rather than simply assuming that you can look at the letter and figure it out yourself. It's just like learning penmanship as a kid...with lines and all. They show you how to do it so you can succeed!! I've never seen another Arabic book for adults that did that.

The book is small and older, but by far the best book for learning the basics before going on to things like vocabulary & grammar. If you are truly new to Arabic, start with this book for real success!

5-0 out of 5 stars Learned the basics in record time..Unbelievable results!
Being an American Muslim, I am fascinated with the Arabic language, because it is the language that the the Holy Quran was revealed in. So it was important to me that I learn it, so I would not have to totally depend on the translations of others.

I had tried several Arabic classes , but ususally, something would happen, for one reason or another, I couldn't finish the class, or the class would discontinue.

Then I stumbled upon this book, and within a month I was reading and writing and working on my vocabulary and grammar. I learned in my spare time at my own pace, with excellent results.

I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Taking away the mystery
I have learned some other semitic languages and was always interested in learning Arabic. I considered the alphabet/script to be too big a stumbling block. This book is simply very well done - elegantly laid out and intelligently arranged. It made it very easy for me to learn the alphabet as a gateway to learning Arabic. It is much better to get a book like this and learn the alphabet before actually trying to learn the language than to jump into a teach yourself book. I recommend it for everyone who wants to learn Arabic - master the alphabet first!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great guide to the Arabic alphabet
I bought this book so that I could learn the Arabic alphabet, and eventually learn a little Arabic. I thought learning the Arabic alphabet would be very difficult since it nearly looks like the random scribbles of my four year old daughter. I was amazed at how quickly this book allowed me to transform those scribbles into their corresponding letters and sounds. I read the entire book in one night, and now have a basic understanding of the Arabic alphabet. With a little more practice, I'll be ready to start learning words and grammar.

5-0 out of 5 stars For those wanting to begin learning Arabic
I bought this book, in addition to "Beginner's Arabic Script" from for a friend who had absolutely no Arabic knowledge before we met, and as far as I know, it was a good beginning for her, simple and well explained book. I therefore recommend it. ... Read more

165. The American Sign Language Phrase Book
by LouFant
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Asin: 0809235005
Catlog: Book (1994-09-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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The American Sign Language Phrase Book functions as both an instant reference tool and a long-term study guide for those interested in understanding and utilizing ASL.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good but not the best!
This book is a good resource for learning ASL signs. While it does do a good job introducing beginners to ASL phrases and also displays the difference between ASL and Signed Exact English (often mistaken for ASL), it does not explain the grammar rules of ASL. The point being that, after one has learned the signs in the book, one has no way of knowing how to form other phrases on their own. Instead of teaching the method, this book teaches memorization. This is okay sometimes but for those who REALLY want to learn the language and become fluent, it is not enough. To learn ASL grammar, I would recommend "American Sign Language: A Teacher's Resource Text on Grammar and Culture" by Baker-Shenk and Cokely. All in all, this book is pretty good and is much better than many other resources out there, it's just not enough.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book With Great Examples
As a multi-lingual speaking person, I found this book to be extremely helpful in learning ASL. The approach taken by Lou Fant is very natural. Children learn language by example. If they have a good example, they learn well, and vice versa. Mr. Fant's book teaches ASL the way a child would learn it, by example, and a great one at that. Despite what has been said about the book, it does teach grammar rules. However, those rules are taught more indirectly than directly. If the reader will take the samples / examples in the book and apply them to their study of ASL, success is inevitable. I do agree that the drawings could be a little clearer. Despite that small problem, the book is definitely worth the time and money. As with any endeavour, or language for that matter, ASL takes practice and perseverance. This book is definitely an asset in any individual's library, speaking or deaf.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Confidence Booster!
I just purchased this book not too long ago and I can't put it down! As a beginning ASL student I find this book very helpful. My confidence in meeting deaf folks is stronger than ever because of this wonderful book. Don't give it a second thought; Buy it!

4-0 out of 5 stars A very good place to start
This book is a very good starting point for learning ASL, because it emphasizes that ASL is NOT English. The introductory discussion of ASL points it out repeatedly, and the organization as a phrase book rather than a dictionary drives the point home. I wish I'd had this book from the beginning.

(Besides, I always grin when I see the illustrations, because they look to me like Colin Machrie of _Whose Line is it Anyway?_ fame.)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Addition To Any Signing Library
Are you a person who is interested in learning American Sign Language? Or perhaps you're someone who already knows the vocabulary, but isn't comfortable yet with the syntax? Maybe you're, like me, d/Deaf and like to kep abreast of all the resources available to potential interpreters and signers. Regardless of your reason for wanting to know more about ASL, this book will benefit you!

I'll admit that the drawings are not the best, but the explanation of the sentence structure along with examples of English sentences translated to ASL really make this book worth your money and your time. Covering hundreds of signs and helping you to "think deaf," "The American Sign Language Phrase Book" is sure to help you get on your way or help you have a resource ready when someone asks for your advice. Highly recommended. :o) ... Read more

166. California Subject Examinations for Teachers (Cliffs Test Prep)
by JerryBobrow, StephenFisher
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Catlog: Book (2003-08-25)
Publisher: Cliffs Notes
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Average Customer Review: 2.32 out of 5 stars
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Your complete guide to a high score on the new CSET: Multiple Subjects test

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  • Basic overall strategies
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  • Successful strategies for every subtest
  • Analysis of every question type
  • Special section on how to understand charts, graphs, maps, cartoons, and diagrams

Part II Review of Exam Areas

  • Short, intensive reviews of reading, language and literature, history and social science, math, science, physical education, human development, and visual and performing arts
  • Outlines, glossaries, and diagnostic tests in selected areas

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2-0 out of 5 stars Cliff's Review
I disagree with the poster who was giving the Cliff's CSET book such a glowing review. A CSET test taker knows a bad study guide after having taken and seen a real exam.

As with the majority of the posters here, I agree that the content of the Cliff's Notes fell short of meeting the contents for subtest I, II, and III. The material presented in the Cliff's Notes, is either based on a loosely outline format, or will contain sporadic information that is basically a rehash of the contents of its previous edition (MSAT). If you really need to study for these tests, you CAN include the Cliff's Notes, but only use it as a last minute review. The sample tests in the Cliffs Notes are just exercises, and do not reflect the real CSET multiple subject test in question format or content. Hirsch's book (and yes, this is the correct spelling, not the one made by the previous poster) is a good reference, and you can find this book here on amazon. I also agree with the previous poster who said that you should save your money and not purchase the Teaching Solutions CD. All in all, just study, make flash cards, use other resources, and you should be fine.

1-0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment and waste of money
This book was the biggest disappointment ever. Not only is the CSET a stupid test to begin with but this book does everything but give you an idea of what to expect on the test. I walked into the test confident and feeling very well prepared, when I left I knew I was doomed! Do everything you can to avoid buying this book!

2-0 out of 5 stars Read the Reviews
I've taken the test for the CSET multiple subject, and I can honestly say that the Cliff's book is really poorly edited and drafted for the CSET multiple subject. I'm not sure where the poster who was hyping about the book is coming from, but you really need to look into other resources to study from. The practice tests in the Cliff's is NOT representative of the actual test. The official CSET website is a good way to go. Keep your chin up, save your money, and do well on the exam.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Book Helped Me Pass the CSET On My First Try
I just received my scores for the CSET exam, and I passed ALL THREE subtests on my first try, and all taken on the same day, thanks in large part to Cliff's CSET test prep book by Jerry Bobrow and Stephen Fisher.

There was a test prep workshop that I enrolled in that recommended the MSAT book by Research & Education Association. However, the CSET exam replaces the MSAT exam; the reason given for using the older MSAT book was because it contained more detail in the history and literature sections. To this day, I never opened the MSAT book; rather, I used the Cliff's CSET book extensively.

Here is how the Cliff's CSET book worked for me:

First, I studied the CSET Web site (URL: to find out exactly what the exam was all about. There is a link that provides you with a comprehensive outline of the subject matter requirements that you are responsible for on the CSET. Print this out and study it! THEN, I started reviewing Cliff's CSET book and saw how closely it mirrored the official CSET Web site's content requirements that would be tested for on the exam. It was this organization, and additional detail not found on the CSET official Web site, that helped me tremendously in preparing for the exam.

Second, after reviewing each section in the Cliff's CSET book, I referred to a series of books that provided additional detail. I have read complaints about this book not having enough detail from other reviews of this book. I also read reviews that recommended supplementing this lack of detail with a series of books by Hirsch: "What Your 4th (or 5th or 6th) Grader Needs to Know." When I took a look at these books, I said to myself, they are good resources if you have the time to sift through them all by grade. But I am a busy mom raising gradeschool children, trying to maximize my time studying in order to work towards obtaining my teaching credential. I am also 40-something with a several-year period break in my career to raise kids, and I don't remember a thing about what I learned in gradeschool. I referred to a series of books that were a TREMENDOUS help to me, and moreso in a shorter period of time: the "Everything You Need to Know About (World History, American History, Science, English, Geography, and Math) Homework" series by Anne Zeman and Kate Kelly. I purchased all six (there are more, but I focused only on the key subject areas). You can either buy them new or used, or check your local library. If you are a visual learner like I am, these books are for you.

Third, having reviewed the CSET Web site, reviewing all sections of the Cliff's CSET test prep book, reviewing content areas in more detail using the homework series of books, I then took the entire Practice Test 1 in the Cliff's book. For those that I missed, I read the detailed analysis of what the correct answers were, and why. The Cliff's book does an EXCELLENT job of explaining the answers to each question. Once I reviewed my mistakes, and tallied my scores, which the book tells you how to do, I then took Practice Test 2. I also made sure that I answered all of the practice essay exam questions. Again, the book does an EXCELLENT job of describing to you how to approach answering the essay questions. When you review the breakdown of the entire CSET exam, you will see that the essay questions are worth a lot of your score. But if you practice the ones in the book, you will realize that you do not have to write perfectly written prose to answer the question correctly. You can make a list of your answers or draw diagrams with labels if you want to, so long as you get the main points identified.

Finally, I then had two days to go before exam time - all five hours of it on an early Saturday morning. There were no surprises. And I had 10 minutes to spare to double check my exam booklets that I had answered every question.

The Cliff's CSET book guided my overall test taking strategy: I focused more on those content areas that were worth the most points (e.g., history, science, math, and language arts comprising Subtests I and II) and less on those areas that were worth less points (e.g., human development and the arts in Subtest III). But I did not ignore any of these subject areas.

I also kept reminding myself that this is an exam of what I should know as a future teacher of gradeschool kids, and NOT as a single subject high school teacher or college professor (those require different exams [grin]). This is why I found the homework series of books I mentioned above helpful; they kept me focused on what my appropriate level of understanding should be. And it made my studying actually quite fun. Otherwise, it is very easy to get overwhlemed with too much information. I only needed to pass the exam, not get 100%. Perfection was not my goal here; a passing score that demonstrated my basic level of competency was; and I achieved that.

I believe that if you focus your study around this book, you can easily test for what you know, identify what you don't know, list and prioritize the additional resources you need to refer to to get the additional content detail you require. Further, if you continue to work through the book's practice tests, it is highly probable that you will be well prepared, and with minimal surprises, when you take the actual exam.

Thank you Cliff's, and thank you Jerry Bobrow and Stephen Fisher for a very effective study guide. This book definitely took the "anxiety" out of the test for me.

1-0 out of 5 stars not good
Read the previous reviews and did not use Cliffs Test Prep but instead used everything need to know 4, 5, 6th grades. I also went to the cset website and did the practice test over and over again. This was very helpful!!! I passed my tests on the first try. The test was very long and draining took all 5 hours for the three subtests. Good luck! ... Read more

167. Wiley CPA Examination Review 2005, Regulation (Wiley Cpa Examination Review Regulation)
by Patrick R.Delaney, O. RayWhittington
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-19)
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Completely revised for the new computerized CPA exam—all the information you need to master!

  • The most effective system available to prepare for the CPA exam—proven for over thirty years
  • Timely—up-to-the-minute coverage for the computerized exam. Contains all current AICPA content requirements in business environment and concepts
  • Unique modular format—helps you zero in on areas that need work, organize your study program, and concentrate your efforts
  • Comprehensive questions—over 3,700 multiple-choice questions and their solu-tions in the four volumes. Covers the new simulation-style problems. Includes over 90 simulations—almost three times more examples than any other competitor
  • Complete sample exam in business environment and concepts
  • Guidelines, pointers, and tips—show you how to build knowledge in a logical and reinforcing way

Wiley CPA Examination Review 2005 arms test-takers with detailed outlines, study guidelines, and skill-building problems to help candidates identify, focus on, and master the specific topics that need the most work.


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The Wiley CPA Examination Review 2005 books are revised and updated for the new computerized exam, containing AICPA sample test questions released as recently as March 2004. To help candidates prepare for the new exam format, this edition includes a substantial number of the new simulation-type questions. Passing the CPA exam upon your first attempt is possible! We'd like to help. ... Read more

168. Larousse Unabridged Dictionary: Spanish-English / English-Spanish (Larousse Bilingual Dictionaries (Hardcover))
by Larousse
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Asin: 2035420709
Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
Publisher: Larousse
Sales Rank: 22949
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This completely new edition of the Larousse Unabridged Dictionary is the ideal reference work for students, teachers, and translators as well as general users with a high-level interest in the Spanish language. The cornerstone of the Larousse bilingual Spanish line, this
in-depth reference is specially designed to make translation into or
out of either language clear and easy.

This authoritative reference is packed with useful features:
• NEW! 20 pages of thematic color illustrations
• 250,000 words and phrases
• 400,000 translations
• extensive coverage of general, technical, business, and literary vocabulary
• generous coverage of Latin American Spanish
• hundreds of abbreviations, acronyms, and proper nouns
• boxed entries explaining items of particular cultural interest
• a supplement with information on Spanish-speaking countries
• Spanish verb tables

Rich in content and easy to use, this comprehensive dictionary is a must-have for any Spanish reference collection.
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169. American Accent Training (American Accent Training)
by Ann Cook
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Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
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Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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The second edition of the highly acclaimed American Accent Training, now on 5 audio CDs, is for foreign-born students and business people working, traveling or studying in the United States and Canada. Through extensive intonation and pronunciation exercises, students learn how to speak with a standard American Accent. At the same time, listening comprehension improves dramatically. Supplementary materials included detailed nationality guides for eight languages (Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Spanish, French, German, Russian and Korean), access to a comprehensive website, and referral to a qualified telephone analyst for an individual diagnostic speech analysis. Also included are colored markers for written exercises, and a mirror to practice accurate pronunciation. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best book I've ever read, but I still have a French accent.
I've got to say this is the best program on accent training I have ever done -- but unfortunatly, it hasn't worked for me as of yet.

I am a French guy who came to the United States 14 years ago. During those years, I've seen many people my age, my gender, and my nationality take on the American accent in less than two years. And somehow, I feel the American accent is just within my reach, but I'm not quite there yet and I'm really getting frustrated.

In particular, there is one exercise in this book which seems to really pinpoint my problem. It's the one in which the author breaks down a sentence sound by sound and pronounces each sound in the reverse order the sentence was originally in and then it's the job of the student to write down those sounds and guess what the original sentence was saying. In other words, let's say the phrase was "American Accent Training blah blah...". She would not tell us what the original phrase was, but she would tell us something like "blah, blah, ning, trai, sent, naek, cain, ri, may, a". And then she would ask the student to write down each sound and try to reconstitute the sentence by having the student say the sounds in the order they were originally in. Well, I can't get past this exercise. I can never guess what the original sentence was without looking at the answer key, and now I've come to memorize the answer key -- so doing this exercise is really not that helpful anymore.

In a way, this exercise has been a sort of epiphany for me. My problem seems to be one of listening, and not necessarily pronouncing, and I feel I am very close to resolving this issue.


PS: I bought this book new from a year ago. The way the CDs were packaged by the original publisher, they were all scratched up when they got to me, but so far I'm about halfway through and none of the scratches seem to affect the quality of the recordings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!!
This is one of the best books i've seen on the market today!! I've been buying alot of these types of books and this is the only book I think I can safely say, I was glad to spend the money on.

Let me say that English is my first language, but living in a foreign country, i find that most people may not understand an accent not British or American... so since everyone watches american tv I tried for fun to sound american.

This book is packed with all types of tricks to sound american which really works!! I pronounce and link my words like americans do, but I don't sound american so oblivously, all the other titles concentrating on this area were of no use to me.. But this book really gets to the areas that send you on your way to an american accent (you'll have to buy the book to find out!!)

One of the greatest things about the book, is the 'after I bought this book' service. The book provides details how to have Ann test to see how american your accent is.. Now, you always see stuff about how much experience the authors have, blah, blah, etc but how do we really know all of this?! The fact that she interacts with folks proves to me that she has the means to get feedback about the strengh and weaknesses of most people are and write good books about it, in which she did!

What I like about it too, is that it comes with CD's rather than tapes, so if i want to hear something again.. I know exactly where to find it.. That's modern day thinking for you and I like folks that think.

Another thing I like about it, is that I am greated with a voice that has a strong american accent. With other titles, you had to listen hard to hear the american accent.. if fact they sounded like folks from a documentary or something... now how many people on the american streets talk like that?? It was thus refreshing to hear this strong accent and have voice to which to look forward to sounding like.

This book is so detailed that it is for everyone from advance speakers and downward. So if you want to improve your english, I guess you can risk other books but i don't think you'll find something better. On the other hand, if you want to SOUND american, this book is the bomb!! buy another book and you could have well be tossing your money in a wishing well!!...

5-0 out of 5 stars Strongly recommended.
This book is the best one I've bought. When I ordered it from, I expected the arrival of the book. When I got it last week, I was so excited. I was too impatient to read it. I have to say: "It is too perfect!" It was an accurate decision that I made. It is worthful to spend the money on. Thanks Thanks the author, Ann Cook. Thanks God!

1-0 out of 5 stars just don't !!!
I have tried the book, I have tried her on-the-phone classes (by the way, $2,500.00) - it doesn't worth it! She will work with you from her house, and half of the time she will talk to her son and pet her dog.

5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest accent training book ever!!!
I am an ESL teacher and have had a great deal of success with this book. I have found that those students who make the techniques taught in this book into habits, and honestly put forth the effort to implement them into their everyday speech, are able to almost completely eliminate their accents over time. The techniques truly work. I had a whole library full of books at my disposal, but this is the one I have stuck with!!! It is not a one-time-read miracle book, but rather a handbook that, if reviewed often, can help a student get rid of their accent. ... Read more

170. Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Pronouns And Prepositions
by DorothyRichmond
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Asin: 0844273112
Catlog: Book (1998-04-11)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 3809
Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
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This bestselling book in the Practice Makes Perfect series treats Spanish pronouns and prepositions systematically in a worktext format. Containing concise, user-friendly explanations with generous and varied practice, the book helps students develop their knowledge of how and why pronouns and prepositions are used. Plus it encourages students to use the pronouns and prepositions in real-life contexts.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Spanish Workbooks - Pronouns and Prepositions
I think that anyone interested in studying Spanish, especially if they want to study it on their own, should have this workbook as part of their repertoire. I have found it invaluable. I recommend it highly. (I have also purchased and studied her other workbook on Verb Tenses and the reviews for both books are similar.)

I have given the book a 4 star rating rather than five for the following reasons:

1. Lack of an index: I find it hard to comprehend how a contemporary academic book can be published without an index. There is a tremendous amount of valuable information contained in this book but being limited to the Table of Contents or to ones memory of where a specific item can be found is debilitating. This is a terrible ommission.

2. There are times when the Author appears to have been in a rush and has not either given sufficient examples or explanations on why a particular rule was invoked. One is left to wonder if there is a fundamental misunderstanding of the point being made or if there is simply a typographical error. Those who are reading this book on their own, without the benefit of an instructor, would benefit greatly from some additional explanations (and cross references.) It is clear from the book's Acknowledgements page that Dorothy Richmond wrote this book because of the persistent nagging of her students to provide additional examples, but most readers will not be in her classroom, rather, they will be virtual students, highly dependent upon additional textual clarification.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great reference book with useful exercises
This workbook masters two important grammatical concepts that present difficulty for Spanish students. Thanks to the clarity and thoroughness of the text-workbook, students and those looking to perfectionize specific weaknesses in their understanding of pronouns and prepositions will immediately recognize that this book is an excellent resource. It is well organized, first tackling pronouns of all categories then prepositions with a strong emphasis on "por" and "para". Each chapter offers a clear explanation of the topic at hand, followed by a wide variety of examples of its usage, ample practice exercises and a practical translation at the end of every chapter. Once having completed the exercises, there is an answer key at the back of the book which is extremely beneficial in that the student can readily identify his/her strengths and weaknesses. As a Spanish teacher, I found this text and the exercises to be a useful supplemenatary study aid that enables Spanish students at all levels to fortify their knowledge and understanding of the grammatical topics covered in the book. This workbook can also be an eternal reference. This is definitely a worthy purchase and very economical considering the wealth of information that is offered. A strong recommendation is given, this a great grammar resource.

5-0 out of 5 stars Foreign Service Officer thinks its Great!
I just finished language training at the US State Department's National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Spanish and I don't think I would have passed without both Practice Makes Perfect books by Deveny (Verb Tenses/Pronouns and Prepositions). Many students there at one of the best language schools in the country are using these books, and I saw many professors with them as well, utilizing the exercises in the books in class with their students. If you are a language student that HAS to reach a level of proficiency for you job or just want to improve your ability to correctly use the language, these books are for you!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Spanish Practice Tool
Spanish Pronouns and Prepositions is a great book for practicing these often forgotten parts of speech that are critical for achieving fluency in Spanish. 14 units, 3-12 pages each, each cover a different use of pronouns in Spanish, and prepositions (especially por and para) likewise receive extensive coverage. Each unit opens with a bit of reading, but the practice starts quickly. The book's translation exercises are especially valuable for learning vocabulary and forming sentences in context. The answers to all the exercises are in the back, so you can get instant feedback on how well you are doing.

I've noticed a problem with this text, however. While each unit includes at least several exercises, I feel that this is often not enough to gain a firm understanding of the material. With so many different uses of pronouns, for example, it is easy to forget the one done six units ago. And since the text teaches the uses of so many different prepositions, more practice with them would be helpful. As a result, I believe this book could be improved by including additional exercises in each unit, plus several review translation exercises that incorporate the content of multiple units.

Even with this minor problem, this book is easily the best workbook that I've seen for learning Spanish pronouns and prepositions. And for $10, it's tough to go wrong (Spanish workbooks inferior to this that are used in my college cost $20-30 or more). Go ahead, buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb book!
Use it with the verb workbook, a good Spanish/English dictionary, and you have everything you need to master the language! ... Read more

171. ¡Arriba! comunicación y cultura with CD-ROM, Brief Edition
by Eduardo F. Zayas-Bazán, Susan M. Bacon, Eduardo Zayas-Bazán
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Catlog: Book (2000-07-26)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This book introduces beginning Spanish speakers to the language within its cultural context. It contains twelve lecciones, topically organized and designed to encourage communication and offer insight into the language and culture of over 300 million people.A Streamlined coverage of vocabulary and grammar includes cognates in exercises and activities useful for comprehension or communication. Each lesson is structured around a high-interest theme or topic that will appeal to readers, as well as a cultural place or issue. These lessons are set within a culturally authentic framework, with references to the highlighted country throughout the chapter.For individuals interested in learning about the Spanish culture along with the language. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great quality, fast service...
The book arrived promptly and was in excellent condition as was promised. I am very satisfied. ... Read more

172. Teach Yourself Italian Complete Course(book and CD pack) (Teach Yourself Language Complete Courses)
by LydiaVellaccio, MauriceElston
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Asin: 0071414177
Catlog: Book (2003-03-26)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 12157
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Bestselling language courses now with audio CDs!

From Danish to Spanish, Swahili to Brazilian Portuguese, the languages of the world are brought within the reach of any beginning student. Learners can use the Teach Yourself Language Courses at their own pace or as a supplement to formal courses. These complete courses are based on the very latest learning methods and designed to be enjoyable and user-friendly.

Prepared by experts in the language, each course begins with the basics and gradually promotes the student to a level of smooth and confident communication, including:

  • Up-to-date, graded interactive dialogues
  • Graded units of culture notes, grammar, and exercises
  • Step-by-step guide to pronunciation
  • Practical vocabulary
  • Regular and irregular verb tables
  • Plenty of practice exercises and answers
  • Bilingual glossary

The new editions also feature:

  • Clear, uncluttered, and user-friendly layout
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5-0 out of 5 stars Will have you speaking Italian in no time
I am in an Italian club at school, and we use this book. At the meetings, we listen to the great example dialogues and repeat them ourselves in English, and/or practice them in Italian. If you read over the chapters and listen to the dialogues and practice speaking with your friends, you will definitely pick up plenty of Italian. This book teaches very systematically, lets you really absorb the information, and does not overload you with memorization. This is a wonderful book, I love learning Italian from it. It is incredibly easy and fun. I encourage all prospective self-teachers of Italian to buy this book. You could start an Italian club at YOUR school!

5-0 out of 5 stars Will have you speaking basic Italian in no time
I am in an Italian club at school, and we use this book. At the meetings, we listen to the great example dialogues and repeat them ourselves in English, and/or practice them in Italian. If you read over the chapters and listen to the dialogues and practice speaking with your friends, you will definitely pick up plenty of Italian. This book teaches very systematically, lets you really absorb the information, and does not overload you with memorization. This is a wonderful book, I love learning Italian from it. It is incredibly easy and fun. I encourage all prospective self-teachers of Italian to buy this book. You could start an Italian club at YOUR school!

3-0 out of 5 stars It's alright.. but still tough to learn
I'm of 100% italian descent and live in toronto but have always as a child refused to speak italian with family members.. But obviously, if i needed to, i knew how to get by in italian since i was surrounded by the language 24-7. But, I recently became unhappy with my inability to say i can understand two languages because my italian and french are on the border lines.. anyways, I got this book. This book is a very good one as I have gone through about half of it, but people who buy these types of books without any prior knowledge of the language are just kidding themselves if they think it'll make them proficient in italian. If the purpose is to just get by on a two week vacation, I think this'll help tremendously as it goes through many easy sayings such as 'excuse me sir, what time is it' and 'where's the beef?'. ok, i'm kidding about the last one! but the best way to learn languages is take actual courses at universities where you speak and practice with others on the same level. This book may be helpful in that situation if you use it while taking an actual course. But, through whichever method you choose, or purpose(mine being work in italy since i have citizenship already) I believe everyone should learn italian because it's a beautiful language. ciao

5-0 out of 5 stars A great way to learn "la lingua d'Italia"
This is an excellent course for the money. I have used other books in this series for my travels (German, Chinese, Spanish, Finnish, and Japanese) and have found each series extremely helpful. One aspect that I enjoy is that the course doesn't "coddle" you; it introduces something and expects you to use it from there on out. This is very useful for me since I am highly motivated to learn the language, but perhaps not as much for someone who is intimidated by the learning process. The tapes are excellent and the pronunciation very helpful, although I wish they would include more of the dialogues on the tapes. There is a large blank space on the second side of the first tape that could have been used for more dialogues. I would also recommend the grammar, vocabulary, and verb books by "Teach Yourself". The three are inexpensive and collectively provide you with some powerful tools to better learn Italian. The activities provided at the end of each chapter are very helpful, although I would also like to see more provided in future editions. It is always desirable to have opportunities to practice what you have learned, and the more the better. I am certain that anyone who purchases this series will be well pleased and, having used my new skills in Italy with native speakers, I can say that the program prepared me quite well. Buona fortuna! ... Read more

173. Rick Steves' French Phrase Book and Dictionary
by Rick Steves
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Asin: 1566915171
Catlog: Book (2003-05)
Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
Sales Rank: 4704
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Bonjour! From ordering a cafe au lait in Paris to making new friends in the Loire Valley, it helps to speak some of the native tongue. Rick Steves, bestselling author of travel guides to Europe, offers well-tested phrases and key words to cover every situation a traveler is likely to encounter. This handy guide provides key phrases for use in everyday circumstances, complete with phonetic spelling; an English-French and French-English dictionary; the latest information on European currency and rail transportation, and even a tear-out cheat sheet for continued language practice as you wait in line at the Louvre. Informative, concise, and practical, Rick Steves' French Phrase Book and Dictionary is an essential item for any traveler's sac a dos. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Most practical French phrase book
I was just getting ready to buy Rick Steve's Italian phrase book and thought I'd review the French version. I've taken other phrase books with me in France, but this is the one I use and it is appropriately worn. Although I got to intermediate French in college, I did not learn how to reserve a hotel room. I first used this phrase book to make hotel reservations (even with non-English speakers). This book also helped me get gas (don't forget, sans plomb) and find English language movies with French subtitles (V.O. = version originale). I have also found Rick's phonetic French to be straightforward. This is the most practical French phrase book I've seen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent quick reference for the traveler, in any situation
Very helpful. Coded according to subject (food, accommodation, transportation), with phrases that satisfy any situation, and are sufficient to communicate without the need to use complete sentences. Gives the English, French, and French pronunciation... and many travelers books do not give the latter. Of 3 books I took with me to France, this was the one I used almost all the time, due to the ease of finding what I needed, and quickly. ... Read more

174. Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Praxis Study Guides)
by Not Available
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Educational Testing Service
Sales Rank: 147608
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Complete with a targeted review of all the material on the selected Praxis exam in addition to a full-length practice test, these test preparation guides are written by the makers of the real tests. Thorough explanations of the answers are provided, and helpful test-taking strategies are found throughout the guide. The three categories of assessments covered correspond to the three milestones in teacher development-academic skills assessment, subject assessment, and classroom performance assessment. Reflecting the rigorous and carefully validated nature of the exams, these guides provide beginning teachers the information they need to succeed. ... Read more

175. Real SAT II: Subject Tests : 2nd Edition (Real SAT II: Subject Tests)
by College Board
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Asin: 0874477034
Catlog: Book (1998-08-15)
Publisher: College Board
Sales Rank: 32843
Average Customer Review: 3.73 out of 5 stars
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Real SAT II:Subject Tests

The best way to prepare for the SAT II is to practice on real questions from actual tests. That's why this is the book to help you prepare for the SAT II:Subject Tests. It is the only one that gives you practice on actual full-length SAT II tests plus tips and strategies from the test makers!

Real SAT II:Subject Tests includes:

Descriptions of each test and sample questions

Previously administered tests in every SAT II:Subject Test
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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent study tool
The book delivers what it promises: real SAT II tests that have been administered in recent years. Real SAT II: Subject Tests is great as a score predictor for the actual exams. The brief review for each subject included is trivial, so I would highly recommend using a study book specialized for the particular subject(s) you are taking in conjunction with this book. The price is a bit steep for only one test per subject, but I believe it is worth it, especially if you plan on taking multiple SAT IIs.

Note: A full SAT II Biology E/M exam is now included along with the book. It comes shrinkwrapped with the actual book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not enough number of examples
This book contains 22 past actual SAT II administrations in all of the 18 subjects. It is unequivocally a must source for those studying for the SAT II; very useful for timed, full-length mock tests to conduct on your own.

2-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to 10 Real SATS
This book while providing one example of each SAT II subject test is not nearly as comprehensive nor as useful as 10 Real SATs. With so many tests in one edition, there is little information on each test. Also, with only one practice test per subject, after you familiarize yourself with the types of questions you're already out of practice material. I don't recommend buying it, but if you're going to take the regular SATs I definately reccommend 10 Real SATs for your review.

3-0 out of 5 stars It's exactly what they say it is
This book delivers what it promises -- real SAT IIs. It was helpful to take a real test to gauge how I would do on the real test. The questions were similar but there is so much material in each subject that some of the content was different. However on the bio, I found a few questions that were almost exactly the same.

The main problem I had with this book was that it only has 1 test for each subject. Since I only took 3 tests, most of the book was wasted. This book cannot be used alone to review. Its only purpose is to give you an idea of what the test is gonna be like.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this.
Since the 10 Real SAT I was really great, i decided this book must be the same, right? WRONG. It's nothing like the Real SAT I. It's poop, don't buy it. Yes, it has practice tests with real SAT 2 questions, but unlike its predecessor, there is only ONE test for EACH SUBJECT. The reason the book is so thick looking isn't because it has a whole bunch of honking information or tests, but because it literally covers EVERY STINKING SUBJECT offered by the SAT 2. For each subject, there is basic (and i mean BASIC) info like how long the test is, how many questions etc.. But there is almost NO information on the actual CONTENT of the tests. There's a couple of shoddy practice questions in the beginning of the section, and no detailed explanation of the answers. Then there is a total of...drum roll...ONE stinking practice test for your chosen subject. At the end, you don't even get half-assed answer explanations like before. In fact, you get NO explanations at all. They don't even really tell you how hard the questions are. In short, this book is really great if you are taking ALL 20+ SAT 2 SUBJECTS. If, like most people, you are not, then don't buy the book. Collegeboard is evil. ... Read more

176. Read and Speak Arabic for Beginners
by JaneWightwick, MahmoudGaafar, Jane Wightwick
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Asin: 0071412158
Catlog: Book (2003-10-27)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 13806
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Basics made easy--and fun!

Extraordinarily accessible and highly effective, Read and Speak Languages for Beginners guides make it easier than ever for English-speaking language learners to master the basics of three particularly difficult languages--Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese. Using a variety of ingenious educational tools that instruct as they entertain, these unique beginners' guides help learners conquer the difficulties presented by script as they master basic conversational sentence structures.

Ideal for tourists and business travelers, the books are organized around the seven key areas of everyday life--names and nationality; naming objects; positions and places; describing possessions; appearances; family; and jobs and workplaces--and feature:

  • Clear explanations of how basic phrases are used for practical communication
  • Entertaining activities, games, and puzzles
  • Illustrated flash cards that help in the memorization of key phrases
  • A 60-minute CD, featuring speaking and listening exercises and audio games
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177. Motion and Time Study : Design and Measurement of Work
by Ralph M.Barnes
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Asin: 0471059056
Catlog: Book (1980-07-23)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 396947
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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An updated demonstration of the application of motion and time study to the design and measurement of work and industrial problem-solving. Illustrations and practical examples show how motion and time study can increase productivity, improve equipment utilization, conserve materials and energy, reduce human effort, and advance organizational goals. Includes discussions on computer-aided time study, human factors, and wage incentives. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Motion & Time Studies
This book is prepared for Industrial Engineering students who whave some manufacturing and statistics knowledge. It is easy to read book so that you can understand easily. The charts and examples are extremly perfect. Although it was written in 30's-40's, and printed in 1980;it is good for all times. There is nothing to be told as bad for it. ... Read more

178. Cracking the Virginia SOL EOC World History and Geography (Princeton Review: Cracking the Virginia SOL)
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Catlog: Book (2001-02-20)
Publisher: Princeton Review
Sales Rank: 411533
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179. Word Smart: Building an Educated Vocabulary
by Adam Robinson, Princeton Review
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Asin: 0375762183
Catlog: Book (2001-08-07)
Publisher: Princeton Review
Sales Rank: 4519
Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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The words people use say a lot about them. Some words say that they are smart, persuasive, and informed. Others say that they don't know what they're talking about. Knowing which words to use and how to use them are keys to getting the most from one's mind and to communicating effectively.

To find out which words readers absolutely need to know, The Princeton Review researched the vocabularies of educated adults.The Princeton Review analyzed newspapers from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal, magazines from Time to Scientific American, and books from current bestsellers to classics.Editors threw out words that most people know and focused on the words that people misunderstand or misuse.

TPR also combed through the SAT and other standardized tests to determine which words are tested most frequently.In this updated third edition, editors give readers the most important words they need to know to score higher.

Includes special lists covering:

• Common usage errors
• Most frequently tested words on standardized tests
• Foreign phrases, abbreviations, and terms readers need to know to understand finance, science, computers, and the arts
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good source of must-know words
As always Word Smart is a great way to study for the SAT, GRE, and standardized tests. These 800+ words not only help you do good on standardized tests but also enrich your vocabulary for everyday conversations. I especially found the pronunciation keys for every word very useful. It doesn't really make you look very smart if you mispronounce a word does it? I found it really funny that books never gave you pronunciations and was so pleased when I finally saw them in Word Smart. The sentence examples are also a great way to learn how to use these words and Adam's humor definitely shows up in some of them:) The word root list and GRE hit parade were also very helpful.

I recently got a score of 700 on my verbal section of the SATs. A large part of the reason was Word Smart. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was because I feel that you need to also purchase Word Smart II to get all the words that you absolutely need to know for the SATs. There are also some words in this book that are way too easy. Come on, ironic? Who doesn't know what that means. Otherwise this book is a must-buy for anyone taking the SATs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for SAT, GRE or TOEFL Preparation
This book contains 800+ words, which may not seem like a high number, but, those words will very likely appear on the GRE, SAT or TOEFL. Why? Because the testmakers test words that are commonly misused. For example, many people do not know the distinction between 'libel' (false written statements) and 'slander' (false spoken statements). Without knowing the subtle distinctions of words, you'll lose points on standardized tests which test vocabulary. Word Smart points out the commonly misused words and how those words are misused. Word Smart also provides interesting sample sentences to help you understand the context in which a word should be used, unlike the boring, somewhat useless sample sentences often found in dictionaries.

If you purchase this book, do all the matching quizzes which will greatly assist your vocab memorization.

4-0 out of 5 stars I prefer IPA symbols.
One thing I personally don't like about this book is that they use their own pronunciation keys instead of IPA symbols.

5-0 out of 5 stars Effective
Very good book for International students preparing for TOEFL/GMAT/GRE
I used when I was taking my GMAT. I knew about 25% of the words that it had such as prolific or excentric but there were some good ones that I still remember such as vociferous and verdant. I found it very helpful to use during short periods of time when I would have a few minutes between meetings or in the public transportation on the way home. Generally, a very pleasant book. It has good white paper and each words has a full page. Remebering was easy too, but forgetting was not hard. Sometimes I caught myself that I would remember the picture but would not remember the definition. In any case, this is a much faster way to learn words than mere memorizing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good
This book is really very very VERY good! ... Read more

180. Kodansha's Furigana Japanese Dictionary: Japanese-English English-Japanese
by Kodansha
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Asin: 4770024800
Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
Publisher: Kodansha International (JPN)
Sales Rank: 10499
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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A comprehensive, communicative, and practical guide to using Japanese, Kodansha's Furigana Japanese Dictionary is an invaluable tool for anyone with an interest in the Japanese language. It has been edited with the needs of English-speaking users in mind, whether students, teachers, business people, or casual linguists, and special care has been taken at each stage of its compilation including the selection of entry words and their equivalents, the wording of the detailed explanations of Japanese words, the choice of example sentences, and even its functional page design to maximize its usefulness.

What is furigana and why is it so important?

Furigana refers to the small kana that are printed above or alongside kanji to show their pronunciation. With furigana superscripts, the beginner who is familiar with hiragana and katakana is able to read even the most difficult and obscure kanji at a glance. Other dictionaries either provide little or no guide to kanji readings or romanize some or all of the Japanese words and sentences. In the past, romanized dictionaries were of some value to students using textbooks that contained no Japanese script. Now, however, an increasing number of influential curricula around the world are based on a rationale and methodology that demands the introduction of hiragana and katakana from the earliest stages. Learners and their teachers using such curricula will inevitably feel more comfortable with a dictionary such as Kodansha s Furigana Japanese Dictionary, one that shows the pronunciation of kanji with a familiar and authentic kana script.

Combining Kodansha's Furigana Japanese-English Dictionary (1995) and Kodansha's Furigana English-Japanese Dictionary (1996) in one portable. affordable, and user-friendly volume, this dictionary has the following unique features: A basic vocabulary of 30,000 entries covers the most frequently used English and Japanese wordsSpecial treatment has been given to hundreds of words, names, and phrases of special relevance to English-speaking students of JapaneseSemantic and usage differences between Japanese words and expressions are explained in clear EnglishThousands of example sentences and phrases illustrate how Japanese words are used in contextSpecial information is provided on verb conjugations, formality, and other aspects of Japanese grammar and usage ... Read more

Reviews (23)

5-0 out of 5 stars A good writing companion for early intermediate students.
While many people bemoan it's (granted) limited vocabulary, the one thing that made me jump on this dictionary the moment I saw it is its inclusion of particle usage and examples for so many verbs. Other dictionaries may have more words, and be better suited as reading companions, but this is the only one that tells me which particle I need to use for one particular meaning of a verb. It's actually making a difference in my grades, and makes free writing assignments much faster.
Although I can see myself outgrowing this dictionary's vocabulary in a couple of years, it has already become an indispensible writing aid, much easier to use than referring to numerous other individual guides to kanji, verbs, particles, usage et cetera.
Incidentally, the furigana, while resembling "authentic" Japanese texts, is not that unique. I have seen other dictionaries that are listed by kanji, followed by pronounciation guides in hiragana or katakana that serve the same purpose. And this edition's furigana are *very* small - not for the far-sighted!
Overall, a great writing companion. Keep the big ones at home for reference and take this one to the coffee shop to do your homework.

Paying the extra dollar for this dictionary will make all the difference in the world. Here is a summary of its good points:

1) All words come with extremely useful example sentences. This feature along is valuable beyond comparison. I can't tell you how many practical expressions I gleaned from this book.

2) All Kanji are spelled out in Furigana (Hiragana), so you will never get lost. This is such an important feature, as looking up Kanji seperately is a difficult, time-consuming task that will drive you crazy.

3) It's extremely compact and durable, so you can take with you anywhere without fear of damaging it. The lather binding makes it practically indestructable. After using mine everyday for over three years now, it is still good as new.

4) Although compact, the selection is superb, and the translations are very clear and modern (perhaps the best feature of this dictionary). Although Japanese is full of difficult idioms and metaphors, this dictionary is both clear and accessible.

For those you who are not yet compitent with Hiragana and Katagana, Kodansha also makes a "Roma-ji" version (aka, an English version) which I highly recommend. This version is also useful for those who are already compitent in the Kana, because entries are listed in alphabetically order, as opposed to Kana order (a, i, u, e, o, etc); and the example sentences are written in both Roma-ji and Japanese, with their corresponding English translations.

Whether you buy the Furigana or Romaji edition, you will not be disappointed. Kodansha is the best out there, hands down.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful
I bought this dictionary not knowing what to expect. However, the very first time I used it I knew I had made an excellent buy. Because of the example sentences that come with many of the entries, Kondasha's Furigana Dictionary is invaluable for those who have memorized a lot of vocabulary, but do not know how to use it in context. For those who already have some knowledge of kanji, the dictionary helps retain their pronunciation, since furigana are printed above each character.
I am glad I bought this dictionary. I am sure you will enjoy it too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't even begin to learn Japanese without it
Any learner of Japanese needs a decent furigana dictionary. Kodansha is in the business of publishing the best Japanese learning aids available, and it only makes sense that their furigana dictionary is the one to buy.

A student of the Japanese language is wasting time with romaji. The sooner you learn the kana, the better. A good furigana dictionary serves a dual purpose of familiarizing you with the kana, as you need to know it in order to look up words, as well as being a functional dictionary.

While too basic for advanced students, the number of words should be sufficient for beginner and intermediate students. Of course, a bound dictionary will never be able to compete with an electronic dictionary for number of words and convenience, but the arduous process of looking up words the old fashioned way seems to help with retention, as well as mastering the kana.

Even absolute beginners should walk into their first Japanese class with this dictionary in their pocket.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners, frustrating for more advanced users.
This book is no doubt an excellent dictionary for beginning or intermediate students of Japanese; it provides good examples of usage for most entries.

BUT BE WARNED: Don't buy it if you're looking for depth or difficult/advanced words. This dictionary is basically a pocket dictionary with frills; in fact, my tiny Random House pocket dictionary has words that this book doesn't. Anyone with a few years of study completed will be far better served by a more comprehensive dictionary that doesn't waste space with examples of usage. ... Read more

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