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181. Teaching Pronunciation: A Reference for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
by Marianne Celce-Murcia, Donna M. Brinton, Janet M. Goodwin
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Asin: 0521406951
Catlog: Book (1996-12-28)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Sales Rank: 733469
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This course offers teachers of English a comprehensive treatment of pronunciation pedagogy. It includes an overview of current theory and practice, a thorough grounding in the sound system of North American English, innovative teaching techniques, and insights into the role of pronunciation in areas such as listening and discourse. Practical guidance on syllabus design and assessment is also provided. Discussion activities encourage teachers to draw on their personal experience. A training cassette offers practice in diagnostic techniques. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The single best book!
This with the accompanied cassette is really useful. It can be guaranteed that after a thorough study of the book and the cassette one can be a much better ESL teacher or student. You probably won't regret buying them. You would love to have them on your bookshelf as references and resources for many years.

5-0 out of 5 stars The ONE! Best!
This cassette accompanying the book is really useful. It covers some important things that the book doesn't have space for. It can be guaranteed that after a thorough study of the book and the cassette one can be a much better ESL teacher or student. You probably won't regret buying them. You would love to have them on your bookshelf as references and resources for many years.

5-0 out of 5 stars it was really helpful!
this book is not only good for the ESL/EFL teachers but also good for the teachers who is teaching many other language..
if you want to know the theory and the practice of pronunciation I think this book is really helpful for you~

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
I thought this book was fantastic!!! It has clear explanations of the sometimes complex and confusing facets of English pronunciation. It gives a lot of ideas on how to present phonology in an interesting, communicative, and meaningful way. It is one of the best books in the ESL field that I have ever read. The 17 appendices included in the book are very useful. I commend the authors and highly recommend this book to any teacher of pronunciation.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
This book is definatly not what I expected. I wanted to increase my awareness of the English pronunciation rules in order to help me to be able to teach the subject more effectively. However, the book seems to be designed for students of speech pathology. It is more concerned with explaining complicated linguistical terms, which are of little or relevance to a regular ESL/EFL classroom teacher. ... Read more


182. Accent Reduction Made Easy
by Penton Overseas
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183. A Gateway To Sindarin: A Grammar of an Elvish Language from J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings
by David Salo
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Publisher: University of Utah Press
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184. Armenian (Eastern) (Pimsleur Language Program)
by Pimsleur
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: Pimsleur
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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With Pimsleur Language Programs you don't just study a language, you learn it -- the same way you mastered English! And because the technique relies on interactive spoken language training, the Pimsleur Language Programs are totally audio -- no book is needed!

The Pimsleur programs provide a method of self-practice with an expert teacher and native speakers in lessons specially designed to work with the way the mind naturally acquires language information. The various components of language -- vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar -- are all learned together without rote memorization and drills. Using a unique method of memory recall developed by renowned linguist, Dr. Paul Pimsleur, the programs teach listeners to combine words and phrases to express themselves the way native speakers do. By listening and responding to thirty minute recorded lessons, students easily and effectively achieve spoken proficiency.

No other language program or school is as quick, convenient, and effective as the Pimsleur Language Programs.

The Comprehensive Program is the ultimate in spoken language learning. For those who want to become proficient in the language of their choice, the Comprehensive programs go beyond the Basic Programs to offer spoken-language fluency. Using the same simple method of interactive self-practice with native speakers, these comprehensive programs provide a complete language learning course. The Comprehensive Program is available in a wide variety of languages and runs through three levels (thirty lessons each) in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. At the end of a full Comprehensive Program listeners will be conducting complete conversations and be well on their way to mastering the language. The Comprehensive Programs are all available on cassettes and are also on CD in the six languages in which we offer the Basic Program on CD. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not a Bad Start
I liked the way the exercises built upon oneanother.
Each progressive exercise reviews words and phrases from previous lessons; great reinforcement technique.
About the only think I didn't care much for was the fact that this WESTERN series contains/teaches a lot of EASTERN words and language. A Western Armenian friend of mine listened to the tape and was very disappointed that a good portion of the WESTERN tape was actually EASTERN Armenian langiuage.
Still, however, it's a good intorduction and no one will laugh at you if you master the EASTERN/WESTERN words. They'll just be jazzed that you know anything about the language at all!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I secretly bought these tapes and listened to them in my car. The first time I spoke Armenian to my future inlaws (Armenian is their first language) I almost had to pick my future mother-in-law up off the floor! I was thrilled with the result! I would recommend this program to anyone!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
A perfect way to get the flavor of the language, and to form a basis for further study. ... Read more


185. Sound Beginnings: A Language Development Program (Sound Beginnings)
by Not Applicable (Na )
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Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: Sound Beginnings
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186. Lonely Planet Ukrainian Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Ukrainian Phrasebook)
by Marko Pavlyshyn
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Asin: 1740592379
Catlog: Book (2002-01-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 32981
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Wherever you go in Ukraine, you’ll soon be mingling with the locals. Packed with phrases on everything from bargaining at rynok to hiking and eating out, this book will spice up your Ukrainian adventure. Order you borshch in the local language, navigate the bustling streets of cosmopolitan Kyiv or try your hand at ice fishing. Whether bathing in culture or the Black Sea, Ukraine will deliver!

  • get to know the local customs – a toast calls for downing your horilka in one gulp!
  • discover a world of words on traditional dance and folk music
  • experience the dazzling nightlife – talk your way into places-to-be
  • decipher Cyrillic script on train tickets, street signs and menus
  • learn the language with eay-to-use grammar and pronunciation
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5-0 out of 5 stars Word to the Wise
I visited Kiev were they really only speak Russian. They do speak Ukranian but only in the area that is furthest away from the Russian border. Other than that the book was very good and I really enjoyed the tidbits of information in the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Bargain - Purchase This Book First
This little book is terrific for anyone interested in the Ukrainian language. It has very good explanations of the alphabet and grammatical rules of Ukrainian. It also teaches MANY useful phrases and words for the traveler, and it gives phonetic pronunciations of every word and phrase (as well as the actual Cyrillic spelling).
I have a close friend in Ukraine who has told me that my pronunciation of the Ukrainian words (as they appear in this book) are perfect.
However, be certain of your purpose for using this book. If you want to learn to speak the Ukrainian language somewhat fluently, it will take a lot more than this book (but this book is an excellent starting point).
If you are simply planning to travel to one of the major Ukrainian cities (Kiev, Odessa, etc.) in the near future, you would probably be better off with the Russian version of this book instead of Ukrainian. Everybody in the major cities still speaks Russian as their primary language. Most of them understand Ukrainian, but Russian is still the first language for most people. I understand that this is slowly changing (universities, etc. are changing EVERYTHING over to Ukrainian). And if you plan to visit a small town in Ukraine, many of them speak ONLY Ukrainian. My suggestion is to get both the Ukrainian and the Russian versions, so you will be able to communicate clearly no matter where you are.

5-0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL RESOURCE!
My trip to Ukraine wouldn't have been the same without this wonderful little book. And Ukrainians were flattered that a foreigner tried speaking Ukrainian to them instead of Russian. It contains the phrases you need and easy to understand pronounciation guide. It really helped break the language barrier and I made new friends in a new country. The entire Lonely Planet series is the best among travel guides, and I've travelled a lot using various guides.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great quick-guide to Ukrainian language and culture.
This pocket guide to Ukrainian was indispensible to me during my two week visit to this country. I carried it with me everywhere I went and consulted it almost constantly. In all that time it was always helpful and accurate. The only time it let me down was in drawing a distinction between a wild rabbit and a domestic one. Each word is given in the Ukrainian Cyrillic spelling and then in a phonetic transliteration with accented syllables in bold. Each section has an introductory piece that gives general background information. Useful phrases and sentences followed by a list of major relevant words complete each section. The end of the book has an English-Ukrainian vocabulary. A Ukrainian-English vocabulary would also have been useful, but would have repeated the vocabularies in each section. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Truly invaluable to the clueless traveler.

4-0 out of 5 stars Gift for Friend
I bought this to give to a friend. However, at work I was working with some Ukrainian ladies who didn't speak English. I brought this in, and it was very useful. ... Read more


187. The Wicked Traveler
by Howard Tomb
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Catlog: Book (2005)
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
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Respond to Japanese Noh theater like a native: Kazokusorrote no seppuku ga yokatta. (“I love the part where the whole family disembowels themselves.”)

Speak to homicidal Parisian taxi drivers in a language they’ll understand: Ou avez-vous appris à conduire? En Italie? (“Where did you learn to drive? Italy?”)

Discuss Italian olive oil with the proper degree of reverence: Un assaggio ti dice che le olive sono maturate di fronte ad una cattedrale. (“One taste tells you the olives grew in full view of the cathedral.”)

Establish privacy needs in Mexico: Preferiría una habitación sin alacranes. (“I’d prefer a room without scorpions.”)

With seven titles and over 1.2 million copies in print, Howard Tomb’s Wicked phrase book series is the fiendishly irreverent—and very successful—collection that gives travelers the words they wish they could utter while, say, attempting to find the exit of the Louvre or facing a plate of fugu (poisonous blowfish) in Japan. Now, the five most popular Wicked books—Italian, French, Japanese, German, and Spanish— have been updated and compiled into The Wicked Traveler. A$25 value for $8.95, it’s the ultimate impulse gift for anyone who’d like to know how to say silly things in five different languages. Because, as Howard Tomb writes in his new introduction: “Every country is different, but all foreign places have one thing in common: they’re weird.”
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188. Handbook of Ugaritic Studies (Handbook of Oriental Studies/Handbuch Der Orientalistik)
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Catlog: Book (1999-07-01)
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
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189. A Grammar of Akkadian (Harvard Semitic Studies, No 45)
by John Huehnergard
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Catlog: Book (1997-06-01)
Publisher: Scholars Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The language of the ancients...
John Huehnergard's 'Grammar of Akkadian' is an excellent book for learning a difficult ancient language. Akkadian is not a language most schools (even most seminaries) offer as part of the curriculum; hence, many people who learn this language do so via self-study -- a key to the exercises is crucial in this event, and this is available as a separate volume. Huehnergard's Grammar is divided into 38 lessons (with sub-parts), with exercises for translation.

Akkadian is a major language of the ancient world, the earliest attested language among the Semitic languages. However, all of the Semitic languages present in the modern world (Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, etc.) derive from the Western Semitic branch; only Akkadian and Eblaite were major Eastern Semitic branches, both now extinct. The demise of Akkadian is somewhat surprising, given that it was the language of Empire for a very long time -- Akkadian most likely originated in Akkad, capital of Sargon's empire in 2300 BCE in the Fertile Crescent; it remained a primary language for over a thousand years in the region, and was continued as a literary language until the first century CE. As is natural with any long-standing and wide-spread language, there are dialects of Akkadian (think of the progress of English from Beowulf through Chaucer and Shakespeare to the present). Huehnergard's text addressses this issues, concentrating on the Old Babylonian dialect, but giving information of the Assyrian dialect. Huehnergard's introduction discusses the different dialects, as well as Akkadian's relationship to the older but linguistically unrelated language of Sumerian, with which it coexisted for many centuries.

Huehnergard recognises that self-study is a distinct possibility, so the 38 lessons are prepared in such as way that an instructor's assistance is beneficial and preferable, but not strictly necessary. In each of the lessons, there are sub-topics such that two or three grammar points are covered. Beginning at chapter 9, actual cuneiform script is introduced alongside the transliterations; ten or so cuneiform signs are presented with each subsequent lesson. Each lesson also presents new vocabulary and vocabulary drills to reinforce earlier words.

Huehnergard's method asks students to learn to compose in Akkadian in addition to reading -- while most of those using this text to learn will be doing so for reading purposes only, Huehnergard feels that actually writing in the language helps reinforce the language skills. About a third of the way through the text, Huehnergard introduces actual Akkadian texts for translation, which eventually include portions of Hammurabi's code, religious texts and royal inscriptions. Huehnergard acknowledges that he has provided an 'overabundance' of exercises, which is useful for instructors to select among different texts, and for self-learners to get extra practice.

After lesson 38, there are additional readings,taken from portions of Gilgamesh; a glossary of Akkadian words, logograms, determinatives; an English-Akkadian word list; cuneiform signs lists; and several appendices. Huehnergard's introduction provides bibliographic listings of dictionaries, alternative grammars, and journal articles that is quite extensive.

This is a great text for learning this ancient and complex language. Whether your interest is history, religion, literature, or languages, this book is a good guide for elementary mastery of this important language.

5-0 out of 5 stars Studying Akkadian can't be easier
- Very easy to study.
- Nice simple language.
- Makes you feel you are making progress quickly. I'm in lesson8 now, and I already have the feeling that I can speak Akkadian.
- Smart and well prepared exercises.

Many thanks for Dr.Huehnergard for this awesome work!!

5-0 out of 5 stars First Rate
If you're studying (or thinking of studying) Akkadian in a university setting, you don't need anyone to recommend a text for you. But if you're thinking about studying Akkadian on your own, look no further.

I'm not an academic, and I have no professional qualifications to judge this work. But I enjoy languages, and I know what works for me. This book is just about perfect for the student learning on his/her own. (To get full benefit, you really need to buy the companion "Key to a Grammar of Akkadian", by the same author.) The grammar is divided into graded lessons, and each lesson introduces 2 or 3 grammatical points. These are followed by vocabulary and exercises to test your command of the grammar just learned. Translation exercises from Akkadian to English, and English to Akkadian follow. (The format is very similar to that used by Lambdin in his excellent grammars of Biblical Hebrew, Coptic, and Ge'ez.) Again, the "Key to the Grammar" is indispensable; by checking your answers against the key, you'll know if you've mastered the grammar. No previous knowledge of linguistics or any other Semitic language is assumed.

After about 10 lessons, he introduces cuneiform signs, and thereafter, each lesson has a number of short readings provided in cuneiform. It's a little daunting at first...in my earlier stabs at Akkadian, I had only seen the (simpler) Neo-Assyrian versions of the signs. The author gives 3 varieties of each sign: the Old Babylonian lapidary form, the OB cursive form, and the Neo-Assyrian form.

Learning Akkadian is no easy task. This is a big book, and it's probably going to take me over a year to get through it. But the material is presented in a very accessible and straightforward manner, and each lesson builds on the material learned before. If you enjoy the intellectual challenge of learning a dead language, you'll love this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Masterful
This is the cleanest presentation of Akkadian for the student that I have yet seen. It is a masterful presentation that provides a sound and solid footing for further education and research, considerably delaying continuing students' need to subject themselves to the far more opaque (and less current) works of Ungnad and Gelb. The availability of a key to the exercises in this book makes learning Akkadian available even to those who wish to master this language on their own. (q.v., ISBN: 0788504274) For learning Akkadian, this is THE text!

5-0 out of 5 stars THE textbook for students of Akkadian
English-speaking students of Akkadian have for a long time had to pick and mix their textbooks. Something out of Caplice here, something out of Marcus there, with an occasional dip into Riemschneider in translation. All of these books are admirable in many ways but at times the student is left with conflicting interpretations and, most importantly, wondering whether their answers to the examples are correct. Now, at last, there is a single volume which leads the student from the simplest aspects of the Akkadian - mostly Old Babylonian - to a level at which original research can begin. The cuneiform script is, rightly, only introduced after a basic understanding of the grammar is acquired but is otherwise mixed freely with transliterations. The appendices include an extensive wordlist, glossaries of logograms and determinatives, notes on other dialects and phonology and extensive paradigm tables. The answers to nearly all of the exercises are available in a separate volume. Now all we need is for someone to do the same for Sumerian.... ... Read more


190. Klingon for the Galactic Traveler (Star Trek: All)
by Marc Okrand
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Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: Star Trek
Sales Rank: 45996
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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"Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam."

"It is a good day to die."

What is the proper response to this? What should I do?

Now, with Klingon for the Galactic Traveler you will know.

Organized into four easy-to-use sections, this book will guide your steps through the Klingon language and customs:

  • The regional dialects of the Empire
  • Common, everyday usage of the language
  • The slang phrases and curses that color the Klingon volcabulary
  • Most importantly, the proper verbal, physical, and cultural responses.

A misspoken word to a Klingon, who is quick to take offense and even quicker to take action, could have dire consequences. This book is the indispensable guide for the galactic traveler.

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5-0 out of 5 stars ...
"A warrior fights to the death." That quote alone speaks volumes about "The Klingon Way." Star Trek Klingon for the Galactic Traveler is an excellent addition to your Star Trek library. Not long after reading through this book, I almost felt as if this were a real culture I was reading about. Some of the Star Trek "extras," as like to call them are at best, superfluous. That is not the case in this book. If you're even remotely interested in or intrigued by the Klingons, this book is worth the price. My only complaint, as with other Star Trek "extras," is that it's peppered with black & white photos. Thank you very much to the author for this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Consummate Klingon Student's Guide
Klingon for the Galactic Traveler builds on the introductory studies of Klingon culture and language introduced in The Klingon Dictionary. For those who want to learn more about Klingons, what they eat, how they think, feel, etc., Klingon for the Galactic Traveler is a fine place to start your quest for knowledge of Klingons.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice book to learn tlhingan
This seems to be the best book if you are trying to learn the Klingon Language "tlhingan". It includes a dictionary and a grammer part. Really nice! ... Read more


191. Teach Yourself Beginner's Urdu Script
by JohnMace
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-06)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Now learning non-Roman-alphabet languages is as easy as A-B-C!

Readers wanting to learn the basics of reading and writing a new language that employs script will find all they need in the Teach Yourself Beginner's Script series. Each book includes a step-by-step introduction to reading and writing in a new language as well as tips and practice exercises to build learners' skills. Thanks to the experts at Teach Yourself, script will no longer be all "Greek" to language learners--unless of course, it is Greek script! Teach Yourself Beginner's Script series books feature:

  • Origins of the language
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  • Lots of "hands-on" exercises and activities
  • Practical examples from real-life situations
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very good if you want to learn to read Urdu
This is an excellent book if you want to learn how to read and write in Urdu. Unless you are a native speaker, you might need to consult someone who can speak a North Indian language to help with the pronounciations. The exercises are excellent-they are not only designed to test your reading skills, but they also test you on your writing abilities. All in all, it is highly recommended if you want to learn how to read & write Urdu.

4-0 out of 5 stars Unusual format but the book works
Good Urdu learning material can be hard to come by. Delacy hits the mark with a self-contained introduction that serves as an ideal base for launching into further studies of Urdu. The book presents Urdu letters in bite-size units with the emphasis on character recognition and handwriting. There are lots of reading and writing exercises, all with the answers provided. You'll learn about how, like Arabic, these letters change depending on if the letter is first or last in a word or somewhere in between. You'll also learn how to read and compose simple words.

Here are a few assorted findings. There are two styles of Urdu script: nasta'liq and naskh. Nasta'liq is a bit more intimidating than naskh although the latter is also common to Arabic and Persian. Delacy utilizes the nasta'liq in his text which may cause you to curse at first but in the end you'll be glad that the book is presented that way. Not only is nasta'liq is the more common Urdu script but its compact, slanted form gives written Urdu a distinct character compared to other languages that utilize Perso-Arabic scripts. Also, the letters are not presented in the order of the Urdu alphabet nor are letters which appear similar in shape presented together as a group, as intuition would suggest, but rather spread out throughout the book. This arrangement is a bit weird but it works. If you already know Arabic you'll simultaneously find a lot of commonality and difference with Urdu. For example, you'll find many of the same letters in Arabic as well as some letters that look the same but aren't. There are also different rules for connecting letters when constructing a word.

One of the book's chief benefits is that it will give you a head start when undertaking more advanced studies in Urdu. You will already know how to read the language and will not have to bother with messy transliteration schemes that use the roman alphabet (along with funky tildes, macrons, and umlauts) to teach pronunciation. The author does employ such a scheme but you'll need a native speaker to help you correctly pronounce Urdu. The chief benefit, however, is that this inexpensive book fulfills its purpose of teaching you how to read and write Urdu in an easy to follow manner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource
I am a university student who's studied Arabic for the last few years and am now thinking about learning Urdu. Because I know the Arabic script already, I figured this book might be a good way to teach myself the Urdu script before going on to learn to speak and read. I have to admit I was slightly skeptical about the whole teach yourself thing, but this book turned out to be a great resource! The author does a good job of teaching how to form the letters step-by-step in each of their positions, and how to link them together. It was especially important for me that this part be clear, as there are several key differences from Arabic. The whole book is easy to follow, but doesn't condescend to the reader. What was most helpful, though, is that it allowed me to deal with one part of the language at a time. Now that I feel comfortable with the script, I feel like I can go on to learn to read and speak. I would also guess that this would be an especially useful tool for native speakers who may not have learned to write in the Urdu script.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic resource
(...) This is an unbelievable useful resource. The sections are very well organised and structured, slowly building up knowledge of the letters and how to write and combine them in initial, medial and final position (see how much I've learned already!). Take a look at the pages that you can view through Amazon and you will see how the book shows you how to write Urdu letters stroke by stroke, and then combine letters to forms words.
If you want to learn to write Urdu by yourself - this is the one!

1-0 out of 5 stars of no use
What I was looking for with this book was illustrations of how to WRITE Urdu- in short, Urdu handwriting. Since there aren't any, doesn't that make this book a waste of money? ... Read more


192. Creole-English/English-Creole (Caribbean): Hippocrene Concise Dictionary (Hippocrene Concise Dictionary)
by Stephanie Ovide
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Catlog: Book (1996-07-01)
Publisher: Hippocrene Books
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193. Teach Yourself Afrikaans Complete Course Audiopackage (Teach Yourself . . . Complete Courses)
by Helenavan Schalkwyk
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194. Your First 100 Words in Pashto
by JaneWightwick
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YOUR FIRST 100 WORDS IN . . . PASHTO

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Takes the intimidation out of learning a new language

In the Your First 100 Words In series, readers are shown how to decipher and read a new script by learning 100 primary words in a new language.

Covering the languages of Iran and Afghanistan, this new addition to the Your First 100 Words In series can be used by students as a supplement for their language courses, by parents as an introduction for young children, or by learners independently.

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195. Eastern Armenian: Armenian-English, English-Armenian Dictionary & Phrasebook
by Nicholas Awde, Peter Maghdashyan
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196. Concise Compendium of the World's Languages
by George L. Campbell
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Asin: 0415160499
Catlog: Book (1995-03-01)
Publisher: Routledge
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Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

From Afrikaans to Zulu, almost 100 languages from the comprehensive Compendium of the World's Languages are featured in this new concise version. The emphasis is on the world's major languages: those with over one million speakers.

The Concise Compendium presents a detailed comparative study of the major and many of the lesser known languages of the world. Included are representatives of all language families, with samples of Amerindian, such as Navajo;of African languages, such as Fulani and Nama; of languages of politically independent groups in the former USSR, such as Uzbek and Belorussian; those of political pressure groups, such as Breton and Catalan; and of significant community/ethnic languages, including Amharic and Vietnamese.

The articles are ordered alphabetically and each has a standardized structure for easy reference use: a general historical and sociolinguistic introduction, the writing system, the sound system and the grammatical system. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Many errors in an otherwise commendable effort.
This overview is an abbreviated version of the two-volume Compendium of the Worlds Languages by the same author containing about one hundred of the latter's three hundred language entries. For this volume some of the entries have been expanded and amplified. Languages having a written tradition are accompanied by verses 1 - 8 of the Gospel of John in their native orthography.

After an introductory sketch and script description, each language entry contains a brief section on phonology followed by a section morphology and syntax. The phonology section discusses palatalization, stops, aspirates, and fricatives, short and long vowels, diphthongs, stress, and the use of tones. The morphology and syntax section covers noun usage (case, gender, etc), verb forms (e.g. tenses, voices, moods), adjectives, pronouns (their forms, declensions, etc), numerals, and word order. An appendix of scripts and a bibliography complete the book.

This is an accessible work in comparative languages although some basic familiarity with grammatical terminology is assumed on the part of the reader. Some of the phonological errors in the first volume have been dealt with but many others remain. Most of the widely spoken and contemporarily relevant tongues are covered and most language families are represented by at least one entry. A similar volume by Kenneth Katzner ("Languages of the World") covers more languages but not in the linguistic context that Campbell follows. Purchase Campbell's volume if you are interested in brief phonological and morphological snapshots of a language; purchase Katzner's volume if linguistic aspects do not appeal you as much as the distribution and historical development of its speakers. Given the errors, however, do not use this volume as an authoritative reference.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fun book, poor editing
This book makes for interesting browsing material. It has descriptions of plenty of languages--short, but long enough to have some interesting information in them. Unfortunately, it is not very accurate. Other reviewers have noted mistakes; I have found a few others, but none are occuring to me at the moment. The information is cobbled together from a wide variety of sources, which means that the phonetic transcription is inconsistent and some of the information is contradictory. The editor obviously did not know all of the languages in the book, which is to be expected, but it allowed plenty of clumsy errors to creep in. Some important information is also missing, especially where orthography is concerned. Instead of this book I would recommend Bernard Comrie's "The World's Major Languages," which covers many fewer languages but with greater depth and accuracy.

3-0 out of 5 stars BEWARE! Shot through with errors.
This book is a great book when it's successful. Its short (5-page, typical) descriptions of languages pack a lot of punch. This book is wonderful in that is gives introductions for so many languages that you may have vaguely heard of but don't know anything about [if only there were a series of books covering the same languages but with the depth and accuracy of Comrie's "The World's Major Languages"!].

It also has a major omission: it often leaves out sufficient description of how the script [when Roman] or transcription [in other cases] relates to the sounds, so in many cases you have little idea how to actually pronounce the words being shown. [This points out a general problem, the quality of the editing varies greatly.]

HOWEVER -- the biggest problem is that this book has more errors than you can shake a stick at, esp. in phonology. I looked up the 8 or 10 languages I know well enough to be confident in my knowledge of their phonemes, and nearly every one is wrong, sometimes shockingly so.

e.g.:

- w, y are left out of proto-semitic. not so bad, but:
- the hebrew phonology includes the six spirant allophones in its list of phonemes, and one "outer-space" phoneme, "ts", which completely doesn't belong. [a contamination from proto-semitic or modern hebrew?]
- the german phonology incorrectly lists two r phonemes [perhaps a confused way of noting that different dialects pronounce the phoneme differently?], and an extra non-existent short closed e.
- the old english phonology is totally garbled. various allophones of all sorts are randomly mixed into the list, with no description of what's a phoneme and what's not, and some sounds are even thrown in that were neither phonemes nor allophones [long and short oe].
- even the modern english phonology has an error! this of all things you'd expect them to get correct, but they randomly threw in a palatal n in the phonology.
- the european portuguese phonology throws in a couple of allophones in their phoneme list [without, of course, noting that they're just allophones], but some other allophones are not in the list; rather, they're described below.
- the spanish section lists the allophones of /d/, but inexplicably leaves out the parallel /b/ and /g/ (and /b/ is the _most_ important to note because of the spelling implications!).

this is just checking what i know. with errors everywhere i look, i can only assume similar errors everywhere else, which really destroys what would otherwise be a great work.

ben

4-0 out of 5 stars Utterly fascinating, but with minor problems.
The bulk of this book is a set of 4-5 page capsule summaries of over 100 languages. It is written clearly, in language that is very accessible to the layman. Though one would not think it possible, the brief language descriptions really do capture many important aspects of the languages.

A must-read for those who want to know how many different ways there are for humans to arrange their thoughts. Yet there are some problems.

This book is a digest of a much larger (and frightfully expensive) hardcover original. Unfortunately, several of this book's internal references are to languages or topics that appear only in the larger original.

Phonology is discussed in a variant of IPA that is nowhere described. Languages written in non-Latin alphabets are transliterated according to inconsistent and unexplained methods. In some cases, the connection between a language's phonology and its orthography is poorly documented.

Since few of the reading audience are familiar with many of the languages discussed, it behooves the editor to be quite careful about errors. Unfortunately, a few minor errors have crept in -- just enough to be annoying.

For instance: in the essay on Semitic languages, Arabic is erroneously classified as South Semitic; in the essay on Japanese, words are transliterated using two incompatible methods, seemingly at random; Zulu numerals greater than 5 are given in an antique form that is no longer in use.

In spite of its minor problems, I recommend this book highly. ... Read more


197. Arco Power Reading
by Laurie, Ph.D. Rozakis
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Asin: 0028605624
Catlog: Book (1995-11-01)
Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company.
Sales Rank: 957818
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and easy to understand but not always clear.
This book uses easily recognized words, but the problem is that sometimes you don't understand what the writer is actually saying especially when giving instructions, which could be very frustrating. ... Read more


198. Prisma's Abridged English-Swedish and Swedish-English Dictionary
by Prisma
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Asin: 0816627347
Catlog: Book (1995-08-01)
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Sales Rank: 42279
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Looking for a good dictionary
I have been looking for a decent but lower in price Swedish-English dictionary that is helpful for engelska speaking people. Most I have seen are for Swedes that want to learn English.

This dictionary has English-Svenska Swedish-Engelska as well as codes so that you can figure out whether the dang noun is a neuter or common noun and their declension class i.e. Ett bi, bit, bin etc. Hippocrene was of no use for that.

Overall good.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Student
When I found this book (the 1998 edition), I thought my prayers had been answered. As anyone studying Swedish knows, good dictionaries are hard to find. (Did the Swedes offend someone?) Upon closer examination, I was sorely disappointed. In the English-Swedish section, the book recognizes that one word in English may have many different meanings (e.g., set, get, strike, etc.). The book does list multiple definitions, but does so in Swedish, not English. Thus, one not fluent in Swedish will find it difficult to determine whether any given definition for "strike" (16 are listed) is for a labor dispute, a bowling strike, a baseball strike, a blow of the fist, or whatever. That makes it just a little difficult for us English speaking folks to translate our thoughts into Swedish.

More discouraging, though, is the virtual absence of any pronunciations for the Swedish section. A very thorough guide is provided (one of the best). The editors decided, however, not to actually use it. There are some pronunciation "assists", but full pronunciations of Swedish words are few and far between. Again, this makes it difficult for us English speaking folks to put our thoughts into spoken Swedish. This is in stark contrast to the English-Swedish section where every English word is given full pronunciation.

If one is fluent in both languages (och jag kan bara lite svenska) this is probably a great book. For the student learning Swedish (that's me), keep looking. I will be returning my copy to the store tomorrow.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great dictionary for anyone!
This is a great dictionary for anyone or for the beginners who don't know a lot about the Swedish language. I can remember purchasing this book in early October 1996 when it first came out, and I can tell you that it was very informative. I've notice that many dictionaries of that language don't match up to this one -- it have information about the article declension which are important in grammar. I am shocked to find out that Hippocrene don't establish much. It has just a few pitfalls: It don't have some supplemental words (e.g.: Internet, World Wide Web, etc.) since it was published some five years ago, but they have re-edit it in late 1997 and '98. At that time, the international world was changing slowing then. But still it is worth the money to purchase it as a starter for translations and the many entries they have. I hope they continue with this method within the future. ... Read more


199. Easy Reference Irish-English English-Irish Dictionary/Focloir Gaeilge/Bearla Bearla/Gaeilge
by Educational Company of Ireland
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200. HarperCollins Beginner's Spanish Dictionary: The Essential Dictionary From the First Class to the Final Exam
by Harpercollins
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
Publisher: HarperResource
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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The dictionary is designed to be easy to read, easy to use, and easy to understand. The comprehensive entries highlight key translations, all essential set expressions and have clear, helpful examples to show how to best use the translation.

Easy To Read, Easy To Use
Easy To Understand

  • Ideal for school use and anyone starting to learn Spanish

  • Clear, innovative color layout allows for maximum ease of use

  • Unique games section that helps readers have fun while learning

  • Special entries on Latin American life and culture

  • Table of common Spanish verbs
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4-0 out of 5 stars One of the best dictionaries for beginners and students
(By Edward Trimnell, author of "Why You Need a Foreign Language & How to Learn One," ISBN:1591133343)

I own a lot of Spanish dictionaries, and this is one of my favorites. Although an advanced user of Spanish will need something a bit more extensive, this dictionary is perfect for those who are just starting out.

This dictionary provides especially thorough coverage of the idioms and derivative uses of each word. For example, under the entry "plomo" (lead), the authors included the entry "gasolina sin plomo" (unleaded gas). Under the entry "plaza", you find "la plaza mayor" (the main square) and "una plaza de toros" (a bullring)

While this may sound like a minor point, the inclusion of such items really benefits the beginner who is trying to build a functional Spanish vocabulary as soon as possible.

The visual layout of the dictionary is also good. Blue lettering is used for main entries, and derivative entries are bulleted, so that they don't all run together (a common failing of many dictionaries).

5-0 out of 5 stars Spanish Teacher of 25 Years Recommends This Dictionary
By far this is the best and easiest dictionary for high school students to use. A self-instructional section at the beginning shows students how to use a billingual dictionary and look for the exact meaning of the word they wish to find. With other dictionaries, students have come up with very bizarre translations, but this dictionary will help them to catch the nuances that go with a language. I have several copies myself and have recommended it to all my students.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent BEGINNER'S dictionary
Harper Collins has a long history of providing students of world languages with dictionaries that, in addition to being reasonably comprehensive, have the cleanest, most transparent design on the market, and combine those features with affordable prices. The new (2001) Beginner's Harper Collins is no exception. Although it is a reference likely meant for first- and second-year students, and therefore is NOT as comprehensive as more advanced learner's dictionaries may be, it seems quite sufficient for that level.

The two-color design makes it easy to distinguish between keywords; each new meaning of the same word is underlined and begins on a new line. Explanations are clear, and provide not just basic meanings of words, but also usage patterns - a feature which is very helpful, and usually NOT found in similar, basic dictionaries. And so the English TO DEPEND is not only translated as Spanish DEPENDER, but also includes prepositional extention (DEPEND ON = DEPENDER DE), with an example (The price depends on the quality = El precio depende de la calidad); additional meanings and prepositional usage are explained through clear examples: You can depend on him = Puedes contar con él; DEPENDING ON in the sense of SEGÚN has not only an example (depending on the weather = según el tiempo que haga) but also a color-highlighted usage note (según has to be followed by a verb in the subjunctive).

The authors had enough common sense (unlike those of some competing dictionaries) to list only the most usual, frequent meanings, leaving out confusing details. And so, commendably, TO REALIZE is simply rendered as DARSE CUENTA, without listing the existing, but misleading verb REALIZAR (correct, although in the sense TO FULFILL and not TO BECOME AWARE OF); an appropriate usage structure is given as well: to realize that = darse quenta de que, plus there is a sentence: Nos dimos cuenta de que algo iba mal.

Usage notes scattered generously on the pages are a very helpful and unique feature; and so the entry for AN EAGLE not only gives ÁGUILA, but also highlights with a blue boxed background: "Although it's a feminine noun, remember that you use el and un with águila." Quite impressive in a BEGINNER'S dictionary!

There is a good and sufficient, although brief intro. on how to use a dictionary, followed by a few useful check exercises. The reference part includes irregular verb charts, as well as sections on telephone, e-mail, traditional correspondence, numbers, dates and telling time, and a list of common false cognates ("falsos amigos"). In the text of the dictionary all irregular verbs are clearly marked with an *, although finding the conjugation may have been made easier if they also had a pattern number listed in the entry, without requiring a second search in the the irregular verb section.

I can't resist mentioning the paper, although it may seem trivial to some readers: unlike so many pocket-size dictionaries, this one is printed on good, smooth, crisp white paper, NOT the yellowish and coarse newsprint which unfortunately is the common fare of most dictionaries in this price range .... Two-color print is another visual asset, although sadly it has not been used to its maximum advantage (e.g., irregular verb forms in the conjugation patterns could have been highlighted in color,increasing the visibility, without any additional printing cost).

Overall, for the first and second year students of Spanish (and equally for the Spanish-speaking students of English as a FL), this is the dictionary of choice, with little competition currently on the market among bilingual dictionaries (beginner's Spanish-only Diccionario Escolar VOX, ISBN 0844279803, ... would be a great companion to this title beginning at 2nd year level). One should note, however, that most serious students of language will outgrow the scope of this vocab by the end of their second year of (college) study.

5-0 out of 5 stars modern format
The two-color (black and blue) print, high-quality paper, and the not-too-much-on-one-page format of this dictionary are what set it apart from the abundance of other Spanish-English dictionaries available. Because it is a beginner's dictionary, it is not exhaustive (for example, the word "mestizo" is not included as an entry). At the same time, the editors have made an effort to include very practical definitions. Therefore, under "pin" in the English section, you will also find PIN (número de identificación personal), and along with "making out" an address or "making out" a check, you can learn how to express "making out" with somebody.

The dictionary includes a special middle section with verb conjugations, false cognates, and fun word games (in both English and Spanish).

Though perhaps primarily intended as a resource for English speakers learning Spanish, my Mexican students of the English language have found this dicionary to be a helpful tool. ... Read more


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