Language Books & Guides
In Roman times, blocks of text were commonly written as blocks without any wordspaces. During the Christian era, texts became more widely read and punctuation started to take on extra importance... This book finds Sunday Times bestselling author Caroline Taggart pointing out what really matters and what doesn't.
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She explains how, to a potential murderer or adulterer for example, there is a world of difference between 'If you are tempted, yield not, resisting the urge to commit a sin' and 'If you are tempted, yield, not resisting the urge to commit a sin'. However, the only surface difference is the positioning of a comma.
Apostrophes are there to help and to clarify meaning, to convey emphasis and to indicate that you are asking a question of quoting someone else's words... Punctuation is also ideal for telling readers when they should pause for breath.
This book also contains funny, silly and daft examples of misuse.
CELG 9 years +9 years +
Whether you're learning German for a holiday, a business trip or for your GCSE exams, the Collins Easy Learning German Dictionary will help you master the basics of the language!
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Covering everyday German themes, the dictionary also highlights those key curriculum words that will help with exam preparation. There are clear and concise language notes that provide information on common grammatical errors and words some may find confusing, while the book also looks at key cultural differences.
All presented in Collins' accessible style, the dictionary will help you have confidence when it comes to speaking German!
CELS 9 years +9 years +
Whether you're learning Spanish for a holiday, a business trip or for your GCSE exams, the Collins Easy Learning Spanish Dictionary will help you master the basics of the language!
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Covering everyday Spanish themes, the dictionary also highlights those key curriculum words that will help with exam preparation. There are clear and concise language notes that provide information on common grammatical errors and words some may find confusing, while the book also looks at key cultural differences.
All presented in Collins' accessible style, the dictionary will help you have confidence when it comes to speaking Spanish!
Featuring a host of limericks about Britain's kings and queens, this book recounts their reigns in rhymes, covering all their lives and times.
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Pocket-sized and bursting with fun illustrations, each entry has a limerick and then gives further details on the events that happened during the ruler's times.
There's even a fact box that shows you how long they reigned, the reason they took the throne and their age at accession.
Condign - (of punishment or retribution) appropriate to the crime or wrongdoing; fitting and deserved.
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Agitprop- political (originally communist) propaganda, especially in art or literature.
How to Sound Really Clever is a book with definitions for over 600 words that can mystify and outfox even the smartest person, including 'Zelig-like' (one who unconsciously mimics the traits or appearances of those with whom they associate). The sequel to 2010's bestseller How to Sound Clever, it explains a variety of words you ought to know but have never looked up in the description.
Complemented by anecdotes and witty illustrations, each entry has a description and example phrases so you can see it used in the correct context. This book is great for boosting your vocabulary.
It's always surprising just how many feelings and concepts that we British just don't have the words for. This gift book shows how other languages don't have this oversight.
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From the vague desire to be far away to that feeling of euphoria at the start of a love affair (forelsket - thanks, Norway), this book has words you can use in everyday life from other countries to sum up your thoughts.
Part glossary, part amusing musings, with Andrew Taylor's The Greeks Had a Word For It, you'll never be lost for words again.
When a golfer hits a shot that's a bit thin, they refer to it as 'Kate Moss'; refuse collectors call maggots 'disco rice'; and when a flight attendant is carrying out the seatbelt check, they're almost certainly thinking about it as 'crotch watch'...
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Written by Countdown's Susie Dent, this book will help you decipher the different private languages that are used by people all around the country. Unique and witty, it reveals why every football manager speaks the same way, how ticket inspectors discreetly request back up and what a cabbie means when he says the Houses of Parliament.
Describing how we are surrounded by hundreds of tribes who all speak their own 'slanguage', this is an idiosyncratic phrasebook that reveals why different groups speak in such different ways.
Written in a very accessible, informative and easy-to-read format, this is the book for anyone who loves - or struggles with - English grammar.
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Written by David Marsh, the Guardian's Production Editor, the book upholds the Guardian's Style guide and answers puzzling questions along the lines of whether you should 'compliment' or 'complement' someone, when you should use 'which' and 'that' and why the Ghostbusters never asked 'Whom you gonna call?'
With top question-and-answer tweets from the popular @guardianstyle Twitter account featured too, the book also reveals what the greatest headline ever written is! A great guide for grammar enthusiasts.
Covering idioms, proverbs, word origins and the history of the English language, this four-book collection will make a perfect present for anyone who loves words.
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If you've ever noticed that 'out of sight, out of mind' and 'absence makes the heart grow fonder' can't both be true, these books are for you. They look at where these pieces of wisdom come from and how their meanings have changed and evolved over time.
Linking hundreds of words with historical upheavals and minor social changes, these books also provide explanations and meanings for thousands of rather illogical-sounding idioms.
With a dictionary, thesaurus and guides to spelling, grammar and punctuation, this seven-book collection will help you get to grips with the English language.
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A perfect selection of reference books and dictionaries for the home, office or for studies, all these books will become essential additions to your bookshelf. For those who enjoy word games, the collection includes an introductory guide to Scrabble, as well as a Crossword Solver's Dictionary. The Book of Quotations will also come in very handy, especially when it comes to writing an essay, manuscript or dissertation.
Slipcase not included.
'Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don't abandon the book.' Patti Smith, 2010.
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Featuring quotes from the likes of William Shakespeare, Nelson Mandela and Ellen DeGeneres, 1,001 Quotations to Inspire You Before You Die is a book that you'll be fascinated by. It will be a very special gift for anyone you know who loves history and culture.
Stretching from the ancient world right through to the present day, it's full of big ideas, witty observations and important musings. The quotes cover topics including art and literature, culture, philosophy, politics, psychology and religion.
Beautifully designed, the quotations are all placed in historical context and there is detailed information regarding from where each one came.
ANHHD 12 years +12 years +
A unique guide to communicating in Spanish. It will help you to find out more about Spanish culture and to practise your spoken Spanish with a free downloadable audio file. Collins Easy Learning Spanish Conversation is an ideal tool for learners of Spanish at all levels, whether at school, in evening classes or at home, and is indispensable for business or leisure. The text consists of 12 units, each illustrating the language used in a particular situation, followed by a summary which gives all the key phrases covered throughout the book. The One-stop phrase shop unit gives you all the everyday expressions and language structures you need to speak in natural Spanish. Finally, the short grammar and verb supplement and the glossary give you further help and ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips, and the free audio download helps you to communicate with confidence. * Easy to use: all the phrases you need in order to communicate effectively in natural Spanish. * Easy to read: clear, colour layout ensures that you find what you are looking for quickly and easily. * Easy to understand: thousands of examples show how Spanish is really used. Some of the other titles available in the Collins Easy Learning Spanish range are Collins Easy Learning Spanish Dictionary, Collins Easy Learning Spanish Grammar, Collins Easy Learning Spanish Verbs and Collins Easy Learning Spanish Words.
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ShaoLan Hsueh, a Taiwanese entrepreneur based in London, couldn't find an effective way of teaching her children Chinese, so she developed a groundbreaking visual method to make reading characters fun and easy. By learning the most commonly occurring characters - the building blocks of the entire language - readers of all ages can swiftly grasp basic concepts and words. Chineasy Everyday teaches over 400 of the most used and useful Chinese characters, phrases and sentences. Organized into eleven themes that reflect our daily lives, it brings the stories and myths behind the characters to life, providing a unique perspective into Chinese history and culture. "Learning Mandarin just got Chineasy...May revolutionize the teaching of Chinese around the world". (The Sunday Times).
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Learn British Sign Language quickly and easily with this essential guide and CD-Rom. This lively guide introduces the key hand shapes and gestures you need to communicate in British Sign Language. The illustrations depict both the actions and facial expressions used to sign accurately, while the companion CD-Rom features real-life BSL conversations in action to further your understanding. With these practical tools, you'll become an expert signer in no time! "British Sign Language For Dummies" includes: Starting to sign - learn about deaf communication and practise simple signs to get you going; Learning everyday BSL - develop the grammar and vocabulary skills that are the building blocks to using British Sign Language; Getting out and about - sign with confidence in a wide range of real-life situations, from travelling to dating; Looking into deaf life - learn about the history of the Deaf Community and how they've adapted their technology and lifestyles to suit their needs.
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The British Museum's collection is one of the worlds finest and broadest, ranging from prehistoric times to the present in ancient and modern cultures around the globe. This new and updated edition includes many recent acquisitions and new discoveries, such as Picasso's stunning Vollard Suite and the intriguing Vale of York Viking hoard, and showcases a selection of more than 250 of the most beautiful and important objects drawn from across the Museum. Each object is presented with its own fascinating story and is strikingly illustrated in full colour. From the Warren Cup to Durers Rhinoceros, the Lewis Chessmen to the Aztec turquoise serpent and the Gayer-Anderson Cat, the iconic objects of the British Museum are here presented in an exciting and accessible new way, highlighting the superb craftsmanship and ingenuity of those who created each of these splendid pieces. Grouped into sections based on cross-cultural themes, such as rulers, mythical beasts, dress and the human form, the resulting juxtapositions offer intriguing new insights into these widely varied masterpieces. Introduced by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, this is a stunning overview of artistic and cultural achievement around the world.
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Nothing inflames the language gripers like a misplaced disinterested, an illogical irregardless, a hideous operationalisation. To purists these are 'howlers' and 'non-words', fit only for scorn. But in their rush to condemn such terms, are the naysayers missing something? In this provocative and hugely entertaining book, Rebecca Gowers throws light on a great array of horrible words, and shows how the diktats of the pedants are repeatedly based on misinformation, false reasoning and straight-up snobbery. The result is a brilliant work of history, a surreptitious introduction to linguistics, and a mischievous salute to the misusers of the language. It is also a bold manifesto asserting our common rights over English, even as it questions the true nature of style.
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'More than 300 million people in the world speak English and the rest, it sometimes seems, try to...' Only Bill Bryson could make a book about the English language so entertaining. With his boundless enthusiasm and restless eye for the absurd, this is his astonishing tour of English. From its mongrel origins to its status as the world's most-spoken tongue; its apparent simplicity to its deceptive complexity; its vibrant swearing to its uncertain spelling and pronunciation, Bryson covers all this as well as the many curious eccentricities that make it as maddening to learn as it is flexible to use. Bill Bryson's classic "Mother Tongue" is a highly readable and hilarious tale of how English came to be the world's language.
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Sound and speak like a native. ideal for practising pronunciation, listening and becoming more confident, not just in speaking but in understanding others when abroad. Free ebook version with every copy. In all of the most common travel situations, you need the reassurance that you can communicate with ease. A reliable, portable and easy-to-use phrasebook is a travel essential, and with Collins Gem Italian Phrasebook and Dictionary, the right word will always be at your fingertips. This indispensable language guide covers the topics and phrases that crop up every day on holiday, from finding a hotel and setting up your wifi, to going shopping. Includes: * Travel information and tips * 3000 word dictionary * Comprehensive menu decoder * Grammar section * Free ebook version You will never be lost for words in your travels around Italy again. Download your free ebook at collins.co.uk/ebooks
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Sound and speak like a native. Ideal for practising pronunciation, listening and becoming more confident, not just in speaking but in understanding others when abroad. Free ebook version with every copy. In all of the most common travel situations, you need the reassurance that you can communicate with ease. A reliable, portable and easy-to-use phrasebook is a travel essential, and with Collins Gem Spanish Phrasebook and Dictionary, the right word will always be at your fingertips. This indispensable language guide covers the topics and phrases that crop up every day on holiday, from finding a hotel and setting up your wifi, to going shopping. Includes: * Travel information and tips * 3000 word dictionary * Comprehensive menu decoder * Grammar section * Free ebook version You will never be lost for words in your travels around Spain again. Download your free ebook at collins.co.uk/ebooks
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Sound and speak like a native. Ideal for practising pronunciation, listening and becoming more confident, not just in speaking but in understanding others when abroad. Free ebook version with every copy. In all of the most common travel situations, you need the reassurance that you can communicate with ease. A reliable, portable and easy-to-use phrasebook is a travel essential, and with Collins Gem French Phrasebook and Dictionary, the right word will always be at your fingertips. This indispensable language guide covers the topics and phrases that crop up every day on holiday, from finding a hotel and setting up your wifi, to going shopping. Includes: * Travel information and tips * 3000 word dictionary * Comprehensive menu decoder * Grammar section * Free ebook version You will never be lost for words in your travels around France again. Download your free ebook at collins.co.uk/ebooks
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Do you want to be able to understand and use British Sign Language confidently? All you need is this best-selling course from Teach Yourself -- the No. 1 brand in language learning. Learn everyday, useful BSL through real-life situations that make the grammar and vocabulary easy and memorable. Hundreds of line illustrations throughout the book and constant references to video clips on the DVD make learning fast and fun. British Sign Language (BSL) is used in the United Kingdom. The number of Deaf people in the UK using BSL has been put at about 50,000; there are in addition many more hearing people who use BSL to communicate with Deaf users. Sign languages are not related to spoken languages and BSL is completely different, for example, from American Sign Language. Sign language conveys meaning through the use of space and movement of the hands, body, face and head. We know that many hearing people are keen to learn BSL (it is a very popular evening class course, for example). But there is a lack of good teaching materials written in English for hearing learners of BSL, which this course fills. Get Started in British Sign Language follows the BSL curricula taught currently in colleges (Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People CACDP and Institute of BSL) and therefore will be able to be used as support material by learners, as well as providing a complete grounding in the structure and grammar of BSL. Why is this the best course on the market? * It's Deaf-led (so often deaf people are not in charge) * It has Deaf authenticity (a bit like a Black person writing a book on Black Culture) * It has a Deaf illustrator (how many BSL books are illustrated by a Deaf person? Go on, check) * It has Deaf authors (Yes, go on and check! Authors, not 'contributors'!) * It has a DVD which can be downloaded to a phone, computer, TV, laptop (the possibilities are endless) * It's fun (just like the other TY books) * The format is clear -- lots of hand holding (you never need to ask 'what does this mean?') * Only BSL experts who are deaf are used as authors and advisers (not hearing professors)
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Agitated about apostrophes? Struggling with spelling? Dithering over dangling participles? Stumped by the subjunctive? Relax. Help is at hand...For native English speakers who realise that there is more to good English than meets the eye, but don't know where to start; for parents struggling to explain the finer details to their kids; and for English- language students everywhere ...this is the only book you need. "Grammar for Grown-Ups" guides you through the perils, pitfalls and problematic aspects of the English language, with fun test-yourself sections all the way.
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"The Rough Guide German Phrasebook" is the definitive phrasebook to help you make the most of your time in Germany. Whether you want to book a hotel room, ask what time the train leaves or buy a drink from the bar, this new phrasebook has a dictionary of over 5,000 words and will help you communicate with the locals in no time. The free audio downloads, recorded by native German speakers, can be downloaded to your computer or MP3, allowing you to listen to the correct pronunciation of essential dialogues, ideal for practicing before you go or while you're there. There is even a regional pronunciation guide and Rough Guide travel tips, so wherever you are you can get around and speak the lingo. "The Rough Guide German Phrasebook" has an extensive two-way dictionary packed with vocabulary and a helpful menu and drinks list reader, perfect for choosing the right dish in any restaurant. With this phrasebook in your pocket you will never run out of things to say! Make the most of your trip to Germany with "The Rough Guide German Phrasebook".
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