This popular introduction to Mandarin Chinese is now accompanied by 2 audio CDs covering each of the ten lessons with a special section devoted to the Pinyin dialect. Each lesson uses dialogues to teach the basics of grammar, vocabulary, everyday speech, and the written language. Exercises reinforce the material covered in the dialogues, and each lesson ends with a 'Cultural Insights' section that offers a deeper view into the Chinese people. Their way of thinking and the constants of their daily life.
This title contains a book and 2 audio CDs. Ladino, also known as Judeo-Spanish, is the language of the Sephardic Jews. During the middle ages, the Jews who lived in the Iberian Peninsula spoke and wrote in the Romance languages of the host culture. They developed a unified dialect that was distinct from Castilian Spanish. After the expulsion of the Jews in 1492, this language became part of the 'Iberian Heritage' of the Sephardim throughout the world. Today, although the language is in danger of extinction, it is experiencing a revival.
"Beginner's Yoruba" is now available with two accompanying audio CDs. It provides an introduction to the Yoruba language, which is spoken by over 30 million people in south-western Nigeria, parts of the Benin Republic, and Togo, as well as in the diaspora populations of Brazil, Cuba, and Haiti. The 15 lessons are designed for both classroom use and self-study. Practice dialogues, combined with grammatical explanations, aid the student in understanding the basics of the language. Each lesson also contains a vocabulary section that highlights the important aspects of its featured topic. The audio CDs, which complement the lessons, help the student easily master the language's unique tones and vowel sounds, often considered the most difficult aspect of the language to learn. Quizzes and practice exercises are integrated into the lessons to help reinforce the material. The book also includes information on various aspects of Yoruba culture, including religion, songs, and folklore.
An exciting and comprehensive course for learners with little or no previous knowledge of the language who want to understand, speak and read Arabic confidently. The authors have a friendly, accessible style which has made this book a long-standing bestseller. The course is suitable for self-study or classroom use and teaches Modern Standard Arabic which is the universal language of the Arab world and understood by all Arabic speakers. The book focuses on learning the script right from the start and covers a useful variety of situations you will encounter in Arab countries. Also available with CDs.
This easy-to-use, pocket-size guide provides both simple definitions as well as words connected with specific situations: driving, money and size conversion charts, restaurants and pubs, travel options, and the terms needed for most sightseeing trips. For all mystery lovers, a special section on crime and police is included. A handy reference page of helpful phone numbers and addresses is also listed at the end of the book.
Comprising over 17,000 picturesque islands, including Java, Sumatra and Bali, Indonesia is home to the world's second largest rainforest, exotic species of plants and animals, ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples, and miles of beaches. The author includes plenty of pictures of these beautiful sites and information on reaching them. He recommends other points of interest, tours, and sports, including surfing, golf, scuba diving and fishing. The Indonesian language is introduced through useful words and phrases. Using these words and applying the simple grammar and pronunciation rules provided, travellers will be able to communicate quickly and effectively. A special chapter includes important words, phrases and courtesies necessary for conducting business.