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Author: Basho

Part of a series: Penguin 60s Classics

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

Haiku by Bash?, one of the great Japanese masters By combining the ideals of karumi – lightness of touch – and oneness with nature, Bash? (1644-94) rose above the artificiality of previous haiku poets to become the master of the genre in his time. His exquisite compositions reflect the influence of Zen Buddhism and a life spent travelling, and reveal him to be an inspired perfectionist who sought to express himself in the purest possible form. These translations by Lucien Stryk are drawn from On Love and Barley, published in Penguin Classics.

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Italian In Three Months

Author: Milena Reynolds

Part of a series: Languages in Three Months

Publisher: Hugo Language Books (1991)

Hugo’s world-famous method of teaching, which has helped countless students to master a foreign language, is designed to take absolute beginners through to a good working knowledge, enabling them to understand and be understood, in a remarkably short time. The essence of this Course is simplicity; it is also extremely practical, being designed both to facilitate steady and rapid progress as well as to make language learning enjoyable. Students who are already fairly proficient will find the Course to be invaluable for review and advancement, and it is also a very useful reference book in support of class teaching and an excellent introduction to first-level examinations. This Course begins with guidance on Italian pronunciation and then goes on to explain in simple terms the basic elements of grammar. Each lesson contains a number of these instructional paragraphs, which are illustrated by model sentences and supported by exercises (with answers) and word lists. Plenty of idiomatic language is to be found in the Course, particularly in the conversation pieces which form the basis of each lesson. Hugo’s unique system of ‘imitated pronunciation’ is a feature of the earlier lessons and greatly helps those who are unable to use our special AUDIO CASSETTES. The book has been compiled as a complete course of study in itself, but you will find that learning the language is made even easier if you use it in conjunction with the tapes. HUGO’S ITALIAN CASSETTE COURSE is available (packed together with a copy of this book) from your bookseller, and we recommend that you consider the full package.

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Author: Oliver Gray

Part of a series: Logo!

Publisher: Heinemann Educational (2001)

The ideal resource for teaching German. Logo! 4 is a two-year course providing complete preparation for GCSE and Standard Grade. Books at two differentiated levels provide material for Foundation and Higher candidates. Logo! 4 Higher is designed for pupils studying for Higher tier (Grades A* to C) and for Standard Grade General and Credit levels. Full coverage of exam topics. Discrete sections focus on speaking andcoursework. Extra differentiated reading and writing practice at the back of the book Integrated grammar explanations and activities Primer sections at the beginning of each chapter help students revise material covered in KS3/S1-S2 Three assessment packs provide material tailored to the AQA, OCR and Edexcel exams.

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Minimus - Starting Out In Latin

Authors: Barbara Bell, Helen Forte

Part of a series: Minimus

Publisher: Cambridge University Press (1999)

A lively introduction to Latin for children aged 7 and over. Join in the fun with Minimus - a mix of myths, stories, grammar support and historical background! This pupil's book is a lively, colourful introduction to the Latin language and the culture of Roman Britain. A fun way to teach English grammar, it is ideal for cross-curricular activities.

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The Unfolding Of Language

Author: Guy Deutscher

Publisher: Arrow Books (2006)

'Language is mankind's greatest invention - except of course, that it was never invented.' So begins Guy Deutscher's fascinating investigation into the evolution of language. No one believes that the Roman Senate sat down one day to design the complex system that is Latin grammar, and few believe, these days, in the literal truth of the story of the Tower of Babel. But then how did there come to be so many languages, and of such elaborate design? If we started off with rudimentary utterances on the level of 'man throw spear', how did we end up with sophisticated grammars, enormous vocabularies, and intricately nuanced shades of meaning? Drawing on recent, groundbreaking discoveries in modern linguistics, Deutscher exposes the elusive forces of creation at work in human communication. Along the way, we learn why German maidens are neuter while German turnips are female, why we have feet not foots, and how great changes in pronunciation may result from simple laziness...

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