The Ultimate Spanish 101: Complete First-Year Course [EPUB]
17 June 2019, 11:10
2019 | EPUB | 98.99MB
The Ultimate Beginner Program for Communicating in Spanish
If your goal is to communicate in Spanish using authentic structures and a broad vocabulary, The Ultimate Spanish 101 is the program for you! More comprehensive than other language guides or mobile apps, and more concise than a traditional textbook, The Ultimate Spanish 101, complete with textbook and Language Lab app, leads beginning learners step-by-step to language fluency.This program consists of 16 lessons, equivalent to a first-year college course, that can be adapted to fit your own schedule. You will develop language skills essential for communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Numerous short dialogues, based on everyday situations and reinforced by extensive practice, ensure that you will be ready to put your growing command of the Spanish language into practice.
The Ultimate Spanish 101 features:
- Clear explanations of high-frequency vocabulary and sentence structures
- Interesting dialogues based on everyday situations, using authentic language
- More than 300 exercises that take you from structured practice to free expression
- Regular and predictable format to ensure you can work efficiently
- Appreciation of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture
Premium mobile resources support and enhance your study:
- 180 DIALOGUES recorded by native speakers of Spanish
- LISTENING PRACTICE to improve your pronunciation and reinforce sentence structures
- AUDIO EXERCISES to put your speaking skills into practice
- FLASHCARDS to help you memorize vocabulary and verb forms
On Cussing: Bad Words and Creative Cursing [EPUB]
29 April 2019, 03:26
2019 | EPUB | 1.49MB
F uck the Fuckity Fuckin’ Fucker. Readers of Katherine Dunn won’t be surprised that this was her father’s favorite sentence, or that, as a young girl, she heard it as a kind of profane poem, a secret song. For many of us, the language of Geek Love carries a similar staying power, born of Dunn’s agile use of language and her strange, beautiful diction. And as a true exegete of the expletive, she remained undividedly devoted to obscenity―both as scholar and practitioner.
In On Cussing, Dunn sketches a brief history of swear words and creates something of a field guide to their types and usages, from the common threat (“I’ll squash you like a shithouse mouse”) to the portmanteau intensifier (“Fan-fucking-tastic”). But she also explores their physiology―the physical impact on the reader or listener―and makes an argument for how and when to cuss with maximum effect. Equal parts informative and hilarious, this volume will delight Dunn’s legion of fans, but it’s also a must-have for anyone looking to more successfully wield their expletives, be it in writing or in everyday speech.
We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress [EPUB]
07 November 2018, 01:48
2018 | EPUB | 2.09MB
One of our most perceptive critics on the ways that poets develop poems, a career, and a life
Though it seems, at first, like an art of speaking, poetry is an art of listening. The poet trains to hear clearly and, as much as possible, without interruption, the voice of his or her mind, the voice that gathers, packs with meaning, and unpacks the language he or she knows. It can take a long time to learn to let this voice speak without getting in its way. This slow learning, the growth of this habit of inner attentiveness, is poetic development, and it is the substance of the poet’s art. Of course, this growth is rarely steady, never linear, and is sometimes not actually growth but diminishment―that’s all part of the compelling story of a poet’s way forward.
―from the Introduction
“The staggering thing about a life’s work is it takes a lifetime to complete,” Craig Morgan Teicher writes in these luminous essays. We Begin in Gladness considers how poets start out, how they learn to hear themselves, and how some offer us that rare, glittering thing: lasting work. Teicher traces the poetic development of the works of Sylvia Plath, John Ashbery, Louise Glück, and Francine J. Harris, among others, to illuminate the paths they forged―by dramatic breakthroughs or by slow increments, and always by perseverance. We Begin in Gladness is indispensable for readers curious about the artistic life and for writers wondering how they might light out―or even scale the peak of the mountain.