The Meaning of Flowers: Myth, Language & Lore [EPUB]
28 January 2017, 03:04
1998 | EPUB | 11.67MB
Should you send a rose of crimson or of white to the one you love? What gift of flowers best expresses thanks to a dear friend? From ancient days, long before words complicated what we say to one another, flowers have been our messengers, invested with our most cherished feelings. Illustrated with luscious collages by acclaimed artist Ann Field, this enchanting tribute to the power and symbolism of flowers offers a contemporary introduction to an age-old tradition.
The text draws on botanical, historical, and mythological sources worldwide, from ancient Rome to Victorian England, from Asia to the Americas, presenting portraits of almost 50 blossoms favored for all time. In Persia, for instance, the black medulla of the red tulip was said to represent the lover's heart, burnt to a coal by love's passion. To Victorians, lavender signified a broken trust, hollyhocks fertility, and nasturtiums a jest or whimsy. Blending fact, folktale, natural history, and original art, The Meaning of Flowers explores the language and lore of nature's most intimate and beautiful gifts.
The Big Green Book of Italian Verbs [PDF]
26 January 2017, 10:54
2013 | PDF | 3.18MB
A colorful addition to the popular Big Book of Verbs series
What does The Big Green Book of Italian Verbs have that the competition doesn't? It has more verbs, a better selection of conjugations, more usage examples, and clearer presentation of tense formation and usage. Also, this book streamlines the learning process by indicating the principal parts and irregularities of each conjugated verb.
Destined to become the new verb bible for English students of Italian, The Big Green Book of Italian Verbs includes:
- 555 of the most useful Italian verbs, fully conjugated
- Tense names provided in English and Italian
- Example sentences for all 555 verbs
- Full facing-page of contextual sentences for the top 50 verbs
- A two-page Formation and Usage spread for each tense
- An index of the 2,700 most common verbs, cross-referenced to all 555 verbs
- A list of confusing irregular forms and their infinitives
- Plus verb tests and drills to improve competence
The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works [EPUB]
24 January 2017, 17:04
2016 | EPUB | 2.87MB
A many-faceted exploration of spoken eloquence: how it works, how it has evolved, and how to tap its remarkable power
We all know eloquence when we hear it. But what exactly is it? And how might we gain more of it for ourselves? This entertaining and, yes, eloquent book illuminates the power of language from a linguistic point of view and provides fascinating insights into the way we use words. David Crystal, a world-renowned expert on the history and usage of the English language, probes the intricate workings of eloquence. His lively analysis encompasses everyday situations (wedding speeches, business presentations, storytelling) as well as the oratory of great public gatherings.
Crystal focuses on the here and now of eloquent speaking—from pitch, pace, and prosody to jokes, appropriateness, and how to wield a microphone. He explains what is going on moment by moment and examines each facet of eloquence. He also investigates topics such as the way current technologies help or hinder our verbal powers, the psychological effects of verbal excellence, and why certain places or peoples are thought to be more eloquent than others. In the core analysis of the book, Crystal offers an extended and close dissection of Barack Obama’s electrifying “Yes we can” speech of 2008, in which the president demonstrated full mastery of virtually every element of eloquence—from the simple use of parallelism and an awareness of what not to say, to his brilliant conclusion constructed around two powerful words: dreams and answers.