Words and Rules: The Ingredients Of Language [EPUB]
20 January 2016, 17:36
2015 | EPUB | 13.08MB
Here, Pinker explains the mysteries of language by examining a single phenomenon, regular and irregular verbs, from a dozen vantage points. As the story unfolds, the reader is immersed in the evolution of the English language over the centuries, the theories of Noam Chomsky and his critics, the simulation of neural networks on computers, the illuminating errors of children as they begin to speak, the tragic loss of language from neurological disease, and more illustrations using humorous wordplay. Pinker aims to makie sense of all these phenomena, with the help of a single idea: that the essence of language is a mental dictionary of memorized words, and a mental grammar of creative rules.
Perfect English Pronunciation Practice [Video]
20 January 2016, 12:37
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 2.5 hours | 523.62MB
Make yourself better understood in English when you learn & practice how to pronounce 12 tricky English consonant sounds
Welcome to the Perfect English Pronunciation Practice Course. In this course, you will learn how to clearly pronounce 12 of the trickiest consonant sounds in English. Understanding and practicing these sounds will help you improve your English pronunciation and make yourself better understood.
Make Your English Pronunciation Sound More Clear and Natural.
- Learn how to shape your mouth to pronounce these English sounds.
- Recognize the difference between tricky sounds like L & R, Th & S, or F & P.
- Get structured practice speaking these sounds.
- Make yourself understood in English conversations
- Gain confidence in your English pronunciation.
Improve Your English Pronunciation.
The consonant sounds in English are quite different from the consonant sounds in other languages. Perhaps your native language doesn’t have the Ch sound as in “chicken,” or the Th sound as in “thanks.” Maybe you’ve wondered how native English speakers move their mouth, lips, and tongue to make the sound of English. Well, you will learn all about how to correctly move your mouth to pronounce English which will result in reducing your non-English accent.
For each of the consonant sounds, you will first learn how to shape your mouth. You’ll see a short video clip during the lecture that demonstrates how to make the sound. Then, you’ll practice the basic sound itself, then words using the sound in various positions, and finally sentences that have words using those consonant sounds. Then there exercises contrasting two of the sounds, like B & V or S and Sh.
In addition, in each section of the course, there are some practice exercises which are stories that have lots of the target words in them. Finally, to help you check your understanding and progress, each section has a listening quiz which is based on the consonants you studied.
What are the requirements?
Students should be able to speak and understand a basic level of English and understand written English.
What am I going to get from this course?
- Over 39 lectures and 2.5 hours of content!
- Know how to pronounce the English consonant sounds L, R, B, V, W, F, P, S, Sh, Ch & Th.
- Understand how to set their tongue, lips, and/or mouth to make the sound.
Borges: The Passion of an Endless Quotation [EPUB]
16 January 2016, 10:25
2014 | EPUB | 2.46MB
Expanded edition with new chapters and updates to the translation and bibliography.
Borges cites innumerable authors in the pages making up his life's work, and innumerable authors have cited and continue to cite him. More than a figure, then, the quotation is an integral part of the fabric of his writing, a fabric made anew by each reading and each re-citation it undergoes, in the never-ending throes of a work-in-progress. Block de Behar makes of this reading a plea for the very art of communication; a practice that takes community not in the totalized and totalizable soil of pre-established definitions or essences, but on the ineluctable repetitions that constitute language as such, and that guarantee the expansiveness—through etymological coincidences of meaning, through historical contagions, through translinguistic sharings of particular experiences—of a certain index of universality. This edition includes a new introduction by the author and three entirely new chapters, as well as updated images and corrections to the original translation.