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Julie Sarkissian blogs about the problems facing the protagnist of her debut novel, DEAR LUCY

Something's Wrong With Lucy - But What?

Lucy is different – that much is clear. She speaks like a child, doesn’t recognize social boundaries, flies into rages, and treasures rotten food. Her cognition is impaired, her vocabulary is very limited and she cannot read or write. But what – precisely – is wrong with her is left up to the reader. Lucy is the protagonist of my novel, DEAR LUCY, and from the first sentence of the book I ever wrote it was obvious that Lucy was cognitively different. The way Lucy describes herself is as “missing too many words.” Her mother calls her “difficult.” Readers of early drafts of the book had a few theories as to Lucy’s condition; autism, Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome. But Lucy’s mother has kept her from going to school and Lucy has never seen a doctor. So in the fictional reality of the book there is no official diagnosis. But as the novel progressed I wondered – should I have one? I was torn. If Lucy was presenting enough symptoms to point to a real condition, was I ignoring the obvious not to fold that condition into my development of her character? Was it insensitive of me to allude to aspects of certain real, life-altering conditions but not assign a specific condition to Lucy? I worried about appropriating aspects of serious conditions without treating those conditions with proper respect and acknowledgement. And though any clinical diagnosis would probably not be explicit in the novel, I wondered if I would be ignoring an opportunity to bring attention to a real disorder when people asked me about Lucy’s condition, the way The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time did for autism. On the other hand, I had concerns that if I chose a diagnosis for Lucy, I would be ascribing to her qualities that she wouldn’t have otherwise presented. Lucy had her own will over my writing and over the novel. I didn’t want to yoke Lucy’s expression by keeping her behavior and abilities consistent with a clinical condition. Accuracy would also become a critical issue if Lucy’s condition was named. Ultimately I chose not to diagnose Lucy, though I worry the artistic freedom provided by that decision comes at the price of being judged for being too liberal with my treatment of cognitive disorders. Now that publication is a few months away, I am apprehensive of how my treatment of Lucy’s cognitive limitations will be judged. I have yet to talk to a reader who has a learning different child, or works with learning different people, and that conversation is one I will be honored, and not a bit anxious, to have.

Teach Yourself

Enjoy French Intermediate to Upper Intermediate Course

Mary C. Christensen, Mercedes Rooney
Authors:
Mary C. Christensen, Mercedes Rooney

Do you want to have more meaningful conversations in French? Do you want to feel comfortable in a variety of situations?Based on authentic texts, such as songs, poems, and conversations between native speakers, this course will help you improve and build upon the language you already have so that you develop your skills to a level where you can enjoy communicating in French. Incorporating information about the culture, history and geography of France and its influence on the language, you will be introduced to the more advanced points of French grammar, as well as more colloquial language, and develop your vocabulary so you can express your opinion on a number of topics, as well as react to other people's opinions.What will I achieve by the end of the course?By the end of Enjoy French you will have increased your capacity to understand the spoken and written language, and furthered your ability to communicate with French speakers, orally and in writing. This course aims to take you from a good intermediate level (B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages / Advanced Low of the ACTFL) and help you progress up to a C1 / Advanced High level. Is this course for me?If you already know some French and want to take it further, this is the course for you. It's perfect for the self-study learner, with a one-to-one tutor, or for the post-beginner classroom.What do I get?A coursebook with over two hours of audio online that features:- Ten units that cover more complex situations than your basic tourist scenarios- Carefully levelled and sequenced material - a solid path to build up your knowledge- Authentic texts, such as poems, songs, excerpts and conversations to present the language- Learn through the Discovery Method which helps you notice patterns and retain the language you learn- Learn to learn - tips and advice on becoming a better language learner- Easy to use workbook format.What else can I use to learn French?If you require an absolute beginner course, you can try our Get Started in French: 9781444174595If you want a comprehensive beginner to intermediate course, you should try our Complete French: 9781444177299Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

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Willkommen! 2 German Intermediate course

Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke, Heiner Schenke
Authors:
Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke, Heiner Schenke
John Murray Learning

Complete Esperanto

Tim Owen
Authors:
Tim Owen

Do you want to develop a solid understanding of Esperanto and communicate confidently with others?Through authentic conversations, vocabulary building, grammar explanations, and extensive practice and review, Complete Esperanto will equip you with the practical skills you need to use modern Esperanto in a variety of realistic settings and situations, developing your cultural awareness along the way.What will I achieve by the end of the course?By the end of Complete Esperanto you will have a solid intermediate-level grounding in the four key skills - reading, writing, speaking, and listening - and be able to communicate with confidence and accuracy. Is this course for me?If you want to move confidently from beginner to intermediate level, this is the course for you. It's perfect for the self-study learner, with a one-on-one tutor, or for the beginner classroom. It can also be used as a refresher course. What do I get?-18 learning units plus verbs reference and word glossary and revision section-Discovery Method - figure out rules and patterns to make the language stick -Teaches the key skills - reading, writing, listening, and speaking -Learn to learn - tips and skills on how to be a better language learner -Culture notes - learn about modern Esperanto culture -Outcome-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims -Authentic listening activities - everyday conversations give you a flavour of real spoken Esperanto-Test Yourself - see and track your own progress *Complete Esperanto maps from Novice Low to Advanced Low level proficiency of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and from A1 Beginner to B1/B2 Upper Intermediate level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) guidelines. The audio for this course can be downloaded from the Teach Yourself Library app or streamed at library.teachyourself.com.Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

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Complete Swedish Beginner to Intermediate Course

Anneli Haake
Authors:
Anneli Haake
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Italian Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook (Learn Italian with Teach Yourself)

Maria Guarnieri, Federica Sturani
Authors:
Maria Guarnieri, Federica Sturani

Do you want to communicate easily and freely in Italian?Master Italian grammar and broaden your vocabulary with your very own Italian Tutor. This contemporary interactive workbook features 200 activities across a range of grammar and vocabulary points with clear goals, concise explanations, and real-world tasks. By studying and practicing Italian grammar you'll understand how the language really works and be able to speak Italian with clarity and ease.What will I learn?The Italian Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook covers a comprehensive range of the most useful and frequent grammar and vocabulary in Italian. You can follow along unit by unit, or dip in and dip out to address your weak areas. As you progress, you will be introduced to new vocabulary and combine it with the grammar to complete extensive exercises. You will then practice the language through authentic reading and writing practice. You will achieve a solid upper intermediate level* of Italian grammar.Is this course for me?The Italian Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook can be used as a standalone course or as a complement to any other Italian course. It offers extensive practice and review of essential grammar points and vocabulary and skills building. The personal tutor element points out exceptions and gives tips to really help you perfect your Italian.What do I get?This Italian workbook offers a range of clear and effective learning features:-200 activities across a range of grammar and vocabulary points-Unique visuals and infographics for extra context and practice-Personal tutor hints and tips to help you to understand language rules and culture points-Learn to learn section offers tips and advice on how to be a good language learner22 short learning units each contain:-communication goals to guide your studies-grammar explanations with extensive exercises-vocabulary presentations and activities-reading and writing sections to consolidate your learning*This workbook maps from Novice High to Advanced Mid level proficiency of ACTFL (American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages) and from A2 Beginner to B2 Upper Intermediate level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) guidelines.What other courses are available?For further study and practice, see Get Started in Italian (ISBN 9781444174717) and Complete Italian: Teach Yourself (ISBN 9781444177343).Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

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Speed Reading In A Week

Tina Konstant
Authors:
Tina Konstant
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Complete Finnish (Learn Finnish with Teach Yourself)

Terttu Leney
Authors:
Terttu Leney

Complete Finnish is a comprehensive ebook plus audio language course that takes you from beginner to intermediate level.The new edition of this successful course has been fully revised and is packed with new learning features to give you the language, practice and skills to communicate with confidence. -Maps from A1 to B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages-Discovery Method - figure out rules and patterns to make the language stick -Teaches the key skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking -Learn to learn - tips and skills on how to be a better language learner -Culture notes - learn about the people and places of Finland -Outcomes-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims -Authentic listening activities - everyday conversations give you a flavour of real spoken Finnish -Test Yourself - see and track your own progress Coming soon: get our companion app. Finnish course: Teach Yourself is full of fun, interactive activities to support your learning with this course. Apple and Android versions available. Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

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Complete Finnish (Learn Finnish with Teach Yourself)

Terttu Leney
Authors:
Terttu Leney

Complete Finnish is a comprehensive ebook plus audio language course that takes you from beginner to intermediate level.The new edition of this successful course has been fully revised and is packed with new learning features to give you the language, practice and skills to communicate with confidence.-Maps from A1 to B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages-Discovery Method - figure out rules and patterns to make the language stick-Teaches the key skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking-Learn to learn - tips and skills on how to be a better language learner-Culture notes - learn about the people and places of Finland-Outcomes-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims-Authentic listening activities - everyday conversations give you a flavour of real spoken Finnish-Test Yourself - see and track your own progressComing soon: get our companion app. Finnish course: Teach Yourself is full of fun, interactive activities to support your learning with this course. Apple and Android versions available.Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

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Complete Polish Beginner to Intermediate Course

Joanna Michalak-Gray, Nigel Gotteri
Authors:
Joanna Michalak-Gray, Nigel Gotteri
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Complete Finnish (Learn Finnish with Teach Yourself)

Terttu Leney
Authors:
Terttu Leney

Complete Finnish is a comprehensive language course that takes you from beginner to intermediate level.This ebook contains text only and no audio content.The new edition of this successful course has been fully revised and is packed with new learning features to give you the language, practice and skills to communicate with confidence.-Maps from A1 to B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages-Discovery Method - figure out rules and patterns to make the language stick-Teaches the key skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking-Learn to learn - tips and skills on how to be a better language learner-Culture notes - learn about the people and places of Finland-Outcomes-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims-Test Yourself - see and track your own progressRely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

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Complete French (Learn French with Teach Yourself)

Gaelle Graham
Authors:
Gaelle Graham

Complete French is a comprehensive book and audio language course that takes you from beginner to intermediate level. This 416 page book is for use with the accompanying CDs of audio files (ISBN 9781444177305). The new edition of this successful course has been fully revised and is packed with new learning features to give you the language, practice and skills to communicate with confidence. -Maps from A1 to B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages -25 learning units plus verbs reference, word glossary and revision section -Discovery Method - figure out rules and patterns to make the language stick -Teaches the key skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking -Learn to learn - tips and skills on how to be a better language learner -Culture notes - learn about the people and places of France -Outcomes-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims -Test Yourself - see and track your own progress Get our companion app. French course: Teach Yourself is full of fun, interactive activities to support your learning with this course. Apple and Android versions available. Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

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Complete French Beginner to Intermediate Book and Audio Course

Gaelle Graham
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Gaelle Graham
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Start Portuguese (Learn Portuguese with the Michel Thomas Method)

Virginia Catmur
Authors:
Virginia Catmur

Learn over 50 essential words at the heart of Portuguese and how to put them together to make yourself understood. This 1-hour basic introduction to Portuguese with the Michel Thomas Method will get you speaking the language immediately: no books, no pens, no memorizing - just listen, connect and speak.How does it work?During the course, you will join Michel Thomas Method teacher Virginia Catmur and two students in a live lesson, hearing both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course. Within the very first hour you will be able to construct simple phrases by listening and thinking out answers for yourself without the pressure of writing or memorizing.Why is the method so successful?The Michel Thomas Method was perfected over 50 years by celebrated psychologist and linguist Michel Thomas. This unique method works with your brain and draws on the principles of instructional psychology. Knowledge is structured and organised so that you assimilate the language easily and don't forget it. The method breaks down the language into building blocks that are introduced sequentially in such a way that you create your response and move on to ever-more-complex sentences. You'll stick with it because you'll love it.Where do I go next?Start Portuguese with the Michel Thomas Method is an hour of essentials taken from Total Portuguese with the Michel Thomas Method. After you finish your Start course, you can move to the Total Portuguese course, which includes 8-hours of audio and a practice CD-ROM. Perfect Portuguese follows on from the Total course with 10-hours of audio and a practice CD- ROM Learn anywhereDon't be tied to chunky books or your computer, Michel Thomas Method audio courses let you learn whenever you want: at home, in your car, or on the move with your MP3 player.

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Read and write Greek script: Teach yourself

Sheila Hunt, Dennis Couniacis
Authors:
Sheila Hunt, Dennis Couniacis

Anneli Haake

Dr Anneli Haake is a native Swedish language and culture specialist and translator. She is the Director of Swedish Made Easy, an e-learning language school, and has taught Swedish to a wide range of students across the world.

Katja Pantzar

Helsinki-based writer, editor and broadcast journalist Katja Pantzar was born in Finland and raised and educated in Canada. A freelance member of the Finnish public broadcasting company Yle's news team, Pantzar is a regular contributor to Blue Wings, the inflight magazine of Finnair, and Helsinki correspondent for Monocle 24. She is the author of three guides to Helsinki: The Hip Guide to Helsinki, Helsinki by Light and 100 Things to Do in Helsinki. Finding Sisu is the first book Pantzar has written that will be published outside of Finland.

Michel Thomas

Michel Thomas (1914-2005) had an amazing life. Born in Poland, he spent his early years in Germany and then in France, where he studied psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris. When war broke out, he fought with the Resistance and suffered imprisonment in labour camps. At the end of the war he joined the US liberation army and later settled in the US where he established his world-famous language school. Languages, being his strength and passion became the focus of the next 50 years of his life that he spent developing a method that he hoped would change the way we teach and learn - so that everyone could succeed. He developed this method 'that works with the brain'. After creating several courses of his own, he passed on his method so that other teachers might use it too.

Ruth Herd

Dr Ruth Herd is Co-ordinator of Mandarin Chinese at Imperial College London, where she has developed Chinese language programmes since 2002. She has a long-standing interest in the languages and cultures of East Asia and has spent extended periods living and teaching in both China and Japan.

Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Author of the bestselling Thora Gudmundsdottir crime series and several stand-alone thrillers, Yrsa Sigurdardottir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1963 and works as a civil engineer. She made her crime fiction debut in 2005 with LAST RITUALS, the first instalment in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series, and has been translated into more than 30 languages. Her work stands 'comparison with the finest contemporary crime writing anywhere in the world' according to the Times Literary Supplement. The second instalment in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series, MY SOUL TO TAKE, was shortlisted for the 2010 Shamus Award. In 2011 her stand-alone horror novel I REMEMBER YOU was awarded the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award and was nominated for The Glass Key, and has been made intoa film starring Jóhannes Haukur by ZikZak Filmworks. In 2015 THE SILENCE OF THE SEA won the Petrona Award for the year's best Scandinavian crime novel, and THE LEGACY, the first novel in the Freyja and Huldar series, was nominated for The Glass Key and won the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award. All of her books have been European bestsellers.

Zhaoxia Pang

Zhaoxia Pang is a course convenor and senior lector of Mandarin Chinese at SOAS, University of London. She is a member of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society and has also worked as a government interpreter and translator.