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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.

Michel Thomas Method

Start Greek (Learn Greek with the Michel Thomas Method)

Hara Garoufalia-Middle, Howard Middle, Michel Thomas
Authors:
Hara Garoufalia-Middle, Howard Middle, Michel Thomas

This Taster course is the first hour of the eight-hour Foundation Greek course. Within this first hour you will learn 50 essential words of Greek thanks to the Michel Thomas Method, perfected over 50 years by celebrated psycholinguist Michel Thomas. * Pick up Greek naturally and unforgettably without strain* Learn from listening and speaking, without the pressure of writing or memorizing* Build up your Greek in manageable steps by thinking out answers for yourself* Progress to the full Foundation Greek course with confidence in the method. How does it work?During this one-hour live course, you will join Michel Thomas Method teacher Virginia Catmur and two students in a live lesson, learning from both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course. From the beginning you will be able to construct simple sentences, and you will learn at your own pace, pausing and repeating as necessary, and completing the course within 3-4 hours.Why is the Method so successful? 'What you understand, you know; and what you know, you don't forget.' - Michel ThomasMichel Thomas believed that the greatest barrier to any form of learning was stress: stress from worrying about remembering what you are being taught, stress from being afraid to make a mistake, stress from failing.With the Michel Thomas Method, all the attention is focused on removing stress and tension from the learning environment. The teacher takes on full responsibility for your understanding, and therefore your remembering, of what is being taught. In fact, the Michel Thomas Method forbids you from trying to memorize. There's no writing, no books, no homework.The Michel Thomas Method works by stripping away all inessential language and breaking down the most important language into its component parts. Crystal-clear building blocks are then presented, and only when they are absorbed and understood is the next piece of the puzzle introduced, enabling you to reconstruct the language for yourself - to form your own sentences, to say what you want, when you want.What's in the Course?*Start Greek comprises one audio CD. The booklet is available to download from www.michelthomas.com.Learn anywhereMichel Thomas Method audio courses let you learn whenever you want: at home, in your car, or on the move with your MP3 player.What learners are sayingI experienced the same sort of pleasure that you got from suddenly getting a crossword clue right or cracking a code...the finger-snapping moment of, Oh My God! I've just understood what you've said to me in Spanish or you've just understood me! -Peter LØVSTRØM , Actor, 2017I've used Michel Thomas to get off the starting block for French, Italian and Spanish and I'm always surprised by how much I can say after only a few hours of listening. The Michel Thomas Italian course organises verbs into logical groups which helps you pick them up fast. And perhaps more importantly, it shows you how to use this grammar to build useful sentences. -Katie from Joyoflanguages.com

John Murray Learning

Short Stories in Spanish for Beginners

Olly Richards
Authors:
Olly Richards
John Murray Learning

Short Stories in Italian for Beginners

Olly Richards
Authors:
Olly Richards

An unmissable collection of eight unconventional and captivating short stories for young and adult learners."I love Olly's work - and you will too!" - Barbara Oakley, PhD, Author of New York Times bestseller A Mind for NumbersShort Stories in Italian for Beginners has been written especially for students from beginner to intermediate level, designed to give a sense of achievement, and most importantly - enjoyment! Mapped to A2-B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference, these eight captivating stories will both entertain you, and give you a feeling of progress when reading.What does this book give you?· Eight stories in a variety of exciting genres, from science fiction and crime to history and thriller - making reading fun, while you learn a wide range of new vocabulary· Controlled language at your level, including the 1000 most frequent words, to help you progress confidently· Authentic spoken dialogues, to help you learn conversational expressions and improve your speaking ability· Pleasure! It's much easier to learn a new language when you're having fun, and research shows that if you're enjoying reading in a foreign language, you won't experience the usual feelings of frustration - 'It's too hard!' 'I don't understand!'· Accessible grammar so you learn new structures naturally, in a stress-free wayCarefully curated to make learning a new language easy, these stories include key features that will support and consolidate your progress, including· A glossary for bolded words in each text· A bilingual word list· Full plot summary· Comprehension questions after each chapter. As a result, you will be able to focus on enjoying reading, delighting in your improved range of vocabulary and grasp of the language, without ever feeling overwhelmed or frustrated. From science fiction to fantasy, to crime and thrillers, Short Stories in Italian for Beginners will make learning Italian easy and enjoyable.

John Murray Learning

Perfect Greek Intermediate Course: Learn Greek with the Michel Thomas Method

Hara Garoufalia-Middle, Howard Middle, Michel Thomas
Authors:
Hara Garoufalia-Middle, Howard Middle, Michel Thomas
John Murray Learning

Perfect Japanese Intermediate Course: Learn Japanese with the Michel Thomas Method

Helen Gilhooly, Michel Thomas
Authors:
Helen Gilhooly, Michel Thomas

Looking for a course to rapidly improve your Japanese and fit in with your busy lifestyle? Already completed Michel Thomas Total Japanese? Take your Japanese to the next level with this acclaimed Perfect Japanese intermediate course, the perfect follow-on to the Michel Thomas Method Total Course.How does it work?During the course, you will join Michel Thomas Method teachers Helen Gilhooly, Niamh Kelly and two students in a live lesson, learning from both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course. You, as the learner, become the third student and participate actively in the class. Within the very first hour you will be able to construct complex phrases by listening and thinking out answers for yourself without the pressure of writing or memorizing. You learn through your own language, so there's no stress, and no anxiety. You'll stick with it because you'll love it. 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. There is no need to stop for homework, additional exercises or vocabulary memorization, so you progress rapidly. What's in the Course?Perfect Japanese with the Michel Thomas Method includes up to 5 hours of audio on CD and a practice CD-ROM with interactive activities and assessment which should be done after the course and as a means of review. *Note that this course contains the same learning as the previously entitled Advanced course and previous editions of the Perfect Course. The CD-ROM is a new addition. Learn anywhere Don'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.Where do I go next?Insider's Japanese phase 2 Michel Thomas course will be available soon. It is the ideal package for intermediate learners looking to improve their conversational Japanese, grammar and vocabulary in authentic contexts. Please check back regularly.

Michel Thomas Method

Start Hindi (Learn Hindi with the Michel Thomas Method)

Akshay Bakaya, Michel Thomas
Authors:
Akshay Bakaya, Michel Thomas

Learn over 50 essential words at the heart of Hindi and how to put them together to make yourself understood. This 2-hour basic introduction to Hindi 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 teacher Akshay Bakaya 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 Hindi provides two hours of introduction to the language with the Michel Thomas Method. The Total course will be available soon. Please check back regularly.

Teach Yourself

Complete Finnish Beginner to Intermediate Course

Terttu Leney
Authors:
Terttu Leney

Complete Finnish is a comprehensive language course that takes you from beginner to intermediate level.This book is for use with the accompanying audio CDs containing two hours of audio (ISBN 9781444195248).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-448-page book contains 18 learning units plus grammar and word glossaries-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.

Hodder & Stoughton

Perfect Mandarin Chinese Intermediate Course: Learn Mandarin Chinese with the Michel Thomas Method

Harold Goodman, Michel Thomas
Authors:
Harold Goodman, Michel Thomas
John Murray Learning

Start Russian (Learn Russian with the Michel Thomas Method)

Michel Thomas, Natasha Bershadski
Authors:
Michel Thomas, Natasha Bershadski
Hodder & Stoughton

Start Japanese (Learn Japanese with the Michel Thomas Method)

Helen Gilhooly, Niamh Kelly, Michel Thomas
Authors:
Helen Gilhooly, Niamh Kelly, Michel Thomas
John Murray Learning

Start Mandarin Chinese (Learn Mandarin Chinese with the Michel Thomas Method)

Harold Goodman, Michel Thomas
Authors:
Harold Goodman, Michel Thomas

Hodder & Stoughton

Start Arabic (Learn Arabic with the Michel Thomas Method)

Jane Wightwick, Mahmoud Gaafar, Michel Thomas
Authors:
Jane Wightwick, Mahmoud Gaafar, Michel Thomas

Learn over 50 essential words at the heart of Egyptian Arabic and how to put them together to make yourself understood. This 1-hour basic introduction to Egyptian Arabic 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 Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, 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 Arabic with the Michel Thomas Method is an hour of essentials taken from Total Arabic with the Michel Thomas Method. After you finish your Start course, you can move to the Total Arabic course, which includes 9 hours of audio and a practice CD-ROM. Perfect Arabic follows on from the Total course with 8 hours of audio.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.

Teach Yourself

Get Started in Beginner's German: Teach Yourself

Rosi McNab
Authors:
Rosi McNab

Are you looking for a course in German written for the absolute beginner who has no experience of learning a foreign language? Get Started in German will give you the confidence to communicate in German. Now fully updated to make your language learning experience fun and interactive. You can still rely on the benefits of a top language teacher and our years of teaching experience, but now with added learning features within the course and online. The emphasis of the course is placed on communication, rather than grammar, and all the teaching is in English, so that you will quickly and effortlessly get started in German. By the end of this course, you will be at Level B1 of the Common European Framework for Languages: Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Learn effortlessly with new, easy-to-read page design and interactive features: NOT GOT MUCH TIME?One and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.AUTHOR INSIGHTSLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.USEFUL VOCABULARYEasy to find and learn, to build a solid foundation for speaking.DIALOGUESRead and listen to everyday dialogues to help you speak and understand fast.PRONUNCIATIONDon't sound like a tourist! Perfect your pronunciation before you go.TEST YOURSELFTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGEExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the culture and history of Germany.TRY THISInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

Akshay Bakaya

Akshay Bakaya has lived in Paris since 1984 and has taught languages - Hindi, English, and French - at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Sciences Po, Paris, the French foreign office and the International School of Paris. He is the author of Michel Thomas Start Hindi (2014), Michel Thomas Insider's French (2015), Michel Thomas Total Foundation Hindi (2017), Assimil, Le hindi sans peine (1994) and Hindi ohne Mühe, Assimil (2010).He also teaches Hindi and French over Skype. You can contact him through Facebook: @akshaybakayahindi.

Eilís Ní Dhúill

Eilís Ní Dhúill worked for TG4, the Irish language television broadcaster, as editor and director of Cúla4, an Irish language programming block for children. She then returned to the world of academia to undertake a Master's Degree in Irish Studies before completing a PhD in Modern Irish. Eilís's doctoral research involved working closely with the Irish speaking community of Corca Dhuibhne on the Dingle peninsula in West Kerry. During her Masters and PhD studies Eilís continued to teach Irish and to lecture in the Irish and Education departments at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she continues to work today. She is currently involved in an Irish language media audience research project. She has also lectured in Gaelic literature at the Welsh and Celtic Studies Department, Aberystwyth University, Wales. She has been involved in the development, modernisation and delivery of a number of undergraduate and postgraduate Irish language modules and is dedicated to promoting the Irish language and culture.

Mahmoud Gaafar

Mahmoud Gaafar worked for the United Nations and Radio Cairo and now authors print, radio and TV resources for the Arab World.

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.

Paola Tite

Paola Tite is a teacher of Italian, author of Italian language books and an editorial consultant. As a native speaker of Italian, Paola attended Michel Thomas's Italian workshops and recording sessions at Hodder & Stoughton, and became an enthusiastic follower of his approach not only to language learning but to teaching in general.

Patricia Mac Eoin

Patricia Mac Eoin originally worked as a lawyer before leaving the legal world behind her to indulge in her love of languages. After retraining as an accredited translator she spent a number of years working in Brussels as an Irish language translator at the European Commission. She now lives in Galway, on the west coast of Ireland, where she works as a freelance translator and runs the online business www.allaboutirish.ie. She has written her own series of children's books in Irish, and translated many children's books from English and French to Irish. She loves learning and teaching languages, and also speaks French, and basic Spanish and German. She particularly loves to explain the distinctive features of Irish to those who have no previous experience of learning a Celtic language, and enjoys seeing students discover the richness of the Irish language.

Paul Jenner

Paul Jenner is a writer and journalist specializing in lifestyle subjects. He lives with his partner, three horses, two dogs and two sheep, in the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees, where, when he's not working, he enjoys hiking, riding, cycling, sailing, swimming, diving and snowboarding. His other books include Teach Yourself Living Longer, Living Well and Teach Yourself Happiness.