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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.

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Complete Mandarin Chinese is a comprehensive book and 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-22 learning units-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 China-Outcomes-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims-Authentic listening activities - everyday conversations give you a flavour of real spoken Mandarin Chinese-Test Yourself - see and track your own progressAlso available: Get Started In Beginner's Mandarin Chinese (ISBN 9781444174809).Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

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Do you want to develop a solid understanding of Swedish and communicate confidently with others?Through authentic conversations, vocabulary building, grammar explanations and extensive practice and review, Complete Swedish will equip you with the skills you need to use Swedish in a variety of settings and situations, developing your cultural awareness along the way. The book follows several characters through a storyline enabling learners to engage with Swedish culture and contextualise their learning.What will I achieve by the end of the course?By the end of Complete Swedish 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. You will be able to engage with relevant and up-to-date topics, including politics, education, gender equality and popular entertainment in Sweden.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-to-one tutor, or for the beginner classroom. It can be used as a refresher course as well as to support study for the 'Swedex' Swedish proficiency test. What do I get?-20 learning units plus verb reference and word glossary -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 Sweden-Outcomes-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims -Authentic listening activities - everyday conversations give you a flavour of real spoken Swedish-Test Yourself - see and track your own progress *Complete Swedish maps from A1 Beginner to B2 Upper Intermediate level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) guidelines and from Novice-Low to Advanced-Mid level of the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) proficiency guidelines. The audio for this course can be downloaded from the Teach Yourself Library app or streamed at library.teachyourself.com.What else can I use to learn Swedish?If you require an absolute Beginner course, you can try our Get Started in Swedish Absolute Beginner course: 9781444175202Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

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Pasos 2: Spanish Intermediate course is a best-selling, multi-format adult learning programme for classroom and home use. Fully revised and updated for this new edition, the course takes your learning further with a fully integrated book, audio and video-based approach that will get you speaking, reading, writing and understanding Spanish with accuracy and confidence.This listing is for the activity book. Also available is a coursebook, Course Pack, and CD and DVD set (see below for details). Following the success of the best-selling Pasos beginner course, Pasos 2 reviews and builds on your existing knowledge to improve your Spanish. The course covers levels A2 to B1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages. This Activity Book contains hundreds of extra practice and review activities linked to the coursebook units. Whether you are learning for general interest, for your job, holiday, or for an exam, Pasos 2 is packed full of comprehensive material and interesting features to improve your fluency and understanding. Includes lively and contemporary topics from travel and the arts to education and employment. Book, audio and video content allow for flexible use in the classroom and at home. Range of activities based on authentic materials including menus, brochures and interviews. Different types of writing practice, including letters, CV, emails and blogs. Listening material includes interviews, radio and TV clips. 'Real-life' Spanish videos demonstrate how the language is really spoken. Provides practical and cultural insights into Spanish and Latin American life. Also available: Coursebook (ISBN 9781473664067): this full-colour 190-page coursebook is the primary text for the course. Ideal for classroom and home use. CD and DVD Set (ISBN 9781473664104): contains all the dialogues and listening activities included in the coursebook plus video content building on the real-life Spanish used in the course. Course Pack (ISBN 9781473601390): includes the Coursebook, the CD and DVD Set and a Support Book containing a key to the exercises and audio transcripts).

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Learn essential American and British English in this complete beginner audio course. This course contains:-One MP3 CD of audio files you can download to your computer or play in an MP3 CD player-A handy phrasebook of vocabulary and phrases-Coursebook PDFs in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese for reading and writing practiceGet Talking English in Ten Days maps to A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages.-Choose your learning language: English, French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese-MP3 format lets you learn on the go-Practise the words and phrases you need for meeting colleagues and friends, booking a hotel, making plans, shopping and more-Progress in your understanding of naturally-paced conversations-Use the learning plus sections to extend your vocabulary-Personalize the language with interactive role-plays -Perfect your pronunciation and sound more natural*This course is also ideal for use in the classroom for extra listening and speaking practice.*Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

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Contatti is the best-selling course for anybody wishing to learn Italian, whether for work or pleasure. The course offers a thorough grounding in the language and enables you to speak, read, write and understand contemporary Italian.In Part 2 of the course, the emphasis is on communication, with modern and authentic reading and listening materials providing the basis for a wide range of interesting activities. The use of English is kept to a minimum but full vocabulary and grammar support are provided. With 2 audio CDs included in the book, Contatti 2 is the perfect follow-on for anyone who has already studied the basics of Italian.Contatti 2 is ideal for group study and will also be a useful aid for independent learners. It covers all the skills and structures required to bridge the gap between intermediate and advanced level.Free online practice resources and activities for use in the classroom and for self-study are a valuable addition to the course. A Support Book, containing answers to the activities in the Coursebook and transcripts of all the audio content, is now available to download for free online.

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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.

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