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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

Complete Mandarin Chinese (Learn Mandarin Chinese with Teach Yourself)

Zhaoxia Pang, Ruth Herd
Authors:
Zhaoxia Pang, Ruth Herd

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-24 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 progressThe audio for this course is available for free on library.teachyourself.com or from the Teach Yourself Library app. Also available: Get Started In Beginner's Mandarin Chinese (ISBN 9781444174809).Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

Michel Thomas Method

Foundation French (Learn French with the Michel Thomas Method)

Michel Thomas
Authors:
Michel Thomas

Looking for a convenient language course that fits your lifestyle and gets you speaking a new language in a matter of hours? The acclaimed audio-led Michel Thomas Method Foundation French course, endorsed by celebrities, executives and learners worldwide, will deliver the results you want. What's new? This new edition includes remastered audio and a review course to let you quickly revise and consolidate your learning once you've completed the full course.How does it work?During the course, you will join Michel Thomas 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 simple phrases by listening and thinking out answers for yourself without the pressure of writing or memorizing. You will learn at your own pace, pausing and repeating where necessary, and complete the course in about 20-30 hours.By the end of the course, you will have the confidence to understand and speak basic French. 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?*Foundation French includes seven audio CDs and two audio review CDs to continue and consolidate your knowledge. The booklet is available to download from www.michelthomas.com.*Note that the course content is the same as the previously entitled Total French course, but the CD-ROM has been replaced with audio review CDs. 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?Intermediate French (ISBN 9781473692725) follows on from the Foundation course with four audio CDs and two audio review CDs.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

Michel Thomas Method

Intermediate French (Learn French with the Michel Thomas Method)

Michel Thomas
Authors:
Michel Thomas

Looking for a convenient language course that fits your lifestyle and gets you speaking a new language in a matter of hours? The acclaimed audio-led Michel Thomas Method Intermediate French course, endorsed by celebrities, executives and learners worldwide, will deliver the results you want. What's new?This new edition includes an audio review course to let you quickly revise and consolidate your learning once you've completed the full course.How does it work?During the course, you will join Michel Thomas 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 simple phrases by listening and thinking out answers for yourself without the pressure of writing or memorizing. You will learn at your own pace, pausing and repeating where necessary, and complete the course in about 20-30 hours. By the end of the course, you will have the confidence to understand and speak basic French. 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?*Intermediate French includes four audio CDs and one audio review CD to continue and consolidate your knowledge. The booklet is available to download from www.michelthomas.com.*Note that the course content is the same as the previously entitled Perfect French course, but the CD-ROM has been replaced with audio review CDs. It does not include the Vocabulary Builder+ course. 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.Where do I go next?Insider's French phase 2 Michel Thomas course is ideal for intermediate learners looking to improve their conversational French, grammar and vocabulary in authentic contexts.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

Michel Thomas Method

Vocabulary French (Learn French with the Michel Thomas Method)

Helene Bird
Authors:
Helene Bird
Teach Yourself

Enjoy French Intermediate to Upper Intermediate Course

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

Hindi Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook (Learn Hindi with Teach Yourself)

Naresh Sharma
Authors:
Naresh Sharma

Do you want to communicate easily and freely in Hindi?Master Hindi grammar and broaden your vocabulary with your very own Hindi 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 practising Hindi grammar you'll understand how the language really works and be able to speak Hindi with clarity and ease.What will I learn?The Hindi Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook covers a comprehensive range of the most useful and common grammar and vocabulary in Hindi. 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 Hindi grammar.Is this course for me?The Hindi Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook can be used as a standalone course or as a complement to any other Hindi course. It offers extensive practice and review of essential grammar points and vocabulary and skills building along with an overview of Hindi script. The personal tutor element points out exceptions and gives tips to really help you perfect your Hindi.What do I get?This Hindi 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 understand language rules and culture points-Learn to learn section offers tips and advice on how to be a successful language learnerTwenty 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 from A2 Beginner to B1 Upper Intermediate level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and Novice High to Advanced Mid-level proficiency of ACTFL (American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages) guidelines. Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

Michel Thomas Method

Foundation Swedish (Learn Swedish with the Michel Thomas Method)

Roger Nyborg, Håkan Rosenqvist
Authors:
Roger Nyborg, Håkan Rosenqvist
John Murray Learning

Willkommen! 2 German Intermediate course

Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke, Heiner Schenke
Authors:
Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke, Heiner Schenke

Willkommen! 2 Intermediate course is a brand new multi-format German adult learning programme for classroom and home use. This listing is for the CD and DVD set. Also available is a coursebook, course pack and activity book (see below for details).Created in consultation with teachers and learners it's the perfect follow-up to the Willkommen! Beginner's course and takes your learning further. It can also be used as a starting point for study to review and build on existing knowledge.This CD and DVD set contains all the dialogues and listening activities included in the coursebook plus video content building on the real-life German used in the course.The course is full of learning features to help you progress in reading, writing, listening and speaking German. It's designed for classroom use but is also suitable for home study.-Reviews A1 and then maps from A2 to B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages-10 learning units - plus extensive grammar sections and word glossary-Covers the topics and functions needed for the UK AS-level examination-Lively and contemporary themes - from food and fashion to travel, work, politics and the environment-Comprehensive coverage of key grammar and vocabulary - for communicating in a range of common conversational settings-Range of activities based on authentic materials - to see everyday German in context-Deutschland info sections - give practical and cultural insights into German lifeAlso available: Activity Book (ISBN 9781444165203): for extra practice and review linked to the coursebook units.Coursebook (ISBN 9781471805158): this full-colour 190-page coursebook is the primary text for the course. Ideal for classroom and home use.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).

John Murray Learning

Pasos 1 Spanish Beginner's Course (Fourth Edition)

Martyn Ellis, Rosa Maria Martin
Authors:
Martyn Ellis, Rosa Maria Martin

**The printing errors in Pasos 1 Fourth Edition have been corrected**Pasos 1, fourth edition, is the first part of the best-selling two-stage Spanish course for adult learners who are either starting from scratch or who have a basic knowledge of the language. Whether learning for work or pleasure, at home or in the classroom, Pasos gives a thorough grounding in the language, enabling learners to speak, read, write and understand a language spoken by over 400 million people. This new edition has been fully updated and includes a wealth of new, contemporary photographs. A brand new section at the end of the course provides a range of activities linked to the DVD, available in the Pasos 1 CD & DVD Set or as part of the Complete Pack and Coursepack ebook. What do I get?Coursebook: containing 14 thematic lessons, this full-colour coursebook is the primary text for the course and is ideal for classroom and home use. What's in the course?Pasos 1 is full of learning features to help you progress in reading, writing, listening and speaking Spanish:-Covers the skills and structures needed for the UK GCSE examination-14 units include a range of everyday themes such as meeting people, shopping, making plans, talking about work and family and travelling-Authentic reading, listening and video materials are used throughout for a range of activities based on everyday Spanish in Spain and Latin America (CD and DVD Set must be bought separately 9781473610767)-Clear explanations and examples make the grammar easy to absorb-The Rincón cultural feature presents short pieces of cultural interest about contemporary Spain and Spanish-Free Interactive online quizzes and exercises are specially designed to reinforce learning in the classroom or at homeWhat will I learn in Pasos 1?Key language structures and communicationPasos 1 introduces the key structures of the language over 14 thematic lessons with the emphasis placed firmly on communication. Authentic reading and listening materials are used extensively for a wide range of lively activities based on everyday situations in Spain and Latin America. Vocabulary and grammarFrom the outset, a realistic range of registers and vocabulary encourage development of the essential skill of comprehension. Clear examples and explanations make the grammar easy to absorb, and emphasis is placed on the acquisition of a wide range of essential vocabulary from an early stage.Culture and skills for daily lifeUnits begin with a Prepárate page of activities and include plenty of grammar tasks. The Rincón Cultural feature presents short texts of cultural interest and each unit ends with an Autoevaluación self-assessment checklist enabling students to review what they have learned. Audio track references on a page-by-page basis ensure that listening activities are easily identified and online resources provide extra practice of essential language. The new video, filmed entirely in Spain, brings authentic culture and language in the classroom.GCSE level materialPasos 1 covers the skills and structures required at GCSE level and equivalent.How will I learn?Balance and varietyBalance and variety are prominent features of the Pasos course: freer activities accompany graded, accuracy-based tasks, and there is a balance between presentation and practice of new language items and between the study and use of grammar and vocabulary, the cornerstones of language-learning. There are regular opportunities for revision and consolidation, and vocabulary and grammar support are given both at the end of each lesson and in full at the end of the book.Interactive quizzes and exercisesFun, interactive online quizzes and exercises enable learners to reinforce and improve their skills, either in class or at home.Speaking and Grammar guidesWith speaking becoming ever more important in today's accreditations, the Pasos 1 range offers a 2-CD Speaking and Listening Skills Practice Set. There is also a dedicated Practical Grammar reference and practice book. It contains clear, accessible grammar explanations with examples and extension in both Spanish and English.Language lab companion appDownload the free companion app to get even more listening and speaking practice with new tasks based on the audio tracks from the course. With a unique record and compare feature, you can practice your pronunciation and speaking and compare your answers to those of native speakers. Great for extra practice on the go.Group or independent studyPasos 1 is ideal for group study and is also useful for independent study and revision.What is new in the fourth edition?(NEW) Pasos 1 CD and DVD set: Supplementary to the Coursebook.Filmed entirely in Spain using native speakers, this brand new resource contains 12 colourful episodes which tie in with the lessons in the coursebook. Perfect for training students' listening skills, the Pasos 1 video is designed to reinforce vocabulary and language structures while adding an additional cultural element to the course. It also provides the ideal basis for group discussions. There are numerous linked activities for use in class or for self-study, which can be found in a new section at the end of the coursebook. Optional sub-titles will help students to find their way through each of the episodes and give them the confidence to approach spoken Spanish with real understanding. Improvements and additionsThe new edition has improvements and additions based on ideas and feedback from teachers and learners across the country. It has been fully updated and includes a wealth of new, contemporary photographs. A brand new section at the end of the book provides a range of activities linked to the DVD, available in the Pasos 1 CD & DVD Set or as part of the Complete Pack.Where does the Coursebook fit within the Pasos 1 Range?Pasos 1 Coursebook: The primary text for the Pasos 1 course. Includes 14 thematic lessons and covers the skills and structures required at GCSE level and equivalent.(NEW) Pasos 1 CD and DVD set: Supplementary to the Coursebook.All 12 videos are included on 1 DVD with optional subtitles. The Audio and Support book provides the listening element of the course, along with transcripts and answers. It contains:- 3 audio CDs (3 hours of recordings)- 2 Support Books containing a key to the exercises and recording transcripts.Pasos 1 Course Pack: Pasos 1 Coursebook + Pasos 1 CD and DVD set. The Course Pack contains:- 1 copy of the fourth edition of the Coursebook- 3 audio CDs (3 hours of recordings)- 1 DVD with 12 videos- 2 Support Books containing a key to the exercises and recording transcripts.Pasos 1 Activity Book: Supplementary to the Coursebook or Course Pack. The Pasos 1 Activity Book has been revised to tie in with 4th edition of the course with updated prices and references. It contains extra activities to consolidate and expand the material in the coursebook and grammar sections practising specific language points. As with the coursebook, two main revision units summarise what has been learned, providing reading texts with comprehension and writing tasks. Ideal for faster learners or for practice of a specific area, the Activity Book can be used alongside the Pasos 1 Coursebook or as self-access material for learners of Spanish using any course. Activities include word searches, crosswords, cultural quizzes, extra reading and comprehension tasks, and gap-fill conjugation exercises.Pasos 1 Speaking and Listening Skills Practice Set: Supplementary to the Coursebook or Course Pack. Designed to help learners concentrate on and really improve their speaking and listening skills. This book with CD includes:- 2 audio CDs containing a wide variety of activities- a 160 page book packed with short exercises and transcriptsSpanish Practical Grammar Book: Supplementary to the Coursebook or Course Pack. A reference and grammar practice book containing clear, accessible grammar explanations with examples and extension in both Spanish and English

Teach Yourself

Spanish Grammar You Really Need To Know: Teach Yourself

Juan Kattan-Ibarra
Authors:
Juan Kattan-Ibarra
Hodder & Stoughton

Willkommen! German Beginner's Course 2ED Revised

Whether you are learning for general interest, for your job, holiday or examination purposes, Willkommen! will provide you with the opportunities you need to speak, read, write and understand German with confidence, and enjoy it too!The Audio and Support Book Pack contains:* two audio CDs recorded by native speakers, comprising the listening element of the course* a Support Book providing answers to all the exercises in the coursebook together with recording transcriptsWhether you are learning for general interest, for your job, holiday or examination purposes, Willkommen! will provide you with the opportunities you need to speak, read, write and understand German with confidence, and enjoy it too!

John Murray Learning

Masterclass French (Learn French with the Michel Thomas Method)

Michel Thomas
Authors:
Michel Thomas
John Murray Learning

Start French (Learn French with the Michel Thomas Method)

Michel Thomas
Authors:
Michel Thomas

Learn over 50 essential words at the heart of French and how to put them together to make yourself understood. This 1-hour basic introduction to French 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 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? After you finish your Start course, you can move to the Total French course, which includes 8 hours of audio and a practice CD-ROM. Perfect French follows on from the Total course with 10 hours of audio and a practice CD- ROM.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.

Teach Yourself

Essential Spanish Verbs: Teach Yourself

Maria Rosario Hollis
Authors:
Maria Rosario Hollis

Essential Spanish Verbs is the course for you if you need help with your study of Spanish. The aim of this book is to help you improve your command of Spanish by focusing on one aspect of language learning that invariably causes difficulties - verbs and the way they behave. Whether you are a complete beginner or a relatively advanced learner, you can consult the book when you need to know the form of a verb quickly. The introductory section gives you a complete overview of Spanish verbs and how they work in the various tenses.Essential Spanish Verbs contains:- full coverage of the main tenses for 200 frequently used Spanish verbs arranged alphabetically for quick and easy reference- examples of the verbs in everyday use, with colloquial expressions and words sharing the same origin- a Spanish-English verb list of approximately 3000 verbs with details of the patterns they follow- an English- Spanish verb list giving the most frequently used English verbs in Spanish with details of the patterns they followLearn effortlessly with a new, easy-to-read page design and interactive features: 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.

Teach Yourself

Essential French Verbs: Teach Yourself

Marie-Therese Weston
Authors:
Marie-Therese Weston

Essential French Verbs is the course for you if you need help with your study of French. This fully revised edition of our best-selling course contains hints on how to learn verbs effectively.The aim of this book is to help you improve your command of French by focusing on one aspect of language learning that invariably causes difficulties - verbs and the way they behave. Whether you are a complete beginner or a relatively advanced learner, you can consult the book when you need to know the form of a verb quickly. The introductory section gives you a complete overview of French verbs and how they work in the various tenses.Essential French Verbs contains:- full coverage of the main tenses for 200 frequently used French verbs arranged alphabetically for quick and easy reference- examples of the verbs in everyday use, with colloquial expressions and words sharing the same origin- a French-English verb list of approximately 3000 verbs with details of the patterns they follow- an English-French verb list giving the most frequently used English verbs in French with details of the patterns they followLearn effortlessly with a new, easy-to-read page design.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.Download our free app, Teach Yourself Library, from the App Store or Google Play to access the free audio.

Mac Bride

Mac Bride is a successful computer author who brings over 20 years of teaching experience to his writing.

Martyn Ellis

Martyn Ellis is a renowned specialist in language teaching and learning.

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.

Rosa Maria Martin

Rosa María Martín is Director of the Language Learning Unit at Queen Mary and Westfield College and an experienced language teacher and adviser.