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The elegant pen-strokes and visual harmony of Chinese writing, known as hanzi, have long been admired in the west. Classical Chinese calligraphy is a popular and valuable art form, and with the increasing economic and cultural power of China, its writing is becoming more widely appreciated and understood. In particular, the deep layers of history and symbolism which exist behind even the most everyday character have a strong appeal to those seeking understanding from an alternative philosophy. Chinese Characters: The Art of Hanzi features the most interesting of the three to four thousand characters are needed to write modern Chinese. Characters expressing concepts such as love, peace, respect and happiness are reproduced in a large format, enabling the reader to trace, scan or photocopy them for transfer to any other medium. Alongside the character is an accessible and inspiring explanation of how the character developed, what the particular strokes symbolize, and its various different meanings.
An enhanced exam section: expert guidance on approaching exam questions, writing high-quality responses and using critical interpretations, plus practice tasks and annotated sample answer extracts. Key skills covered: focused tasks to develop your analysis and understanding, plus regular study tips, revision questions and progress checks to track your learning. The most in-depth analysis: detailed text summaries and extract analysis to in-depth discussion of characters, themes, language, contexts and criticism, all helping you to succeed.
Want to brush up on your English idioms? Hoping to pass an English exam with flying colours? Ideal for anyone who wants to learn English to native-speaker standard, this fun and engaging visual guide to the most common and useful English idioms and phrases will help you understand and remember English idiomatic expressions and their meanings, making your English more fluent and natural. English for Everyone: English Idioms combines an innovative visual teaching method with the best of DK design to make one of the most difficult aspects of learning English as a foreign language incredibly easy. Hundreds of expressions are presented in context, with crystal-clear definitions and attractive illustrations. The book also covers English collocations and commonly confused words, helping you avoid the kind of mistakes that native English speakers would never make. Each teaching module is followed by tightly focused practice exercises to help you remember what you have learned. Extensive supporting audio is integrated throughout the course, with every expression in the context of its sample sentence recorded by native English speakers. The audio is free, available online, and can be played, paused, and repeated as often as you like, to help you perfect your pronunciation of each expression. Suitable for learners at all levels, English for Everyone: English Idioms is an exciting and intuitive guide to improving your understanding of English and the style of your written and spoken English.
The Copyeditor's Workbook--a companion to the indispensable Copyeditor's Handbook, now in its fourth edition--offers comprehensive and practical training for both aspiring and experienced copyeditors. Exercises of increasing difficulty and length, covering a range of subjects, enable you to advance in skill and confidence. Detailed answer keys offer a grounding in editorial basics, appropriate usage choices for different contexts and audiences, and advice on communicating effectively with authors and clients. The exercises provide an extensive workout in the knowledge and skills required of contemporary editors. Features and benefits Workbook challenges editors to build their skills and to use new tools. Exercises vary and increase in difficulty and length, allowing users to advance along the way. Answer keys illustrate several techniques for marking copy, including marking PDFs and hand marking hard copy. Book includes access to online exercises available for download.
The style of The Associated Press is the gold standard for news writing. With the AP Stylebook in hand, you can learn how to write and edit with the clarity and professionalism for which their writers and editors are famous. The AP Stylebook will help you master the AP's rules on grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviation, word and numeral usage, and when to use "more than" instead of "over." To make navigating these specialty chapters even easier, the Stylebookincludes a comprehensive index. Fully revised and updated to keep pace with world events, common usage, and AP procedures, The AP Stylebook is the one reference that all writers, editors and students cannot afford to be without.
Combining streamlined basic writing instruction with outstanding accessibility, THE COLLEGE WRITER, Brief, International Edition, is a fully updated three-in-one text--with a Rhetoric, a Reader, and a Researcher--for students at any skill level. The clear visual "at-a-glance" format helps students grasp larger concepts by linking them to pertinent examples. Throughout the text, numerous student and professional writing samples highlight important features of academic writing--from voice to documentation--and offer models for students' own papers. To save you time and engage learners, the fourth edition features expanded technology resources that include a multimedia eBook; English CourseMate; and Enhanced InSite, with online, streamlined peer review, originality checking, grademarking capabilities, and more.
The ultimate gift for wordsmiths and lovers of language: a word for every day of the year; Open the Cabinet to leap back in time, learn about linguistic trivia, follow a curious thread or wonder at the web of connections in the English language.; 1 January quaaltagh (n.) the first person you meet on New Year's Day; 1 April dorbellist (n.) a fool, a dull-witted dolt; 12 May word-grubber (n.) someone who uses obscure or difficult words in everyday conversation; 25 September theic (adj.) an excessive drinker of tea; 24 December doniferous (adj.) carrying a gift; Paul Anthony Jones has unearthed a wealth of strange and forgotten words: illuminating some aspect of the day, or simply telling a cracking good yarn, each reveals a story. Written with a light touch that belies the depth of research it contains, this is both a fascinating compendium of etymology and a captivating historical miscellany. Dip into this beautiful book to be delighted and intrigued throughout the year.
Ranging from Homer to Picasso, and from the Iranian Revolution to The Wizard of Oz, this spirited and radiant book awakens us anew to the role of color in our lives Our lives are saturated by color. We live in a world of vivid colors, and color marks our psychological and social existence. But for all color's inescapability, we don't know much about it. Now authors David Scott Kastan and Stephen Farthing offer a fresh and imaginative exploration of one of the most intriguing and least understood aspects of everyday experience. Kastan and Farthing, a scholar and a painter, respectively, investigate color from numerous perspectives: literary, historical, cultural, anthropological, philosophical, art historical, political, and scientific. In ten lively and wide-ranging chapters, each devoted to a different color, they examine the various ways colors have shaped and continue to shape our social and moral imaginations. Each individual color becomes the focal point for a consideration of one of the extraordinary ways in which color appears and matters in our lives. Beautifully produced in full color, this book is a remarkably smart, entertaining, and fascinating guide to this elusive topic.
Shona, or ChiShona, a Bantu language spoken by eight million people in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, is the official and most widely-spoken language of Zimbabwe. Designed for the traveler, this compact guide provides the means for basic communication in Shona, featuring a two-way dictionary and phrasebook with practical and cultural information. --1,400 dictionary entries --Pronunciation guide --A basic grammar --Essential phrases --Ideal for the traveler and student
The ultimate editing handbook, updated for the digital age The Australian Editing Handbook has become an industry standard, recommended by the Society of Editors, and holds a prominent place on the shelves of writers, editors and students alike. Authors Elizabeth Flann, Beryl Hill and Lan Wang have assembled a comprehensive guide to every aspect of the editing process, from working with authors and receiving manuscripts, to editorial, production, printing and beyond. The modern editor must go beyond editing and proofreading, and is often tasked with obtaining permissions, sourcing supplementary material and keeping the author on schedule and on budget. That means the editor is also the ultimate mediator of style and propriety for the piece, acting as gatekeeper between the author and the public. It's a substantial role, requiring the fundamental knowledge of several different fields to achieve effective results. A guide to managing each aspect of the job, The Australian Editing Handbook is an invaluable resource. The Third Edition includes updated information about the new challenges that editors face in the digital age, including: Editing on-screen Digital publishing Handling ebooks Print media versus online publications The book includes two-color printing to make editing marks easier to understand, and a wealth of charts and diagrams that simplify complex topics and serve as handy quick-checks that make this guide the ultimate desk reference. For professionals and students in the field of editing, writing, publishing or journalism, The Australian Editing Handbook, 3rd Edition is the industry's number-one resource.
This dictionary and phrasebook covers the Spanish dialects found throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. The book includes a dictionary of over 2,000 words, followed by a brief introduction to (Latin American) Spanish grammar. The helpful phrasebook chapters cover a wide variety of topics relevant to travelers, including transportation, shopping, eating out, and much more. There are also comments on culture and lifestyle.* Concise, discrete, and transportable* Side-by-side pronunciation* 2,000 total dictionary entries* Brief guide to Spanish grammar and pronunciation* Ideal for travelers, students, and businesspersons
Straightforward and practical, the HANDBOOK FOR FREELANCE WRITING tells you everything you need to know to build a thriving business as a freelance writer. From sales brochures to short stories, you'll learn how to get assignments, get published, and get paid promptly. Throughout the book, you'll benefit from proven strategies and real-world advice on every aspect of a freelance writing career.
The world's best-selling mini dictionary specially adapted for the Caribbean. This new edition is fully up-to-date, including the most popular new words to enter the English language. This unique dictionary has been compiled with constant reference to the Bank of English, ensuring the dictionary accurately reflects English as it is used today in a way that is most helpful to the dictionary user. The dictionary includes a Unique Survival Guide developed exclusively for Caribbean students, addressing key aspects in the CXC syllabus including errors commonly made in exams. It features tips on essay-writing, exams, grammar, letter & CV-writing and more, helping students write effectively with confidence. Additional features include entry words in colour for ease of use, detailed word histories and 'Word Tip' usage notes.
A Word a Day contains 365 carefully selected words that will enhance
and expand your vocabulary, along with their meanings, origins and
sample usage and fascinating word-related facts and trivia.
`Let's eat Grandma' OR `Let's eat, Grandma'? This fun yet informative book offers bite-sized tips and advice on everything you need to know about grammar - including common misspellings, how to use punctuation correctly, applying the right tense - and will turn you from a logophobe to a grammarphile in no time!
This is the reissued Oxford Mini Dictionary and Thesaurus. - now in
an attractive new format.
This dictionary follows the format of the others in 'Beginner's' series, with a cultural introduction to the language and region, a pronunciation guide, and 15 lessons that teach essential grammar and basic conversational skills to the first-time learner. Duologues and review exercises allow the student to practice communication, study grammatical structures, and develop vocabulary.
The Writer's Creative Workbook is a practical and insightful guide into the joyful craft of mindful writing. Focusing on the transformative process of writing and conscious creativity, this beautifully illustrated part-manual, part-journal explores the holistic value of writing for writing's sake. Author Joy Kenward invites story-tellers, poets, travel-writers, journalists and letter-writers - in fact anyone curious about the ancient wisdom of mindfulness and its relevance to the modern creative voice - to embrace affirmations, meditations and Buddhist wisdom. With practical exercises and astute notes on dissolving creative block, planning, time, and caring for your words, this is a must-have companion to help any creative wordsmith flow, flourish, and be mindful.
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