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A "fascinating" (The Economist) dive into the world of linguistics that is "part travelogue, part science lesson, part intellectual investigation...an entertaining, informative survey of some of the most fascinating polyglots of our time" (The New York Times Book Review). We all learn at least one language as children. But what does it take to learn six languages...or seventy? In Babel No More, Michael Erard, "a monolingual with benefits," sets out on a quest to meet language superlearners and make sense of their mental powers. On the way he uncovers the secrets of historical figures like Italian cardinal Giuseppe Mezzofanti, who was said to speak seventy-two languages; Emil Krebs, a pugnacious German diplomat, who spoke sixty-eight languages; and Lomb Kat, a Hungarian who taught herself Russian by reading Russian romance novels. On his way to tracking down the man who could be called the most linguistically talented person in the world, Erard meets modern language-superlearners. Among them is Alexander, who shows Erard the tricks of the trade and gives him a dark glimpse into the life of obsessive language acquisition. "Others do yoga," writes Erard. "Alexander does grammatical exercises." With his ambitious examination of what language is, where it lives in the brain, and the cultural implications of polyglots’ pursuits, Erard explores the upper limits of our ability to learn and to use languages, illuminating the intellectual potential in everyone. How do some people escape the curse of Babel - and what might the gods have demanded of them in return? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Blumenfeld. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004087/bk_adbl_004087_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A routine visit to one of Sam Acquillo's job sites becomes anything but. The home's owner, Victor Bollings, is lying in a pool of blood, the back of his head bashed in. One of Sam's closest friends in the cabinetry trade is quickly behind bars as the obvious suspect. For the cops, this is all standard operating procedure. But as it turns out, nothing about the case is routine, obvious, or standard in any way. Sam and defense attorney Jackie Swaitkowski are used to an uneasy, though often reciprocal, relationship with law enforcement. But when the chief of police tells Sam to stay the hell away, this time he really means it. For Sam and Jackie, words like this are highly motivational, until strange new forces emerge from the shadows. Forces from well beyond the borders of Southampton, from worlds as sinister as they are unfathomable. That doesn't mean Sam and Jackie still don't have a responsibility to defend the utterly defenseless: a Colombian immigrant with no legal status, no political power, and no alibi, with the full weight of the judicial system - local, state, national, and international - arrayed against him. The eighth edition of the Sam Acquillo mystery series disrupts the illusion that the Hamptons are safely immune from the struggles that inflame much of the world. It's an examination of how fear of the unknown ignites prejudice and hate, overturning norms of decency and principle. For Sam and Jackie, it's also a lesson in the interconnectedness of evil. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Keith Szarabajka. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/010621/bk_blak_010621_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How can a nation create the conditions for economic growth and prosperity? And what, once these conditions are achieved, can it do to sustain this progress? Discover the answers (which may surprise you) in these 24 lectures that guide you through a stimulating and, above all, accessible examination of what economists know and don't know about the elusive search for economic prosperity. Here, you'll learn how countries as widely different as the United States and Vietnam have grown their economies; how countries like China and India were able to recover from economic reverses; and, most important, why the critical test of any economic policy is its ability to productively alter human behavior for everyone's ultimate benefit. By looking at economic growth as the result of incentivizing such productive behavior - "making productivity more profitable than all the alternatives" - Professor Rodriguez clears up an often-shrouded economic landscape. The result is a lecture series that brings the economic strategies chosen by nations down to street level by adding a newfound clarity to key issues: Why economies succeed or fail; how economic bubbles are created, why they burst, and how nations recover from them; the challenges posed by globalization; and more. By the end of the last lecture, you'll understand as never before both the benefits granted and the costs extracted by the "instant economy" that technology and globalization have brought us. You'll grasp what China's expected economic dominance may soon mean. And you'll have a new appreciation of the juggling act policymakers perform as they try to heed history's latest lesson in achieving national growth and maximum human happiness. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Rodriguez. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000065/bk_tcco_000065_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There’s something alluring and wonderful when women are with each other, and Naughty Daydreams Press has put together a collection of five lesbian erotica shorts that range from sweet to scorching. Whether you’re interested in a wonderful and thrilling first lesbian sex encounter or a shocking reluctant seduction, this is the girl on girl collection for you!Making Lesbian MusicAriana is surprised when her vocal instructor has more in mind than just a singing lesson. Instead, Ms. Cross takes Ariana on a journey that leads her right to her first lesbian sexual experience. It’s an experience that might just change Ariana forever and will leave the listener breathless.While Her Husband Works: Susan’s First Lesbian EncounterSusan and her friend, Angela, have known each other for years. One day, they watch a talk show with a doctor guest who claims sexually satisfied women are more confident and successful. A playful argument ensues, and before long Susan is testing the theory...by putting her face between her friend’s legs! Will the women be successful after their first lesbian experience, or will their first lesbian sex be just a prelude to what happens when these cheating wives get caught?Doctor, Wait! A First Lesbian Doctor Patient ShortHope isn’t happy with her body, so she schedules an appointment with a plastic surgeon. She got a very, very skilled doctor, but the lovely lady MD is more skilled at what she can do unprofessionally than what she does at a doctor! When her examination turns into far more, Hope finds herself unable to say no to doctor-patient sex, her first lesbian sex; and once she’s had lez sex, she might not want anything else!The Gift: A First Threesome and First Lesbian ShortLyric has a surprise for her man, to thank him for closing an important deal and making a huge bonus. He never imagined it meant she was ready for a husband share with her best friend 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teddi Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/187040/bk_acx0_187040_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The term psychomancy (pronounced, "sy-ko-man-see"), is derived from two Greek words, the first psycho, meaning "the soul; the mind; the understanding" (and generally used to indicate "psychic" or unusual powers of the soul or mind); the second word, mancy, meaning "to divine; to foresee, or foreknow; to detect secret things" - and in occult parlance, "to sense" or "to receive impressions by the astral senses". So the word, as we use it, may be said to mean "psychic sensing" and in this work will be so used. The word psychomancer means "one practicing psychomancy", and the word psychomantic means "relating to psychomancy". The word clairvoyance is frequently used by people to designate some of the phases of psychomancy, but strictly speaking, this term is incorrect when used in this sense, the true occult meaning of the word clairvoyance being "transcendental vision, or the perception of beings on another plane of existence - the seeing of disembodied souls, elementals, etc.". And so, in this work, we shall consider the true phenomena of clairvoyance as distinct from that of psychomancy. In this work, we shall regard as the true phenomena of psychomancy all the various phenomena known as psychometry; crystal gazing; perceiving distant scenes; a perception of past events and indication of future events; either in the full waking state; the state of reverie; or the state of dreams. And so, this work will examine, consider, and explain the various phases of phenomena above indicated - in short, the phenomena of "sensing" objects by means of astral senses, omitting the phenomena of clairvoyance or seeing disembodied souls, etc., which we regard as belonging to a different phase of the general subject and which require special consideration and examination. We will cover the following topics in their own separate lesson: the nature of psychomancy; how to develop yourself; simpl 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis Logan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/139728/bk_acx0_139728_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The purpose of this work is to examine the manifestations of curriculum change on organizational culture of a primary school, with a specific focus on the culture of teachers. In this study, phenomenological design was used to investigate what meanings teachers attached to the changing nature and structure of their work, through the examination of the organizational culture of one primary school located in Ankara. Findings revealed that although teachers perceived the change as a threat at the initiation process due to their experiencing lack of choice, they later expressed approval of the values and beliefs of the constructivist curriculum. However, when their meanings and perceptions regarding implementation are examined, it seems that the constraints regarding implementation are more decisive than these values and beliefs. Besides, it was found that teachers mostly defined factors outside them as constraints to their implementation of the curriculum, such as physical limitations or insufficient in-service training. Finally, findings showed that the working lives of teachers outside the classroom manifested change especially in aspects like lesson planning and cooperation.
Washback influences a variety of teaching and learning areas directly and indirectly, either positively or negatively, or both. The key objectives of the study were to examine washback as a phenomenon relating to those areas that were most likely to be directly affected by the HSC examination in English.The findings of those studies have shown that, in most of the cases, tests narrow down the syllabus and curriculum, influence the selection of lesson contents, alter teaching methods and materials, but some have indicated that tests have limited or no impact on those areas.The study is potentially significant in that it offers educators and policymakers insights into English language teaching and learning at the HSC level. Most importantly, it highlights the voices of teachers and students, the very important people at the centre of the teaching and learning process. It finally advocates the needs for further research on the potential areas of washback.
This work will combine a critical examination of the history of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), more particularly, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) with a study of its relationships with Second Language Acquisition theories. We will review the findings of 4 main fields of research: the Cognitive Linguistics approach, the Psycholinguistic perspective, the General Human Learning and the Language in Social Context approaches, and their possible applications for CALL. Then, we will analyse the positive effect and drawbacks of these research findings. We will then comment on the attempts by researchers to combine these theories which, taken one by one, have a limited scope, into one metatheory which would favour a broad range of breakthroughs and new learning opportunities. Finally, we will design an activity for CALL which will be built from some of the theoretical findings reviewed in this paper, and from the latest technological tools currently on offer. This tailor-made computer based activity will teach the French subjunctive of doubt and will be included in a lesson plan and integrated in a syllabus.