Presents fifteen illustrated scenes that portray common types of people, animals, places, and things along with the corresponding words for them in Russian, as well as a list of the Russian words and their English translations.
Simple text in English and Russian, with phonetic respellings of the expressions in Russian, invites the reader to learn the Russian terms for emotions, meals, family, the days of the week, school, home, and other everyday topics.
If languages influence the way we think, do bilinguals think differently in their respective languages? And if languages do not affect thought, why do bilinguals often perceive such influence? For many years these questions remained unanswered because the research on language and thought had focused solely on the monolingual mind. Bilinguals were either excluded from this research as 'unusual' or 'messy' subjects, or treated as representative speakers of their first languages. Only recently did bi- and multilinguals become research participants in their own right. Pavlenko considers the socio-political circumstances that led to the monolingual status quo and shows how the invisibility of bilingual participants compromised the validity and reliability of findings in the study of language and cognition. She then shifts attention to the bilingual turn in the field and examines its contributions to the understanding of the human mind.
Author: Gabriel Wyner
Release Date: 2014-08-05
Genre: Foreign Language Study
The ultimate rapid language-learning guide! For those who’ve despaired of ever learning a foreign language, here, finally, is a book that will make the words stick. At thirty years old, Gabriel Wyner speaks six languages fluently. He didn’t learn them in school -- who does? -- rather, he learned them in the past few years, working on his own and practicing on the subway, using simple techniques and free online resources. In Fluent Forever Wyner reveals what he’s discovered. The greatest challenge to learning a foreign language is the challenge of memory; there are just too many words and too many rules. For every new word we learn, we seem to forget two old ones, and as a result, fluency can seem out of reach. Fluent Forever tackles this challenge head-on. With empathy for the language-challenged and abundant humor, Wyner deconstructs the learning process, revealing how to build a foreign language in your mind from the ground up. Starting with pronunciation, you’ll learn how to rewire your ears and turn foreign sounds into familiar sounds. You'll retrain your tongue to produce those sounds accurately, using tricks from opera singers and actors. Next, you'll begin to tackle words, and connect sounds and spellings to imagery, rather than translations, which will enable you to think in a foreign language. And with the help of sophisticated spaced-repetition techniques, you'll be able to memorize hundreds of words a month in minutes every day. Soon, you'll gain the ability to learn grammar and more difficult abstract words--without the tedious drills and exercises of language classes and grammar books. This is brain hacking at its most exciting, taking what we know about neuroscience and linguistics and using it to create the most efficient and enjoyable way to learn a foreign language in the spare minutes of your day.
Adam Beck, founder of the popular blog Bilingual Monkeys and the lively forum The Bilingual Zoo, provides a roadmap to greater success and joy raising bilingual kids in this practical and comprehensive guide for parents and teachers. A longtime practitioner of bilingual development in children, Beck shares the best of his personal experience as an educator and parent, offering a wealth of actionable advice in his engaging and empowering book. Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability will enable you to... Deepen your grasp of the key factors (including the two "core conditions") for successfully nurturing a bilingual child Strengthen your efforts by taking even more mindful and effective action on a regular basis Boost your child's language development, day by day, and bilingual ability over the years of childhood Empower your spirit and feel greater motivation, enthusiasm, and perseverance Experience a more joyful adventure with your child and a richer, closer relationship Praised by parents of bilingual kids around the world "A must-read for bilingual families." --Gabi in Argentina "The perfect guidebook for our family's ongoing multilingual journey." --Jonathan in Japan "A treasure trove of wonderful practical ideas and creative tips." --Julia in the United States "Definitely the most useful, practical, and motivating book on the market." --Arancha in Spain "If you are a parent looking to raise your child with two or more languages, look no further. This is the book you need." --Alisa in France