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The genius of language: Fifteen writers reflect on their mother tongue

Author: Wendy Lesser Language: English Summary: Fifteen outstanding writers answered editor Wendy Lesser’s call for original essays on the subject of language–the one they grew up with, and the English in which they write.Despite American assumptions about polite Chinese discourse, Amy Tan believes that there was nothing discreet about the Chinese language with which she grew up. Leonard Michaels spoke only Yiddish until he was … Continue reading The genius of language: Fifteen writers reflect on their mother tongue

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Mother Tongues: travels through tribal Europe

Author: Helena Drysdale Language: English Summary: Helena Drysdale and her husband Richard rented out their house and embarked on an epic tour across Europe in their customized camper van, the Mob. With them went their two small daughters, Tallulah and Xanthe. They had few plans, but they did have a goal: to probe the secrets of western Europes indigenous tribes. Over seven seasons Helena Drysdale and … Continue reading Mother Tongues: travels through tribal Europe

Global Mother Tongue : The Eight Flavours of English

Author: Howard Richler

Language: English

Summary: Celebrating a language that is spoken by 1.6 billion people, this entertaining analysis explores the international growth of English and gives an in-depth examination of its history.

Explaining the differences and similarities between the eight English-languages—African, American, Australian/New Zealand, British, Canadian, Caribbean, East Asian, and South Asian—this survey reflects on both dialect and usage.

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Mother Tongue: My Family’s Globe-Trotting Quest to Dream in Mandarin, Laugh in Arabic, and Sing in Spanish

Author: Christine Gilbert

Language: English

Summary: One woman’s quest to learn Mandarin in Beijing, Arabic in Beirut, and Spanish in Mexico, with her young family along for the ride. 

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Té letterario del 25 febbraio: Libri che regaliamo e ci sono stati regalati

Oggi abbiamo discusso dei libri che ci piace regalare e di quelli che riceviamo in regalo. Libri che riceviamo in regalo…se e quando ne riceviamo, perchè molte di noi, accanite lettrici, seminano il panico tra zii e amiche quando si tratta di scegliere un libro per Natale. La frase classica che ci serpeggia intorno è “ma tu hai già letto tutto!” – il che, se … Continue reading Té letterario del 25 febbraio: Libri che regaliamo e ci sono stati regalati

The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way

Author: Bill Bryson

Language: English

Summary: With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson—the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent—brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language.

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