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By Martin Maiden, Cecilia Robustelli

This Italian reference grammar offers scholars, lecturers and others attracted to the Italian language with a complete, available and jargon-free consultant to the kinds and constitution of Italian.
Whatever their point of data of the language, freshmen of Italian will locate this ebook necessary: it supplies transparent and special reasons of every little thing from the main effortless evidence equivalent to the relation among spelling and pronunciation, or the types of the thing, to extra complex issues akin to some of the nuances of the subjunctive. Formal or archaic discourse is exotic from casual, daily utilization, and regionalisms also are indicated the place acceptable.
The authors have taken care to make it a simple and illuminating reference instrument: large cross-referencing permits readers to quick locate the knowledge they require, and in addition stimulates them to find new, comparable proof.

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To achieve fluency in these languages required commitment, intensity and good learning techniques. But I could not have succeeded without a strong interest in the people and the culture, and the confidence that I would become a fluent speaker of these languages. In 1967 in the Canadian capital city of Ottawa, I began my first full time job as an Assistant Trade Commissioner. Most of our group of young and eager Trade Commissioners-in-training had visions of serving their country in interesting foreign postings.

As Chinese culture and people spread and mixed with local ethnic groups in South China, no permanent separate states sprang up as was the case in Europe with the interaction of Romans and other peoples. In the North of China, constant invasions and settlement by Turkic, Mongolian, Tibetan and Tungusic A Personal Guide to Language Learning 45 peoples were a dominant feature for 2,000 years. Yet throughout this period, the prestige and power of Chinese culture was not permanently challenged. This is in part because of the flexibility of the Chinese writing system, which could be used to represent meaning even if words were pronounced differently.

In 1967 in the Canadian capital city of Ottawa, I began my first full time job as an Assistant Trade Commissioner. Most of our group of young and eager Trade Commissioners-in-training had visions of serving their country in interesting foreign postings. However, fully one third of all Trade Commission posts are in the United States. Everyone wanted to avoid an assignment to Cleveland or Buffalo. When the Trade Service announced that they were going to appoint an officer to Hong Kong to learn Chinese in preparation for the expected establishment of diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China, I figured that this was my chance to avoid Buffalo.

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