Short Stories

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Fewer and fewer people these days read short stories. This is unfortunate–so few will ever experience the joy that reading such fine work can give. This book gives a nice collection of short stories that will excite people into rediscovering this excellent source of entertainment.

German Conversation Guide for Beginners

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The easy way to learn the most common words and phrases. From greetings and good-byes to everyday small talk, each entry is presented in a realistic context. GERMAN CONVERSATION GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS is the definitive phrasebook to help you make the most of your time in Germany.
Whether you want to book a hotel room, ask what time the train leaves or buy a drink from the bar, this new book has a vast dictionary and will help you communicate with the locals in no time.
With this book in your pocket you will never run out of things to say! Make the most of your trip to Germany with GERMAN CONVERSATION GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS.

The Pregnancy and the Baby

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This is the most comprehensive pregnancy manual on the market. From the latest obstetric procedures to nutrition, exercise and choices in childbirth, reassuring, practical advice on all aspects of your antenatal care will help you every step of the way.
„The Pregnancy and the Baby„ is essential reading for anyone expecting a baby. It takes parents through planning for a baby, pregnancy and birth. It also gives coverage of the first year of a baby’s life and looks beyond to the toddler years, offering reassurance and practical advice.

English Vocabulary Exercises

As you improve your English skills and your grammar understanding advances, you will discover that building your vocabulary is the key to becoming an excellent speaker of English. This book will help you improve your vocabulary. A strong vocabulary not only helps you express your ideas, but helps you impress people around you with your understanding of the language.

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Check It Again!

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Learn how to spot common mistakes in written English – and avoid making them!
Can you spot the mistake in the text below?
What’s the chances of a manned mission to Mars?
It could be a problem with apostrophes or a missing article, or maybe it just doesn’t make sense. It could be there’s a punctuation mark missing or a spelling mistake, or perhaps the words used don’t agree – the verb is singular but the noun is plural …
What do you think? Not sure? You need this book!
Inside you will find 60 examples of incorrect English, including the one above, adapted from genuine mistakes published in newspaper and magazine articles, advertisements, websites, and leaflets. Each example has one mistake. Your task is to find it and say what kind of mistake it is – then write the corrected version. In the
process you will improve your written English by learning to identify the common mistakes that professional writers make and that professional editors and proofreaders miss.
We all need to write to communicate with others. This book shows you how to improve your written English by avoiding the mistakes that the professionals make.
ALSO INCLUDES OUR EXCLUSIVE A-Z OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR WORDS!
We hope that this new book will help you as you aim to make your written English:
a) clearer (and therefore more valuable to both you and your reader)
b) more impressive (making you or your company look more professional)
When you go to a supermarket you will usually see enormous signs outside the store, made from huge Perspex letters several feet high. Often they light up at night and you can see them from far and wide. You can be certain that these words will be spelled correctly – for a reason. What about your English?
Check it again! Then, if in doubt, check it again.

The Big Book of English Exercises for Beginners

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The Big Book of English Exercises for Beginners is jam-packed from cover to cover with a great selection of entry level exercises and examples. This book provides teachers with a really useful material of no-nonsense grammar exercises that they can dip into and use in class with students.
It is also ideal for students to work with at home and learn English on their own, since the exercises have a intuitive structure and the answers are all printed at the back.
The book is divided into chapters and is graded in difficulty, so that it begins with some basic stuff and builds up to more challenging grammar activities.

Sign Language ABC

“Sign Language ABC” teaches children to know and make the 26 letters in the American Sign Language. Learning the names and shapes of the letters of the alphabet is the first step to reading. They’ll develop strong beginning reading skills and explore language while they’re having fun!Fun and educational learning.
Each page teaches children the American Sign Language alphabet through adorable illustrations.

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Practical English Exercises

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including . . .
‘-able’ or ‘-ible’
amazing inventions
auxiliary verbs
calculator code words
common grammar mistakes
describing people
ethical issues
information exchange
‘its’ or ‘it’s’
missing syllables
order of adjectives
prefixes and suffixes
prepositions of time
present perfect tense
question tags
reading comprehension tests
silent letters
sound-alike words
tips for better English
. . . and much, much more!

This book is packed from cover to cover with exercises that will really inspire learners, covering a huge variety of language areas. It’s aimed at learners who are studying at about Level 1 and can be used by teachers with all types of English classes, as well as students for home study, since the answers to all of the activities, plus notes for solving the exercises, are included at the back of the book.
The book is divided into sections according to type of language skills being practised, namely grammar, vocabulary, spelling, reading, speaking & listening, and research skills.
This book includes lots of unique material that has been written especially for our learners, including exercises on ‘its or it’s’, adverbs, syllables, understanding maps, and Calculator Code Words. There’s loads of stuff here for learners of English to get their teeth into – wherever you may be studying!
This book is all about helping learners to improve their English skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening We hope you will really enjoy using this book as a self-study tool or with your learners, if you are a teacher.

Manga Worth Reading – Say Hello to Black Jack (english version)

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“Say Hello to BLACK JACK” is one of the most popular Manga comics series in Japan. This work has recorded the smashing success of 13 million sales in Japan.

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Say Hello to Black Jack tells a familiar story: a newly-minted professional enters his field, convinced that he has chosen the True Path. He soon discovers, however, that many of his colleagues have chosen profit over passion, forcing him to decide whether to follow their example or fight the system.

Eijiro Saito, the hero, is a graduate of a top medical school, brimming with energy and enthusiasm. Though Saito lands a plum internship at Eiroku University’s teaching hospital, his pay is meager; he supplements his income by moonlighting at a woefully understaffed emergency room. At both institutions, Saito encounters crooked doctors who demand bribes from patients; arrogant doctors who belittle poor patients; and money-minded doctors who care only about the hospital’s bottom line. For all the challenges to Saito’s idealism, however, he clings tenaciously to the belief that candor and sincerity are a doctor’s greatest assets.

As agit-prop, Give My Regards to Black Jack succeeds. Author Shuho Sato makes a convincing case that billing practices encourage Japanese hospitals to treat patients as cash cows, rather than people in need of medical care. Sato also offers a blistering critique of doctor training, showing us the toll that long hours, poor pay, and workplace bullying exact on residents.

As drama, however, Give My Regards to Black Jack is too tidy to be moving. True, Saito’s despair at his own futility seems genuine. Early in volume one, for example, Saito finds himself alone in the operating room with a motorcycle accident victim. Fearful of killing the patient, Saito does nothing; only the last-minute intervention of a more experienced surgeon prevents the victim from dying on the table. In a moment of self-hatred, Saito dissolves into tears, castigating himself for his paralysis — a scene that intuitively and emotionally feels right, given where he is in his residency.

Where the story falters is in its portrayal of the senior doctors at Eiroku Hospital: they’re haughty and deceitful, primarily concerned with asserting their authority over patients and junior staff members. Even when their words ring with truth, their advice is framed as a cynical and self-serving pose. Not all of the doctors fit this mold: the repulsively drawn Ushida, who toils in the Seido emergency room, is a wiser and more compassionate soul than his wolfish face or feral demeanor might suggest. So is Saburo Kita, a maverick heart surgeon who loves karaoke and paisley shirts; Kita cuts a flamboyant figure, but is humble when discussing his work. These characters are few and far between, however, with many more doctors acting like graduates of the Snidely Whiplash School of Medical Malpractice.

The series’ other shortcoming is the artwork. Though Sato shows a Tezukian flair for close-ups of mangled flesh and pulsating organs, his character designs lack Tezuka’s finesse. Tezuka’s Black Jack might be a cartoonish figure with his cloak and Frankensutures, but those design elements are fundamental to establishing Black Jack’s personality; a reader could dive into anyBlack Jack story and immediately understand who he is. Moreover, all of the characters in Black Jack are crafted with similar care, each assigned a few simple but telling details that communicate their role in the drama.

By contrast, Ushida looks like he stepped out of Toriko, with his bug eyes, lantern-jaw, and perma-sneer. Since none of the other characters are rendered in such a grotesque fashion, one could make the argument that Ushida’s ugliness must serve a dramatic purpose, symbolizing the corrosive effect of his working conditions. We never spend enough time with Ushida, however, to know how much he sacrificed his ideals for a steady career, nor do we see enough of his behavior with patients to rationalize his appearance. It seems perverse to draw only one character in such a distorted fashion; say what you will about Tezuka’s caricatures, but there was always a unifying aesthetic in Black Jack that made it possible for the reader to view Dr. Kiriko, Pinoko, and Biwamaru as inhabitants of the same universe.

What Sato’s work has in common with Tezuka’s is a fierce conviction that the Japanese medical establishment is bloated, ineffective, and indifferent to real human suffering. Sato addresses these shortcomings in a more explicit fashion than Tezuka did in Black Jack— or Ode to Kirihito, for that matter — using real medical procedures and real administrative dilemmas as plot fodder. Yet Sato’s stories are often unmoving, as his hero’s idealism compels him to take simplistic stands on complex issues. Tezuka, on the other hand, focused more on entertaining audiences than on educating them about Japanese health care, building his stories around a character whose subversive, self-interested behavior never prevented him from treating the genuinely deserving. Tezuka’s stories might be more formulaic and absurd than Sato’s, but they’re never so earnestly dull that they read like anti-JMA propaganda. Call me crazy, but I’ll take killer whale surgery and teratoid cystomas over a hectoring medical procedural any day.

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English Grammar – Theory and Exercises

English Grammar – Theory and Exercises

“English Grammar – Theory and Exercises” presents the most important elements of English Grammar in a clear and simple manner. The book addresses all those who want to learn English, regardless of age, offering, through clear explanations and algorithms, a better and faster understanding of English grammar. Each lesson is accompanied by examples and exercises. The book contains 900 exercises.

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Give My Regards to BLACK JACK – manga comics series

“Give My Regards to BLACK JACK” is one of the most popular Manga comics series in Japan. This work has recorded the smashing success of 13 million sales in Japan. This series is a more gritty portrayal of a medical student wrestling with the conflicting ethics and business of being a doctor.

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