An indispensable, fully up-to-date phrasebook for travellers to both Portugal and Brazil, in a pocket-size format and beautiful cover design This newly revised and updated Portuguese Phrase Book contains a wealth of useful words and phrases for travellers in both Portugal and Brazil, with a particular emphasis on Brazilian Portuguese. The book includes basic grammar, a pronunciation guide, additional vocabulary and phrases to suit every place, event and situation. Clearly presented and easy to use, it is the perfect pocket-sized travelling companion. - Essential phrases for travel, eating out, shopping, sightseeing - Numbers, times and dates - Pronunciation given - Grammar basics and vocabulary list - Designed for use in both Brazil and Portugal - Particular emphasis on Brazilian Portuguese.
The Language of Thieves
By Puchner, Martin
Tracking an underground language and the outcasts who depended on it for their survival.Centuries ago in middle Europe, a coded language appeared, scrawled in graffiti and spoken only by people who were "wiz" (in the know) . This hybrid language, dubbed Rotwelsch, facilitated survival for people in flight -- whether escaping persecution or just down on their luck. It was a language of the road associated with vagabonds, travelers, Jews, and thieves that blended words from Yiddish, Hebrew, German, Romani, Czech, and other European languages and was rich in expressions for police, jail, or experiencing trouble, such as "being in a pickle." This renegade language unsettled those in power, who responded by trying to stamp it out, none more vehemently than the Nazis.
W. W. Norton & Company
Bagels, Bumf, and Buses
By Horobin, Simon
Where do our everyday words come from? The bagel you eat for breakfast, the bumf you have to wade through at the office, and the bus that takes you home again: we use these words without thinking about their origins or how their meanings have changed over time. Simon Horobin takes the reader on a journey through a typical day, showing how the words we use to describe routine activities - getting up, going to work, eating meals - have surprisingly fascinating histories.
Oxford University Press
Who We're Reading When We're Reading Murakami
By Karashima, David
Thirty years ago, when Haruki Murakami's works were first being translated, they were part of a series of pocket-size English-learning guides released only in Japan. Today his books can be read in fifty languages and have won prizes and sold millions of copies globally. How did a loner destined for a niche domestic audience become one of the most famous writers alive? This book tells one key part of the story. Its cast includes an expat trained in art history who never intended to become a translator; a Chinese American ex-academic who never planned to work as an editor; and other publishing professionals in New York, London, and Tokyo who together introduced a pop-inflected, unexpected Japanese voice to the wider literary world. David Karashima synthesizes research, correspondence, and interviews with dozens of individuals -- including Murakami himself -- to examine how countless behind-the-scenes choices over the course of many years worked to build an internationally celebrated author's persona and oeuvre.
Soft Skull Press
25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way
By Woods, Geraldine
A guide to the artistry that lifts a sentence from good to great.We all know the basic structure of a sentence: a subject/verb pair expressing a complete thought and ending with proper punctuation. But that classroom definition doesn't begin to describe the ways in which these elements can combine to resonate with us as we read, to make us stop and think, laugh or cry.In 25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way, master teacher Geraldine Woods unpacks powerful examples of what she instead prefers to define as "the smallest element differentiating one writer's style from another's, a literary universe in a grain of sand." And that universe is very large: the hundreds of memorable sentences gathered here come from sources as wide-ranging as Edith Wharton and Yogi Berra, Toni Morrison and Yoda, T.