I loved this book. May be because it was the first book I read on topic, or maybe it hit all the right spots with me. It gave me a piece of mind about...moreI loved this book. May be because it was the first book I read on topic, or maybe it hit all the right spots with me. It gave me a piece of mind about my choices and the confidence that I am doing everything the right way.
One thing I loved the most is that there is no one right for everyone type of bilingualism and if you don't achieve it, you fail. There are many roads, many possible goals, and many good outcomes.
Case studies presented in the book allow to have a detailed look into several strategies different families chose - and their results, as the authors revisit and interview grown children.
It's not very detailed or comprehensive book, but I found it very useful in building my own strategy for my son.(less)
It is smart, funny, and about punctuation! What else a girl may need? (well, lots of stuff, but that’s another topic.)
Seriously, as much as I love fi...moreIt is smart, funny, and about punctuation! What else a girl may need? (well, lots of stuff, but that’s another topic.)
Seriously, as much as I love fiction, I often feel more passionate about non-fiction books on languages and history. It was this way since I was a child. I wouldn’t trade my fairytales on my encyclopedia, but the fairytales were a staple reading, whereas encyclopedias were a new magical, enticing world of knowledge about Stuff. I know a lot of Stuff since then, I’ve always been interested in Stuff that is hardly applicable in life.
One of my favourite books was A Book About Language – translated from English, though, of course I cannot name its author now. It was telling a lot of fancy stuff about different languages, and alphabets, and hieroglyphs, and smoke signals. The history of writing, the curious facts, the games with words – and thanks to the translator, appropriate examples with Russian language were included along with the English ones.
Lynne Truss doesn’t not explain every punctuation rule in English language, instead she talks about history of punctuation, its meaning, its changes through the time – together with language changes. She muses on prospects for the future of punctuation, rants about common misuse and indifference to the rules, overviews the proper usage, and she does it all in a wonderfully witty manner that makes me want to quote the whole book here. (less)