I am salivating over a dictionary. Seriously?!? I just open it and turn pages and feel like everything is good because I have a big ass dictionary on...moreI am salivating over a dictionary. Seriously?!? I just open it and turn pages and feel like everything is good because I have a big ass dictionary on my desk.
I picked this up for $15 at a 2nd-hand bookshop. I wanted an Australian dictionary that had Australian pronunciations (as opposed to the English or American dialects).
I remember having a dictionary when I was a young child (5 or 6) and my mother bragging about me reading it. Not exactly true. I read A, B,C, and X, Y, Z, though I couldn't tell you what type of dictionary it was, only that the reputation stuck with me.
I am marking this has 'read', but seriously it should just stay in the 'currently reading' indefinitely. (less)
About half-way through I put this back in the bag to return to the library... I wasn't getting in to it. However I have noticed how many times I have...moreAbout half-way through I put this back in the bag to return to the library... I wasn't getting in to it. However I have noticed how many times I have thought about it or referred to it in the last two weeks... so I am going to pull it out and finished...
I really like the ideas of John Holt. This is a good read. I might come back later and elaborate, but if you are in the educational field, or a parent...moreI really like the ideas of John Holt. This is a good read. I might come back later and elaborate, but if you are in the educational field, or a parent wanting to know how to help your child get the most out of school... then buy this and read it.(less)
It is an illustrated math dictionary.... I know.... and I just gave it five-stars... I know....
My secret is out, I love math, I always have. I loved i...moreIt is an illustrated math dictionary.... I know.... and I just gave it five-stars... I know....
My secret is out, I love math, I always have. I loved it in primary school, I loved it in high school, I loved it at university, and all I wanted to do was be a computer programmer (which always was a branch of mathematics) or teach math.
The thing that makes me good at math is that I am not afraid of it, and I am well aware that it can be scary.
When I was in grade 9 I slept through school for about nine months, all I remember from that period of time was that I always had a 'Sweet Valley High' or 'Babysitters Club' book on my desk and I was always reading it whenever the teacher was not paying attention. I recall my Geography teacher once taking the book out of my hands, and much to my embarrassment, reading a page aloud to the class. I also remember that in order to increase my embarrassment he took some liberties with the text.
Still I reached the middle of grade nine with rankings in the 100s (ie 103/160 in Science, 97/160 in Math, 111/160 in English... you get the picture), this was unusual because I was always in the top classes until that year.
It was during this period that missed the unit on Trigonometry. You know, Sin, Cos, Tan, that sort of thing. Well it scared me for the rest of my high school career and well into university.
I eventually picked up my grades. We had this mad American science teacher. He had absolutely no control over our class and consequently we did nothing and learnt nothing. I have a memory of him telling us a story about a jock trying to suck up mercury through a pipette (which is like a glass straw with a little bubble about half way down), he stupidly stuck his tongue over the hole in order to suck in more air (just like we might do if we were sucking something up a straw), except this was mercury (very heavy) and it dragged his tongue down the pipette. Of course he panicced and tried to remove the straw from the mercury which only served to suck his tongue further down the pipette. It was funny because all he had to do was break the glass bubble of the pipette, thus breaking the seal and releasing his tongue.
Okay so this science teacher was the reason for the improvement in my grades, he mistakenly thought I had aced some chemistry test (nope, I hadn't) and therefore negotiated for me to be transfered to a different class during the chemistry topic. I was transferred and for the last four weeks of school I put the books away and worked hard. It is funny how doing well in one subject makes it easier to do well in other subjects. I will never forget how this one topic changed my schooling. Withing weeks I was in the top 3 of all my subjects (Science, Math, English). I just started making an effort again and it paid off.
What does this story have to do with this book?!?!?
I was studying again but I never regained my confidence in trigonometry and it was a thorn in my side for a long time. I did high level mathematics in my senior years and every single test I lost marks because of trigonometry and I was too scared to learn it. I had it in my head that it was too hard for me, and that I could not do it. It constantly affected my grades.
At university I took some pure mathematic courses and again found myself stumbling over trigonometry, to the point of having to retake a test. Finally - finally - finally - I got my act together and learnt how to do trigonometry and the result was a 98% on my final Advanced Algebra and Calculus subject... it took me until I was 27years old to pull it all together because I slept through one topic of mathematics when I was 14years old.
That is my point. I know that fear and loathing can seriously affect the way we approach math. It is easy to think we are incapable of doing it.
One of the things the whole experience gave me was the ability to see math as more then something that we are either good at or bad at. I see it as simple something to be learnt and forgotten.
See here is my next point. Remember that 98% score I received in Advanced Algebra and Calculus, well I have not done that kind of maths for nearly ten years now, and I have forgotten it all (well I could do a very basic derivative, but I certainly couldn't derive anything complicated). TV sometimes fools us into thinking that once we learn something we will never forget it. Have you ever seen Gilmore Girls with 16yo Rory Gilmore reading five books every week and still being able to constantly quote paragraphs from them. TV makes us think this is what normal people are like... we are not... normal people forget things that are not repeated.
So this book fits in about there. It is a fabulous illustrated dictionary that is perfect for refreshing your memory or quickly teaching a concept that you may be unsure about. It covers pretty much everything you would need for primary and high school and I recommend it to all my friends as a resource to have on hand when they are helping with their kids homework.
I keeping responding with surprise when it doesn't have a word that I am looking for, such as sentuers, l'on...moreOkay, you got me, I didn't read all of it.
I keeping responding with surprise when it doesn't have a word that I am looking for, such as sentuers, l'on, or alpestres - though it did have alpe. It fits in my pocket (okay not my jeans pocket, but the over sized hoodie can handle it... well it would probably fall out if I went for a walk, but it definitely fits in my pocket when I am laying on the lounge watching TV.
Of course it doesn't have all the words, I have a huge dictionary on my bookshelf that has all the English words, it is called a compact dictionary and comes with a magnifying glass, and it weighs about 15kg, h-u-g-e and definitely doesn't fit into my pocket. Why would I expect a pocket dictionary to have every word - that is what Google translate is for.
I should translate this review into French just to prove I am actually using it.
Ok, vous m'avez eu, je n'ai pas lu tout cela.
J'ai maintenant répondre avec surprise quand il n'a pas un mot que je cherchais, comme sentuers, L', ou sur Alpestres - si elle ne possède alpe. Il s'inscrit dans ma poche (pas bien ma poche de jeans, mais le hoodie de taille plus peut le manipuler ... et bien il serait probablement tomber si je suis allé faire une promenade, mais il s'inscrit définitivement dans ma poche quand je suis allongé sur le salon regarder la télévision.
Bien sûr, il n'a pas tous les mots, j'ai un énorme dictionnaire sur mon étagère qui a tous les mots anglais, on l'appelle un dictionnaire compact et est livré avec une loupe, et il pèse environ 15kg énorme et certainement n 't rentre pas dans ma poche. Pourquoi devrais-je attendre un dictionnaire de poche pour avoir chaque mot - c'est ce que Google translate est pour.
Okay you got me... I used Google translate for that too.(less)
This book is incredibly well referenced. Every comment and quote is annotated, making it a fabulous resource for anyone interested in, well, the polit...moreThis book is incredibly well referenced. Every comment and quote is annotated, making it a fabulous resource for anyone interested in, well, the politics of breast feeding.
There is some seriously eye- opening stuff within the book. It beggars belief how blatant formula companies are, how bad the formula is for society, and how the have been allowed to grow into multinational companies that control the way woman interact with their offspring.
I found this guy while searching youtube for photography tutorials.
I found the book gave a really solid explanation, with plenty of before and after p...moreI found this guy while searching youtube for photography tutorials.
I found the book gave a really solid explanation, with plenty of before and after photos to show the difference in techniques. The end of the book became too deep for me, but I will go and reread that part in a few months.(less)
Thank you for this book. I raise my hand as one of the thousands upon thousands of people who dream of writing a good story.
I devoured your books when I was younger, they scared me but I loved it. The first book I read was IT. Half-way through the book I tore it into three pieces, and buried it in my room. It was several weeks before I dug it out and continued reading.
Now I read the blurbs and think they sound great, but I can never read much more than the first chapter. I squirm and close my eyes and try to forget your descriptions. I have kids now and the realism haunts me, scares me, sickens me.
I have two books on the shelf and I may just bring myself to read them. Maybe.
ON WRITING has inspired me. Your book has help me identify what I want to write and shown me the tools I need to write. After years of doubting my ability and doubting my skill, I now know I can write. I am a writer and I am off to write.
With thanks, Cassie
PS I did not rewrite this three times nor argue about it with my husband. I promise I shall when I write the real thing. (less)
Some nice ideas and am already planning on making a couple of them.
The photography is rather uninspiring... The f...moreA lovely birthday gift from a friend.
Some nice ideas and am already planning on making a couple of them.
The photography is rather uninspiring... The front cover is very pretty but after a while it gets old seeing bed linen presented on a bed under a tree... would like to see it in a location with inspiring coordinates. (less)
Ita Buttrose is known within Australia as being the expert on ettiquette. Her appearances on television always show her to be a humour person with imp...moreIta Buttrose is known within Australia as being the expert on ettiquette. Her appearances on television always show her to be a humour person with impeccable manners.
This guide to Australian ettiquette covers everything from how to carve a roast to defriending someone on facebook (never do so without explaining why). The book has plenty of great information for social occasions explaining the nuances of dining out (it's okay to read a book if you are alone), having company (start the meal if the guests are an hour late) and toilet breaks at the cinema (don't put your bottom in their faces).
The book is perhaps a little heavy on wedding ettiquette (with over one quarter of the book dedicated to it) and her attitude towards children while in public is very much that they should be seen but not heard.
Written by the Australian expert on ettiquette this book is full of practical advice on everything from eating utensils and mobile manners to the difference between formal and semi-formal. She even details the correct etiquette for hanging up on somebody!!(less)