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Spoken From The Front

Author : Andy McNab
ISBN : 9780552160803
Genre : Afghan War, 2001-
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"Spoken from the Front will tell the stories of what Andy McNab describes as modern-day heroes fighting modern-day wars . It will recount the courage and hardship of British servicemen and support staff as they have faced the unique difficulties posed by the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. Andy will introduce and edit the book, but the interwoven stories will be told by those serving on the front line, in their own words. Their action-packed, dramatic, moving and often humorous testimonies will be told through interviews and diaries, and letters and emails written to family, friends and loved ones. Spoken from the Front will be styled loosely on the Imperial War Museum's highly-successful Forgotten Voices series, but will focus on a smaller number of central characters who turn up repeatedly throughout the narrative."
Category: Afghan War, 2001-

Introducing Spoken Dialogue Systems Into Intelligent Environments

Author : Tobias Heinroth
ISBN : 9781461453833
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Introducing Spoken Dialogue Systems into Intelligent Environments outlines the formalisms of a novel knowledge-driven framework for spoken dialogue management and presents the implementation of a model-based Adaptive Spoken Dialogue Manager(ASDM) called OwlSpeak. The authors have identified three stakeholders that potentially influence the behavior of the ASDM: the user, the SDS, and a complex Intelligent Environment (IE) consisting of various devices, services, and task descriptions. The theoretical foundation of a working ontology-based spoken dialogue description framework, the prototype implementation of the ASDM, and the evaluation activities that are presented as part of this book contribute to the ongoing spoken dialogue research by establishing the fertile ground of model-based adaptive spoken dialogue management. This monograph is ideal for advanced undergraduate students, PhD students, and postdocs as well as academic and industrial researchers and developers in speech and multimodal interactive systems.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Basic Spoken Chinese

Author : Cornelius C. Kubler
ISBN : 9781462914814
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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This is a beginning-level course in spoken Chinese that employs a revolutionary new method designed to have you quickly speaking and comprehending Mandarin Chinese. Along with its sister book Basic Written Chinese and their accompanying workbooks, Basic Spoken Chinese offers a complete introductory course to the Chinese language. As a native English speaker, working hard to learn Chinese is not enough; you have to work smart in order to learn this very different language efficiently. Downloadable audio and video reinforce the material introduced in the book. No matter why you've chosen to learn Chinese—for business, travel, cultural studies or another goal—the Basic Chinese approach of two separate but integrated tracks in spoken and written Chinese will help you learn this language most efficiently and successfully. Detailed explanations in English of Chinese pronunciation, grammar, usage, culture, society, and recommended learning approaches. A digital Instructor's Guide is available electronically. A written Character Transcript (Simplified and Traditional) is available electronically. The downloadable materials feature: 40 videos with dozens of native speakers filmed on location in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. 6 hours of native-speaker audio, including all of the book's conversations. Build up sections, new words, and pronunciation exercises. Available separately, Basic Spoken Chinese Practice Essentials is the companion workbook for Basic Spoken Chinese. This practical guide includes a broad range of drills and exercises designed to dramatically enhance your proficiency in speaking and comprehending. While designed for use with the companion textbook, it can be used together with any Chinese textbook or teaching program to hone your Chinese language skills.
Category: Foreign Language Study

A Course In Phonetics And Spoken English

Author : J. SETHI
ISBN : 8120314956
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This much improved revised edition of the book takes into account the needs of the student in the context of the present curricula followed in various universities and English language teaching institutes. This edition therefore devotes a new chapter to Assimilation, a section to Tones in relation to Attitudes, and highlights certain important aspects of pronunciation, such as rules of word accentuation.Starting with general phonetics, the book goes on to give a brief functional account of general phonology and then a selective and yet fairly exhaustive description of the phonetics and phonology of English. It also provides a number of conversational passages in phonetic script as well as in ordinary spelling for practice in reading aloud. What sets this text apart is its novelty of approach and lucidity of treatment. English pronunciation is followed as per the "Received Pronunciation of England". This text is specially designed for postgraduate students of English, undergraduate and postgraduate students of Linguistics, and for those undergoing secondary and tertiary level teachers' training programmes in English.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Spoken English

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If you're a person whose mother-tongue is not English, the chances are, you've learnt English in the 'non-natural way'. That is, you've learnt English in a way that is opposite to the way of natural language acquisition. You know, the natural way of acquiring a language is to learn to speak it first and then to write it. Those people who do not learn English the natural way, know reasonable English - or even excellent English. And if you ask them to write a report or something in English, they may do it fairly well. But, if you ask them to speak to you about the same thing, they find it hard to do. Or even impossible. When they start speaking, most of the words remain on the tip of their tongue and don't readily come out. And often, what words do come out sound disconnected and random. And, they find themselves speaking in a clumsy and unclear way, with long gaps and intervals of indecision between every two words. And they keep fumbling for something to say. Not only this, they fmd it difficult to go on beyond one or two lines, without tripping up and without stumbling over the sounds or sequences of sounds. And then, they tend to fall back upon their mother-tongue - or become tongue-tied. This book will help you to overcome all these problems and will also help you in developing better speaking skills.

The Customs House

Author : Andrew Motion
ISBN : 9780571288120
Genre : Poetry
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Andrew Motion's new book opens with a sequence of war poems (first published as the pamphlet Laurels and Donkeys, on Armistice Day 2010), drawing on soldiers' experiences of war from 1914 until today - beginning with a story about Siegfried Sassoon and moving via World War Two and Korea to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of the poems are in the voices of combatants, others are based on memories of the poet's father, who landed at D-day and fought in France and Germany. The poems combine understatement with a clear-eyed and unswerving candour. The Customs House has other rooms: a group of topographies, mapping moments in a marriage against the contingencies of place and family history; and several 'found poems', in which the poet collaborates with his source, mixing what is there already with what is about to be there: whether a remarkable sonnet sequence on the last days of the Baroque genius Francesco Borromini, or in other poems a richly imagined extrapolation from the silent premises of a painting.
Category: Poetry

Modality And Structure In Signed And Spoken Languages

Author : Texas Linguistics Society. Conference
ISBN : 0521803853
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The realisation that signed languages are true languages is one of the great discoveries of linguistic research. The work of many sign language researchers has revealed deep similarities between signed and spoken languages in their structure, acquisition and processing, as well as differences, arising from the differing articulatory and perceptual constraints under which signed languages are used and learned. This book provides a cross-linguistic examination of the properties of many signed languages, including detailed case studies of Hong Kong, British, Mexican and German sign languages. The contributions to this volume, by some of the most prominent researchers in the field, focus on a single question: to what extent is linguistic structure influenced by the modality of language? Their answers offer particular insights into the factors that shape the nature of language and contribute to our understanding of why languages are organised as they are.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Right Baby Name

Author : Oliver Tavakol
ISBN : 9781427611994
Genre : Names, Personal
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Have you decided on a name yet? Don¿t take it lightly - it may be the most important and far-reaching decision you can make for your child. The Right Baby Name systematically uncovers the science behind names. Based on meticulous research on everything from the effects of vowel arrangements to the impressions created by associations with various professions, The Right Baby Name helps you understand the implications your choice will have. An extensive diagnostic section provides you with practical, actionable advice and includes a guide to quantifying name qualities such as uniqueness, fit and goodwill, and a questionnaire to determine your individual NameType¿. Complemented by powerful online report services at www.TheRightBabyName.com, this book removes the guesswork from choosing the right name. Researched and written by Oliver Tavakol, MD for his first child, The Right Baby Name is both scientific essay and practical handbook. The first and only resource of its kind, The Right Baby Name takes you beyond the standard ¿List of Baby Names¿ books and leads you to the right choice for your baby.
Category: Names, Personal

The Well Spoken Woman

Author : Christine K. Jahnke
ISBN : 9781616144630
Genre : Self-Help
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Sheryl Sandberg advises women to "lean in" to realize their full potential. To do so successfully, women need effective communication skills and a confident presentation style. In this must-have guide, one of the nation’s premier speech coaches shares tested techniques from twenty years of coaching women on what works and what doesn’t. The author details the practices and techniques of successful women to help all women improve their presentation and public speaking skills. With access to her expertise, you’ll learn strategies that will help you present your best self in forums from PTA meetings to TV studios, conferences to classrooms, boardrooms to YouTube. The author has advised First Lady Michelle Obama for her International Olympic Committee speech, provided speaker training to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and coached corporate CEOs and more women elected officials than any other trainer. Every woman can benefit from studying the polished speaking skills of such powerful women. Strategic advice on everything from messaging to hair and hemlines will allow you to come across as polished and prepared. The author includes easy-to-follow exercises so you can try out techniques immediately, from the use of sound bites and secrets to establishing eye contact to what not to do with your hands. Filled with behind-the-scenes advice, this book is for every woman who wants to present herself well, express her ideas with confidence, and earn the respect of any audience. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Self-Help

A Word Fitly Spoken

Author : Dr. Charles L. Kent
ISBN : 9781465387561
Genre : Self-Help
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As a new believer in Christ Jesus I overheard someone speaking about the perfect will of GOD. I was so amazed that GOD had a perfect will for my life. It was then I discovered my gift of teaching. I begin a lifelong search for knowledge, insight and wisdom. I came across so much truth that I remembered asking GOD to help me to retain the every thought of GOD that was being shared with me from Him. I was truly enlightened by His word and His spirit. GOD gave me this gift of remembering events, scripture lessons, teaching tools, and defining special moments through Acronyms, hence, the title, A Word Fitly Spoken Its nothing short of a miracle. I give Him all the Glory! For years Ive ministered using one, two and even more of my acronyms in my teachings. These acronyms help put a handle on the truths discovered as we look into life and the word of GOD. The way GOD deals with me is through meditation, and I simply ask GOD, What are you saying? How could this be said in a way that will allow me to never forget it? Give me a method, to hang this truth on, and as expected, He does it each time. So walk with me through my lifes lessons with these acronyms given to me by GOD, revealing to us how to handle His precious principles that He desires us to never forget
Category: Self-Help