Modern Languages Series

Foundations, Breakthrough and Mastering modern languages

by Palgrave Macmillan

Books available from the Mastering Language Series

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Mastering Chinese - the complete course for beginners

Mastering Chinese is a modern, engaging, highly illustrated course in Mandarin Chinese, teaching conversational skills, good pronunciation and the beginnings of reading and writing the intriguing Chinese script.

Based on the author's 10 years of experience teaching Chinese in the UK and in China, this carefully structured and well-paced course will soon give you the confidence to communicate well in Chinese in both social and business settings. 

- Designed for complete beginners, with a wealth of interactive practice to build your confidence. 
- Teaches Mandarin Chinese which is spoken by over one billion people, and is the official language of mainland China, Taiwan and Singapore. 
- Suitable for study at home or in the classroom - learn at your own pace with this friendly, fun and fascinating introduction. 
- Covers a variety of everyday situations you will encounter in China, on holiday or travelling for business. 
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Mastering Arabic 1 (beginner level)

Mastering Arabic 1 is the most lively, accessible and carefully-paced Arabic course on the market. It is aimed at beginners with little or no previous knowledge of the language who want to understand, speak and read Arabic confidently. 

- bestselling course suitable for study at home or in the classroom 
- teaches Modern Standard Arabic, the universal language of the Arab world and understood by all Arabic speakers 
- covers a useful variety of situations you will encounter in the Arab world 
- offers a gradual introduction to the language, script and structures with thorough explanations and instructions 
- hundreds of lively exercises help you practise what you've learnt 
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Mastering Arabic 2 (post-beginner level)

Mastering Arabic 2 is a modern, engaging, intermediate Arabic course offering lively dialogues, varied texts and exercises, and fascinating cultural insights. The course follows on from the best-selling Mastering Arabic 1 but is suitable for any learner with some prior knowledge of Arabic.

• teaches Modern Standard Arabic, the universal language of the Arab world and understood by all Arabic speakers
• covers a wide variety of topics relevant to the Arab world including house and home, work and routine, travel and tourism, food and cooking, news and media, and arts and cinema
• based on a tried and tested methodology proven to work for self-study or the classroom, and for leisure or exams
• lively illustrations throughout plus a unit-by-unit focus on the geography, culture and dialects of major Arab countries
• by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, who share many years' experience in a combination of teaching, educational publishing and commerce in the Arab world


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Mastering Arabic Script: A guide to handwriting

Mastering Arabic Script: A Guide to Handwriting teaches Arabic handwriting in the form universally used by adult native speakers (riq'a) and compares it with naskh, the usual printed form.

There are three parts to the book covering: the basic letter shapes, combinations of letters and an additional extended writing section. Clear examples, a wealth of practice material, insider tips from a leading expert, and lively activities and photos make the book easy to follow and enjoyable to work through. The book can be used to supplement the popular Mastering Arabic course or independently from it.


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Mastering Arabic Grammar

Mastering Arabic Grammar is a reference and activity grammar book for all beginners and early intermediate students of Arabic, whether studying in a group or by themselves.

The book reinforces and expands the structures and vocabulary presented in Mastering Arabic and is the ideal companion to this popular course. However the clear structural explanations and practice activities make it a perfect companion for any taught or self-teach course. The book is divided into two parts: basis grammar and verbs. There are optional extra sections with explanations and activities covering the grammatical case endings used in formal, literary and religious Arabic.


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Mastering Spanish

Mastering Spanish has a thorough approach with full but user-friendly explanations making it ideal for adults returning to language learning.

Mastering Spanish has been updated and considerably extended for this new edition. Two cassettes replace the existing one and include additional unscripted dialogues with exercises to attune students' ears to the real sound of the language. There are also many newly written varied and practical exercises and a puzzles section.