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Iron-On Fusible Cotton Repair Trouser Pockets (2 Pk)
Iron-On Fusible Cotton Repair Trouser Pockets (2 Pk)
Offered by Daisy Craft Fabrics
Price: 1.50

2.0 out of 5 stars Too small to work, at least on my trousers (adult man's trousers), 26 July 2014
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5.5" (14 cm) wide, whereas my trouser pockets are 6.7" (17 cm) wide. Otherwise they should be fine. It would help if those selling this kind of product would show in Amazon the sizing. For me this has been a complete waste of time and money.


Arabic Poetry: A Primer for Students
Arabic Poetry: A Primer for Students
by A. J. Arberry
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Typesetting is abysmal -- there has been no proofreading. Shocker!, 5 Jan 2014
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This text has great merits and they are adequately described by the other reviewers. However, the typesetting is sloppy and in places abysmal: on page 37 of my copy, purchased brand new on Amazon in 2013, it is as if some illiterate typesetter has simply sliced down the middle of the page with a knife, separating a word in each line into two parts. This is not the standard that Cambridge University Press claims to aspire to, the typesetter must have been drunk, the editor incompetent or fast asleep and probably both, and the managing director careless. If you are using this text to try to learn Arabic, beware that the text is in places misleading because of this random slicing. The back of the book says "Printed in Great Britain by Amazon.co.uk Ltd., Marston Gate."


The Accelerated Learning Handbook: A Creative Guide to Designing and Delivering Faster, More Effective Training Programs
The Accelerated Learning Handbook: A Creative Guide to Designing and Delivering Faster, More Effective Training Programs
by Dave Meier
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - excellent value, highly practical, 17 May 2011
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You do not need to be a professional trainer to use this book. It is well written, well structured and applies as much to anyone who has to train others as to training professionals. Spending just one afternoon with this book enabled me to rewrite a training course to be shorter, much more effective, and much easier to deliver. I have about 30 books on training and facilitation, this is absolutely one of the very best. I wanted a second copy, and the tiny gap between the price new and the second hand price suggests that the market rates is very highly too.

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Samsung CLP-325W  Colour Laser Printer (Wireless)
Samsung CLP-325W Colour Laser Printer (Wireless)

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great printer, abysmal set-up if you use a Mac, but here is how, 30 Dec 2010
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I already had a Samsung B&W printer and also the non-wireless version of this printer, which I had had connected wirelessly via a Mac airport. That printer would print only six pages when set up with airport, so I decided to buy the wireless version of the printer to fix the problem.

I now have my lovely new Samsung wireless printer set up and it is superb. Great print quality, a cheap printer, and running wirelessly to my Mac. But setting it up was a long struggle, taking 11 hours, and the main purpose of this review is to save others time. The key is finding the MAC address of the printer, which is what took me 10 of the 11 hours. You should be able to setup in 10 minutes.

The documentation that comes with this machine is fine for PCs, judging by other reviews and a search of the Internet. But the documentation for the Mac is abysmal, because critical information is missing. Chiefly what is missing is how to find the MAC address of the printer. To do this connect your printer to the wireless router with an Ethernet cable, power up the printer, and then depress the red button that is etched with a triangle in a circle. If you do this without connecting bu a cable to the router you get a print out but it is not the network configuration report, which is what you need.

You also need to know what the right codes are for the subnet mask and the default gateway. Again, the manual is silent on these points. The codes that worked for me were 255.255.255.0 for the subnet mask, and then for the default gateway the first three sections of the printer's IP address with the final (fourth) section being 96. The manual is effective in telling you how to set an IP address for the printer, which is to take the IP address of your laptop but put a different number in the last section - 150 worked for me.

Another irritation is that the hardcopy manual supplied with the machine does not cover installation with Mac computers, you have to use the softcopy manual on the CD for that.

Once you have the MAC address and the codes to enter for the subnet mask and the default gateway then setup is simple.

My printer now prints long documents perfectly and I am very happy.

I have given this machine 3 stars, which is an average of 5 for the printer itself and zero for the setup on Apple Macintosh machines.

PS - don't bother calling the Samsung helpdesk. The number given in the manual for the UK no longer works, and the so called specialist on the US number has no idea how to help solve this problem.
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Power: Why Some People Have It - and Others Don't
Power: Why Some People Have It - and Others Don't
by Jeffrey Pfeffer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.39

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good - you need to know this if you work in an organization, 16 Nov 2010
Unlike some of Pfeffer's previous books, this one is very clear and readable. Pfeffer explains how power works in organizations, lists the tactics and strategies that people use to gain and hang on to power, and shows what you can do to avoid being unwittingly the fall guy for other people's power plays. Pfeffer is not a self-help guru, he is a serious practitioner and academic, and it shows in this book because all findings and suggestions are backed up by research and evidence.

If you are not certain that you know how power works, or if you are competent and hard working but not getting the recognition and promotion you deserve, you need this book. If your other half is having a hard time at work because they are too nice, buy them this book, and read it yourself first.

You cannot afford not to know what is in this book if you work in an organization of any kind. If you work alone or are retired (or maybe simply very, very rich) the material Pfeffer covers is still interesting in that it explains much of how the world works.

Good luck!

"Epictetus"


Complete Arabic: Teach Yourself (Book/CD Pack)
Complete Arabic: Teach Yourself (Book/CD Pack)
by Jack Smart
Edition: Paperback
Price: 35.99

62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books available for learning Arabic, 20 July 2010
Below is my review of the previous edition of this book, titled "Teach Yourself Arabic." My only criticism is that the book is paperback, so falls apart after heavy use, which was why I went along to a bookshop to look for a new copy of "Teach Yourself Arabic." This book, although it has a different title, is substantially the same as the previous "Teach Yourself Arabic" and my review of the previous edition still applies.

It would be a splendid thing indeed were our world such that we could learn a language by studying one book and no more, and it would be even better were our world such that merely buying a language book be sufficient to master a new language. However, the actual world we live in is one where learning a new language requires a significant effort, and anyone seriously wanting to learn a new language, at any level beyond a few stock phrases, will understand that they need several books rather than just one.

This book is an excellent one to have as part of your collection, if you are serious about learning Arabic. It is one of the best books available, especially for self-study. This is because the contents are well structured and the student is never expected to know anything that has not been covered already, which sets it apart from many other popular books, including the Al Kitaab series (Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya). One reviewer says that the transliteration is a distraction. Maybe, but there is Arabic script throughout and my own experience is that with time one soon learns to ignore the transliteration, but some colleagues of mine who do not intend to learn the Arabic script like having the transliteration. Another reviewer says that there is not enough vocabulary in this book. It has 26 pages of double column dictionary in the back, 13 of Arabic to English and 13 of English to Arabic. A serious student will always need a good dictionary, one for each direction. The best I have found so far are Hans Wehr for Arabic-English, and the Oxford English to Arabic.

If you are serious about learning the language then it is definitely worth getting this book together with the CDs.

I am not a linguist, but I am succeeding in learning to read and write Arabic and this book is one of my main resources, together with its accompanying CD. Other books I find valuable are: Schulz et.al _Standard Arabic_, _Teach Yourself Gulf Arabic_, Dasouqi _Arabic Reading, Writing and Speaking_, the Cambridge _Elementary Modern Standard Arabic_, the Asterix and Obelix cartoon books in Arabic, Ladybird books in Arabic, the iPhone app from Declan Software _Arabic Flash Cards_, the iStudy iPhone app "Arabic Alphabet", and Badawi et al _Modern Written Arabic_, together with the audio tapes wherever they exist and flash cards showing verb declensions by Dr. Imran H Alawiye _Gateway to Arabic_. I also use the two dictionaries listed above, together with Google Translate and some of the iPhone app dictionaries.

I also believe that this book is exceptionally good because I gave a copy to an employee of mine at the start of a flight from London to Dubai, and by the time we landed she was speaking a few phrases of Arabic. The employee is a professional linguist, but even so, not bad from a standing start.

Overall, this is one of the very best books you can buy for learning Arabic, based on my experience of trying over twenty of the main contenders.

(And if Amazon had not stripped it out, I would have finished this review by typing in Arabic atakallam araby, fil mish-mish.) Good luck - it's a wonderful language!
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Teach Yourself Arabic (Teach Yourself Languages)
Teach Yourself Arabic (Teach Yourself Languages)
by Jack Smart
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally good and valuable, 19 July 2010
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It would be a splendid thing indeed were our world such that we could learn a language by studying one book and no more, and it would be even better were our world such that merely buying a language book be sufficient to master a new language. However, the actual world we live in is one where learning a new language requires a significant effort, and anyone seriously wanting to learn a new language, at any level beyond a few stock phrases, will understand that they need several books rather than just one.

This book is an excellent one to have as part of your collection, if you are serious about learning Arabic. It is one of the best books available, especially for self-study. This is because the contents are well structured and the student is never expected to know anything that has not been covered already, which sets it apart from many other popular books, including the Al Kitaab series (Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya). One reviewer says that the transliteration is a distraction. Maybe, but there is Arabic script throughout and my own experience is that with time one soon learns to ignore the transliteration, but some colleagues of mine who do not intend to learn the Arabic script like having the transliteration. Another reviewer says that there is not enough vocabulary in this book. It has 26 pages of double column dictionary in the back, 13 of Arabic to English and 13 of English to Arabic. A serious student will always need a good dictionary, one for each direction. The best I have found so far are Hans Wehr for Arabic-English, and the Oxford English to Arabic.

If you are serious about learning the language then I recommend getting the CDs that go with this book. Amazon lists another item which is this book together with the CDs.

I am not a linguist, but I am succeeding in learning to read and write Arabic and this book is one of my main resources, together with its accompanying CD. Other books I find valuable are: Schulz et.al _Standard Arabic_, _Teach Yourself Gulf Arabic_, Dasouqi _Arabic Reading, Writing and Speaking_, the Cambridge _Elementary Modern Standard Arabic_, the Asterix and Obelix cartoon books in Arabic, Ladybird books in Arabic, the iPhone app from Declan Software _Arabic Flash Cards_, the iStudy iPhone app "Arabic Alphabet", and Badawi et al _Modern Written Arabic_, together with the audio tapes wherever they exist and flash cards showing verb declensions by Dr. Imran H Alawiye _Gateway to Arabic_. I also use the two dictionaries listed above, together with Google Translate and some of the iPhone app dictionaries.

I also believe that this book is exceptionally good because I gave a copy to an employee of mine at the start of a flight from London to Dubai, and by the time we landed she was speaking a few phrases of Arabic. The employee is a professional linguist, but even so, not bad from a standing start.

Overall, this is one of the very best books you can buy for learning Arabic, based on my experience of trying over twenty of the main contenders.

(And if Amazon had not stripped it out, I would have finished this review by typing in Arabic atakallam araby, fil mish-mish.) Good luck - it's a wonderful language!

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Standard Arabic: An Elementary-Intermediate Course
Standard Arabic: An Elementary-Intermediate Course
by Eckehard Schulz
Edition: Paperback
Price: 27.74

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best textbook for learning to speak Arabic, but deficient in companion audio material, 12 Jan 2010
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The basis of this review is that, contrary to much advertising and what many people would like to believe, there are no shortcuts to learning a foreign language, and great effort and time is required for intermediate skill in the language. Twenty minutes a day for a year is simply not enough.

What I wanted was a book into which I could pour my time and effort and from which would result basic competence in the language. This is the best book I could find for that. There are two reasons why this book came top of my evaluation. First, it is structured so that at any point as one progresses through the book, everything necessary up to that point has already been covered. Most of the popular Arabic language textbooks fail on this criterion. Secondly, the book has the right amount of drill in it, which is a great amount. Sure, drill is dull, but it is necessary to learn a language. The way that I did this review was to buy from Amazon.co.uk and from Grant and Cutler in London all the most popular Arabic language textbooks and try them myself over a period of several months, and then I invited a top expert language teacher to review all the different books for me. This book came top.

Good as it is, this book has defects. Chief of these is that there is no readily accessible MP3 audio track to accompany it. The book only really works with the soundtrack that accompanies it. The book by itself is not suitable for a personal course of study, which is what I wanted. The audio accompaniment is essential. What I wanted was MP3 tracks of the audio accompaniment, but all that is for sale is old fashioned audio tapes. This is ludicrous and very idle on the part of the publisher. So I bought the audio tapes and paid a professional service to copy them into MP3 files (legal if you keep the tapes). The problem here was that the tapes at that time were out of stock so I had to buy second hand.

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Al-Kitaab Fii Ta Allum Al- Arabiyya: Pt. 1: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic
Al-Kitaab Fii Ta Allum Al- Arabiyya: Pt. 1: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic
by Kristen Brustad
Edition: Paperback
Price: 33.54

36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Attractive in many ways, but fundamentally flawed, 12 Jan 2010
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I bought two copies of this book, one for when I am in London and one for when I am in the Gulf. I was looking for a good textbook for a beginner who knows the arabic alphabet. Most of all, I wanted a book into which I could pour my effort and which would reward me with progress in Arabic. I have since learnt from experts in language teaching that whereas the field of books for English speakers who wish to learn, say, French or Latin is mature, the field of Arabic language textbooks is not yet mature and has many gaps. This book and its series seemed from the description and from reviews, and from its undoubted commercial success, to be what I wanted. I propended for three months, spending about 20 minutes a day on learning Arabic, sometimes with flashcards, sometimes with a great personal tutor, and sometimes with other books. Al-Kitaab was attractive, and it has all the right elements, including a story, a video, interactive lessons with grammar structured in a way that worked for me. But I found that despite this book being most the most attractive one to me and despite my putting much effort into it, I was making more progress with _Teach Yourself Gulf Arabic_, which had more obvious limitations. After a couple of months I began to notice the problem with Al-Kitaab. It tests the reader on grammar and other features of the language which it has not yet taught. So while all the elements of the textbook are good, they don't fit together, and it is probably not possible to learn the language from this book, although it might have some value as a side attraction to a student following another book as a main text. Having discovered what I thought to be the problem, I asked a top language teacher to review the book for me and assess its suitability for my purpose, i.e. learning Arabic with this as the main textbook. Her verdict was that it is not suitable, for the reasons I suspected: this book expects the reader to know critical things that it has not yet taught. I was surprised by this, because I had assumed that like, say, maths textbooks, most of the popular language textbooks would be reasonably well designed. My expert language teacher said that this is in fact not the case at all, and many of the most popular language textbooks suffer precisely this flaw. As part of my effort to learn Arabic, I had bought every popular textbook I could find, because the problem is not time or money in learning a new language, but rather how efficiently one's effort (time) converts into facility in the new language. I asked my expert language teacher to look through all the books I had, and with her help I selected Schulz, Krahl & Ruschel _Standard Arabic_, which I owned but which I had not paid much attention to. Since switching my effort to Schulz & Co, I have made faster progress and my understanding of Arabic has a much better structure. This is my personal experience of trying to learn Arabic and I hope my views may be of some value to others who want to learn this great language.
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On the Nature of Poetry: An Appraisal and Investigation of the Art Which for 4000 Years Has Distilled the Spoken Thoughts of Mankind
On the Nature of Poetry: An Appraisal and Investigation of the Art Which for 4000 Years Has Distilled the Spoken Thoughts of Mankind
by Kenneth Verity
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 22.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and unique, practical and intellectual, rousing and reflective, 22 Aug 2009
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Some guides to a subject could more or less be written by any expert in that field, but a small minority are unique creations of a rare individual who has their own view. Unfortunately most of the latter type of guides fail to be good general guides. Verity's genius makes him the exception.

This book is arranged in chronological chapters that trace the evolution of poetry as an art form. At the same time, each chapter gives a most practical explanation of how that aspect of poetry that it covers works and why.

The book is immensely readable, hugely informative, and adds to the ability of the reader to enjoy and to create poetry. It is a classic.

"Epictetus"


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