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The Welsh Academy English-Welsh Dictionary
The Welsh Academy English-Welsh Dictionary
by Bruce Griffiths
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £55.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 April 2016
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Wine-making with Elderberries
Wine-making with Elderberries
by T.Edwin Belt
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious, 19 Oct. 2013
A very good little book which looks at the use of the elderberry and elderflower.

There are some very good recipes for sparkling elderflower,different wines etc across the taste and colour spectrum.

Mr Belt explains the method of making in depth of these delicious wine.

There's even a recipe for cough mixture.

God bless you, Mr Belt.

These old ways might just come in handy in the next few years.


Kernuak Es: Cornish the Easy Way - A Beginner's Course in Everyday Cornish
Kernuak Es: Cornish the Easy Way - A Beginner's Course in Everyday Cornish
by Andrew Climo-Thompson
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Start, 6 May 2013
This book has twenty lessons and is based on Unified Cornish Revised. It starts with the basics about asking for directions then goes on to cover such areas as the weather, family, future and past tenses. I'd advance the criticism that the book would benefit generally from more detail and explanation.

Overall, I found it easy to use. The accompanying CD is invaluable.

An intermediate and advanced would be well advised.


Criminal Law Essentials
Criminal Law Essentials
by Claire McDiarmid
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Little Book, 28 Nov. 2009
I have written reviews on various language books, particularly Celtic languages, but am legally-qualified in England and Ireland.

For professional reasons, I have had to read about the Scottish legal system and had assumed it to be similar to its English and Irish counterparts. This book proved me completely wrong in my assumption. After only half an hour's reading, the succinct but accurate diction in the book showed me there are many differences between the Systems. And that is what a professional wants in most cases: a quick run-down, enabling further research.

I would recommend the book to students for revision at the end of the year and to professionals who need a quick but accurate reference.


Teach Yourself Further German: An Advanced Course
Teach Yourself Further German: An Advanced Course
by Paul Coggle
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sehr Gut, 1 Nov. 2009
I had a good, rusty knowledge of German and wanted to follow a Certificate in Legal German for professional purposes. I bought the book and cassettes some time ago but had not gotten around to their study. I'm glad I did. The Course runs over many points of German which pose difficulties to non-native German speakers. Hammer's German Grammer was also a great help as a reference book in dealing with those wretched prepositions. All in all, very good.


A Handbook of West Country Brythonic: The Forgotten Celtic Tongue of South West England c.700 A.D. (Old Devonian)
A Handbook of West Country Brythonic: The Forgotten Celtic Tongue of South West England c.700 A.D. (Old Devonian)
by Joseph Biddulph
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thought-Provoking Book, 31 July 2009
This little book provokes further study of the history of South West England. Of course, Cornwall has its own language and should be its own country if I understand fully the Stannish Laws. But what of the counties in the region: Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and southern and western parts of Gloucestershire? Mr Biddulph gives a brief but good account of a different history, hidden by Anglo-Saxon historians. He goes on to describe the so-called Devonian-Brythonic, gradually lost through interaction with the Anglo-Saxons settlers. It is a language very similar to Cornish and with the right direction could be resurrected in South West England.
Here's hoping that there is further study and resurrection of this lost Language. Why not? It beats the dumbing down and cultural desert on TV.
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Practical Manx
Practical Manx
by Centre for Manx Studies
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manx on the March, 22 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Practical Manx (Paperback)
A very good book. Easy to follow and understand. Covers most of the required ground for a good working knowledge of Manx. Great to compare Manx to its sister languages, Irish and Scottish Gaelic.

It is marvellous to see the return of these three Celtic Languages in light of the mass media's bottomless talent for excess and bad taste.

Manx was treated as a connection with a backward way of life, as indeed, were all the Celtic Language. They deserve thoroughly their renaissance.
None of the Celtic countries should be ashamed of their rich and proud
histories.


School Spanish Course
School Spanish Course
by John C. Pride
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Blast from the Past, 16 Nov. 2008
This review is from: School Spanish Course (Paperback)
A old 'O' level text book which addresses the Spanish language in a good amount of depth. The Book gives a good amount of vocabulary but a reader needs to ensure some of the words and grammar are in keeping with modern usage and the different regions of the Spanish-speaking World.

The grammar aspect of the book covers the imperfect, present, present progressive and preterite tenses but without mention of the differences in usage throughout the Spanish-speaking World. More importantly, the Book looks at the usage of the present and imperfect subjunctive. Coverage of these tenses is not comprehensive in the modern 'O' and 'A' levels, which leaves a student short if they want to pursue the language to fluency.

As another reviewer remarks, it is a shame there are no answers to the questions in each Chapter of the Book. The Book would do well if updated.

I used the Book to re-acquaint myself with a language I had pursued to a high level almost a quarter of a century ago. Of great assistance.


2001 French and English Idioms (Barrons)
2001 French and English Idioms (Barrons)
by Francois Denoeu
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Offside, 14 Nov. 2008
Some of the idioms are not understood by French people. I've tried some of them on friends in South West France, only to be met with a 'je ne te comprends pas'.

I cannot speak for African or Canadian French.

I would recommend reference to other works, even 'Le Petit Robert', which should be on every Francophile's shelf.

A bientot.


Cornish Simplified: Pt. 1
Cornish Simplified: Pt. 1
by Arthur Saxon Dennett Smith
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Cornish Revival, 11 Nov. 2008
Fifty lessons of the revived Language. The Book is seventy years old and has an old format, akin to 'Teach Yourself' in the Seventies. And that is its strength. No dumbing down. All tenses and most types of sentence construction are dealt with. The Book was last reprinted in 1981.

There is a pronnounciation guide and some basic vocabulary in its front. The reader is quickly introduced to basic grammar and the present tense. The Book then moves into the Imperfect, Preterite and Subjunctive tenses. It then explains the use of direct and indirect sentences. It must be said the Lessons are short but the ground covered is excellent, especially in comparison to other such Celtic languages as Irish where only one commonly available book covers the Subjunctive.

The Book is also a recommended examination text for the Cornish Language Board.


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