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Liquid Gold: A Short History of Urine (and Safe Ways to Use it to Grow Plants)
Liquid Gold: A Short History of Urine (and Safe Ways to Use it to Grow Plants)
by Carol Steinfeld
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's worth every penny!, 20 Jun. 2008
This small book informs about historical and modern use of urine as a fertilizer, both in private gardens and on farms.
It raises the awareness of the ecological costs of the thoughtless convenience of flushing "away" the nutrients which become a pollutant elsewhere. (If you imagine the earth as a whole there is no "away"!!!)
Many cartoon illustrations make you smile and nod - they are down-to-earth and very humourous!
In addition to many photos there is also a list of manufacturers (and their websites) of useful toilet systems, .
I just couldn't put it down and read it through in about three hours.
Highly recommended.


Rosetta Stone Level 1 Hebrew (PC/Mac)
Rosetta Stone Level 1 Hebrew (PC/Mac)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first impression after only three lessons, 5 Aug. 2007
The Manufacturer's Description explains the product very well so it's worth reading that first.

True to their concept there is not even an English introduction to the Hebrew Alphabet! So if you don't know the Alphabet yet you might be a little bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information to take in from the very beginning.

The programme offers both spelling options: either with or without vowel signs. (The Hebrew Alphabet consists only of consonants.)
In the writing exercises you cannot type the vowel signs even if you wanted to.
In most exercises sound, picture, and script are combined so it is well possible to pick up the meaning and learn the correct spelling at the same time without much more effort than repetition.

These first lessons consist of ten sets of four pictures each.
Each set covers new words/concepts and combines them with those from the previous set(s).
Per lesson there are a total of 13 different exercises, coming to the same content from different angles. So even if you select only about half of the exercises to suit your learning preferences there is plenty of repetition built into the lesson to easily learn the words.

When you do the optional tests your results can be saved and serve as a progress record.

One thing I don't like is that most written words appear as white fonts on black background (or across the colourful pictures) so I found them difficult to read, especially when the vowel signs are displayed.
Only the typing exercises show black fonts on white background.
Also I would have liked to see all fonts a bit larger, especially on the on-screen keyboard.

As with many things in life you get what you pay for - from what I can see this product is worth every penny! Go for it.


Old Testament Hebrew Vocabulary: Learn on the Go: Unabridged
Old Testament Hebrew Vocabulary: Learn on the Go: Unabridged
by Johathan Pennington
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £14.67

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In principle a good tool, 1 Aug. 2007
These recordings are of a good quality.
The continuous list is sufficiently divided into tracks so one can concentrate on one batch of words at a time.
Each word is followed by a SHORT pause and the English translation. Be prepared to use the pause button on your CD-player.

The booklet follows the spoken words.
There are no transliterations so the user must be able to read the Hebrew script.
The Hebrew fonts are clear and large enough for easy reading.

The reason I have given but three stars is that the speaker is using the "Ashkenazi" pronunciation rather than the "Sephardic" (which is used in Israel today, for a number of textbooks and at many colleges/seminaries/universities), and the English translations are spoken with a broad American accent. (How much his American accent colours his Hebrew I cannot judge.)
This may sound biased but it did put me off indeed.

So if your course/tutor uses the "Ashkenazi" pronunciation then this is a great tool for learning "on the go".


The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew
The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew
by Gary Davis Pratico
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tool for strategic vocabulary learning!, 1 Aug. 2007
This book is excellent!
It can be used with any textbook because in its main list it lists all words (except proper nouns, i.e. names of places or personal names) of the Hebrew Scriptures occurring ten times or more in descending order of frequency. This is complemented by an index listing all these Hebrew words in Hebrew alphabetic order (i.e. not by root).

There are other lists for proper nouns, adjectives, or verbs (grouped by root or by class, sorted alphabetically).

There are no transliterations so the user must be able to read the Hebrew script. The fonts are clear and sufficiently large for easy reading.

The only minor negative point is its poor binding.

I wish I had bought this book back in 2003 when it was published!


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