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From top-rated textbooks and grammars to graded readers and original European literature, take a look at the latest recommendations in French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, German and more...

French

Edito B1

Édito (nouvelle édition):
Livre B1 + CD + DVD

"Really a great book to study French and prepare the DELF exams. So far I have studied on my own and passed the A1 and A2 level and now preparing for the B1."

The intermediate-level Student's Book of a bestselling, task-based course for older teenagers and adults.

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Grammaire progressive

Grammaire progressive du français:
Livre intermédiaire 4e édition + CD-audio + appli-web

"An excellent book covering basic aspects through to complex grammar topics. It's a good mix of tuition on one page then exercises on the facing page. There's more on the CD or on-line. I'm at intermediate level and this book is exactly what I need to correct my errors and improve."

The intermediate level of this essential grammar series offers 450 new tests and online activities in addition to the exercises in the book.

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Easy Reader: Jean de Florette

Easy Readers French:
Jean de Florette

"I am really enjoying this book. I would say I am intermediate French. This book teaches me new vocabulary and phrases but also allows me to take pride in what I have learnt so far. The pictures are a lovely bonus. I highly recommend this book for intermediate or above."

Part of a long-standing series of abridged, European literature for learners of foreign languages.

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Le chapeau de Mitterrand

Le chapeau de Mitterrand
by Antoine Laurain

"Well written, with great visual descriptions of French culture of the 80s. This is exactly the society I experienced in my youth, this is so realistic and at the same time magical with the hat as the protagonist."

A prize-winning French novel that paints a picture of France in the Mitterrand years.

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Spanish

Aula Internacional Nueva edición A1

Aula Internacional - Nueva edición: Student's Book + exercises + CD 1 (bilingual)

"Packed with lots of information, explains the topics well and I'm English!"

A bestselling beginners' course, this is the special edition for English speakers.

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Gramática básica del estudiante de español

Gramática básica del estudiante de español - Edición revisada y ampliada

"It will be a very useful book for my pupils and for me. Very illustrative (that is so appreciative for learning) and divided by grammatical sections."

With over 470 humorous colour illustrations, this rigorous grammar guide offers clear explanations and over 370 exercises for beginners and intermediate-level students.

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Un día en Madrid

Un día en Madrid:
Libro + MP3 descargable

"Such a good way to learn Spanish with the MP3 running alongside. The plot is not what I expected but still it's great to learn how Spanish is spoken between people."

Part of a series of short stories for learners of Spanish which are set in some of the most interesting cities in Spain.

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Los Fernandez

Los Fernández:
Fin de semana en Barcelona

Customer Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Join the Fernández, a fun Spanish family, on their travels through the Spanish-speaking world with this series of entertaining graded readers for 11-14 year olds.
Find out what happens when they spend a weekend in Barcelona! 

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Italian

Preparazione al New GCSE in Italian

Preparazione al NEW GCSE in Italian + CD audio

"Brilliant! Really detailed and perfect for teaching the GCSE course. 100% recommend this!"

A workbook and preparatory guide for the Italian GCSE (9-1) exams, complete with translation activities and practice papers.

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GP. Grammatica practica for English speakers

GP. Grammatica pratica della lingua italiana. For English Speakers

"[W]ith good explanations in English, this colourful book is good company for those who wish to master the more fundamental levels of grammar and dip into the more advanced stuff when the occasion arises and you feel confident enough to do so. There is rarely an effort-free way to acquire a language but I find this book to be an excellent guide and foundation for making progress."

  A comprehensive grammar that is easy to use, with a wealth of exercises, covering all levels from A1-C1 of the CEFR.

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Easy Readers Italian

Easy Readers Italian:
Nuove avventure con Montalbano

"I really enjoyed the variety of tales. They were all perfect little stories in themselves. At first I thought the language was too difficult, but I soon got into the way of it. I would love to read more like this."

A selection of abridged stories featuring Camilleri's much-loved Sicilian detective. Part of a series of popular adapted classic and contemporary Italian fiction. 

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Per dieci minuti

Per dieci minuti
By Chiara Gamberale

"A wonderfully light read even if you need a dictionary occasionally as a not yet fluent student of the Italian language. The unusual story told makes you persevere and soon you find yourself a more and more confident reader whilst gaining new vocabulary as the themes touched on are quite diverse. I can highly recommend this book as a great summer holiday read which ensures your practice of Italian as it's spoken in real life."

A story of how by embracing change - one step at a time - you can overcome the challenges life throws at you and start living for the better.

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Russian

URA!

URA! Russian for Speakers of English: Textbook + CD

"As a teacher I can highly recommend this course to all tutors teaching Russian to English speaking students: indispensable set of class materials and home works in one, supplemented with grammar and stories about Russia."

This popular intensive beginner’s course is designed in accordance with the communicative approach to language teaching, offering a great variety of tasks including games and songs. By the end of the course learners will be able to use Russian in simple, everyday situations.

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Lexical Minimum: First Certificate Level

Lexical Minimum: 
First Certificate Level

"Incredibly useful when studying for the TORFL! All the vocab you need in glossary format, plus thematic lists, pairs of opposites, etc."

The B1-level book in this series of vocabulary books. A must-have resource for anyone preparing for their First Certificate Level in TORFL (Tests of Russian as a Foreign Language).

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Easy Readers Russian

Easy Readers Russian:
Голубое и зеленое. Некрасивая

Customer Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

This highly-rated book consists of two stories, both exploring the subjects of love, self-acceptance and the search for happiness. It’s best suited for students at level B1 and above and requires a core vocabulary of approximately 1,800 words.

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Selected Poems

Selected Poems
by Vladislav Khodasevich, translated by Peter Daniels

"Excellent service in providing a book about a little known poet. Gratefully received."

A true gem in our collection of rare Russian translations by Angel Classics. This bilingual edition offers the English-speaking reader the first substantial selection from this intriguing modernistic poet. A Poetry Book Society recommended translation. Shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize 2014 and the Rossica Translation Prize 2014.

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Portuguese

Português XXI - Nova Edição 1

Português XXI - Nova Edição: Livro do Aluno + ficheiros áudio 1

"Great book for beginners learning Portuguese. Has different exercises that help the language sink in …"

The first level of a popular, motivating course for beginners.

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Passaporte para Português 1

Passaporte para Português: Livro do Aluno + ficheiros áudio & Caderno de Exercícios 1

"Just what I needed for my Portuguese class."

An intensive course that enables students to start communicating quickly, efficiently, and competently.

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Ensaio sobre a Cegueira

Ensaio sobre a Cegueira
by José Saramago

"Saramago is a master, Ensaio sobre a Cegueira (Blindness) is a must, one of my favorites."

Discover a chillingly powerful and prescient, dystopian vision from one of Europe's greatest writers.
This is not anarchy, this is blindness.

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German

Menschen A1

Menschen: Kursbuch A1

Customer Rating: ☆☆☆☆

What do people remember best? Everything that has a personal affect on them. And what is it that affects us most? Things to do with people! Emotions, interests and stories are the cornerstones of this successful beginners' course to motivate students and enhance the learning process.

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Schachnovelle

Schachnovelle
by Stefan Zweig

"A pretty much perfect edition of Zweig's novella. Decent print size and an attractive format for this short book. … [T]here is a ribbon to mark your place which I think every book should have."

Stefan Zweig's acclaimed novella is a disturbing, intensely dramatic depiction of obsession and the price of genius.

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Other languages

My Summer in China

Chinese
ELI Chinese Graded Readers:
My Summer in China + downloadable audio

"Very nice book! It is very useful to have the recordings in slow and normal speed."

The first in a series of original reading texts aimed at teenagers learning Chinese. Each text is graded according to HSK levels and accompanied by a free audio version, comprehension activities and cultural insights.

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Stap 1

Dutch
Stap: Tekst-en werkboek + CD 1

"I bought the 3 books of this collection. They were exactly what I was looking for."

A monolingual beginners' course, ideal for class-based teaching, packed with tasks, grammar tables and lively dialogues. 

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Suomen mestari 1

Finnish
Suomen Mestari: Book 1

Customer Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

A popular beginners' book for students of Finnish. This monolingual course covers the vocabulary, structures and grammar needed for daily communication. 

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Rivstart 1

Swedish
Rivstart: A1+A2 textbok

Customer Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

An enjoyable course for beginners that offers a clear structure and rapid progression.

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Thank you to all our customers for your valuable reviews!

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