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The Speed Up Your Language Skills series publishes innovative, high quality textbooks focusing on common errors as an effective tool to improve one’s skills in a foreign language. Such errors are often either driven by linguistic transfer from English or caused by common misperceptions about the grammatical structure of a foreign language.

The primary objectives of the series are to explain and illustrate in context the most common errors made by English-speaking students in a foreign language and to classify them in easy-to-reference categories. Students can thus learn the appropriate usage of words and expressions and understand the reasons why they persistently make the same mistakes. The inclusion of exercises, shortcuts, mnemonic devices and much-needed strategies, not usually seen in conventional grammar books, facilitates vocabulary acquisition and mastery of essential grammatical elements.

Books in the series are intended as primary or supplementary texts at the intermediate and advanced levels. Due to its self-explanatory approach and user-friendly format, the series is also recommended for self-learners who wish to "speed up" their language skills. Proposals for the series will be welcomed by the Series Editor.

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Speed Up Your German: Strategies to Avoid Common Errors

Speed Up Your German: Strategies to Avoid Common Errors

Annemarie Künzl-Snodgrass, Silke Mentchen
March 27, 2017

Speed Up Your German is a unique and innovative resource that identifies and explains the errors most commonly made by learners of German, enabling students to learn from their mistakes while enhancing their understanding of the German language. Each of the twelve chapters focuses on a grammatical...

Speed up your Korean: Strategies to Avoid Common Errors

Speed up your Korean: Strategies to Avoid Common Errors

Lucien Brown, Jaehoon Yeon
April 12, 2016

Word order, honorifics, terms of addresses and idiomatic expressions are just some of the areas that cause confusion for students of Korean. Learning how to avoid the common errors that arise repeatedly in these areas is an essential step in successful language learning. Speed Up Your Korean is a...

Speed up your French: Strategies to Avoid Common Errors

Speed up your French: Strategies to Avoid Common Errors

Margaret Jubb
March 24, 2016

Speed up your French is a unique and innovative resource that identifies and explains the errors most commonly made by students of French. From false friends to idiomatic expressions and the use of prepositions, each of the nine chapters focuses on an aspect of the language where English speakers...

Speed up your Arabic: Strategies to Avoid Common Errors

Speed up your Arabic: Strategies to Avoid Common Errors

Sebastian Maisel
March 23, 2015

Pronunciation, spelling, the concept of roots and patterns and idomatic phrases are just some of the areas that cause confusion for students of Arabic. Learning how to avoid the common errors that arise repeatedly in these areas is an essential step in successful language learning. Speed Up Your...

Speed Up Your Chinese: Strategies to Avoid Common Errors

Speed Up Your Chinese: Strategies to Avoid Common Errors

Shin Yong Robson
October 19, 2012

Speed up your Chinese is an innovative resource that identifies and explains the common errors that English-speaking learners of Chinese repeatedly make. Speed up your Chinese organizes the major categories of Mandarin grammar into areas that are problematic for English native speakers. Each...

Speed Up Your Spanish: Strategies to Avoid Common Errors

Speed Up Your Spanish: Strategies to Avoid Common Errors

Javier Muñoz-Basols, Marianne David, Olga Núñez Piñeiro
September 29, 2009

‘Excellent book. The chapters put together and systematise a lot of material that is often taught in an anecdotal or haphazard sort of way, if at all. Students will learn a great deal from the book and have their confidence in using Spanish considerably boosted as a result.’ – Jonathan Thacker,...

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