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2.0 von 5 Sternen Unter "casual" verstehe ich ganz was anderes, 18. Februar 2016
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Ich habe anhand von einer sehr positiven Rezension von einem anderen Käufer sowie der Angabe „Öko-Tex Standard“ gleich 12 Paar bestellt. Lieferung von DE nach AT war schnell (3 Tage), aber mit €7,90 für eine Standard-Sendung relativ teuer.

Ich habe sie heute erhalten und trage das erste Paar erst einmal in der Wohnung (ohne Schuhe). Also hier meine ersten Eindrücke (werden später mit weiteren Eindrücken ergänzt):

Die bestellte Classic Casual Business Socken sind eigentlich keine Socken, sondern Strümpfe (auf der Verpackung selbst steht „Qualitätsstrumpf“). Sie gehen ca. ¾ hinauf zum Knie (über die Waden), sind eher dünn und der Stoff schimmert leicht auf der Haut. Also zu meinen „casual“ Schuhen und Jeans trage ich lieber festere, rauere Socken.

Qualitätsmangel: An manchen Stellen (an den Nähten um die Wade und beim Knöchel) scheint die helle Haut durch den Stoff und man kann die einzelnen Fäden in den Strümpfen erkennen. Beim Dehnen (z.B. um den Waden) ist der Stoff nicht Blickdicht.

Ich kann keine verstärkten Spitzen und Fersen erkennen (wie in der Produktbeschreibung zu lesen ist und wie ich von Sportsocken kenne).

Die Passform ist etwas komisch, und das hängt vielleicht irgendwie mit der Größe zusammen. Ich habe die Fußgröße 43/44 und deshalb habe ich die Größe 43-46 bestellt. Irgendwie sitzen die Strümpfe schon, aber ich habe ständig das Gefühl, dass ich die Strümpfe fester über die Füße anziehen könnte, aber dann sammelt sich der überflüssige Stoff an der Achillessehne, was hässlich ausschaut.

Ich habe dann die Socken nach einer Stunde wieder ausgezogen, und sie sehen wie Lumpen aus, als ob sie überdehnt wurden und nun nicht mehr ihre Form halten können.

OK, mal sehen, wie sie einen Tag in meinen Schuhen aushalten… Melde mich bald wieder.


Tales of Psychology: Stories to Make You Wise
Tales of Psychology: Stories to Make You Wise
von Alma Halbert Bond
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 22,57

1.0 von 5 Sternen Where's the wisdom?, 12. März 2015
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I ordered <Tales of Psychology: Stories to Make You Wise> because of its great concept. If we are going to be searching for wisdom in our world, what better place is there to look than in the stories people tell? Interestingly enough, the author Alma H. Bond, Ph.D., a psychoanalyst, did not just personally collect 19 short stories based on their capacity to "reveal a profound psychological truth or give vivid insight into behaviour" (p. xii), but she also offers a commentary on each story from a psychological perspective to highlight the principles involved. Since the 1950s, the concept of wisdom has been (re-)gaining importance in the field of psychology, and therefore this 2002 book is -- or rather would have the potential to make ' a wonderful contribution to the literature on fostering wisdom in ourselves and in our society.

The one star I awarded to Bond's work has nothing to do with the stories she selected. They are all great stories, each in its own way and in its own right. What makes Bond's work different from other anthologies are her commentaries. And my criticism is directed at these commentaries.

I was surprised that Bond didn't mention the word 'wisdom' in the introduction to a book with stories to make us wise. Bond directs her work at a wide readership: from laypeople to professional psychologists and students of psychology. For the latter two groups I would have expected Bond to outline her understanding of wisdom and what it means to become wise. I don't want to be too picky about this because I know that wisdom is a hard concept to pin down; wisdom is something that should be felt and not necessarily defined. However, as a psychoanalyst flaunting a Ph.D. and as a writer addressing professionals and students in her field, Bond should've gone to the trouble of doing the groundwork on wisdom so that we can see where she is coming from when she offers her comments and analyses.

I was also disappointed by the brevity of the analyses Bond offers ' they are all one to two pages long, some only half a page (large typeface!). Being concise is not a problem in itself, but the fact that each of Bond's comments contains a summary of the short story means that there is even less space that remains for a comprehensive analysis. Bond also kills space by 'selling' the various stories to various audiences: 'This story should be required reading for every embryo psychotherapist, as an example of the harm that can be done'' (p. 52) or 'The story, which opened my eyes, should be required reading for every white child in the United States' (p. 184). It goes without saying that wise stories should be required reading for everyone.

What I find most disturbing, however, are Bond's gross misreadings of the stories, which are apparently due to the psychoanalyst's neglect of both subtle and more obvious clues in the stories. Let me just go through a couple of examples:

(1) Harold Brodkey's 'Verona: A Young Woman Speaks' is not about 'pure happiness in childhood' where the 'milk flows endlessly' (pp. 116-117) as Bond claims. It is about a girl who comes to understand what real happiness means, and in this transformation lies the wisdom of the story. The young woman (the narrator of the story) reflects on a time in her childhood, during a family vacation from Rome to Salzburg, when she was 'dizzy with shopping and new possessions' (p. 110), when she was 'easy to buy' (p.110), when she was 'lurid' and 'wicked' (p.111), when 'almost every day, there was someone new to love {her}, briefly, as {they} travelled' (p. 111), when the happiness always made her 'slightly ill' and 'lose her balance' (p. 113) and when her laughter came out like 'magical, drunken, awful and yet pure spit or vomit of God knows what' (p. 113). What Bond has utterly failed to realize is that the girl is learning that gluttony, greed, pride, envy, lust, etc. (i.e., the sins) make her happy, but in a bizarre, disgustful way; at the end of the story the girl realizes, lying in her mother's arm's, that there is a virtuous kind of love that is humble, giving and forgiving, as well as pure. Brodkey's story 'Verona' is essentially an ingenious Christmas story, and for those who can find and decipher the symbolism in the story's climax (not even mentioned by Bond), the story becomes even more enchanting. Bond also got the relationship of the father, mother and daughter completely wrong. She writes, with tremendous psychoanalytical grandeur: 'But this loving family also brought about a healthy resolution to the Oedipus Complex' (p. 116). The problem in the relationship is not the daughter's love to her father (and some form of hostility towards the mother), but rather the father's love of himself! The young woman wondered, '{'} I could not stop remembering that {'} Daddy loved me in a way he did not love Momma {'}'. It is so clear and commonsensical (absolutely no knowledge of 'Freud, Adler, Jung' and other 'forefathers and foremothers' [p. ix] required) that the father was proudly using his 'brilliant, gleaming, soft {'} angel' (p. 113) to show off to complete strangers in a rather sinful, 'extraordinary game' of 'unreality' (p. 111). And that's why the young woman reflects, '{'} and after a while he comes to us {'} and we welcome him, and he is always, to my surprise, he is always surprised, as if he didn't deserve to be loved, as if it were time he was found out' (p. 113). In the end, the daughter does not, as Bond claims, 'relinquish her father as a lover and give him back to her mother' (p. 116). In the story is clearly says that the two women sat and 'watched the mountains and the moon, the clean world' (p. 115); they 'were silent, and in silence {they} spoke of how {they} loved men and how dangerous men were and how they stole everything from you no matter how much you gave ' but {they} didn't say it aloud' (p. 115).

(2) Alma Bond's analysis of the story 'The Test' by Angelica Gibbs is only half a page long, yet there are so many mistakes contained therein. The story is not set in the 'deep south' (p. 184) as Bond says. When the driving inspector is alone in the car with Marian, a black woman who works as a maid in a household), he puts on a phony, condescending southern accent to speak with her and at one point says, 'You-all ain't Southern? Well, dog my cats if I didn't think you-all came from down yondah' (p. 182), which indicates they are not in the deep south (when the white mistress, he doesn't use the 'you-all'). An even funnier mistake on Bond's part is that in her analysis she calls the protagonist 'Marion' instead of 'Marian'. This is so funny because in the story the prejudiced driving inspector continually calls Marian by the wrong name, too, i.e., either Mandy or Mandy-Lou. OK, those are perhaps only small oversights that can be easily forgiven, but again Bond has completely misunderstood the story. The story is not, As Bond writes, '{'} a simple description of a highly competent black woman's repeated attempts to get a driver's license in the deep south, and how she failed yet again because she got angry with the instructor's cruelly expressed prejudice' (p. 184). The story is anything but a 'simple description'; it is instead a complex study of human interaction focused not only on prejudices but also on identities, attitudes, emotional sensitivities, norms, value systems as well as power. And again, wisdom lies in understanding this complexity, but Bond does not go into it at all. She simply offers the enigmatic remark that the story has made her 'color blind'. Huh?

In summary, I think that a lot of wisdom can be found in the stories of the book ' the wisdom just requires some unlocking. Unfortunately, Alma Bond's sloppy readings and shallow commentaries do not help at all in unlocking that wisdom.


Intelligent Business Upper Intermediate Course Book (with Class Audio CD)
Intelligent Business Upper Intermediate Course Book (with Class Audio CD)
von Tonya Trappe
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 34,95

9 von 10 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
1.0 von 5 Sternen Halt genau wie jedes andere Lehrbuch für Englisch, 4. November 2011
Allow me first to let >Intelligent Business Coursebook - Upper Intermediate< speak for itself. In Unit 1 there is a section in which the authors (English teachers!) try to support students by giving them info/ideas on how to build business relationships. To this end, they offer a dialog (listening comprehension exercise, see pages 13 + 164 of the >IB Coursebook< and Track 5 of Audio CD 1) that goes like this:

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
--> Listen to two people networking...:

A: We're based in Liverpool.
B: So are we. What line of business are you in?
A: We're in video games -- and you?
B: We make metal pipes.
A: Oh, really! Where are your main markets?
B: Actually, we've just had a huge order from China.
A: I'm very interested. We are sending a sales delegation to Beijing next month. In fact, we are thinking of sending the team on a cultural awareness programme organised by Culture Plus. Have you hear of them?
B: Yes, we were also thinking of working with them. Maybe we could put our teams together and get a group rate? What do you think?
A: Sounds like a good idea. Look, here's my card. Why don't you give me a call?
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

It's not only that this script is definitely not going to win any Oscars; the problem is that it has absolutely nothing to do with networking. A guy from a video game company and a lady from a metal pipes company are going to work together to get a group discount from an intercultural-training provider?! What's that all about? The two hardly know each other and they are already jumping into...ummm...ahem...jumping into a weird business arrangement. You should have seen the look on my students' faces when I played the above recording for them (I hadn't listened to the recording before the lesson -- big mistake!).

And just 10 minutes before that they had already been ready to kill me for asking them read the excerpted Economist article 'Spring in their steps' on mergers & acquisitions (see page 9 of >IB Coursebook<), which is basically a highly abstract, analytical article that says very little with a lot of 25-cent words and idiomatic expressions, all connected with animalistic behavior and hunting. Was this the best article The Economist had on M&A that the authors could find to include in >IB<? While the article may be a 'cute' read for a native speaker who has some insight into M&A practices (and a distinct fetish for idiomatic language), it was torturous and boring for my students.

Forgive me, but I just can't stop. In listening exercise 2 (see pages 12 + 164 of the >IB Coursebook<), the authors present another situation. In it, a Joan Woolley (CEO of a company called Xsellnet), accepts the "Technology Company of the Year" award for her company. But from the way the script is built up, it sounds as if the financially strapped company received the award for securing a loan from a "sympathetic bank" in order to "keep on operating" after a failed alliance. After all the talk about the failed alliance and finding a generous financial partner, Joan Woolley says, "So you can imagine how extremely proud I am to be here today to accept this technology company award." What's that all about? It appears to be nonsense: language completely separated from context; language produced solely for language's sake and utterly lacking communicative sharpness.

I've only worked through Unit 1 with my students, but we can already say that >IB< promises to be just another typical language-learning book, full of strange, simple, teacher-like perspectives on how the world works. The above examples demonstrate quite clealy that >IB Upper Intermediate< is anything but an "accessible introduction to key concepts in today's business world", as the blurb on its back cover claims.
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Market Leader Intermediate Teacher's Resource Book (with Test Master CD-ROM)
Market Leader Intermediate Teacher's Resource Book (with Test Master CD-ROM)
von Bill Mascull
  Spiralbindung
Preis: EUR 45,47

2 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
1.0 von 5 Sternen Verwirrung Total, 25. Oktober 2011
Ich kenne mich bei dieser "Market Leader" Produktreihe nicht mehr aus -- und ich glaube, Pearson Longman ist ebenfalls überfordert. Es gibt inzwischen so viele Ausgaben und Levels mit und ohne CDs bzw. DVDs mit Resource Packs und Practice Files und Test Masters. Ein Beweis für die Überforderung: schau, der Titel auf amazon.de wird angegeben als "Market Leader Intermediate"; im Bild sieht man auf dem Buchdeckel "Advanced". Ich wollte aber eigentlich "Upper Intermediate" bestellen, dachte es wäre das richtige, weil die Farbe des Buchs (halbwegs) übereinstimmt. Seid ihr jetzt auch verwirrt? Es ist so krank.
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Market Leader Upper Intermediate Coursebook (with DVD-ROM incl. Class Audio)
Market Leader Upper Intermediate Coursebook (with DVD-ROM incl. Class Audio)
von David Cotton
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 39,90

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Einheitliche Bezeichnungen für die Levels, bitte!, 22. September 2011
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Ich kenne mich hier nicht mehr aus. Auf dem Bild (front cover) steht "Advanced". Der Titel auf Amazon.de. ist "Upper Intermediate". Welches Buch ist das nun? Was ist mit dem Europäischen Referenzrahmen? C'mon, publisher people, get with the program, please.
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Einführung in die Erzähltheorie
Einführung in die Erzähltheorie
von Matias Martinez
  Taschenbuch

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Nicht geeignet als Einführung in die Erzähltheorie, 12. Dezember 2010
Man braucht zu diesem Werk nur eines Sagen: es hat kein Sachregister. Der Grund ist, dass das ganze Buch selbst einfach ein ausgedehntes Sachregister ist. Der Leser wird von Satz zu Satz, von Abschnitt zu Abschnitt mit Fachterminen überhäuft. Ganz im trockenen, akademischen Stil listen die Autoren nur Unmengen an Fakten auf, ohne selektiv zu arbeiten um irgendwo verweilen zu können. Um das Buch 'lockerer' zu gestalten, werfen die Autoren unzählige Textbeispiele aus ihrem anscheinend sehr umfassenden Bücherregal -- oder soll ich sagen: Gemüsegarten -- ein. Das Werk wird somit eher zu einer Huldigung ihrer Lesekünste. Im Großen und Ganzen eignet sich das Werk von Martinez & Scheffel daher weder als Einführung in die Erzähltheorie noch als Vorbereitung auf irgendwelche Prüfungen. In der Tat, es muss einen besseren Weg geben, einem die Erzähltheorie näher zu bringen. Die Erzähltheorie ist eigentlich sehr philosophisch und lebendig; Martinez & Scheffel haben es mit diesem Werk leider versäumt, diesen hohen Anspruch zu erreichen.
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