In the 1950s and 60s, there was a small group of former teachers, inspectors, teacher trainers - probably no more than 20, possibly less, who made huge stacks of dosh writing text books year after year after year. Remember them?
R.J. Unstead
Our German text book was called 'Heute Abend' and it was so old that the pictures were of pre-Nazi Germany. I could never figure out why it was called 'This Evening'. What's that got to do with anything?
Où est Toto? Toto est dans le jardin. Bonjour Toto.
A bloke called Fred Schonell had the best idea for text books: word lists. Books of lists of words that children of a certain reading age were supposed to know how to read.
Is there a mocked up 1950s foreign language text book that is in fact cover to cover swearing?

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