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1. Teaching Language In Context
by Alice Omaggio Hadley
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Asin: 0838417051
Catlog: Book (2000-10-18)
Publisher: Heinle
Sales Rank: 237570
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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TEACHING LANGUAGE IN CONTEXT is THE essential, must have methods text for anyone teaching or learning to teach a foreign language. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars If I were to choose one book
No book can cover every aspect of language instruction, but by all means Hadley's work would be right up there with Ellis, Richards and Rodgers among others. This is a solid book, jam packed with historical facts and insights, and I feel has caught the full heart of the profession representing the current state of the profession. I could not disagree with the first reviewer more. I am reading this book through and I love this book. This is not a technique-y book at all but a serious treatise and contribution to educators who want to have a broader scope on theory and instruction. In my mind, the author answers the who, what, where, when, how, and why not just of one method but does it with several of the major methods. And this she does in Chapter three! This is a 512 page text and to my mind, the reading is coherent, smart, and digestable. This text is certainly one of the better foundational texts for comprehensive grasp of the field. This book is be a springboard to assist the reader to think through the past and present assumptionan about teaching language; it is an excellent choice! If I were to only have one text to me to read in this area, this would be a top contender. Thank you Alice Omaggio Haddley for the hard work and care you put into this wonderful book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Ehhh
This book is okay and only okay. It's not very practical; it does not really teach you how to teach a foreign language. The book errs regarding its definitions of language acquisition versus language learning. It is apparent to me as a reader and as a teacher that the author has not spent enough time in an actual classroom with actual language learners. The book is also lacking a 'why'. Why learn a new language? Why does this matter to students today? As any parent or teacher will tell you, why is the first, last and most asked question. "Ways With Words," by Shirley Brice Heath, has a lot more helpful information when it comes to language learning than this text.

3-0 out of 5 stars Omaggio
It's a good book but it sort of dismisses anything other than the communicative method as ineffective. it doesn't address how to teach AP classes effectively and it seems to be geared more towards an esl teacher rather than a foreign language teacher. Sometimes the communicative method bypasses the brain and kind of dummies up instruction. There is an important gap in how to teach grammar rules, and AP type test problems also I am unsatisfied with the material on how to teach writing. But this is the only methods text any important university is using nowadays, that will change once the communicative method goes out of fashion in a year or two.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Foreign Language Instruction Bible
If you are a foreign language teacher who would like to understand more about second language acquisition, you will enjoy this book. Several methods are explored by the author and research to support some of the latest teaching methods. My Language Dept. uses it often, we are going to have to order additional copies because we enjoy it so much. It will change the way you teach.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for Foreign Language Teachers
I think this is an excellent book for foreign language teachers of all levels. Omaggio gives a good overview of the theories driving language teaching--past and present-- and the basics of how second language is acquired. As there is no "magic formula" for creating effective lessons, learning how we learn a foreign language helps teachers to use their time in the classroom more efficiently. Rather than wasting time doing random substitution and grammar drills, the students can actually be learning the language in context. ... Read more


2. Horizons Text/Audio CD Package
by Joan H. Manley, Stuart Smith, John T. McMinn, Marc A. Prévost
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Asin: 0838413692
Catlog: Book (2001-11-20)
Publisher: Heinle
Sales Rank: 226468
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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HORIZONS is a flexible first-year French program whose practical applications allow students to connect their language skills to the global workplace. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very good condition. Almost like new.
It is a very good choice for those who want to learn French.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great!
These tapes are an excellent addtion to(and really a necessity for anyone who uses)the corresponding textbook, HORIZONS. They are fun and interesting in subjest matter. The only drawback to them is that they do not list the vocabulary words from the textbook, that the student might hear each word spoken individually.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb!
This book is a superb textbook for anyone who wishes to study French on their own or for faculty seeking a well written, interesting and asthetically stimulating text for their introductory courses. While I am on the faculty at my college, I signed up for the French I class for fun. The course was cancelled but I was able to teach myself the material, so complete is this book when used with tapes and workbook. It surpasses all of the "teach yourself" books. Excellent! ... Read more


3. Chinese in 10 Minutes a Day
by Kristine K. Kershul
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Asin: 0944502105
Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: Bilingual Books (WA)
Sales Rank: 69227
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction for travellers
Before buying (or reviewing) a language instruction book, you should consider the purpose of the book. This book intends to give you some basic speaking ability in Chinese in a relatively short amount of time, to help you express yourself while traveling, shopping, eating, and doing other typical tourist activities. It does an excellent job of that. If you're looking for more than that, choose a book that better meets your needs.

The book is divided into 24 lessons, with the suggestion you study each one for 10 minutes. That's just 4 hours of study, plus however much time you want to spend practicing. This won't make you fluent, won't teach you to read/write characters, and it won't really help you understand someone speaking Chinese to you, but it will give you the basic speaking skills it aims to provide.

There are flash cards to cut out and practice with, and sticky labels to put on things around your house. The words are written in Pinyin, which is a romanization of Mandarin words based on their pronunciation. Pinyin pronunciation isn't obvious to English readers, so the book includes additional phonetic spelling. For example, it tells you the PinYin word 'jie' is pronounced 'jee-eh'.

There are a number of exercises so you can practice what you've learned, which helps you remember.

If you'd like to build a good foundation of common Chinese words and phrases with a minimal amount of study time, then I think you'll be happy with this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars 2.5 on a scale of 1-5
This book is basically a glorified list of vocabulary words. There are no conversations and very few sentences in the book. It doesn't teach much grammar, and seems to encourage using Chinese words with English sentence structures. If this were my only text, it would be very bad, but I'm finding it useful as a suplemetal text. The labels, pictures, and flash cards are all useful, but only when used in conjunction with a course or other book that actually teaches the language, not just the words.

4-0 out of 5 stars quick way to learn common chinese
My boyfriend and I are going to be moving to China next year, and since he knows absolutely no Chinese I thought this book would be helpful. Now our whole house is labeled with stickers, and it is working. Its a pretty quick and easy way to learn, I just wish it had the charecters as well.

2-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat useful, but lacks audio
The system is a pretty good one. There are lots of pictures, pages to help you practice saying and writing the words, etc. The idea of doing just a little bit each day is a good one. Unfortunately, there is no audio tape. Audio is always so important for pronounciation, but this is even more true with Chinese where tones are critical to the word's meaning. I would not recommend this book for that reason.

5-0 out of 5 stars traveller
For the traveller this is a great, fairly easy way to learn a difficult language. ... Read more


4. Japanese for Dummies AUDIO+CD
by Eriko Sato
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Asin: 0764554298
Catlog: Book (2002-05-15)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 17200
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Japanese is a wonderful language, very different from European languages. It is also the gateway to the rich culture of the exciting and complex island nation of Japan. Some people get intimidated by the prospect of speaking Japanese—worried that it’s just too complex and different—but these fears are unfounded. While you can devote a lifetime to the study of this or any language, picking up the basics of Japanese doesn’t require any more than an interest and a willingness to try something new.

Japanese For Dummies has everything you need to get off the ground with speaking the language. Author and Professor of Japanese Eriko Sato starts you off with the essentials of grammar and pronunciation, giving you a working sense of the language, before showing you Japanese in action. You’ll then explore vocabulary and expressions through dialogues taking place in situations such as:

  • Introductions and greetings
  • Eating and drink ing
  • Shopping
  • Exploring the town
  • Talking on the telephone
  • Asking directions
  • Getting around
  • Staying at a hotel

You’ll also discover social customs, formalities, and manners, from how and when to bow to how to unwrap a present. Whether you simply want to introduce yourself to the Japanese language, say a few words to a neighbor or coworker, or you’re planning a major trip or study abroad in Japan, Japanese For Dummies will enable you to get the basics fast and work towards your own goal at your own pace. You’ll also find out about:

  • How to use karaoke to help you learn Japanese
  • Movies that will introduce you to Japanese culture and language
  • Learning Japanese the “gourmet” way
  • When ignoring “no, thank you” shows good manners
  • Proper table manners
  • Proper body language
  • How to sound fluent
  • And much more!

With helpful vocabulary summaries, a mini-dictionary at the end, and an audio CD full of conversations and pronunciations, Japanese For Dummies assumes no prior knowledge of Japanese on your part—providing the perfect guide for a quick-but-thorough, lighthearted-but-not-lightweight introduction to the language. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Almost a Complete Waist of Time
When I brought this book, I did not know there was not any Japanese in it.
If you want to learn Japanese, this book is not for you. It does not have one scrap of actual Japanese in it. It has Romaji, which is a Romanized version of Japanese. It may seem that it is easier to learn Japanese using this method, but it will hinder you in the future. Romaji is a necessary tool to transition from English to Japanese, but it would be smarter to only use the Romaji to learn kana. Once you learn kana, you can start learning kanji.

My final verdict: skip Romaji and skip this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Better Buy
I remember buying this book when it first came out back in 2002, and used it in Sato Sensei's JPN111 class. The book is written in a way to be used by people,who are just learning the language for the purpose of communication with others in a hurry. Unlike the course books she writes for her classes at this college,the Dummies/Idiot's Language series are kinda like the 10 min. a day language books, or the learning a language for busy business people series. This book is meant for the very beginner student, and not for someone who is a higher level Japanse student who already knows hiragana, katakana, kanji, and conjugation. I can assure you that the Idiot's Conversational Japanese is no different than it's Dummies version. You can buy both books,but Sato Sensei's book is a better buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hi
I'm currently a student of Professor Sato at SUNY university at Stony Brook and she's the greatest Sensei I've ever had! Although I haven't had a chance to study her book "Japanese for Dummies," I look forward to getting one soon!

3-0 out of 5 stars Won't Teach You Japanese
Okay, let's be frank. The only way you ever learn to speak a language is through immersion in it. At least for a certain length of time, preferably a couple of hours every day, you need to speak, hear, read, and think that language. And you won't get that with this book.

Japanese never displaces English as the language of instruction. You see not one Japanese writing symbol. You get a few phrases, a few words, but very little idea how these words are used, and no real idea how to string them together into a sentence.

It's not a worthless book. If, like me, you've let your Japanese go and you need a refresher course, this book can be valuable. I'm already a little better than I was when I picked up the book. However, if you're a newcomer to the language, you best bet is to take a college course or get a Japanese friend to tutor you. Give this book a pass.

3-0 out of 5 stars A respectable job within the limits of the Dummies format
(By Edward Trimnell, author of "Why You Need a Foreign Language & How to Learn One"(ISBN:1591133343))

This book is not a college-level textbook of Japanese, but this is not its intended purpose. Like all "Dummies" books, "Japanese for Dummies" focuses first on presentation, and then on content.

However, if you are new to the Japanese language, then this may be the book to get you started. Japanese is an extremely difficult language for native English-speakers to master. Therefore, some people will prefer to begin with a text that takes a non-technical, non-threatening approach.

If you work through all the material in this book, then you will gain an impressive amount of basic knowledge. You can then graduate to a more advanced Japanese language course. ... Read more


5. Teach Yourself Hindi Complete Course(book and cd pack) (Teach Yourself Language Complete Courses)
by RupertSnell, SimonWeightman
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Asin: 0071414126
Catlog: Book (2003-03-27)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 11958
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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Bestselling language courses now with audio CDs!

From Danish to Spanish, Swahili to Brazilian Portuguese, the languages of the world are brought within the reach of any beginning student. Learners can use the Teach Yourself Language Courses at their own pace or as a supplement to formal courses. These complete courses are based on the very latest learning methods and designed to be enjoyable and user-friendly.

Prepared by experts in the language, each course begins with the basics and gradually promotes the student to a level of smooth and confident communication, including:

  • Up-to-date, graded interactive dialogues
  • Graded units of culture notes, grammar, and exercises
  • Step-by-step guide to pronunciation
  • Practical vocabulary
  • Regular and irregular verb tables
  • Plenty of practice exercises and answers
  • Bilingual glossary

The new editions also feature:

  • Clear, uncluttered, and user-friendly layout
  • Self-assessment quizzes to test progress
  • Website suggestions to take language study further
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5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book!
Personally, I found this book to be excellent. The lucid and thorough coverage of grammar, the fairly-large vocabulary, the pleasant and easy-to-read font, the interspersed notes on colloquial divergencies, and the decent audio tapes make this an all-around respectable introduction to Hindi.

The Hindi script, which may take considerable time to master, is given only a chapter of coverage, so I strongly recommend also purchasing a text devoted to teaching it. A bit of caution: The Hindi variant of the Devanagari script, much to my annoyance, departs from the elegant and consistent rules the Sanskrit version mandates. It can take some time and a good deal of effort to master the Hindi script because of its irregularities.

Nevertheless, the text itself is very good and well-worth the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars A first class job
This book has nearly everything a beginning student of Hindi would need or want. It offers an ample vocabulary, lots of good exercises, (with a key in the back) and its explanations of Hindi grammar are extremely lucid and well-presented. The section on pronunciation is quite thorough, although (as at least one other reviewer has previously remarked) the section on vowels gives British English rather than American English approximations. The only way out of that difficulty of course, is to get the tapes, which anyone learning a new language by themself should do anyway.

The one thing that I thought was lacking when I started using this book was a section that showed how Devanagari is actually written by hand. Two other books on Indian languages in the same series do show handwritten characters (Bengali, by Radice, and Gujarati, by Dwyer). However within the last year, one of the authors of this book (Snell) has published a little book devoted to the Devanagari script that does show how to form the letters. It would make a worthwhile companion volume.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well Worth The $$$$$
I bought this book because I wanted something I could listen to at work and hopefully learn quicker by just constantly listening to the CD's. The CD actually has very little English/explanations. It just reads the Hindi from the book. If you are really serious about learning Hindi, you might want to buy Rosetta Stone's computer software. It is quite expensive, but well worth the money. I found this set to be a nice supplement to that program. This book helps you read and learn how to speak Hindi quite effectively. I would highly recommend this book to everyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars A pioneer's aid
For my ministry I need to learn Hindi. I am still going through the course, but I feel this is the best teach yourself program on Hindi out there that will really teach you something without wasting your money. Buy the complete course, which is a textbook and 2 CD's. It will actually teach you what the words mean, not just to memorize phrases without knowing the individual words, so you can in time form your own sentances. The book does move a bit fast, but this is a really good, intensive course for someone who is serious about learning the Hindi language. This book also teaches you how to pronounce and read Hindi. Although I still have much to learn, already with what I have learned from this course I find that Hindi speakers can understand what I say.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
I am a total beginner, but this book and CD set is fantastic! It is well-paced, and critically, it's also well-structured, providing focused instruction that keeps you moving forward without overwhelming you. It really is hard to fault this set, and if you are looking for a course that gets you well underway from zero, this is it. ... Read more


6. Workbook/Study Guide I (Lessons 1-26) to accompany Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish
by Bill Van Patten
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Asin: 0070020728
Catlog: Book (1991-12-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Sales Rank: 225006
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7. Creole Made Easy
by Wally R. Turnbull
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Asin: 0967993717
Catlog: Book (2000-11-15)
Publisher: Baptist Haiti Mission
Sales Rank: 90656
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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Creole Made Easy. A simple introduction to Haitian Creole for English speaking people. Sixteen easy lessons cover the basic elements of Creole grammar and how to pronounce Creole words. The lessons include simple exercises and translation keys. A thorough up to date dictionary of over 4600 words Creole to English and English to Creole word translations is included. A 2 CD set pronunciation guide is available separately. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
It is the only Haitian Creole translation book that I have found which makes sense of this difficult language. I would recomend to anyone who wants to learn casual Creole in preparation for travel to Haiti or while there.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well Worth the Money
I am a student of Haitian Creole, and I found this book to be an excellent supplement to a course or other methods of study. It has an extensive glossary and easy to follow lessons. The only thing is book is missing is a phonetic pronounciation key. Other than that, this book will definitely help beginning speakers of this language.

5-0 out of 5 stars Small, compact and convenient.
Great book. A lot is covered in the 16 lessons, nice exercises to practice. The dictionary at the back is quite extensive and covers most of the words that I've wanted to look up, including some basic medical terms that I found lacking in other small dictionaries.
If you get the pronounciation guide as well, you won't have spent much and you will be much further along in your quest to learn creole. I rarely have to call for a translator now when dealing with my patients.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well worth the price
I found this a very useful book to get an idea what Creole is all about. It is short and simple and each chapter makes you more eager to go on to the next. I had the advantage to have learned French in school. Without that I imagine it can be difficult to get an idea how the Creole words should be pronounced. A simple audio tape in addition to the textbook would be most welcome indeed.

4-0 out of 5 stars A fine little book
This is not appropriate for learning Haitian Kreyol on your own - it's some way between a phrase book and a useful reference on the more important grammar. What's really good about it is the glossary, more like a small dictionary, which is more than enough for most everyday purposes, including a little on computers etc.
I'd say this book is best for someone visiting Haiti for more than a holiday and ready to put in more work - useful for phrases/terms and explanation when faced with a grammatical construct not obvious from listening. ... Read more


8. Fundamentals of English Grammar, Full Text
by Betty Schrampfer Azar
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Asin: 0133382788
Catlog: Book (1992-02-18)
Publisher: Pearson ESL
Sales Rank: 226988
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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This second edition provides a well organized core of material around which instructors can build classroom activities and a course syllabus. Presents material that is interesting, adult, and realistic in terms of current usages and both needs in and outside the classroom. It also views vocabulary development as integral to the development of structure usage. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars This book provides a good fundamental knowledge...
There seems to be a question as to the value of teaching students grammar from an academic standpoint. There has also been criticism of the academic nature of the Fundamentals of English Grammar by Betty Azar. I have read Stephen Krashen's books and I agree that students need comprehensible input and not just academic knowledge of English; however, from my experience as a language learner and teacher, I have discovered that students need a combination of both "form and function" of the language. Betty Azar's book, Fundamentals of the English Language, provides the "form" practice that students need to master these structures that carry meaning. After the students do the drill practices in Azar's book, I provide my own extension exercises which allow students to integrate these structures into their every day speech (function).

I have discovered that language at the intermediate level starts to move into the realm of the intangible, which means acquiring language is no longer easy to extrapolate from mere deduction. Language acquisition that comes from the deductive process at this and more advanced levels is often highly inaccurate in both form and meaning as students erroneously try to transform it back into what is familiar to them. Consequently, achieving accuracy becomes a very time-consuming endeavor which is difficult to manage in a large classroom. Given the time constraints on language learning and the increasing demand for understanding and communicating technical information, these "academic" structures are essential for acquiring language that is concise and unadulterated.

To enhance comprehension, I always do my own presentation of the material with my own examples and demonstrations before I ask the students to look at Azar's seemingly "academic" explanation. The oral and written drill practices contained in the book allow students to stay focused on accuracy so they can achieve mastery when they are asked to produce language of their own utilizing these targeted structures. If it is only conversational language that one wants to learn or to teach, sure, try some other book.

There is, however, another reason to teach students grammar structures: grammar tests are one mode the educational institutions use to screen students from higher education. Most, if not all, of the standardized tests given as prerequisites for college study are focused on grammar. (It's what they erroneously call "writing".) I feel to deny a motivated student mastery of the language at that level is denying them the tools they need for achieving success in our present system. Betty Azar's Fundamentals of English Grammar presents these structures in a very organized fashion, and my students who learn the material do very well on these tests and are able to continue with their educational goals.

5-0 out of 5 stars It is the best book series for teaching English to adults.
This and the other books in the Azar English Grammar series are great tools for teaching adult second language learners. It's really a system they can grow with. It makes my job as an ESL teacher a breeze.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book for teaching English grammars to foreigners...
I think this book is really wonderful. I have been teaching ESL/EFL for about eight years, and I have yet to see a book that is so complete. I teach English in Mexico, where everything the students have ever learned comes on a chart, so the charts are a HUGE help. What I most like about this grammar book is the oral exercises. Since I focus mostly on speaking and listening (due to my student's needs, of course) the students generally love the oral drills. I really recommend this book, especially for the oral practice of the grammar points. Any grammar book gives you boring fill in the blank exercises, but this book goes beyond that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Drill and Learn
This book is exhaustive but it gets the job done for any student on a plateau. It should be used after a simpler book like Side by Side 3. The goal is to reinforce and consolidate the skills learned in the simpler communicative learning books. TESL/TEFL apologists for ESL students obviously have not integrated this book because their students are not ready for it yet. It is a social matter of lower-educated working adults or a motivated language learner. It is for immediate students and will polish their skills in general. Spoken language is not very directly correlated with reading and writing. If you can not speak well, then do a simpler book. Then practice, practice, practice...and do this book as you practice speaking only. You will move off the plateau in a few weeks to a couple of months. When you are finished, my experience with private students is profound. You are ready for advanced ESL classes in community college or local university. Advanced-level English is not for academic students, it is a bare minimum for the functional English literacy in this society. You'll still need spell check and grammar assistance, but you'll be so much more confident. You'll distinguish your language skills in spoken, reading and in your general everyday writing. You can't skip to near-native speaker with this book, and slang books alone are not a short cut. This is a time saver.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for Grammar Fundamentalists; Weaker than Murphy
This "classic" ESL text, recently updated with green headlines and green tinted pages in the appendix, remains a favorite among English grammar fundamentalists. This thick book offers the drill and kill approach to learning languages with far too much time spent on minor differences of more interest to linguists than to ESL students wanting to read, write, and speak English. What is the goal, anyway?

Yet even if one believes in dwelling on the smallest details of some idealized use of the English language, I'd hestitate to recommend to either the second or third versions. Why?

"Fundmentals" costs far too much, weighs too much, and contains far too many impractical exercises of limited practicality. Teachers may find the grammar puzzles fascinating, but students usually want to learn grammar so they can use the language.

In comparision, Raymond Murphy's "Grammar in Use" series (Cambridge University Press) provides far clearer examples, a simpler format, and a more logical format. It's also ideal for self-study since lesson's answers can be found in the back.

Plus, the "Grammar in Use" books cost far less. Administrators and teachers, especially ones working with immigrants and refugees, should consider price and practicality when choosing texts.

Granted, this "classic" text makes more sense in elite, private programs where wealthy studdnts are preparing for the TOEFL test outside of the United States. Yet immigrants and refugees, however, don't need, want, or have the time to master these often silly distinctions without a difference. They need practical readings and compelling conversation exercises that help them get better jobs, make smarter consumer choices, and fully participate in the society. Ms. Azar's book provides almost no assistance to immigrants as they struggle to create new lives in an often confusing, strange land.

Finally, I must confess that I don't like fundamentalists in religion or language study. The same excessive zeal and narrow-mindedness that can distort and pervert rich religious traditions can be detected in the Fundamentals of English Grammar. Ms. Azar wants new English readers to write - and speak - far "better" and more "correct" than the vast majority of native English speakers. She advocates a fossilized view of the English language where innovation, slang, and change are all "corruptions" and "wrong." Let's just throw away the last century of art, film, and literature!

How can we, as English teachers, ask our immigrant students to write and speak better than of the President of the United States? ... Read more


9. Situaciones: Intermediate Spanish
by Jean-Paul Valette, Rebecca M. Valette
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Asin: 0669322806
Catlog: Book (1994-01-01)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Conversaciones is great for Spanish Conversation
I have used this book in my Spanish classes for the past 6 years. It is one of the best Spanish text books that I have come across and I highly recommend it to people. It is designed for the intermediate level student. It delivers extensive vocabulary and conversational phrases for a topical unit per chapter. The book includes grammar instruction and exercises for every level from the simple present tense to the past perfect of the subjunctive and just about everything in between. The book works best when it is used together with the workbook which provides additional practice in vocabulary, usage, and grammar as well as creative writing exercises. ... Read more


10. Portuguese (Brazilian) I : 2nd Ed. Rev (Comprehensive)
by Pimsleur
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Asin: 0743500199
Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
Publisher: Pimsleur
Sales Rank: 231578
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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With Pimsleur Language Programs you don't just study a language, you learn it -- the same way you mastered English! And because the technique relies on interactive spoken language training, the Pimsleur Language Programs are totally audio -- no book is needed!

The Pimsleur programs provide a method of self-practice with an expert teacher and native speakers in lessons specially designed to work with the way the mind naturally acquires language information. The various components of language -- vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar -- are all learned together without rote memorization and drills. Using a unique method of memory recall developed by renowned linguist, Dr. Paul Pimsleur, the programs teach listeners to combine words and phrases to express themselves the way native speakers do. By listening and responding to thirty minute recorded lessons, students easily and effectively achieve spoken proficiency.

No other language program or school is as quick, convenient, and effective as the Pimsleur Language Programs.

The Comprehensive Program is the ultimate in spoken language learning. For those who want to become proficient in the language of their choice, the Comprehensive programs go beyond the Basic Programs to offer spoken-language fluency. Using the same simple method of interactive self-practice with native speakers, these comprehensive programs provide a complete language learning course. The Comprehensive Program is available in a wide variety of languages and runs through three levels (thirty lessons each) in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. At the end of a full Comprehensive Program listeners will be conducting complete conversations and be well on their way to mastering the language. The Comprehensive Programs are all available on cassettes and are also on CD in the six languages in which we offer the Basic Program on CD. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best way to start
This is an excellent start to speaking Brazilian Portuguese. The course is totally audio with the exception of some reading practice of words used in the course. Grammer is important but that can come much later. It's an expensive course but worth every penny. Get it in auction if possible. Each lesson is half an hour long which I can always manage sometime during the day. I have noticed that the male and the female speaker seem to have differing dialects and the male speaks faster and is harder to understand. I asked a brazilian man about this and he said that genders differ in the way they speak the language in Brazil. This is probably a good thing for my practice, but it can be a bit confusing sometimes. This is not a deal breaker by any means! I would also recommend reading "How to learn any language; quickly, easily, inexpensively and on your own" by Barry Farber for some great tips. I have many language books and tapes but this is, without a doubt, the very best. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Same O Same O Very Good!
I am a gringo now living in Brazil. I use most everything I learned from these tapes. If you want to sample it, buy the 8 lessons first. If you learn from it....jump right up to the big ones. You can get them cheaper off ebay. Pimsleur is the absolute best course for me. I tried alot of other audio courses and they didnt do what Pimsleur did. I would get a Portuguese/English dictionary or the Portuguese in 10 minutes a day book as a help tool. Same as all the other reviews...its awesome and works.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very easy way to learn to speak Portuguese.
This series is the best way I have found to learn a language. It runs through a scenario, breaks down the sentences for verb tense, gender, etc. and will sound out difficult words syllable by syllable. When a phrase is used that the meaning is not what the words literally mean, they explain it in an easy to understand manner.

While it's always helpful to speak with a native, this course will help you accelerate your learning process so you can make the most of you conversations with your amigos brasilieros.

I would buy a book to use along with the course. It's mainly an audio course and having a grammar book, or a "Portuguese in 10 Minutes a Day" type book will help greatly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great System; Clarification re: Level I
The Pimsleur system is really wonderful. It is enjoyable, well-paced, and because you can tell you're making progress, it is self-reinforcing. I highly recommend it. Today I am on Portuguese II lesson 22, and already have Port III on my shelf ready to go. A few caveats, though:
(1) The "30-min per day" claim is misleading. I do cover one lesson per day as Pimsleur advises, but I need to listen to each lesson about 3 times to really feel that I've mastered it.
(2) I also sometimes review the previous day's lesson.
(3) For myself, it has helped to "cheat" on Pimsleur's audio-lingual approach (with a small Dover publications $. grammar book and a Port-English dictionary). In total, I probably spend about 2 hours per day on Portuguese.
(4) My neighbors probably question my mental stability, as I talk to myself while jogging or walking the dog!
(5) NOTE: A mistake I made was starting w the older Pimsleur comprehensive Portuguese tape set (16 tapes) for about $... created before they had the whole 3-level series. Nothing wrong w it, but it isn't quite consistent with I-II-III (that is, it's not the same as Portuguese I). If you think you want to do I-II-III, that is what you should buy.

Some reviewers have complained about the price. But really, when compared to the value of the time you'll invest, or the cost of a reasonable alternative (like college tuition) the price isn't bad. If you put in the effort, this product works.

5-0 out of 5 stars Express learning
The Pimsleur method is fantastic! Their method isn't perfect, but it is very effective. I've studied several languages and never have I been so fluent in such a short time (about 23 days). I have all three levels, but have just completed Lesson 22 (Level I). I can count to over a hundred, greet people both formally and informally, ask and tell the time, tell someone he/she is speaking too quickly (or too slowly), understand gender and person, and have acquired many other functional words. The speakers' dialogues are at conversational speed and I understand every word. The lessons are increasingly more complex and a few times I've had to listen to a lesson more than once (on the same day).

However, I began to "cheat" at about Lesson 16 or 17. I am a visual learner and, with the exception of the reading practice, the program is all aural. You aren't supposed to use other materials, but I bought a Portuguese-English dictionary. If a new word is introduced and I just can't recall it, I look up the English. Once I see the Portuguese word in print, I can remember it.

Pimsleur is "pricey," but if you consider the cost of college tuition and your expected oral fluency at the end of a semester, this is a real bargain. ... Read more


11. Essential English Grammar
by P. Gucker
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Catlog: Book (1966-06-01)
Publisher: Dover Publications
Sales Rank: 49906
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Get a pencil and learn well
Studying grammar is something most people prefer to avoid. We all know it can help us write better, but we cringe at the thought of "going back to school." I happen to be different: I am a bit of a nerd, and I make my living teaching people to write better at work. After teaching one of my courses, I am often asked by students to name a few good books they can read to continue to improve their writing. This book is the only book I recommend for learning or reviewing grammar.

I tell them the truth: I sat down with a pencil and worked through every lesson and exercise in the book. And I (re)learned a ton. I also tell them that I wrote lightly, because I think I will do it again every few years, just as I do with The Elements of Style. Unfortunately, grammar is a subject that requires periodic review if you are serious about staying sharp in your writing at work. This workbook makes it as painless as possible and costs almost nothing.

I rated this book 5 stars because I think it is superior in all categories for a workbook: comprehensive content, structured lessons, abundant exercises, authoritative author, and low price.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ideal Self-study Text
I wholeheartedly agree with the previous review of this textbook. I have been searching a long time for a self-study textbook on English grammar with the features mentioned in the previous review. Besides adult self-study learners, I daresay that this textbook would serve as an excellent companion for students in secondary schools.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just right!
I have read upto page 42 out of total 147 pages (excluding answers to Practice Exercises). I like the book very much and I find it easy to read, logically organised and the coverage and approach is just right! Besides, the book is handy to carry around (smaller than A4 size and not thicker than 200 pages - this is important for non full-time students). Moreover, the practice exercises are realistic enough to test your understanding of what you've read. I highly recommend this book to students, adult learners and really anyone who would like to review ESSENTIAL grammar. ... Read more


12. Latin for Dummies
by Clifford A.Hull, Steven R.Perkins, TracyBarr, Dummies Press
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Asin: 076455431X
Catlog: Book (2002-06-15)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 12099
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Earn-lay atin-Lay? No, not that kind of Latin! You can learn true Latin, with conjugations, declensions, and all those extra syllables – and it’s easier than you think. In fact, most people mistakenly think of learning Latin as perhaps the most useless, tedious, and difficult thing to do on earth. They couldn’t be more wrong.

Latin For Dummies takes you back for a quick jaunt through the parlance of ancient Rome, as well as discussing the progress of Latin into church language, and its status today as the “dead” language that lives on in English, Spanish, Italian, and most other Western tongues. Written for those with zero prior knowledge of Latin, this snappy guide puts the basics at your fingertips and steers clear of the arcane, schoolmarm stereotype of endless declensions and Herculean translations. Easy-to-understand sections describe:

  • Latin you already know
  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation
  • Latin in action
  • Latin in law
  • Latin in medicine
  • Latin for impressing your friends
  • And much more

No dusty tome or other such artifact, Latin For Dummies makes learning fun and brings the language to life by presenting conversations in various Roman settings, as well as providing fun facts and stories about classical life. And if you feel you may actually have a negative aptitude for the language, don’t worry; pronunciations and translations follow every expression, and a helpful mini-dictionary graces the book’s last pages. You’ll also find out about:

  • The quotable Roman
  • Latin graffiti
  • Latin authors who’s who
  • Gladiator Latin
  • Latin in love, marriage, and family
  • From the mouth of Julius Caesar
  • Romans on drink
  • Helpful Latin-related Web sites
  • Fun and games exercises

Designed to introduce and familiarize you with the language rather than make you the next Cicero, Latin For Dummies gives you all the tools you need to work at your own pace to learn as much or as little as you like. So noli timere (no-lee tih-may-reh) – “have no fear” – and carpe diem (“pick up Latin For Dummies today”)! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Actually 5+ Stars : an outstanding book
Excellent book . . . maybe, too good! I became so distracted by all of the fascinating cultural and language information, immediately reading all of the side-bars and "cultural wisdom" parts cover to cover, that I forgot to learn any Latin in the process. This auxliary information alone is well worth the price I paid for the book.
As for learning Latin, if I fail, the fault will be in my lack of knowledge of English grammar. This barrier has prevented easy access to other languages in the past. Perhaps I should search Amazon for a "Latin for Dumber than Dummies" (or, at least, start with "English Grammar for Dummies").

5-0 out of 5 stars A fun way to start learning Latin
I've always wanted to learn Latin so this is the first book I tried, as it looked fun and approachable. Well, I can tell you it does make Latin seem fun and an approachable language. I would recommend this book for the absolute beginner, who would otherwise not have access to Latin classes at school, university or otherwise, and wants to learn alone at home without feeling intimidated. Though presented in a light hearted way, the book's authors actually are Latin teachers in real life. While giving a basic and strong grounding in grammar and vocabulary, the humourous cartoons are hilariously funny and literary quotes and interesting snippets of historical information are included through the book. This book really makes you want to fall in love with Latin as a language. I'm very glad I picked this book as my starting point. ... Read more


13. How to Learn Any Language: Quickly, Easily, Inexpensively, Enjoyably and on Your Own
by Barry M. Farber
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Catlog: Book (1991-12-01)
Publisher: Carol Publishing Corporation
Sales Rank: 16907
Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting theory that I can't wait to put into practice.
The author's undeniable enthusiasm for language spills over into this book making you want to stop half-way through just to try his methods. Farber breaks language learning into simple steps:

1. Multiple Track Attack: Use one of everything as you attack your target language. Textbooks, magazines, newspapers, audio cassettes, flash cards, you name it.

2. Hidden Moments: Use every spare second as a chance to quiz yourself. In target language, try to name as many items around you as you can while you wait in line at the grocery store, bank, or while you wait on someone to pick on the phone.

3. Harry Lorayne's Memory System: Essentially, break down each word's syllibles and try to create a mental picture out of them in a language you already know. Essentially, you're creating a mind map of each word.

4. Plunge In: How do children learn to speak? By going ahead and speaking regardless of how poorly they do it. The only way to get better at speaking and/or writing your target language is to actually do it.

I've been attempting to learn Spanish for several years now, but always end up moving away from it due to sheer boredom. The methods I've used always seem to focus blindly on teaching you the building blocks of the language without giving you anything substinative to use. After reading this book, I've been encouraged to take up learning Spanish again, armed with an arsonel of new weapons.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dated book, but great method to really learn a language.
I've been using the method in this book to improve my German and start learning Russian. I've met with better success than I thought would be possible without taking classes and using a tutor. The method outlined is effective, but time consuming. If you just want to learn a few phrases for a trip, this isn't the method for you. This book is about really learning to speak a language as well as a non-native speaker can.

The book is an enjoyable read, the stories in which the author relates his experiences are both inspiring and entertaining. He's very honest and up front about the amount of effort it takes to really become proficient in a foreign language. The method tells you how to use materials like flashcards, tapes, books, newspapers and magazines effectively, and what you can expect to learn from each. All of these things become part of a very effective method for learning.

A lot of ground is covered, including a glossary of grammatical terms, a guide for selecting the right language and a pretty comprehensive list of languages and the number of people that speak them.

Since the book is a bit dated, there's no mention of language learning software or internet resources. But after you read the book, you should be able to find good software (like the Rosetta Stone series), web pages and web radio broadcasts on your own.

I go back to the book any time I haven't studied for a couple of days. It always inspires me to pick it back up and get going. If you think you want to learn a language, really, really LEARN it, then buy this book before dropping your hard earned cash on expensive tapes, books or classes.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is fun!
If you're interested in learning a foreign language or foreign languages, this book can be very enjoyable and helpful. The first part is autobiographical about the author learning several foreign languages and his experiences over a lifetime. The second part provides his instructions of his best way of learning on your own and the mistakes that he made. The book provides great motivation for learning foreign languages. Regardless of your learning a foreign language, the book is very fun and interesting.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fun and Motivating to Read, but Nothing Earth-Shattering
This book is a lot like a diet book -- everyone knows that to lose weight you have to eat better and exercise more. It takes hard work and there are no shortcuts to a healthier body.

In the same way, there are no true shortcuts to learning a language -- you must be exposed to the language as much as possible, you must learn grammar, and you have to make plenty of mistakes. Farber acknowledges the need for all of these, and gives a handy "cheat sheet" for grammar terms you'll need to know.

Outside of that, anyone who is truly committed to learning a language is probably already doing most of what Farber recommends, so there are no earth-shattering secrets in this book. Yet, it is a fun read. If you're thinking about learning a language, or are already trying to do so, Farber's anecdotes help remind you that it CAN be done. I loved reading about how he learned Chinese to spite his Latin teacher, and how he learned Hungarian out of necessity.

In short, buy this book for a quick, fun read, but don't expect miracles.

1-0 out of 5 stars A better title for this book would be "Me" by Barry Farber!
I honestly don't know what people see in this book, or why it is rated so highly! This book is bad, take it from me, and unlike the reviewer before me, I think it is the author who makes it bad, really bad! Rarely do I encounter a writing style that oozes so much arrogance and conceit that I almost feel like vomiting and throttling someone, but Farber's purple prose does all that for me! This book contains page after page of egocentric waffle and blatant approval seeking that it makes my stomach churn!
I do agree with the author in certain respects (goodness knows how I managed to get through the whole book!) He does say that language learning is a difficult and time consuming process, and does not play down the part grammar has to play in language aquisition, which is something modern methods do with disasterous results for the learners. I can only assume that people are getting motivation from this book, but I don't know why there are so many 5 star ratings for it! You could whittle all the verbal garbage and self-adulation down to about 10 pages of useful information, well some of it is useful, and some of it is rather suspect. I don't think that Barry Farber is a very good linguist either. He makes a lot of mistakes in this book. A really good linguist would not feel the need to show-off as much as Farber does. I do not recommend this book at all, but it is better than the one written by Hawke, even so! At least there is some substance in it, even if only a little. The thing is, are you willing to wade through all that superflous verbiage to get to it? It would seem that a lot of reviewers are. The mind boggles!
So if you want to read it, I suggest buying a rather strong vomit bag to keep at your side, just in case you get as sick as I did of an author puffing out his chest and trying to show you how much better than everyone else he is! Many people find Americans arrogant, and most Americans think that New Yorkers are arrogant, and I believe Mr Farber is a New Yorker par excellence! Put that unfounded arrogance into a book, and what have you got? "How to learn a foreign language". ... Read more


14. Principles of Language Learning and Teaching, Fourth Edition
by H. Douglas Brown
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Asin: 0130178160
Catlog: Book (2000-03-06)
Publisher: Pearson ESL
Sales Rank: 51466
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars One-stop resource on language learning
Language learning and language teaching are complex and difficult subjects. H. Douglas Brown provides a good summary of key elements in the field in his newest (4th) edition of "Principles of Language Learning and Teaching".

This book provides a good introduction to current theories of language teaching, including critical evaluations of such popular theories as Krashen's Input Hypothesis. Brown couches each discussion in an overall view of the bevaviorist / cognitivist debate and refers to these larger theories regularly.

As a classroom textbook, this edition provides discussion questions and case studies for analysis.

The bibliography is extensive and up to date and the index points to all major topics covered.

I recommend this book to university students and to language teachers who want to refresh their understanding of the field.

4-0 out of 5 stars Principles of Language Learning and Teaching
I found this book very helpful in my ESL classroom. Brown does an excellent job in chapter 3 comparing and contrasting first and second language acquisition. I believe this book is a must not only for ESL teachers, but all teachers. As our country becomes more diverse, it is important to know how to teach English to students of all ages. This would also be a good book for businesses who are struggling with employees with limited English. This book could also be useful for English teachers of all grades because it does go into great detail about how the first language is acquired. One important chapters for educators is chapter 10 on language testing. I would definately recommend this book and I will keep it for years to come as I have already referred back to it several times in my classroom.

4-0 out of 5 stars great analysis of theoretical lingusitcs
I believe the author has made great strides in showing many of the pitfalls in teaching languages in the years past (thirty-five to be exact). Dollars and cents is another issue that he brings foward in understanding what it takes to run a good teaching/learning program whether here or across our borders. ... Read more


15. Lakota Dictionary: Lakota-English/English-Lakota : Comprehensive
by Eugene Buechel, Paul Manhart, EugeneDictionary of the Teton Dakota Sioux Language Buechel
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Asin: 0803261993
Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Sales Rank: 159823
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars From the publisher
The most complete and up-to-date dictionary of Lakota available, this new edition of Eugene Buechel's classic dictionary contains over thirty thousand entries and will serve as an essential resource for everyone interested in preserving, speaking, and writing the Lakota language today.

This new comprehensive edition has been reorganized to follow a standard dictionary format and offers a range of useful features: both Lakota-to-English and English-to-Lakota sections; the grouping of principal parts of verbs; the translation of all examples of Lakota word usage; the syllabification of each entry word, followed by its pronunciation; and a lucid overview of Lakota grammar.

This monumental new edition celebrates the vitality of the Lakota language today and will be a valuable resource for students and teachers alike.

Eugene Buechel, S.J., (1874-1954) spent much of his life working among the Lakotas and recording their words and stories. He is the author of Lakota Tales and Text in Translation. Paul Manhart, S.J., is a pastoral assistant at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. ... Read more


16. Teach Yourself Urdu Complete Course (Teach Yourself Language Complete Courses)
by DavidMatthews, Mohamed Kasim Dalvi
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Asin: 0071414568
Catlog: Book (2003-03-27)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 85177
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Bestselling language courses now with audio CDs!

From Danish to Spanish, Swahili to Brazilian Portuguese, the languages of the world are brought within the reach of any beginning student. Learners can use the Teach Yourself Language Courses at their own pace or as a supplement to formal courses. These complete courses are based on the very latest learning methods and designed to be enjoyable and user-friendly.

Prepared by experts in the language, each course begins with the basics and gradually promotes the student to a level of smooth and confident communication, including:

  • Up-to-date, graded interactive dialogues
  • Graded units of culture notes, grammar, and exercises
  • Step-by-step guide to pronunciation
  • Practical vocabulary
  • Regular and irregular verb tables
  • Plenty of practice exercises and answers
  • Bilingual glossary

The new editions also feature:

  • Clear, uncluttered, and user-friendly layout
  • Self-assessment quizzes to test progress
  • Website suggestions to take language study further
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5-0 out of 5 stars Kitabi bahut accha chizen hain (this book is very Good)
This is a great book. Not only do you learn how to pronounce a word or sentence but you also learn how to read and write it. The book also gives you culture tips about Pakistan and India. It also show how to make up a sentences and the chapters are broken down by following a character's jounrney in Pakistan. If you know how to write in arabic you would find wring in urdu somewhat the same but if you don't know how to write in arabic don't worry, the book also show you how to wite the begin, middle, and end part of a letter. i find this book most enjoying and I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to learn this language.

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17. Teach Yourself Better Handwriting
by RosemarySassoon
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Asin: 0071419713
Catlog: Book (2003-01-14)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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This practical and informative book will help readers improve their handwriting and develop their own mature and individual style. Teach Yourself Better Handwriting includes self-diagnosis tests to identify problems, "before-and-after" examples illustrating common faults, and a detailed section on holding the pen. It also offers advice to those with special circumstances that may affect their handwriting, such as being left-handed or having a medical condition.

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18. Farsi (Comprehensive)
by Pimsleur
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Asin: 0743544838
Catlog: Book (2005-09-01)
Publisher: Pimsleur
Sales Rank: 673944
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars I love it, but it's not for everyone!!!
This set of CDs or tapes will get you started in basic Farsi. The teaching principle is sound linguistically in that it offers ample opportunity to repeat words in different contexts and teaches grammar by example in a transformational setting. However, if what you are looking for is a long list of grammatical constructions and explanations or vocabulary lists, this is not for you. You will learn basic greetings, how to ask for directions, and how to invite someone to go shopping or out to eat, as well as proper forms of address and how to tell time, but that is about the extent of the vocabulary used. However, you will also learn basic verb forms, and how to construct sentences intuitively, and when you learn new words from other sources, it will be easy to use the words in grammatically correct sentences based on what the CD teaches you. This is an excellent starting point, but by no means does it cover all possible grammatical constructions nor provide extensive vocabulary. What it does do is give you an intuitive feel for the structure of the language and the pronunciation of words. Some of my friends are Iranian, and I had managed to pick up a few words by listening to them converse, but after using this program for an hour a day for about 2 weeks, I was able to understand and follow much of their conversation, though I still cannot speak well. I agree that there needs to be either an expansion of what is currently on the program, or an intermediate and advanced course developed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not enough
I received this CD to learn farsi so I could speak the language with my potential in-laws.All my my fiance's family is from Iran and I wanted to learn the language so I could speak their native language with them and got this CD hoping it would help me out.While I was not upset with my purchase, I wished that the lessons went further into vacabulary.While the other review here is correct, the pronunciation is very good and you can learn the pronunciation very well here, there is not nearly enough on how to speak the language.I am lucky, that I have my fiance, who is fully fluent in farsi (and her family) to teach me more.If not for that I would have been disappointed with this CD.While this CD is a great start, more would definately been better.The lessons at first moved to slow, and then by lesson 7 and 8 they went to fast, then lesson 9 and 10 were to slow again.A second lesson CD package (like Farsi II) would be nice, but more farsi language in this first CD package would have been better.

1-0 out of 5 stars not worth the money!
I hate to say it but this tape set was a gigantic waste of money, granted you do learn some farsi words and sentences and the pronounciation is clear and good and yes you will learn alittle BUT my biggest issue with this set is that it seems like every single tape repeats the same thing on the first tape with what seemed like no new material being taught at all, so essentially for all that money you will learn how to introduce yourself really well and make polite small talk but above and beyond that forget anything relating to life/weather/work/school/family/life or Iran.
forget it! ... Read more


19. Los Cuatro Acuerdos: Una Guia Practica para la Libertad Personal
by Miguel Ruiz, Don Miguel Ruiz
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Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: Amber-Allen Publishing
Sales Rank: 10118
Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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Author don Miguel Ruiz outlines the four agreements we must make in order to achieve inner peace: Be impeccable with your word; Don't take anything personally; Don't make assumptions; and Always do your best. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars ME GUSTA MUCHISISISIMO
Lo que mas me gusta de este libro es que un libro facil de entender y pone muchos ejemplos de errores que uno ve a diario en nuestra vida o que la gente hace con nosotros, a mi esposa tambien le gusto mucho porque ella siempre se llevaba de todo lo que la gente decia e incluso su propia familia hasta el dia que leyo en este libro en donde hablaba de que son los chismes y que tipo de gente son las gentes chismosas; Si de ti hablan o te critican o si decea superarte y sentirte mejor fisica o mentalmente o si te llaman para contarte cosas de otro o si deseas vivir lo tuyo sin importar lo que digan de ti, te recomiendo este libro..

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelente libro
Un libro que te hace ver de que manera vivimos a diario, siempre guzgando y señalando a los demas sin darnos cuenta de nuestros propios defectos.
Este libro me ayudo personalmente a vivir el presente, a perdonar, y a tratar de abrir mi corazon al projimo dia con dia, a no tomar nada personal, no es facil pero tampoco imposible.
Lo recomiendo a todas las personas que necesiten paz en su corazon.

5-0 out of 5 stars vale la pena leer, re-leer y volverlo a leer
es una guia espiritual al maximo potencial, nos va llevando de la mano con una facilidad hacia una vida plena, tanto para nosotros como para las personas que tenemos alrededor.

pero creo que se si lo tenemos que leer mas de una vez, ya que estasmos programados con una serie de vicios que nos hace involuntariamente hacer y hacernos daño

3-0 out of 5 stars Hermoso libro aunque repite mucho
Un libro que te entrega un hermoso mensaje aunque repite lo mismo de diferentes formas. Basicamente te ensena a que tenemos que aprender a vivir sin hacerle danio a la gente, sin juzgarlos, no tomandonos las cosas personalmente y haciendo lo mejor y lo que mas se puede todos los dias.
Un libro interesante, pero que me dejo con gusto a poco.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sabiduria en el diario vivir
Este libro es pequeño pero lleva mucha sabiduria en sus palabras. Los cuatro acuerdos son principios fundamentales del diario vivir. Para aquellas personas que viven bajo uno o algunos de estos principios, este libro no hace sino confirmar cuan importante es aplicarlos en nuestra vida. Para las personas que no aplican estos principios, este libro es una puerta hacia una nueva dimensión que nos permite vivir a plenitud y alcanzar la alegria día a día. ... Read more


20. Lonely Planet Czech Phrasebook: With Two-Way Dictionary (Lonely Planet Czech Phrasebook)
by Eugenia Mocnay
list price: $7.99
our price: $7.19
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Asin: 1864501847
Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 26828
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Live the cultural life in the Czech Republic – immerse yourself in a Dvorák symphony or chill out at a Prague jazz club. With the special section on architecture you’ll know your Gotika from you Rokoko. Or if that's not your scene, get out of town, stay in a chalupa and hike in the mountains or swim in a jezero. And in the evenings, chat soccer with the locals over a piva. Nazdravi!

  • clear pronunciation guide and transliterations throughout to make sure you’ll be understood
  • packed with phrases for shopping, eating and drinking
  • confidently roam around the Czech Republic with essential travel talk
  • camping, hiking and cycling sections to get you outdoors and into the action
  • special section on architectural styles
  • extensive two-way dictionary
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good investment
For only 8 dollars I think this book is a good buy. Sure, you will find people who speak English in the Czech Republic, but I think it would be 'slightly' rude that you didnt even make an effort to learn some key phrases in Czech before your visit. Czech is their official language, and if you want to have a real cultural experience rather than getting by on your English, then I would recommend looking into this product. This book will lend you some key phrases as well as background to the country and people of ancient Bohemia. I visited the Czech Republic also, and found that many of their street signs, signs in general were in Czech, and it was really useful for me to look it up in the phrasebook. Also as well as the dictionary, it has subject vocabulary, as in what to do when you're in a restaurant, what to say in a doctor's office, telling the time, things like that-mostly anything you can think of. The biggest plus of this product is that it is actually up to date, and gives you vocabulary for anything (even what to say on a date!) and isnt out of sync with the times. Also it was coveniently sized to fit into my small purse or pocket withouot being an incovenience. I think this product helped me in familiarizing myself with their culture before going there-so I wasnt as culture shocked as some of my other colleauges. I recommend this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
If you're going to a major city in the Czech Republic, say Prague, don't bother with this book. Almost everyone there speaks English anyway so to the extent that you need to learn phrases like "thank you", "please", etc. just to be polite, you can use the language index from a regular old guidebook like Fodors. Even if you do go out into the country, you won't be able to use much more that what's in the guidebooks anyway. After all, a few key phrases and lots of pointing and smiling will get you farther than being able to say "You should visit us in Scotland sometime when you're in the area". And you'll never ever ever understand anything that's said back to you based on a book like this. The motto "Don't just sit there, say something" is meaningless. Sure I can phonetically babble all the mumbo jumbo I want, but that doesn't mean that I can actually communicate something with someone in Eastern Europe. And we couldn't find how to ask for the check in a restaurant anywhere in this book, which is one of those useful phrases when you head to places like this. ... Read more


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