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161. Language Teaching Awareness: A Guide to Exploring Beliefs and Practices
by Jerry G. Gebhard, Robert Oprandy, Jerry Gebhard
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Catlog: Book (1999-04-01)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This book is a guide devoted to what language teachers can do to become more aware of and explore their teaching beliefs, attitudes, and practices. It provides teachers with the kind of knowledge and guidelines that can empower them to make their own informed teaching decisions. As such, teacher educators will find this a practical book to use in training courses. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Challenge yourself as a teacher with this book
This new book by Jerry Gebhard and Bob Oprandy is a wonderful beginning (or continuation!) of a journey that each profession language teacher should make. The book challenges each teacher to explore not only their beliefs about teaching, but where these beliefs came from. The tasks in each chapter are set so that such an exploration is possible. Additionally, examples of action research carried out by practicing teachers are most helpful and may act as a guide for readers to carry out their own action research projects--the future of the profession for language teachers. The great aspect of the book is that it is nonprescriptive and nonjudgmental in its approach to exploration. Self-exploration is a tricky thing at the best of times; however, this is a sensitive guide for language teachers to help them explore their teaching worlds. ... Read more


162. Beginner's Maori (Beginner's (Foreign Language))
by K. T. Harawira
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Catlog: Book (1997-12-01)
Publisher: Hippocrene Books
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Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars A decent but flawed intor to Maori
This book was created some time ago. Some of the subject matter reflects this fact. It is a good brief intro to the language but has a major flaw. There are two sets of vowels, the short and the long vowel. It is very important to pronounce the vowel properly or the meaning of the word can be changed. This book represents all vowels as short vowels, thus the student incorrectly learns the word.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kia Ora book worms!
This book got me off to a good start and I consider it to be a bargain for the price. If you're in any doubt about this book, buy it. It's worth every cent.

3-0 out of 5 stars A problematic language-learner's tool.
The nearly complete lack of teach-yourself material on New Zealand's Maori language compels me to give the book 3 stars as I believe it is the only one to be found. The linguistic problem is the author's inattention to mark vowel length as well as poorly explaining certain consonants. However, Harawira's use of Maori texts and songs is rather charming. Invest in this book with caution. ... Read more


163. Manchu: A Textbook for Reading Documents
by Gertraude Roth Li
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Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Manchu is the most important Tungistic language, a vital resource for all scholars who work on the Altaic language family.This book is the first English-language Manchu textbook in more than a century.It offers students of Chinese history and comparative literature the means to master documentary Manchu and will prove useful for those interested in the various branches of linguistics. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Informative but not very thorough
This is very good text book for the Manchu language and possibly the only one in English available (correct me if I'm wrong).

The book is very professionally laid out but the discussion on the pronunciation only takes up a few paragraphs. Perhaps, it's becasue 1) this is a book mainly for learning written documents 2) no one can be sure of or authoritive over the sounds of the extinct Manchu language. Nevertheless, this book's main portion, Part II offers a large section of Manchu documents and the trasliteration in Roman alphabet. The vocabulary found after each reading section is given entirely in Roman trasliteration. The Manchu alphabet symbols and the method of trasliteration are fully discussed in Part I of the book.

This book does not give very detailed grammer points which are crammed into a samll section in Part III. One may also find this book not sufficient to be the sole source for the study of Manchu for the vocabulary and readings can be daunting, without a very good background in the understanding of the Chinese culture/history/language.

Over all, this book is very organized and therefore commendable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sompley Amasing!
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5-0 out of 5 stars A well written introduction
I enjoyed this book very much. It is clearly aimed at a limited market but I would recommend it as a good book (actually one of the only books) to help one learn written Manchu. The book begins with an introduction to the Manchu language and this is followed by a selection of texts which the student translates and works through using this book. Romanised versions of the Machu texts are also provided as are English translations. The latter is at the end of the book to encourge the student to do the work for themselves. This book is well laid out and packed full of information on grammar and the like. It also includes some modern Sibe texts. This book is likely to become a classic text for the study of this language. ... Read more


164. Speedy Spanish for Employers (Speedy Language Phrase Books)
by Babe Hart, T. L. Hart, Speedy
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Catlog: Book (1993-02-01)
Publisher: Baja Books
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165. Lonely Planet Fijian Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Fijian Phrasebook)
by Paul Geraghty
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Asin: 0864422199
Catlog: Book (1994-12-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 199609
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Whether you are cruising through the outer islands, dining out in a waterfront restaurant in Suva or hiking along inland trails - a little Fijian will open up this tropical wonderland. Lonely Planet's practical vocabulary and comprehensive notes on grammar will ensure that your interest in Fijian lasts long after your tan has faded. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best resource for quick learning
Dr. Geraghty is the world's leading linguist of Fiji's 300 indigenous regional dialects, and this book is a simple, straightforward, useful introduction to any traveler. ... Read more


166. Introduction to Syriac: An Elementary Grammar With Readings from Syriac Literature
by W. M. Thackston, Wheeler M. Thackston
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Syriac is the Aramaic dialect of Edessa in Mesopotamia. Today it is the classical tongue of the Nestorians and Chaldeans of Iran and Iraq and the liturgical language of the Jacobites of Eastern Anatolia and the Maronites of Greater Syria. Syriac is also the language of the Church of St, Thomas on the Malabar Coast of India. Syriac belongs to the Levantine group of the central branch of the West Semitic languages. Syriac literature flourished from the third century on and boasts of writers like Ephraem Syrus, Aphraates, Jacob of Sarug, John of Ephesus, Jacob of Edessa, and Barhebraeus. After the Arab con-quests, Syriac became the language of a tolerated but disenfranchised and diminishing community and began a long, slow decline both as a spoken tongue and as a literary medium in favor of Arabic.Syriac played an important role as the intermediary through which Greek learning passed to the Islamic world. Syriac translations also preserve much Middle Iranian wisdom literature that has been lost in the original. Here, the language is presented both in the Syriac script and in transcription, which is given so that the pronunciation of individual words and the structure of the language may be represented as clearly as possible.The majority of the sentences in the exercises-and all of the readings in later lessons-are taken directly from the P'itta, the Syriac translation of the Bible. Most students learn Syriac as an ad-junct to biblical or theological studies and will be interested primarily in this text. Biblical passages also have the advantage of being familiar, to some degree or other, to most English-speaking students. For many of those whose interest in Syriac stems from Biblical studies or from the history of Eastern Christianity, Syriac may be their first Semitic language. Every effort has been made in the presentation of the grammar to keep the Semitic structure of the language in the forefront and as clear as possible for those who have no previous experience with languages of that family. Syriac is structurally perhaps the simplest of all the Semitic languages. A chart of correspondences among Arabic, Hebrew, and Syriac is given. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It's not Greek to me...
Many Westerners see the historical split between East and West in Christendom in 1054 as creating a monlithic 'East'; whereas the Western church split into a myriad of sects, from the Western perspective, the East seemed fairly uniform. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth, as increasing attention in history, culture, and language studies complement the study of religion in the Eastern realms. Thackston's book on Syriac is one such study that helps to broaden the understanding of Christian history and the cultural diversity of the East.

If you've never heard of Syriac, you are not alone. Syriac literature flourished in the third century C.E. forward, primarily around the major city of Edessa, which was one of the trading centres of the Eastern Roman Empire, so important as a crossroads that evidence exists as far afield as Iceland and China, Ethiopia and northern Russia of traders who made the trek for goods from (or to trade their goods in) Edessa. Ephraim, one of only a handful of saints beyond the apostles to be acknowledged by practically every branch of the church, was from Edessa; his hymns were carried back with the travellers along the trade routes.

Syriac played a crucial role in the preservation of Greek literature in the Islamic times, which later was reintroduced to Europe prior to the Renaissance. Syriac continues as the the liturgical language of some churches, such as the Malabar Church of St. Thomas in India, and the Jacobites and Maronites in the Near East; it is also the classical language of the Nestorians and the Chaldeans. The Mongol language script is a derivative of Syriac.

Syriac is related to various Aramaic strands (Babylonia, Palestinian, Samaritan) and Canaanite (Ugaritic, Hebrew, Phoenician). More distantly related are languages such as Arabic, Ethiopic and Akkadian.

This is a fast-moving book, well-organised and formatted. Despite the occasional typographical error and one or two minor issues, it is a great text. In twenty lessons, a solid introduction to the Syriac language is covered -- for the motivated student, this could be done in one semester. The book presents Syriac in transliteration as well as Syriac script throughout. The tranliterations assist in vocalisation, as Syriac, like many related languages, tends to leave part of the words unwritten.

Prior to the twenty lessons are ten preliminary matters -- if each of these is viewed as an additional lesson, the book would make a good two-semester text of 30 weeks or so. These preliminary matters involve alphabet, vocalisation and syllabification (yes, that is a word), numbers, and some linguistic comparisons.

Thackston, knowing his primary audience, uses the Psitta, the standard Syriac translation of the Bible, as the primary text from which sentences and words are used in the lessons. This is also a recognition of the influence the Bible had on the development of Syriac language. Thackston also recognises that the student might not be familiar with Hebrew, Arabic or other Semitic languages prior to undertaking the study of Syriac, and thus keeps grammar issues at the forefront. In fact, Syriac makes an excellent introductory Semitic language for study prior to the more difficult Hebrew or Arabic.

Recognising that students might not have a ready supply of Syriac documents upon which to practice, there is a 'reader' of sorts, 40 pages of Syriac writings as an appendix. There is also a Syriac-English vocabulary (the point of this text is reading knowledge, rather than construction, so there is no English-Syriac list).

Overall, Thackston's book is an excellent language study.

3-0 out of 5 stars Please--a second edition!
This is a difficult review to write. On the negative side, there are simply an unacceptable number of typographical errors--including some baffling errors/ editorial decisions(????) in the chrestomathy. This text book is in dire need of a second edition to correct the numerous publication errors that have found their way into the text.

That being said...

This is arranged and set up as a VERY nice introduction to the Syriac language. In organization and grammatical treatment, it does indeed represent a large step forward from Robinson's grammar. It presupposes no prior knowledge of Semitic language, is clear in its presentation of grammatical concepts, and does a very good job of balancing vocalized forms (in transliteration) with their (as will almsot always be encountered) unvocalized forms in Syriac script.

I fully recommend the use of this grammar--however, because of the fact that numerous errors have crept into the published version, it should only be used in a class taught by an individual with a good knowledge of Aramaic and Semitic verbal morphology.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn to read the Aramaic New Testament!
I'm now in my second read of the book, and can actually read my Peshitta (although very slowly)! This grammar uses a great and easy teaching method, and it's easier to use than most other Greek/Hebrew grammars. It's also very affordable, compared to other Syriac/Aramiac grammars and language tools.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best teaching grammar yet!
After having tried to learn Syriac (without too much success) from a number of texts (Healey, Ungnad, Muraoka, Robinson), this grammar was like a breath of fresh air! For me, the Syriac script was the major sticking point. Professor Thackston gets the student past this obstacle by using unpointed Estrangela, and by giving transliterations of all paradigms, examples, and vocabulary. In a clear introduction to the sounds and script, he covers the complexities of syllabic division, accentuation, and spirantization in a succinct and understandable manner. There are twenty lessons, and the methodology is similar to that of Lambdin (Biblical Hebrew, Coptic) and Huehnergard (Akkadian): several grammatical points explained clearly, with examples; vocabulary (in Estrangela and in transliteration); and sample sentences / reading exercises. Although I'm only on Lesson 3, I find this book stimulating and thoroughly enjoyable. I'm certain that after completing this text, the conscientious student should have no trouble tackling the New Testament with the aid of a dictionary, or going back to the other works (cited at the beginning of this review) to get extra practice in grammar and reading. The only thing that I feel would have improved this text is a key to the exercises. What I'm doing is to translate the Syriac sentences into English, and after a day or two, translate them back into Syriac, and compare them with the original. This, along with a careful reading of the grammatical principles, gives good feedback. Professor Thackston saw fit to publish a key to his "Introduction to Koranic and Classical Arabic"; hopefully we'll see a key to this work some day as well. But all in all, a pleasure and a wonderful resource. ... Read more


167. Romanian English, English Romanian: Dictionary & Phrasebook (Hippocrene Dictionary and Phrasebooks)
by Mihai Miroiu
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Asin: 0781809215
Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
Publisher: Hippocrene Books
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168. Webster's New World Compact Japanese Dictionary: Japanese/Engish-English/Japanese
by FujihikoKaneda
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Asin: 0028617266
Catlog: Book (1997-07-11)
Publisher: Webster's New World
Sales Rank: 30869
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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This best-selling Japanese dictionary in the handy traveler's size has now been completely revised and updated. Thousands of entries emphasize the most commonly used words in both Japanese and English including Japanese and English idioms. Complete with romanized and kanji forms of Japanese words, it includes a guide to Japanese pronunciation and the Japanese phonetic writing system.

Originally published as Yohan English-Japanese/Japanese-English Dictionary. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars This dictionary not recommended.
I have a degree in Japanese Studies, and have, in the past, instructed introductory Japanese. A friend of mine, to whom I am teaching some Japanese, got this dictionary. I was appalled at how many very basic words did not have entries in this dictionary. Simple words, like "koko" (which means "here") were missing. Many of the missing words that I had her trying to look up were so basic that when she first told me that the words were not in her dictionary, I thought she had just missed them, until I looked, myself, and verified their absence. If you are trying to learn Japanese, I suggest you choose another dictionary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
this dictionary was wonderful. It helped me learn more about the pronunciation of the Japanese language and helped me to learn new words1 I highly reccomend!

5-0 out of 5 stars I haven't gotten this particular one yet, but...
From what I've seen of Websters International distionaries, they are very clear, concise, as usually give pronunciantion. I never trust these "how to speak conversational japanese as they take too much time to tell you pronunciation a perfect grammar, I tend to say, "How do you say chestnut?" "Oh, it's..." (I'm gonna make you look it up)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good
This is such a low price!

5-0 out of 5 stars a good compact dictionary
This dictionary is very good for those who need a pocket-sized Japanese dictionary. Under some of the entries there are helpful example sentences, and all of the Japanese characters are right next to the english entries. This is a very good dictionary for its size. Most words that you need to be a functional Japanese speaker are in this dictionary. ... Read more


169. Understanding Jamaican Patois: An Introduction to Afro-Jamaican Grammar
by L., Emilie Adams, Llewelyn Dada Adams
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Asin: 9766101558
Catlog: Book (1991-12-01)
Publisher: LMH Publishers
Sales Rank: 74487
Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars
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This easy-to-understand introduction to Afro-Jamaican grammar "explains clearly and simply the basics of Jamaican patois. Most importantly I think the book has an important role to play in helping Jamaicans take pride in their language and see that it is not second-class" (Deborah Pruitt, anthropologist, Berkeley, California). (Foreign Language Studies) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The price is right
Several years back I was in Jamaica, The people there speak english well, but between each other they speak Patois. During my first trip there I spent many hours talking with bartenders and waitress' trying to learn the language. I did get down 'gimme a Red Stripe man' but I wanted to be able to understand them. At the airport on my way home I stopped in one of the book stores and picked up a copy of this book which sells there for a whopping $26 US. I read it through out the year and by the time I returned the following year I could actually understand a good bit of what they were saying, and some of the locals actually thought I worked there at one of the cruise ship terminals. It goes through sentence structure and tenses, not just a list of common phrases. In reference to the Afro-Jamaican it compares different parts of the language to where it probably came from which many times it is linked to different African languages, no reference to the different people who currently speak the language.

1-0 out of 5 stars Getting it wrong
I second Azucena's review and I'd add that it is clear Adams isn't a linguist as she mis-hears some important parts of Jamaican speech. For example, the short vowel in the words 'bird' and 'work' does NOT sound like that in standard English 'book,' but more like that in 'thud.'

Adams would have been better off transcribing the sounds in some standard phonetic alphabet, or, to make the book more accessible, in the same mix that Jamaicans do. Ef yuh ah goh mek it up, yuh haffi come betta dan dat!

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't categorize us Jamaicans
I haven't read this book, let me just get that out of the way.

However, as a degree-holder in linguistics and a Jamaican, I must say that the title alone emphasizes what must be an ineptness by the author to understand the Jamaican dynamic. There are no "Afro-Jamaicans." We are Jamaicans. Period. Some of us are black, some are white, some are Chinese, Syrian, etc. My mother is white, born in Sav-La-Mar, Jamaica, her grand-parents were from Ireland and Wales. She grew up speaking Jamaican Creole but that doesn't make her "Afro-Jamaican." Not all Jamaicans use this dialect, and not all users of this dialect are black.

Furthermore, although the Jamaicans loosely define their language as "patois", that is not what their language is called. A patois is defined as "uneducated speech" or "a dialect different from but based upon the main spoken language of the region." What the Jamaicans speak is certainly not uneducated speech, and any qualified linguist knows that every dialect and every language is complex and complete in its own way. Linguistically speaking, what we speak in certain areas of Jamaican can be called a creole, which is one of the final stages of a birth of a new language created from the pidgin of other languages.

Maybe the author utilized the words "afro" and "patois" to reach a broader audience, but at the expense of perpetuating false perceptions of the Jamaican people and language?

4-0 out of 5 stars Jamaican patois and its Sweet 'n Swarthy Speakers
This is a fine guide to the grammar of Jamaican patois. Adams outlines sentence structure and verb forms with the expertise of someone who has lived and taught in "Jam-dung" for much her life. As a strange and unfamiliar language, it is interesting to learn just for its own sake. But for practical purposes, this is an excellent tool for anyone who wishes to cement lasting bonds with the finest collection of women on the planet: Jamaican women. The guide to verb particles is invaluable, as this can certainly be the greatest obstacle to any white-skinned fool who tries to learn patois. Vocabulary and local idioms are ever-changing in Jamaica, so the reader quickly finds that some of Adams' Glossary entries are either outdated, rarely used, or both. For a greater understanding of vocabulary, you'll need to have sustained contact with Jamaican folk and their speech habits. On the whole, there has been no greater pleasure in my life than my adventures with this unusual tongue. A white man's self-education in Jamaican patois often seems like chasing the wind, but the rewards are such that the work is well worth it in the end. So for anyone who relishes dark eyes, corn-rows, and long tawny legs, I suggest that you read Adams' book on the remarkable language of these equally remarkable women, and just sit back and watch with glee as you gather into your greedy arms the payoff of studying Jamaican patois.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Basic Introduction
For those interested in language ceolization, Understanding Jamaican Patois is a good description of the basics of the creole spoken in Jamaica. A relatively short book, it spends a good deal of time talking about orthography, which is always a problem/concern with a primarily oral language. This discussion is interestingly illustrated in the reading selection (a childhood tale by Llewellen "Dada" Adams) at the end of the book, which is written in facing pages in the two orthographies (one mixes phonetic and standard spellings; the second is purely phonetic). Ending the book is an all-too-short appendix comparing some similar features in Haitian and Jamaican patois. ... Read more


170. Colloquial Basque: A Complete Language Course (Colloquial Series (Multimedia))
by Alan R. King, Begotxu Olaizola Elordi
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Asin: 0415121116
Catlog: Book (1996-07-01)
Publisher: Routledge
Sales Rank: 244893
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Colloquial Basque is easy to use and completely up-to-date.Specially written by an experienced teacher for self-study or class use, the course offers you a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Basque. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

What makes Colloquial Basque your best choice in personal language learning?
* it's interactive - lots of exercises for regular practice
* it's clear - concise grammar notes
* it's practical - useful vocabulary and pronunciation guide
* it's complete - including answer key and special reference section.

Cassettes accompany the course to help you with listening and pronunciation skills. By the end of this rewarding course you will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in a broad range of situations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very practical
I recently bought this book and tape to prepare for my trip to the Basque Country. I read the book a few times and listened to the tape in the background at work and home. For every bit of effort I put into learning Basque, the reward was 100%.

When I got to San Sebastian, I found that people spoke very much like they did on the tapes. Even though I had never studied Basque or Spanish prior to buying the tapes I was able to get around. I was able to ask for directions, greet and introduce myself, and buy food. By the time I arrived, I had heard the tapes so much that little phrases kept popping out.

Having this as a base I was able to begin speaking to people both quicker and at a deeper level. It was amazing how far I could stretch a conversation based on simple grammar and vocabulary.

Once I became to speak some of their language, the Basque people really opened up to me. They really appreciated the effort I made to learn their language. And now is a great time to learn Basque. It is undergoing a revival so both kids and adults are going to school to learn Basque.

This book and tape helped me a lot! Now that I am home I still listen to the tapes to refresh my memory. To the authors I say eskerrik asko!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A practical guide for survival in the Basque Country
I recently bought this book and tape to prepare for my trip to Euskal Herria. I read the book a few times and listened to the tape when I was at work or around the house. For every bit of effort I put into learning, my reward was 100%.

Although I had never studied Spanish or Euskera before, these tapes helped me get by. When I arrived in San Sebastian, I found that the tape was extremely accurate in the way people spoke. I kept popping out little phrases I had memorized from the tape. These helped me with the necessities, like greetings, asking directions, and finding what I needed in San Sebastian.

It's amazing how far I was able to stretch a conversation just by knowing the basics and the functional words. Once I got past the day-to-day survival, I really began to learn the language.

Once I began to learn the language, people opened up to me in a way they never would have to an English- or Spanish-speaker. Euskera is undergoing a huge revival and it is exciting to be a part of that. And the Basque people will love you for showing them the respect to try to learn their language.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the language or is planning on visiting Euskal Herria. It will give you the base to begin communicating much sooner and at a deeper level.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best manual I've ever had
Alan King made a very good manual, it is hard to make something like this for the language that is not similar to anything we know, but however it is really easy to learn basque with his book. ... Read more


171. Teach Yourself Tagalog Complete Course
by Corazon Salvacion Castle, LaurenceMcGonnell, Corazon Castle, Laurence McGonnell
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Asin: 0071434178
Catlog: Book (2004-01-26)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 255032
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Thriller in Manila? Teach yourself Tagalog!

With Teach Yourself it's possible for virtually anyone to learn and experience the languages of the world, from Afrikaans to Zulu; Ancient Greek to Modern Persian; Beginner's Latin to Biblical Hebrew.Follow any of the Teach Yourself Language Courses at your own pace or use them as a supplement to formal courses. These complete courses are professionally designed for self-guided study, making them one of the most enjoyable and easy to use language courses you can find.

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:

  • Step-by-step guide to pronunciation and grammar
  • Regular and irregular verb tables
  • Plenty of practice exercises and answers
  • Practical vocabulary and a bilingual glossary
  • Clear, uncluttered, and user-friendly layout
  • An exploration of the culture
  • And much more
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1-0 out of 5 stars Wrong wrong wrong
May be a good book but this ISBN is not shipped with cd's as stated here and the shipped copy was published in 2003.

McGraw-Hill sent me an email saying that this ISBN is shipped with two cd's and cost $24.95 which is what Amazon says is the retail price.

I recommend you buy from McGraw and get the cd's. ... Read more


172. Generative Phonology (Linguistic Theory Guides)
by Iggy Roca
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Catlog: Book (1994-09-01)
Publisher: Routledge
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Roca offers an overview of the post-SPE theory of generative phonology. This is ideal for linguists not specialising in phonology who want to keep abreast of the latest developments in the subject. ... Read more


173. Kurdish-English/English-Kurdish (Kurmanci, Sorani, and Zazaki) Dictionary & Phrasebook, Romanized (Hippocrene Dictionary & Phrasebooks)
by Nicholas Awde
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174. Gaelic-English - English-Gaelic Dictionary: Scottish-Gaelic
by Malcolm MacLennan
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Catlog: Book (1979-06-01)
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The most practical of dictionaries-Gaelic to English and English to Gaelic-in a single volume.With its detailed coverage of etymology and pronunciation, the dictionary is more than just a practical tool for the everyday user.It also makes a unique contribution to Gaelic culture and provides a comprehensive vocabulary aid for the present and future reader, writer, and speaker of the language. ... Read more


175. The Rules for the Gender of French Nouns: Why Your Arm Is Masculine but Your Leg Is Feminine, and Other Mysteries of the French Language
by Saul H. Rosenthal
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Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: Hats Off Books
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Do you wonder why an arm is masculine while a leg is feminine? Why your sofa is masculine but your chair is feminine? And why should a person or victim always be feminine, even if the person or the victim referred to happens to be a man? And isn’t it odd that masculinité is feminine? The illogic of French gender can be puzzling and frustrating to the new student of French.

After reading this book, if you see words like croisement, or pays, or vin, or chocolat, you will know that they are masculine, and, in the same way, you will recognize immediately that ville, facture, maladie and essence are feminine words. You will even know why the United States is masculine but France is La France. ... Read more


176. Albanian-English/English-Albanian Dictionary and Phrasebook (Dictionary and Phrasebooks)
by Ramazan John Hysa
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Asin: 078180793X
Catlog: Book (1999-12-01)
Publisher: Hippocrene Books
Sales Rank: 162759
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Getting Started in Albanian
Great for beginners in Albanian. It is pocket sized so you can carry it with you. Best results come from memorizing a few words every day. The bidirectional dictionary gives you enough words for basic communication. Avoids the complexities of Albanian grammar. A sampling of phrases gives you enough insight into making sentences. Local Kosovar refugees say I will be understood even though my pronunciation and sentence structure is not perfect.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Words
I ordered this book for the Albanian and Macedonian students I teach in my ESL class. The book is quite solid and compact, as bilingual dictionaries go, convenient for carrying. But we have not found it to be of much use. There simply are not enough words in it. The vocabulary is very limited. More than half the time we can't find the word we're looking for. We get much better results with the monolingual Oxford Picture Dictionary for English learners.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent phrases
I bought this dictionary to use with Kosovar refugees I am currently teaching english. I thought it would be fun to suprise them by learning a little of their own language as well because they are working so hard. This book has many, many, fabulous phrases in the last section that apply to almost every situation. While the dictionary is small and has only a limited vocabulary, most commonly used words are available. My only problem with this book is that unlike some others, there is no real pronunciation guide so you are left guessing if you are truly pronouncing things correctly. If you are looking for correct pronunciation, I suggest getting tapes or asking a native. ... Read more


177. Hebraic Tongue Restored: And the True Meaning of the Hebrew Words Re-Established and Proved by Their Radical Analysis
by Fabre D'Olivet
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Catlog: Book (1997-03-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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And the True Meaning of the Hebrew Words Re-established and Proved by their Radical Analysis. In this work is found: Introductory dissertation upon the origin of speech, the study of the tongues which can lead to this origin and the purpose that the author has in view; Hebraic Grammar founded upon new principles, and made useful for the study of tongues in general; Series of Hebraic roots considered under new relations, and destined to facilitate the understanding of language, and that of etymological science; Translation into English of the first ten chapters of the Sepher, containing the Cosmogony of Moses. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars It is so important to learn Cristian Kabbalah
Do you have in portuguese or spanish ... Read more


178. Gypsy-English/English-Gypsy Concise Dictionary (Concise Dictionaries)
by Atanas Slavov
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Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars About the only game in town for in-print Romani dictionaries
This dictionary has a number of flaws, but most of them can be worked around. It is about the only game in town for in-print Romani dictionaries. People who are curious about the language have little choice.

It does not have much of the scholarly apparatus that Ian Hancock's -Handbook of Vlax Romani- has. That excellent book describes a dialect of Romani from southern Rumania. This dictionary is based on two Bulgarian dialects. The two dialects seem relatively similar in vocabulary and phonology. Whether they are similar in grammar is harder to say, because minimal grammatical information is presented in this dictionary.

Both of these Balkan dialects seem to be relatively conservative grammatically and phonologically. They share common features, apparently, like the dropping of -n from the very common word forming suffix -ipe[n]. Their conservatism includes the retention of Indic aspirated vs. unaspirated stops as separate phonemes. As such these dialects are markedly different and more sophisticated than the English-influenced Romani described by Charles Godfrey Leland.

The spelling system presented her is Slavov's own. It is apparently English-derived, writing 'oo' for /u:/. No reference is made to any of the attempts to standardise Romani spelling mentioned by Hancock. Worse, the brief pronunciation guide apparently refers to British pronunciation, and as such is likely to mislead the majority of English speakers. For example, most English speakers have the same vowel in GOT and SOMber, two of Slavov's examples. Removing these ambiguities is what the IPA is for. Slavov's spelling does not distinguish between the two consonants Hancock writes as /r/ and /rr/; it is unclear whether the distinction isn't there in the dialects Slavov reports, or whether his spelling does not distinguish them.

But the most serious flaw of the dictionary is that it does not give the genders! Nor does it explain whether gender has been lost in the dialects it uses --- it doesn't look that way. Many of these are regular, and can be figured from the endings and suffixes, but still, this is important information that isn't there.

The vocabularies are brief, and relatively simple. Words from different dialects are occasionally distinguished; it is often clear from flipping through the lists that they differ only on minor points of phonology.

On the whole, the dictionary is usable despite its flaws; a sophisticated reader will be able to work around them. Those who want this will also want Hancock's grammar.

4-0 out of 5 stars One perspective on this dictionary.
I do not speak the Erli dialect of Romanes which this dictionary is in. I bought it as an aid to learning Romanes.

Although there are many different dialects; according to the book's introduction, the Erli dialect is easily understood by people speaking various others.
Personnally I have been able to clarify a few things I didn't understand in songs in various Romanes dialects with this dictionary.

Other things I was mystified by, when I tried to use the dictionary for something which wasn't in it, I got the wrong idea about the meaning of a particular song.

In short, it is useful in context for learning Romanes, but it cannot be used on it's own. The best thing, of course, is to be conversing with native speakers.

I don't know how useful it'd be for a native Erli speaker to learn English by either.

Nicholas Csergö. ... Read more


179. Learn Hawaiian at Home
by Kahikahealani Wight
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Catlog: Book (1997-06-01)
Publisher: Bess Press
Sales Rank: 299008
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars A Children's Book
This book insulted my intelligence. It is so elementary that only a five year old would think it is advanced. It spends pages focusing on miniscule and practically useless attributes (such as announcers), rather than the important and meaningful ones (such as dual pronouns, and the o-class and a-class possession). Although it does touch on most elements of the language, it is very vague on every subject.

The worst part of all is that it over-complicates grammar. For instance, Wight spends chapters explaining how to structure phrases, all of which I could completely summarize in a single sentence. Then it provides merely one vague sentence to explain a concept that should take several pages to relate. Except for the vocabulary, this book is just like taking a memo-note and stretching it into an entire novel.

Using this book as a foundation only got me more confused. If you buy this package, do it only for the cassete tapes, and burn the book!

5-0 out of 5 stars great language learning set!
this is just the best book ever to learn about how to speak hawai'ian! if you just follow the tape and ignore the grammar part you will do well. the songs, and the pictures are wonderful. it's worth it! ... Read more


180. Basic Tagalog for Foreigners and Non-Tagalogs (Tuttle Language Library)
by Paraluman S. Aspillera
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Catlog: Book (1993-10-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars All That, and a bag of chips!
Well, I have family who speaks tagalog, and they wont teach me a thing, so I took it upon myself to learn the native language of my loved one, and now she is able to speak to me in simple phrases and I understand. I even know when her and her friends talk about me! This book is great to learn simple phrases and to expand your vocabulary of tagalog if you are also exposed to it often. Its just a great book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent learning tool. Pangit says it is cool.
If you buy one Tagolog book - buy this one. This is the most complete Tagalog book, especially if you want to learn the language enough to be understood.

3-0 out of 5 stars Basic Tagalog
This is strictly a reference text or something to be used by teachers in combination with other material. On no account use this as a self tuition text. But if you've got a good grounding in grammar and a good basic vocabulary there's no better place that I know of to go back and revise those pesky verbs. They're all there. And when you finally know enough, you can agree with your Filipino friends that some of the Tagalog in the texts is pretty strange. But good basic stuff nonrtheless.

2-0 out of 5 stars Overall, a pretty shoddy job
I guess I'm a little bit spoiled by some excellent material in other Asian languages. This isn't the worst language book I've ever worked through (Speak Cantonese, Book II, by Huang, unquestionably takes that honor) but it is definitely substandard in several areas that a language learner of even average interest and motivation would find important. I give it two stars mostly because one-and-a-half, which would have been my first choice, was not offered as an option.

First, most of the exercises are of the "do it yourself" variety, where one starts with a word list and is told to make up sentences from there. Even when the book does give the reader sentences to translate, there is no key in the back that would give any idea of how close to a correct sentence one had come;

Second, there are a number of sentences in the book where words are used which are not defined, either in the lesson or in the glossary in back, a particularly serious sin of omission since Tagalog dictionaries are not thick on the ground;

Third, there are no conversations, just freestanding sentences and short narratives, so one is left with very little (if any) idea about how Tagalog is actually used;

Fourth, very little about the book is cumulative: each chapter treats a separate area of Tagalog grammar topically, and only rarely, do the later lessons build on earlier ones.

I would guess that when this book was written, it was aimed at an audience of people who had access to Tagalog speakers on a regular basis (e.g., Americans living in the Phillipines). For someone who has had to use the book as his primary Tagalog source material,(rather than as a support) it just doesn't make the grade. I'm writing this review mostly as an urgent plea to Routledge, Teach Yourself, Hugo and other publishers who have brought out first-class materials for other languages: Help! Help! Help! Tagalog is a fascinating language indeed and it deserves better treatment than it has had up til now- if anything, this is probably the best Tagalog book I have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Literate in 2 languages
Thanks to this book, I'm now reasonably literate in a second language. I was stationed in the Philippines while in the U.S. Navy, and wish I'd had this book then. This book provides a nice working vocabulary, pronunciation guide, and basic grammar. This is THE book to have to start learning Tagalog. ... Read more


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