Beginner's Georgian (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/4/15
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Business people and travellers seeking easy access to the Georgian language are offered it in this book, which includes and introduction to Georgia, 13 practical lessons centred on everyday situations, review exercises, glossaries, and two audio CDs with correct pronunciation by native speakers.
The word glossaries and appendix of grammatical tables are very useful and easy to look over.
But a few mistakes in parallel texts in English...
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Dodona Kiziria's Beginner's Georgian is far and away the BEST book to start with. Her introduction is easily readable, comprehensive, and incorporates current events, an absolute necessity for those learning at the high school level. Her system of pronunciation, unlike Aronson's, is simple, allowing learners to write transliterated Georgian on a standard English querty keyboard. I especially appreciated the lessons in polite behavior displayed in the conversational lessons and Culture Notes in each chapter.
A teacher's true genius lies in order and pacing: Ms. Dodona's book is such a masterpiece. A difficulty I had, differentiating aspirated and unaspirated consonant sounds, was dealt with simply and at the very beginning. Useful words and expressions, including numbers, how to tell time and date, and how to address family members are up front in a separate chapter, allowing one to practice these on a daily basis as a language warmup.
The other books, CDs, and programs I have all have something valuable to offer. But take my advice: start HERE!
Now, to the actual text it self. The lessons are written in clear, conversational language. Whereas Aronson's text is for reading comprehension, this text it for speaking/listening comprehension. This is a much needed textbook and breath of fresh air to Georgian linguistics. The grammar sections are easy to understand and not bogged down with a lot of linguistic jargon. And the exercises have an answer key in the back of the book.
Now, the audio. The audio is great. You can hear the speakers very well and clearly. The dialogues are repeated twice. Once at normal speed and then at a slower speed for you to repeat after. Even the vocabulary lists are spoken on the cd's. The only thing that is a shame is that there are no speaking/listening exercises on the cd's (thus a 4 out of 5 instead of 5 out of 5).
Overall this is a great textbook though.
You should know that you can't study from this book if you don't wanna learn the aphabet. The book gives the material to do it, but if you aren't eager to do it (you want transliterations), you should avoid it (although i don't know about books that teaches you grammar with transliterations).