Colloquial Latvian: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1996/9/12
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Colloquial Latvian is easy to use with simple instructions. 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 Latvian
Review of the previous edition:
'An hour a day for a month and it's under your belt - I think that's hard to beat in its genre, and textbooks for much more widely spoken languages often fall far short of this standard.' Amazon customer--このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。 商品の説明をすべて表示する
This course attempts to instruct by having you be an outside observer to situations, rather than having you learn as a direct paricipant. Furthermore, the cassette tapes have poor sound quality which makes them a bit difficult to understand.
I did find this course somewhat useful for listening to basic pronounciation, inflection, and sentence structure. Since the number of available Latvian language courses is extremely limited, I would recommend using this course in conjunction with the Lonely Planet Baltic Phasebook to give you a more practical and useful experience.
This book covers important areas. For me, there's too little excercises and you continue too fast into the next area too soon.
The "Teach Yourself"-book contained the CD.
The thing the book is good at is providing cultural information so that a newcomer gets a sense of the place and the people. The book follows a story of Latvian Australians coming to visit relatives and seeing the sights of Latvia and can, from this perspective, provide insight for those who don't know a lot about Latvia.
The problem is that there are precious few materials out there to assist one to learn Latvian. If Colloquial Latvian is all you can find, then it is better than nothing. But do not place high hopes on it helping you to conquer Latvian becuase it simply won't.