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Afrikaans (Teach Yourself Languages S.) [Paperback]

Helena van Schalkwyk
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2 July 1992 TYL
This book offers an introduction to Afrikaans for the student with no previous knowledge of the language, especially those who wish to study at home. Grammar, syntax and vocabulary are introduced in stages, and exercises are provided. There is also a guide to pronunciation.


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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (2 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340488670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340488676
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great start 20 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is very clear and well structured introduction. The big pluses for me include the gradual ramp up in difficulty and the varitry of grammatical exercises. I actually enjoyed it! It is a portable book, but you definetly need a dictionary if you are going to expand your vocabulary.
The major weakness is not having a CDROM or tape accompanying this. The pronumciation guide (half inched from Readers Digest) does not even start to cover the peculiarly gutteral Afrikaans, and after the first 5 or 6 chapters you feel as if you are developing bad habits that you have no way of correcting. I would recommend the book, but I would strongly suggest for you to get the CDROM on Teach Yourself Afrikaans (Don't touch the other one - TalkNow) which I have borrowed and is utter rubbish.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teaching Myself Afrikaans! 2 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
After scanning many book shops for an aid to learning Afrikaans I was very glad to purchase such an easily accessible book. The learning curve of the chapters is of a moderate pace and by about 15 chapters in you will, if you've followed the tests correctly, begin to easily recognise the Afrikaans instructions and text. My only gripe was that although the book only tries to give you a basic start within the language the pronunciation guide needs to be made a lot clearer. For the first couple of chapters the words are basic and quite easy, but after awhile you'll find yourself being a little uncertain as to whether or not what you think the word/sentence sounds like is actually what it should. The book has a fairly basic vocab section but no section giving Afrikaans verbs in a list, this would be really useful. Also the lack of maybe producing an accompanying audio cassette is a definite consideration. All in all the book does do what it claims and I have been able to complete most of the unit tests without much difficulty. I would recommend the book but would say that it needs to be used in conjuction with audio and a good English/Afrikaans dictionary to get the most benefit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the Afrikaans beginner 16 Mar 2014
By mdnss69
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great book to begin writing and reading Afrikaans. The lack of an audio makes speaking difficult. However, the book is well laid out with plenty of texts for the individual to read through. Each chapter gradually increases in complexity and can reference previous chapters. Good book for the Afrikaans beginner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful course 8 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A very useful book, but itreally would help if there was a tape or CD included. An excellent introduction to Afrikaans for anyone moving to, or visiting South Africa.
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1.0 out of 5 stars wrong price and too old to be useful 26 Jan 2005
By D. van Wyk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have this book, but my Afrikaans husband tells me it is ridiculous. Much of the language that is taught is not spoken any longer and would never be used. I have ordered her new book due out in Feb 2005 and have hopes that it will be up to date. Apart from that the price listed is horrendously wrong !
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