- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Routledge (16 Jun. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415087430
- ISBN-13: 978-0415087438
- Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 x 1.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,174,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Colloquial Estonian (Colloquial Series) Paperback – 16 Jun 1994
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The major difficulty is with the descriptions of the grammar, which are often either unclear, misleading or even quite wrong. For example we are told that the past tense is formed from the -da infinitive. In fact it is formed from the -ma infinitive. Until I had realised this I was very confused by an apparently huge list of exceptions which result from trying to build the past tense from the -da infinitive! In other instances a grammatical point is defined very vaguely where the simple statement of a firm rule would have been much more useful - for example the description of the genitive plural, Unit 9.
The vocabulary lists for each unit sometimes omit words used in the unit and some lists even have words which are not used at all! The vocabulary lists for Unit 7 are particularly sloppily constructed, with some words not even included in the usually reliable glossary at the back of the book.
Some dialogues have idioms or grammatical constructions which are totally unexplained or are only introduced later in the book. This leaves the learner confused and undermines confidence.
The answers to the exercises are full of dreadful mistakes: sometimes they miss the point of the exercise, sometimes they are wrong, and - worst of all - sometimes they include vocabulary, grammar or constructions not yet introduced. In the latter case students are confronted by a set of model solutions which they could not possibly have come up with and which in some cases are not even comprehensible. This too undermines confidence and is certainly the most serious flaw of the course. The exercises do not consolidate what has been learnt, which is what they ought to be doing.
All in all this is a poor effort, sloppy, inaccurate and ill-conceived.
Judge a book by its cover for once. A Russian cathedral on the front cover, as sensitive as putting a union jack on an Irish course or a swastika on a Yiddish one. They can't even spell Tallinn correctly.
No excuses, the book has been in print for over ten years and it's been cynically left out there. This does no credit to Routledge or anyone who stocks it.
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Still working my way through it. I need to get the audio though, it will help, as the book really needs it.Published on 28 Feb. 2013 by E. Moat
Covers everything, but rendered less effective because CD of pronunciation guide that is mentioned inside the book, is not supplied.Published on 19 Dec. 2012 by Priscilla Lyons-Booth
i have started to learn estonian and find it useful to have not one book , but two or three, so as to get varioous ways of explaining grammar to me. Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2011 by LEO DE CLERCQ