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Colloquial Greek (Colloquial Series) [Paperback]

Niki Watts
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11 Aug 1994 0415086906 978-0415086905
Colloquial Greek is user friendly with step by step instructions. Specially written by experienced teachers for self-study or class use, the course offers you a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Greek. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

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

By the end of this rewarding course you will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in a broad range of situations.


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (11 Aug 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415086906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415086905
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,639,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It used to be all Greek to me! 19 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
This was one of those language books that you open and think "I will never be able to cope with it". Now after a few weekly lessons and the aid of a native Greek to help with some of the more difficult aspects, the book is invaluable. For those serious about learning the language it has everything, and for Greek you have to be serious because it doesnt use the Latin alphabet. The way this book is structured, you have to learn the Hellenic alphabet before you can move on past the first chapter. Once you have mastered it, you can read and speak Greek, although a little more learning is required to be able to understand what you are saying/reading! This book doesnt rely on the traditional approach of "transliteration", so you get accustomed to the real language. I would recommend buying the tapes that accompany the book, especially if you dont have a teacher, pronounciation can take some getting used to. Try it, and make your future trips to this beautiful country more worthwhile.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate but not inspiring 20 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This package is let down by the two introductory chapters and the poor layout and formatting in the rest of the book, but is otherwise competent and comprehensive. I found it not well suited to home study, however it may work better as part of a taught course.
The alphabet and pronunciation guide are unnecessarily spread over two chapters and some important yet simple issues are omitted. Also, much of the recorded material for these chapters is not in the book and, surprisingly, it does not contain a simple list of the letters read out in order.
It may be a personal quirk, but I found the use of a sans serif Greek font made it less readable, worsened by a seemingly illogical use of emboldening. Also, I disliked the format of the dialogues, which didn't identify the speakers and just indicated each new speech by a dash. The glossary uses the Times-style Greek font I prefer, however it has stylised versions of kappa and rho which don't match the alphabet guide. The welcome message, also in the Times font, was thus made unreadable when I first opened the book. Not a good start!
None of these issues are major flaws, they just make the task of learning Greek slightly harder than it need be. In comparison to other book / cassette packages the content and balance of theory and practice are good, albeit presented in a rather dry style. If you ignore that and can get started elsewhere, it's worthy of four stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 1 Aug 2013
By Nicko
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It's a book with which I am acquainted. It's fine for the purpose!
What more can one say about a grammar book?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Colloquial Greek 25 May 2012
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This course shows all the signs of not having been seen by a student before publication. There is no progression from the start. Vocabulary is introduced too early and you have to look it up at the back! There is too much new material at once. The first chapter is muddled - it is quite difficult to follow what is on the tape and what is not. There is an English speaker who tends to repeat what is written in the book. I would have liked to have heard the essential vocab and verbs spoken. Instead all too often the only speech is a dialogue spoken far too fast with words not in that chapter. Some of the exercises are good, but I would prefer more drill on what has been learnt rather than questions about comprehension. The Grammar is all there, but there is no consistency in layout of verbs and the Grammar is not properly highlighted. However it is better than many books on Greek and I have the advantage of having done a bit before.
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An in-depth course 19 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Language books fall into two broad categories: those that teach you phrases and those that endeavor to give you a more complete understanding of the language. This is the most recent offering by Ms. Watts under the Routledge banner and she has consistently produced fine instructional material that represents her long history with instruction in modern Greek. This is not her most recent offering at the time of this reveiw (Nov. 99), however, which is published by Hugo in their Greek in 3 Months offering. If you can, go to your bookstore and compare the Colloquial, Greek in 3 Months and the Teach Yourself series. The first two are written by Ms. Watts and she does not shy away from grammar, so be prepared to study the language and you'll walk away with a good command of Greek. The Teach Yourself Series is a lot lighter on the rules and tries to teach your by familiarity and patterns rather than learning the rules (until later chapters, when you'll understand more). All the offerings I have mentioned produce results, but like I say, try to go to a bookstore and find which one is right for you. If you can afford both the Teach Yourself and the Colloquial or Hugo offering, get them and you're set. Always remember to purchase the audio companion.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars really awful 2 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I guess this book would rate one star because the cover is pretty. Otherwise it is so sloppily written and disorganized as to be unusable. Not only do words appear in the exercises that are not in the glossary in back, there are English to Greek exercises where the necessary Greek words have not been provided. More than once an English-to-Greek translation requires a grammatical construction (i.e., different case endings or different tense/mood) that has not been introduced. The tapes devote about four times as much airtime as necessary to the Greek alphabet (which is not at all difficult to learn) before they, too, wander off into the ozone. Many important questions of usage and grammar are dismissed as being "beyond the scope of this book." Almost anything beyond the Greek alphabet seems to be beyond the scope of this book.
I know this is harsh, but this book could be a real confidence-destroyer for some who hasn't had much experience with languages.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a teacher 19 Jan 2000
By D. P. Birkett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
I was baffled by the way the vocabulary for the reading pasaages was arranged. A list at the beginning and list at the end in no particular order. Not all the words are glossed, even in the vocabulary at the back of the book. The book gives no indication which passages are on the cassette. The cassette contains too much irrelevant English filler.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Look for updated version 19 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a later edition of this fine book/audio combination that came out in January of 1995. Ms. Watts has been around the Greek language and its instruction for quite awhile under different publishing houses and has consistenly produced fine instructional material. The Colloquial series by Routledge and the Greek in Three Months by Hugo series are both done by Ms. Watts. If you can, go to your local bookstore and compare the Colloquial, the Greek in Three Months and the Teach Yourself Series. While each is fairly comprehensive, one may be more suited to your liking. The Hugo series was updated in 1998, so at the time of this writing, Nov. '99, it is Ms. Watts' most recent offering. Whatever you do, always get the audio companion to the book.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get the audio as well 19 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is also put out with a audio companion. Go back and search for that title. Make sure you get that edition, not just the book. Furthermore, there is a later edition of the book/audio combination that came out in January of 1995. Ms. Watts has been around the Greek language and its instruction for quite awhile under different publishing houses and has consistenly produced fine instructional material. The Colloquial series and the Greek in Three Months by Hugo series are both done by Ms. Watts. If you can, go to your local bookstore and compare the Colloquial, the Greek in Three Months and the Teach Yourself Series. While each is fairly comprehensive, one may be more suited to your liking. Whatever you do, always get the audio companion to the book.
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