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Colloquial Romanian: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) [Paperback]

Ramona Gnczl , Dennis Deletant
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Book Description

19 Oct 2011 Colloquial Series

This fourth edition of Colloquial Romanian has been completely updated to make learning Romanian easier and more enjoyable than ever before.

Written by experienced teachers of Romanian, this course offers a step-by-step approach to spoken and written Romanian. No previous knowledge of the language is required.

What makes this new edition of Colloquial Romanian you best choice in language learning?

  • lively dialogues reflecting life in contemporary Romania
  • a range of stimulating exercises with full answer key
  • clear grammar notes and summary
  • extensive English-Romanian and Romanian-English glossaries.

Audio material on CDs or in MP3 format is available to purchase separately or comes included in the great value Colloquial Romanian pack. Recorded by native speakers, this material will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 4 edition (19 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415670748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415670746
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 609,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dennis Deletant is Professor of Romanian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London.

Ramona Gönczöl-Davies is a native speaker of Romanian and Lector in Romanian at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
As somebody studying French and Spanish at university, I found this book ideal. The author takes a 'grammar up' approach, so you actually get a sense of how the language works and how to manipulate it, rather than just learning phrases one by one and not understand their different components. I feel this approach has equipped me with a feel for the language and that I've got a solid ground work for further study. Having said that, some of the grammatical explanations are rather brief, ideal for someone who is used to studying languages and who doesn't need the terminology explained, but probably rather scanty for everyone else. At any particular point, rather than explaining the details (eg exactly how verbs are inflected), examples are given (eg one verb is listed) and you have to work out what the rule is that applies universally. Perfect for me, because I love that kind of thing, but most likely too vague for most people. In terms of vocab, the book is once more aimed at giving you a good working vocab, not teaching you the words you're most likely to need on holiday.
Overall, if you want to gain a relatively high competence in Romanian then this definitely the book for you, but if you're just interested in learning phrases for a holiday, then I wouldn't bother.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best out there so far 5 Aug 2002
There are so few romanian learning resources for english speakers out there, but this method is by far the best. It is superior to "Teach Yourself Romanian" (which looks like a first draft for "Colloquial" by the same author Dennis Deletant). I found "Teach Yourself Romanian" confusing and full of mistakes, whereas "Colloquial Romanian" is a polished language method, with a strong emphasis on grammar - which is the only way one can seriously master a language.

Tapes are of a passable quality ("Teach Yourself" has a better tape).

The only major missing item is an English-Romanian glossary, which "Teach Yourself Romanian" has.
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I found this course easy to use and useful. In a two week holiday in Romania we were able to communicate reasonably effectively and I only spent three weeks learning the language in preparation. The most significant criticism would be that the course is not ideal for those (like me) who really wanted a "Get By" type course. In order to be able to get by in Romanian I had to delve deeper into grammar etc than I would ideally have liked. The cassettes are good and I would not have liked to attempt the course without them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romanian anyone? 26 April 2012
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If you need to get by in Romanian, give this course a go. It is excellent! The accompanying CDs are superb.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ticking the Boxes 26 Sep 2013
This book, like so many other language books, seems structured mainly so that it can claim to reach certain levels according to European standard levels
The vocabulary is not particularly relevant for everyday situations and is certainly missing a huge number of everyday common ways of talking. Basic Romanian phrases are missing.
The grammar is set out in a very disorganised way so that huge amounts of time are required to make sense of it. In contrast to a you tube free video series provided by an amateur, this is indeed totally inadequate
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