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

Katie Graham , Katherine M Spadaro
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25 April 2014 0415691230 978-0415691239 2

Colloquial Scottish Gaelic provides a step-by-step course in Scottish Gaelic as it is written and spoken today. Combining a user-friendly approach with a thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Scottish Gaelic in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Key features include:

  • progressive coverage of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
  • structured, jargon-free explanations of grammar
  • an extensive range of focused and stimulating exercises
  • realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of scenarios
  • useful vocabulary lists throughout the text
  • an overview of the sounds and alphabet of Scottish Gaelic
  • additional resources available at the back of the book, including a full answer key, a grammar summary, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues.

Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Scottish Gaelic will be an indispensable resource both for independent learners and for students taking courses in Scottish Gaelic.

Accompanying audio material is available to purchase separately on two CDs or in MP3 format, or comes included in the great value Colloquial Scottish Gaelic pack. Recorded by native speakers, the audio complements the book and will help enhance learners’ listening and speaking skills.

Course components:

The complete course comprises the book and audio materials. These are available to purchase separately in paperback, ebook, CD and MP3 format. The paperback and CDs can also be purchased together in the great-value Colloquials pack.

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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (25 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415691230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415691239
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,340,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Anyone who has used one of the other titles in Routledge's Colloquial series will know exactly want to expect. The book is an introduction to the Scottish Gaelic language for students presumed to have no previous knowledge. The emphasis is on building oral proficiency and the language presented has a concrete context in real-world situations e.g. shopping, food and drink and hobbies, usually presented in the form of lively dialogues. Grammatical explanations are clear, concise and again rooted in a real-world context. The book has a clear layout and it is easy to locate information within the text. As with other Colloquial textbooks, the authors do not attempt to cover too much material in each chapter (of which there are sixteen), although a wide range of topics and contexts are dealt with during the course.
The pronunciation of Gaelic does not come over well on paper, although the introduction to the book does give a good outline to the subject. However, a student serious in wishing to learn the language would be well-advised to buy the cassette which accompanies the course. This contains many of the dialogues and texts spoken by native speakers and will aid good pronunciation.
Self-study is not the easiest way to acquire a new language. However, if your aim is to learn modern, spoken Scottish Gaelic, you have an excellent opportunity with this course.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but could be an awful lot better 29 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
I find this the worst of the three main self-tuition Gaelic books. On the positive side, it has clear layout, sensible structure and quite useful vocabulary lists, some of them in pictorial form. Both Gaelic-English and English-Gaelic word lists are included at the back. On the negative side, the explanations of grammar are decidedly sketchy - there is virtually nothing about forming the genitive case - and some of the exercises are rather awkward for the solitary learner, in that they are too little directed and demand too much imagination. Also, just like Teach Yourself Gaelic, no attempt is made to render pronunciation in print. The two CDs are very comprehensive, with several items for each lesson, but, as another reviewer points out, the `continuity announcer' has an appalling monotonous tone. Overall: not bad, and useful if you have the other two books too, but could be an awful lot better.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For beginners but not easy 6 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
This a a very comprehensive course, but is only for beginners in the sense that it starts at the beginning. It is not an easy course to take, and requires much dedication and time to complete. Forewarned is fore-armed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Colloquial Scottish Gaelic 29 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
The best language course I have tried in many years of learning languages. You MUST make sure you buy the book and the accompanying CDs. From then on all the work is logical, clearly laid out and easy to follow.
The only down side to my mind is the incredibly boring monotonal voice of the tutor on the CDs who sounds like a limp-wristed English 'anorak'. Why it isn't narrated by a Scot as are the speaking and listening examples, I don't know: Otherwise its brilliant and well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Speak as you hear 18 Nov 2010
By annie
Format:Audio CD
This is very helpful for early or new learners.Whilst being accurate it is not too academic in tone and really helps with the colloquial use of the language. Great for those with little or no access to native gaelic speakers.
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