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Colloquial Slovak: A Complete Language Course Audio Book(Colloquial) [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

James Naughton
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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1 Nov 2005 The Colloquial Series

Colloquial Slovak is easy to use and is specially written by experienced teachers for self-study or class use. The course offers you a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Slovak. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

What makes Colloquial Slovak 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

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  • Audio Cassette: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (1 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415115418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415115414
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 9.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,137,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Cau! Being engaged to a Slovak national, here in the UK and wanting to learn her language for the many trips we'll be making over there (the country is beautiful by the way, a lost paradise in industrial Europe). I decided to pick a book at random for a back-up to the lessons she is giving me. I chose Colloquial and am extremely glad I did. The main stumbling block for me when it comes to languages is understanding the gramma and pronunciation. These are introduced easily and logically & along with the useful phrases and a well set learning curve contribute to an excellent beginners guide to the language. It is pretty up-to-date (according to my missus) although one or to phrases it gives as common are apparently hardly ever used these days. Still a minor flaw and forgivable when the work is so well presented. I would recommend that any buyer purchases the audio tapes that go with this manual if no other source of spoken Slovak is available. This is by no means a complete guide to speaking the language but further purchases of a recent large dictionary and a more in depth gramma guide will certainly make the Slovak language an understandable and enjoyable experience. Do Videnia!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best I've come across. 1 Feb 2009
I have numerous Slovak language learning books. Most of them, especially those published in Slovakia, appear to be be aimed at classroonm use. Colloquial Slovak is the best I have come across for self-study.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect start for the beginners. 11 Sep 1999
By A Customer
I am very interested in the culture and languages of european (especially eastern european) countries. For 12 years I have been taking part in international folk dance festivals all around europe, as a violin player, and in these festivals I meet people from all over the world and learn about their cultures and lives. This year I met a Slovakian group and had many good friends. They thought me a little Slovak and I liked it very much. When I turned back to Cyprus, I decided to buy a book and improve my Slovak. Of course, as usual, I searched from and found this perfect book. This book starts with the pronunciation and explains in detail, how to pronounce vowels and consonants. The accompanying cassettes are also very good in this sense. The following chapters teach you the Slovak grammar step by step, in a very logically designed order of topics. When you finish this book, you not only learn the Slovak grammar and many Slovak words, but also be able to speak with slovak people, as the name of the book, "Colloquial Slovak" also implies. I am very happy to have added one more language to my list and I really recommend this book to anybody who wants to learn Slovak in very short time...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best I've found so far 31 Aug 2009
By Eric
Format:Audio CD
This is by far the best book and CD collection that I have found for teaching yourself Slovak. Although the progression is quite fast everything is clearly explained with enough examples and exercises so your can get the hang of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deceptive product 29 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
WARNING: Do not buy this product from Amazon. This book requires an accompanying CD otherwise getting your head around the pronunciation is impossible; but it is not made clear that the CD is not included with the book. The CD is sold separately for the same price, so you will end up out of pocket by 50. This product is sold elsewhere with both components at a significantly cheaper price.

Very disappointed. The product posting is very deceptive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive introduction to the language 4 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very clear and well presented. Easy to follow. As complete beginners we are finding it an excellent introduction to the language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Innaccurate description...unpleasant surprise 22 Jan 2011
By fun fan
I was looking for a quick introduction to get started into the Slovak language, thought this might be a super bargain. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a free lunch and the two CD's referred to in the description are not included, but rather come with the other book in Amazon's listings. Very frustrating, not a problem of the book, rather one of the Amazon listing back to square one and order the version that actually comes with a CD...I need to hear those voices, as there is only so much one can learn from the written word.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best to start learn slovak 6 Nov 1999
By A Customer
It's an interesting book for people interested in visit Slovak Republic. Very easy to understand and also for people without a large knowledgement of english. It contains the most important and usual sentences and verbs, also restaurants dialogs, how to buy tickets...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars would recommend. Only giving 4 stars as issue with that ...
Only issue is that track 7 did not work on disc one but very very helpful and indepth learning experience when learning slovak which surprised me greatly, would recommend. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jonny
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great quality for all levels.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Ds Coghill
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not contain CDs - disappointing
I was very disappointed to find the book contains no CDs. I contacted Amazon about this and they sent me a second book, again with no CDs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Darragh John Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars The only available Slovak book is actually quite decent
I don't know the Colloquial brand, but seeing as this is the only available Slovak learning book for English speakers, I went ahead and got a second-hand copy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Annette Curtain
5.0 out of 5 stars Colloquial Slovak: The Complete course for Beginners
As every Slovak will tell you , although mutually intelligible, Czech and Slovak are two very different languages. Read more
Published 4 months ago by stephen Walsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect novice introduction
Like another reviewer, my partner is Slovak and I am learning as much as possible, as fast as possible so that I can talk to her family on an impending visit. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Christopher Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Textbook for Learning Slovak
I think this is The Definitive Textbook for Learning Slovak, and it has many helpful exercises for self learning. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Hotspur
2.0 out of 5 stars No good without the book
I was intending to buy the CD AND book but this is just the CD. It is no good without the accompanying book, so beware.
Published on 21 Jun 2012 by S. Dabbs
3.0 out of 5 stars slovak language
the problem with this cd is that the slovak language is spoken very fast and the english spoken slowly.. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2012 by Ann Grealis
4.0 out of 5 stars very useful for beginners!!
easy to follow and well explained. lots of exercises to practise and useful vocabulary. would recomend to buy the cd as well so you can learn the pronunciation more easily.
Published on 3 Jan 2012 by ladybird
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