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Learn Maltese, Why Not?: Textbook [Paperback]

Joseph Vella
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  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Valletta Publishing & Promotion Company, Malta; 3rd Revised edition edition (Dec 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9990958025
  • ISBN-13: 978-9990958027
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 931,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A complete beginner's course in the Maltese language, divided into 24 lessons. Each lesson introduces a specific piece of grammar and new vocabulary. All lessons begin with a text in Maltese, followed by an English explanation of the grammar involved, and a word-list.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to the Maltese language 7 Mar 2001
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Format:Paperback
Having searched high and low, I found this to be the best book available on Maltese. The book is well-structured and gives the student a good grasp of the language.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Learn Maltese 24 Sep 2007
Format:Paperback
I have the 2004 fourth edition, bought new in Valetta. It seems to be the best available, and very good if (like me) your mind works grammatically: not hugely useful for set-piece conversations asking for beer in the pub. You get a good chunk of prose to work on. The vocabs for each lesson would be more use if they were arranged alphabetically.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Probably most thorough learner's guide for Maltese 30 May 2009
By Brian Gecko - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
*Review of Text-Book: (see review on Workbook for this resource)
With the lack of available resources for learning Maltese, I must thank Joseph Vella in creating *Learn Maltese, Why Not?* as the most thorough learning guide known of for instruction in this language.

This book (according to the preface) "is divided into twenty-four lessons, each of which introduces a specific piece of grammar and new vocabulary. Each lesson begins with a text in Maltese, followed by an English explanation of the grammar involved, and a word-list. After this, there are exercises based on the lesson, to help consolidate your knowledge of Maltese" (1). An answer key and text translations are available in the back.

Positive:
- Grammar is thoroughly presented and exercises are instrumental to polishing off newly-learned material.
- A small introduction to history and pronunciation are given.
- Stress in words is marked in the extensive vocabulary lists.

Negative:
- The book kind of "dives right in" to the material quickly and might not give new learners enough time to grasp concepts. (This could be because, as a Western learner, a Semitic language like Maltese is a different mindset in learning a language)
- The texts are a bit repetitive and/or dry.
- The word lists are unorganized and to find a word often takes long.

I have given this book four stars because it is mostly a complete, comprehensive guide to the language; however, it becomes confusing or difficult at times because of the layout of the texts and the vocabulary lists.

Overall, this book is the best resource available if a student is interesting in learning the Maltese language seriously!

As a self-learner of many diverse languages, I hope you find this review helpful in determining your purchase of learning materials!
-Brian G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Grazzi hafna! 29 July 2014
By Maryann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Good textbook. I am just disappointed that the book does not compliment the workbook I purchased with the same name. The books were published two different years.
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