*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.
- 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.
- 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!