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A Textbook of Modern Greek: For Beginners Up to GCSE Paperback – 7 Jan 2001


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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Greek Institute; 6th Revised edition edition (7 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0905313259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0905313252
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By PAULA..REEVES@TALK21.COM on 30 July 2001
Format: Paperback
After studying Greek for three years I can recommend this book above all others, although it concentrates on the grammatical aspect of the language as opposed to 'phrases' it is an excellent choice for both the beginner and the more experienced student. Each chapter is a natural progression from the last and can be used as a self contained excercise, and it is much more useable than other books which drift from one subject to another.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Does it really matter? on 21 July 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book some years ago, as a very simple and easy to use guide to learning Greek. At the time, I just wanted to have an easy reference guide, as I could speak but did not understand all the grammar rules. I now use the book with my students, as I teach basic Greek in Brazil. Students from all over the world learn from my copy, and I find that it is easy for them to follow. While some of the examples are dated, I think that Dr Kypros Tofallis wrote a first class book for the Greek Institue of London, which has stood the test of time. I think that it has been one of the best books which I have ever invested in, and now with the addition of the Cd's it is even better.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harry on 24 Mar 2005
Format: Paperback
I found this book very user friendly and its layout very logical.
Each chapter covers defined tasks with the answers also provided.
The accompanying audio tape is also a god send, helping with the accent and pronounciation.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone wanting to teach themselves Greek or planning a holiday to a Greek speaking country.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fuficius Fango on 28 April 2011
Format: Paperback
Never buy a copy of this if it is older than the 6th edition - I had one (second hand). Apart from being incomplete and very badly written, it was misbound, so that whole chapters were in the wrong place (you could tell from the page numbers!). The 6th edition is a vast improvement, but it still needs all the chapters on verbs to be rewritten and simplified and reorganised (the most trivial example being, on p. 210, where he says 'above' he means 'below', or probably he should shift the four paradigms at the bottom of page 210 to an earlier position. Then the premature reference to deponent verbs on p.169 will make more sense, until he postpones that to its proper place). But you don't need to wait for Tofallis to do all this for you. If you've worked hard on everything up to page 158, then you can afford to take a break and write out and rearrange for yourself all the material between pages 158 and 273, and the exercise will be as beneficial to you as any of the other exercises in this book, probably more so, since you will need to slow down when you get to verbs anyway (and you should probably also buy a copy of 201 Modern Greek Verbs by Vassilios Christides to accompany it and confirm your suspicions). I honestly don't find this a reason to dislike Tofallis's book - in fact it's a bit like an exciting paperchase! I kind of love it, but I have docked a star because of its shortcomings. Also, Tofallis needs to remove 'lesson' 19 on Cyprus, which was written in 1977 and is now obsolete, so that its disingenuousness is no longer forgivable, if it ever was. To follow it up, I have, and you might like to have, Tofallis's Modern Greek Translation For Beginners up to GCE A Level, 2003, which I'm looking forward to reading, but do some research on this one, as this book seems to have gone through a few editions and different titles, and I don't know how they differ.
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Pros: The book came in a good condition. the content is very well made (as well it covers Cyprus, where usual greek books cover mostly greek and MAYBE mention Cyprus). Easy to read and understand. I could recomment it

Cons: After the book arrives there is an adv about the books' cd. If you would like to benefit in full extent, there is another 10-20 pounds. Not sure how much because I ve seen both prices. Now, those cds are not the most important thing to learn greek. Most important is the will. But other books (some been a bit expensier) are coming with the cd.
Again, this is NOT a big deal. I only rate it 4 because after you buy the book and you get it in your hands, you find out that you can spend more to get the .... lets say full version of it.

I would suggest to make 2 sales. 1 with cds, and 1 without (like it is here)

Please dont misunderstand my comment. Im not saying the book is not good. its GREAT. But we should be aware of the cds before buying the book.
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