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lacks attention for the detail and needs proof readers
on 19 December 2015
The author leads the reader into the language by explaining chapters of the grammar. This is an approach I appreciate more than what other books do, viz. offering a piece of text and explaining bits and pieces of it. Once you have worked your way through the grammar, you can start using it. And I admit, the explanation of the grammar is done well, although it quite like helps that I have had Latin quite extensively at school once.
However, few readers will memorize a whole table of case endings or ver declensions in one go, so you find yourself frequently leafing back to those sections to review those tables. And this is where the book falls short. The lay-out of those tables really isn't up to the job. Placing the accusative between nominative and genitive when it in other books and languages uses to sit in the fourth position unnecessarily complicates reading. Forgetting one dot on the c of "ic" makes you unsure whether the rest of the table would be correct or not. A letter such as d is completely absent from the pronunciation section, leaving the reader only to presume it is like modern English even though that is not the only possibility withon the context of germanic languages. Being gender-neutral by alternating he and she may be commendable for an American author, only it doesn't help the student the least. Tricks to memorize case endings seem very personal but are to me evn more complex than the real thing. Those who know other germanic languages will come up with much easier memory aids.
The book ends with a glossary, which is nicely complete, but contain a lot of unexplained code numbers.
The book frequently refers to on-line content, but all the links are outdated. If anyone ought to be aware that books are for eternity and the web is not, it should be the Old-English specialist... Then, once you've found the online resources at their new locations, most of them appear behind a password wall.