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4.0 out of 5 stars A excellent introduction to learning this language, 10 July 2014
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Alan Rayner (Bideford Devon) - See all my reviews
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As a newcomer to the Czech language I was impressed with this book.
It addresses well the needs of the student but demands a commitment
from the student to be diligent with the exercises. I did not purchase
the accompanying CD and so I am reliant on another website for being
able to hear the sounds of letters and words.

My recommendation is that one gets a good grounding in the sounds
of the language before starting on the main material so that one has
a correct "mental sounding" of the words in the book. It would be very
easy to absorb incorrect pronunciation just by reading. The book has
some good material on the non-phonetic aspects (eg insertion of an
"n" sound after "m" in some circumstances or changes from "k" to "g")
and these should be understood as early as possible.

Any language book should allow the student to learn by osmosis (usage
with embedded repetition of key elements) but also provide very clear
explanations of why/how things occur. This book has "Insight" blocks
that address this aspect nicely but the supportive theme is present
also through all the commentary as each item is introduced.

I am coming from a knowledge of another Slavonic language and so my
need is slightly different to that of an English monoglot. Thus I have been
able to scan-read the content to get an overview of the many differences
between Czech and my second language but I will certainly need much
more application to learn properly - application ably supported by this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Czech: Teach Yourself [Complete Languages], 8 April 2014
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stephen Walsh (BRADFORD, West Yorkshire, GB) - See all my reviews
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An excellent introduction to all aspects of the Czech experience of life is gained through this book. Pronunciation and
intonation are available on CDs from David Short and his colleagues at Complete Czech Audio Support.
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