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Mostly good but a bit spoilt by a few errors
on 24 July 2012
I've had a mixed relationship with this book. I was very pleased to find it as there are very few books in Greek that offer to expand your vocab beyond that of the beginner. At first I was a bit disappointed as it didn't give the kinds of words I was looking for which was more general conversation words and words I might find in newspapers. Which it very clearly doesn't set out to do. What you get is 15 sections divided pretty much on standard teach yourself books lines, restaurant, travel, places, health, work etc. Plus ones on education and media (inc computing which was helpful). But they do give a lot more words than you normally get along with the basics that are in most books. I found it very easy to use and learnt most of the words over two weeks while in Greece on holiday and found I was noticing and using them which I was very pleased about. I didn't use the flash cards as the book was mostly used on the beach or outdoors somewhere. I might well do for revision and bedding in over the winter. Note that only the basic words are covered in the flash cards, the advanced words are not. So far, so good.
BUT, even though fairly much a self-taught beginner I have noticed 3 mistakes and there could be others: melos, "member" and meros, "place" are classic examples of neuter (not masculine) words that end in -os, although the plural of the former is correctly given as meli(---eta)in an example. Meyethos "size" on the other hand is correct as neuter. Tsepi, "pocket" is pretty obviously not neuter as suggested, but feminine.
I would probably have given the book 4 stars without the errors, but have decided on a very generous three, as I suspect they may be the only ones.