Customer Review

13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very impressive book on the Georgian language, 4 Feb 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: Georgian: A Learner's Grammar (Routledge Essential Grammars) (Paperback)
There is something rather mysterious and attractive about obscure language such as Georgian, Armenian, Azeri, Kazak, Tadjik, Uzbek and so on. Georgian and Armenian have the added attraction of having beautiful and mysterious alphabets. In particular, the Georgian alphabet is one of the most bizarre and extraordinary that I have ever seen. A Russian, born in Georgia, once told me that the inventor of the Georgian alphabet is said to have designed the letters by throwing bits of spaghetti onto the floor. What then of the Georgian language? In my opinion, learning a language is a mental exercise, to be approached in a scientific and rational way. The Georgian language is complex and irregular in the extreme - that, at least, is the impression of one who has studied only Indo-European languages, The author, George Hewitt, clearly knows his stuff, and imparts his knowledge concisely. It is a pity, however, that there is so little flavour of Georgia and Georgian culture. Could we not have some Georgian proverbs and some Georgian songs? These are the things that inspire the willing student. Currently, the English reader has little alternative but to buy this book if he wishes to study Georgian. If any readers of these words is able to help me in locating other means of studying Georgian then please could they email me? I am only aware of the Centre for Georgian studies at the University of Tbilisi.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.0 out of 5 stars (1 customer review)
5 star:    (0)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
Used & New from: 9.20
Add to wishlist
A Customer