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A very impressive book on the Georgian language,
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.
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