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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could be better, 21 May 2002
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This review is from: Colloquial Turkish: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) (Paperback)
This book gives a basic insight into Turkish, but it has a lot of faults. The dialogues are mostly very uninteresting and often downright silly. My Turkish girlfriend informs me that there are many mistakes in the examples given, both grammatical and lexical. As a language teacher myself, I always try, even when teaching grammar, to give examples that incorporate useful language, things that people might one day need to say. This book has many examples of phrases that no one would ever need to say (for example; 'In summer my grandfather takes his sheep to the meadow.' Am I really going to need to say that the next time I am in Turkey?).
The grammar explanations are reasonably clear, but a language course should really be focussing on useful, practical language.
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Initial post: 6 May 2008 08:55:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 May 2008 08:57:25 BDT
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Language teacher? You may never use this sentence? Do you have to be taught every sentence you use? The syntactical information is there and from that you can probably, for example's sake, say "In summer my girlfriend is visiting her mother in Konya". Furthermore, native speakers often disagree about what is wrong or right in their own language. Not every book uses an analytical database but they are often none the worse for it. There are better language books around than this one, but it's better than average and I thought this review was unfair.
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