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This review is from: Maltese (TYL) (Paperback)This must be the worst book in the "Teach Yourself" language series. It must be almost impossible for anyone to learn Maltese from this book. For example: There is no vocabulary listed at the back. There are no lists of vocabulary associated with each chapter. There are no lists of common things such as numbers, days of the week, etc. (numbers are written in the form of a paragraph on P119 - difficult to follow and useless as an aid to memorizing). There are no verb tables. The guide to pronunciation lists unhelpful advice as "unvoiced rolled alveolar; voiced labiodental fricative" and so on. The only helpful tips are "orthographic" notes on the letters h and "gh".
It is difficult to know why it is still in print. The usual high standard of TY language books is badly let down by this book.
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Initial post: 21 Jan 2012 10:00:08 GMT
Charles Earle says:
The days of the week in Maltese are listed on page 123. There are some verb tables, starting on page 214. The verb conjugations are explained in considerable detail in the book, though admittedly not entirely thoroughly, but this is a difficult topic. Lesson 9 (broken plurals) has a long list of vocabulary. "Voiced labiodental fricative" is explained on page 15 as corresponding to English v. I did not find the expression "unvoiced rolled alveolar" in the book. I found "voiced rolled alveolar" on page 14, where it is explained as being a rolled r. This reviewer's criticism is therefore incorrect.
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J Grainger says:
The point, however, is who, learning a language, needs to know that a particular sound is a voiced labiodenatal fricative (or whatever)? The information is irrelevant to a beginner (especially teaching themselves). Go to any bookshop or library and try and find ANY language learning books that even mentions such information. At the same time ask friends and family and see how many have the faintest clue what the terms mean. None would be my guess.
Look at the general layout of the book and you'll agree it's the worst laid-out language teaching book you've ever seen.
So, buried in the book somewhere you found the days of the week. But as stated there's no vocab list at the end of the book or with each chapter. Can you name one other book where this information is absent? Of course you can't!
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