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- Publisher: Routledge (11 Sept. 2002)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B000PLXDQM
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Catalan: A Comprehensive Grammar (Routledge Comprehensive Grammars) Kindle Edition
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The good thing is that if you could EVER learn all rules and stuff, you would be able to master the language. The truth is, just like many grammars out there, it goes maniacally into details, things that not even Catalans themeselves know about their own language.
Moreover, I wouldn't recommend the book to people who already speak a similar language (spanish, italian, portuguese, french) since the book continuously/maniacally shows (and it's very good at it) the differences between catalan and english... this might be very confusing. It would be betterm in this case, to find a catalan grammar in your own language.
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Published by the magnificent British publishing giant, Routledge Press, this book will give you the lowdown on everything you need to read, write, and understand Catalan. Grammar, structure, verb conjugations are all covered here. Mr. Yates, who in my opinion is one of the best Catalan linguists in the world, previously wrote the excellent "Teach Yourself Catalan" book, which was the first book that allow me to comprehend Catalan in little time.
Both Wheeler and Yates, who are professors at two universities in Great Britain, along with Dols, who teaches at a university in Spain, have done an excellent job in capturing the essence and importance of this language.
While Catalan is primarily spoken only in four countries (Spain, France, Andorra, and Italy), it is a language that should be studied by those interested in Catalan studies. Travelers and businessmen to Catalonia and the Balearic Islands will find this book helpful in learning this language, that although it is the seventh most spoken in the European Union, it is not officially recognized by that organization.
If you want to learn Catalan, I suggest the following books.
(1) "Teach Yourself Catalan" by Alan Yates
(2) "Catalan Sin Enfuerzo" by the Assimil staff (for Spanish speakers wanting to learn Catalan)
(3) "Catalan-English Dictionary" by the Routledge Press staff (It is about $30)
(4) "Cambridge Word Selector: English-Catalan" by the Cambridge University Press staff.
With these books, you'll be mastering this once-forbidden language in no time. No trip to Barcelona, Catalonia, or the Balearic Islands can be fully enjoyed without learning the native language of the region's inhabitants.
While Catalan has undergone serious standardization programs in recent years, it still has wide regional variation, and this book addresses it fairly good. Besides, the book is very detailed (like all the books in the series I mentioned above), so you may wish to skip some parts of it if you use it just for reference.