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Colloquial Slovak: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) Paperback – 26 Dec 1996

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Product details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (26 Dec. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041511540X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415115407
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.6 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 882,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cau! Being engaged to a Slovak national, here in the UK and wanting to learn her language for the many trips we'll be making over there (the country is beautiful by the way, a lost paradise in industrial Europe). I decided to pick a book at random for a back-up to the lessons she is giving me. I chose Colloquial and am extremely glad I did. The main stumbling block for me when it comes to languages is understanding the gramma and pronunciation. These are introduced easily and logically & along with the useful phrases and a well set learning curve contribute to an excellent beginners guide to the language. It is pretty up-to-date (according to my missus) although one or to phrases it gives as common are apparently hardly ever used these days. Still a minor flaw and forgivable when the work is so well presented. I would recommend that any buyer purchases the audio tapes that go with this manual if no other source of spoken Slovak is available. This is by no means a complete guide to speaking the language but further purchases of a recent large dictionary and a more in depth gramma guide will certainly make the Slovak language an understandable and enjoyable experience. Do Videnia!
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I am very interested in the culture and languages of european (especially eastern european) countries. For 12 years I have been taking part in international folk dance festivals all around europe, as a violin player, and in these festivals I meet people from all over the world and learn about their cultures and lives. This year I met a Slovakian group and had many good friends. They thought me a little Slovak and I liked it very much. When I turned back to Cyprus, I decided to buy a book and improve my Slovak. Of course, as usual, I searched from Amazon.com and found this perfect book. This book starts with the pronunciation and explains in detail, how to pronounce vowels and consonants. The accompanying cassettes are also very good in this sense. The following chapters teach you the Slovak grammar step by step, in a very logically designed order of topics. When you finish this book, you not only learn the Slovak grammar and many Slovak words, but also be able to speak with slovak people, as the name of the book, "Colloquial Slovak" also implies. I am very happy to have added one more language to my list and I really recommend this book to anybody who wants to learn Slovak in very short time...
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Format: Paperback
I have numerous Slovak language learning books. Most of them, especially those published in Slovakia, appear to be be aimed at classroonm use. Colloquial Slovak is the best I have come across for self-study.
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Format: Audio CD
The author's work is excellent. So too is the CD that can be bought to go with the book. The Kindle edition isn't.

First of all, the Kindle edition isn't searchable. If you want to go back to something you have to flick back through all the small pages. You can't easily access the index or glossary.

This is tough as it is likely you won't remember everything on the first go and will want to refer back to things.

Another problem is that the Kindle edition doesn't reproduce Slovak characters accurately. Most often this affects the č character. So it helps to know what the word is in order to recognise its misspelling.

That's not exactly ideal in a book aimed at people who are learning the words in the first place.

I wish I'd bought the print version.
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I don't know the Colloquial brand, but seeing as this is the only available Slovak learning book for English speakers, I went ahead and got a second-hand copy. It's clearly a tad dated, but it's not like the language has undergone a revolution in the past 15 years. It plunges you in immediatly, but instant immersion is the best way to progress at any speed. Good book, get a copy if you're wavering about it, but try to either have a native Slovak speaker on hand for the oral exercises, or get a copy of the CDs too.
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Format: Audio CD
This is by far the best book and CD collection that I have found for teaching yourself Slovak. Although the progression is quite fast everything is clearly explained with enough examples and exercises so your can get the hang of it.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I think this is The Definitive Textbook for Learning Slovak, and it has many helpful exercises for self learning. The DVD's are also excellent to listen to with cystal clear dialogues. There is one small problem with the DVD's, if you try to upload them onto your iPhone to take them with you to listent to on your commute, etc., then they are untitled, and so they show up as Track 1, Track 2, Track 3, etc. I wish they had actual downloadable names or there was an MP3 version of the book's dialogues. I have had past versions of this book and this one is an improvement along with updates to make it more modern such as dialogues about the internet or sms's. If you want to learn Slovak then this is probably the best book out there. Hopefully future editions will make it even more user friendly but I still think this book is an improvement and very good.
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Format: Paperback
I was looking for a quick introduction to get started into the Slovak language, thought this might be a super bargain. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a free lunch and the two CD's referred to in the description are not included, but rather come with the other book in Amazon's listings. Very frustrating, not a problem of the book, rather one of the Amazon listing team...so back to square one and order the version that actually comes with a CD...I need to hear those voices, as there is only so much one can learn from the written word.
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