A Complete Grammar of Esperanto: With Graded Exercises for Reading and Translation together with Full Vocabularies (Forgotten Books) Paperback – 15 Oct 2008
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1: It has no lengthy introduction but ony a preface of 2 & a bit pages and then jumps straight into the language itself.
2: Unlike a LOT of modern text books it does not confusingly give dialogues in the language first to be memorised, then vocabulary and then grammar, a very stupid in my honest opinion a back to front way of doing things and counter intuitive. It does things the TRADITIONAL WAY - Grammar with examples, Vocabulary anded then Dialogues.
3: This is the best bit, especially for those new to language learning. It explains of any Grammatical Terms it uses before it starts using them in a simple to understand manner with examples (modern Language Text Book authors take note !) thus you're learning GRAMMAR and a LANGUAGE simultaneously in an easy manner.
I can't recommend this book more highly for the above reasons. Plus with Esperanto being an easy to learn once you've learnt this language others will be easier to learn and especially European ones for Esperanto contains many words you'll recognise from English as well as other European languages.
Also I will admit I am a fan of these LOST BOOKS series for reproducing cheaply many books that are difficult and often very expensive to buy, in the 100s of pounds often.
RECOMMENDED, BUY & ENJOY.
The approach and terminology used are fairly traditional; nonetheless it appears surprisingly modern for a book written a century ago, when Esperanto was still quite new. (There is no mention of the '-enda' suffix, expressing obligation, which was a later innovation, though the rest of Esperanto grammar is certainly covered.) The book consists of sixty short chapters/lessons, with practice sentences and passages for translation from Esperanto-English and English-Esperanto at the end of each. Unfortunately, there is no answer key; a major shortcoming for a self-teaching book.
The book teaches grammar and vocabulary systematically, in manageable, well thought out sections. (The author was a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of Examinations for the Esperanto Association of North America). It includes a comprehensive English-Esperanto and Esperanto-English vocabulary at the end, and a grammar index.
This publication is a welcome addition for students of Esperanto, especially as the well-known 'Teach Yourself Esperanto' no longer seems to be in print.
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