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Teach Yourself Hausa (TYL) Paperback – 1 Sep 1994

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1.0 out of 5 stars Inferior Version of Book Pictured on Website 2 Feb. 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Is there any version of this which is the actual book pictured on the Amazon profile? The plain blue covered version of this book which I received is a version of Teach Yourself I've found very unsatisfactory for other languages. Had I known it was this version I'd receive I would never have purchased it, returning now.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Old Book with Old Style Teaching Methods 3 Feb. 2007
By Readz Alot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book, part of the popular "Teach Yourself" language series, has not been updated in quite some time. The copyright date on the book is 1973. And I fear the book has many of the problems typical to older-style language books.

Most books in the TY series (and, indeed, in most contemporary self-teaching language books) teach through dialogues and readings. Each chapter would open with a brief dialogue or reading passage, followed by a glossary of new words and then explanations of the grammar points taught in the lesson and some exercises to reinforce knowlege and understanding.

By contrast, "Teach Yourself Hausa" is little more than a sea of grammar rules and explanations, with a few disjointed sentences to show the rules in use. (And then, of course, some practice exercises to do, mostly translating brief phrases/sentences from English to Hausa or vice versa.)

But there is no story line to follow, and no real sense of how the language is actually used.

The other issue is that Hausa is a tonal language, with rising and falling tones often critical to understanding the meaning. The author makes a good effort to explain all this in print, but tapes or CDs would obviously be much more helpful. Unfortunately, there are none.

On the positive side, the book progresses slowly. It has about 30 very brief chapters, each introducing just one or two new grammatical ideas and a small selection of vocabulary words. So the dedicated learner could probably end up with a reasonable grasp of the basics of the language.

Still, I think it's time to update this book to meet the generally high standards of the rest of the series.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, out of date course 13 Dec. 2012
By TMeg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I agree with Readzalot's review, and would recommend the publicly available and much more extensive Hausar Baka course (or other links from hausaonline.wordpress.com) if you want to learn Hausa.
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