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Teach Yourself Slovene Book/CD Pack (Teach Yourself Complete Courses) Paperback – 25 Aug 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; 2 edition (25 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340926635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340926635
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.8 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,955,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

This is a course in Slovene, using both book and CDs, for those who have never learnt the language before or who want to build on existing basic skills. It assumes no previous knowledge of other languages and emphasizes communication skills.

About the Author

Andrea Albretti taught Slovene at the British Foreign Office.

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Unfortunately, Slovenian continue as the only official language of the EU that lacks a decent course for English speakers.

The two old courses, Teach Yourself Slovene and Colloquial Slovene are both written by the same author as this book. Given the very low reputation of these books, I was worried when I learned that she would write the new book and had my suspicions confirmed when I saw the book. Here are some of the main reasons that you should not buy this book, as it will not help you learn Slovene.

1. Compared to other Slavic languages, Slovene share all the complex grammar as well as some additional featurel (the dual system). Despite Slovene being one of the most complex European languages, this book is one of the thinnest in the Teach Yourself series. The reason is that the grammar is hardly dealt with at all. This is a serious flaw, as you will end this course without the slightest idea about how such a crucial thing as verbal aspect works. If you're familiar with Slavic languges, you know that this means that in practice you won't be able to speak.

2. Inadequate pronunciation and no displaying of stress. In Slovene, the stress might fall on any syllable on the word and the accent is the only difference between many words. The same goes for long and short vowels and the schwa-sound spelled 'e'. In short, you'll have no clue about how to pronunce the words you learn. If you see the word 'svet', should you pronounce the 'e' as a long vowel or a short vowel. That's the difference between the word 'holy' and the word 'advice' Slovene is full of words that only differ in this regard, and this course won't help you with it.

3. The vocabulary is way shorter than in almost any other course I've seen.
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