Turkish Paperback – 10 Mar 2009
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About the Author
Katja Zehrfeld is author,entrepreneur, and German and English lecturer. She holds an MA in German Linguistics, Literature and Culture, and American Studies from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. She was awarded a study scholarship to Belmont University, USA. In addition to working at universities and private language schools with students of all ages and levels, she also gained experience at the Goethe Institute Istanbul, Turkey, and the Max Planck Institute Leipzig, Germany, where her research focused on first and second language acquisition. Katja Zehrfeld runs her own company, zehrfeld.eu, which specializes in language training, translating, publishing, and editing.
Top Customer Reviews
The first thing that horrified me was that it is for both English speakers learning Turkish AND German speakers!
The scant explanatory text is in both English and German! Thus every page has both Turkish and German on it. For me just the Turkish would be difficult enough but cluttering everything up with German is - to my mind - totally insane!
Contrary to the product description there don't seem to be any grammar explanations or simple understandable grammar rules.
Vocabulary is assumed. They might give you a translation of the particular word or word ending being dealt with but you're on you own for all the other Turkish words. There isn't even an English (or German) translation of the Turkish presented in the exercises - just space for you to write your answers in.
The book is presented as 93 lessons. Each lesson is about two pages long deals with a small aspect of grammar. There is very little explanation - maybe one or two sentences (in English and German) and most of the content takes the form of tables holding examples in Turkish with space for you to write in the English (or German) equivalent. Answers are not provided...
For instance Lesson 35 deals with the English word "need". There is a table with about 15 Turkish phrases on the left and space on the right for you to write in the English. Then there's another table with eight Turkish words in it and space for you to write in the English. Some letters in the Turkish words are highlighted and I guess that's a clue as to the grammar. Then there are ten lines of Turkish words with space for to make up sentences in Turkish that use the words. Then more of the same...Read more ›
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someone studying on their own can check whether they have understood the
extremely terse grammar explanations.