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Colloquial Slovene (Colloquial Series) Paperback – 12 Oct 2011
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About the Author
Marta Pirnat-Greenberg teaches Slovene at the University of Kansas.
Top Customer Reviews
The old edition of Colloquial Slovene simply wasn't up to scratch; whole grammatical structures were largely ignored and the author even went as far as to say that you don't really need to learn to use the dual to get along fine in Slovene, which is ridiculous. This new edition has a new author though, and she's made the book as comprehensive as possible.
Each unit starts with a dialogue between the protagonists of the story, who talk to each other in quite a formal, standardised version of Slovene (once you've spent some time in Slovenia you begin to realise that no-one really speaks standard Slovene, but don't let that put you off). The stress is marked throughout the book, which is fantastic, and the vowels O and E are marked to show whether they are open or closed and E is also marked to show when it is pronounced as a neutral vowel. Following on from that we get new vocabulary, with any irregular forms also given, and then some very comprehensive grammatical explanations. Then there are some exercises to practice what you have learned, and then another dialogue showing Slovene in another register. I particularly find the dialogues between the students helpful; being a student myself, it shows the way the language is used amongst people my age, and I've found it very helpful in understanding and being able to talk to my Slovene friends.Read more ›
Finally we've got a well-thought out, logical, interesting book, that doesn't skate over the complicated grammar of Slovene but addresses it in a very manageable and concise manner.
I love this book. This edition of colloquial Slovene has been completely re-written and it seems the author has learnt well from the mistakes of the former (not her book but a lot of useful feedback arose from it no doubt).
Marks indicating pronounciation feature all the way through the book, which a lot of people will find practical and useful.
If you have an interest in Slovene, try it out. Where else are you going to get a good book on Slovene? Do they generally exist?
I am not even being paid to say this, buy it if you're curious about Slovene.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is no clarity about the price. It is not clear whether you are buying the DVD or the book or both.Overall, too expensive.Published on 25 Nov. 2014 by NCS
I thought that the Colloquial Slovene I was buying came with CDs as you really do need them to do the course. Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2013 by Gillian Wraight