- Publisher: Living Language,U.S.; Com/Pap Bl edition (28 May 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400024579
- ISBN-13: 978-1400024575
- Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 4.3 x 24.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,324,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Irish:Spoken World Paperback – Audiobook, 28 May 2009
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There is also supplementary reading text with each lesson, requiring probably a separate dictionary to translate all the words, although the dialogues and texts all have a printed translation following them.
The course book has a full guide to pronunciation at the start and some very handy appendices on lenition, eclipsis and other prefixes.
Each lesson has some written exercises at the end. These are frankly much too easy for even the most puzzled learner and do not prepare you for the far harder business of the aural/oral tests later. On the other hand there are also interesting passages in English on a wide variety of topics concerning Irish life and culture with internet addresses where we can read further details and extend our interest.
However, the attentive learner will notice a few points which perhaps need attention in a second edition of this course. There are some obvious misprints: some arise from transcription - e.g. fhdcadán for fholcadán, éise for éisc. Others come from failed proof-reading: `the initial consonant . . . is made slender[p.142]' instead of `the final consonant . .'. Things like that might confuse the unwary learner, as does the spelling of cathan[p.154], m'fostóir  etc.Read more ›
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However, I was disappointed with the limited material in each chapter. The reading exercise and practice exercises are almost verbatim the same things that were said in the dialogue exercise. They essentially took the dialogue exercise and rewrote it into sentences where you fill in the blanks, and then again into a paragraph that you read. There are a lot of other words that are introduced in the example sentences in the grammar sections, but you never have an opportunity to practice them or hear them more than once, so your functional vocabulary at the end of a chapter is limited to about 20 words out of the 40 they actually gave you.
The book is smaller than I was expecting - about the size of a novel, not a conventional text book. It should be expanded to include a lot more practice and reading exercises with a wider vocabulary and more varied sentences that actually challenge the student's comprehension - not just their ability to copy a couple words from the dialogue transcription.