I will give this three stars as really it requires a teacher. Luckily my partner is Bosnian and helps with a lot of things. What I really miss is a dialogue where I can listen and repeat. It's good in that it points out the differences in the 4 languages.
I purchased this book looking for something that will teach Bosnian in it's entirety. I got more than I bargained for. Aside from there being only a few phrase books and some mediocre Croatian books, there is only really this one available that is post-war (2006)
This textbook is split down into 20 lessons each covering vocabulary in 4 seperate conversation (role plays) and then exercises and extra work (sections A1 through A4, B and then C). Along with this, full explanations of grammar are available in the Grammar textbook with the blue cover.
I have been working my way through these at a fast pace for a couple weeks and already know a hell of a lot of Bosnian. The hardest part to grasp are the cases and when to use them but it is a phoenetic language so not hard to learn.
It also teaches the Cyrillic alphabet too so one has the choice of learning Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian or Cyrillic form though they are essentiually the same language. Some differences exist but one can get by learning any language specifically.
The conversations aren;t useless like in a lot of French classes you used to have where you used hardly any of it. Real practical conversation examples are given and everything is covered here.
To date, this is the most complete learning material (in conjunction with the grammar textbook too), so far on learning this useful slavic latin based language. Highly recommended and easy to follow in the right order too.
Learning these languages will leave you savy with the locals in Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia.
This is the most fun I have ever had learning a new language!
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