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Perfect novice introduction
on 20 May 2013
Like another reviewer, my partner is Slovak and I am learning as much as possible, as fast as possible so that I can talk to her family on an impending visit.
Colloquial Slovak is a superb introduction. Previous materials which I had tried to use gave a very one dimensional experience of the language, to the extent where I was under very misleading impressions of what words to use when!
Colloquial Slovak is more practically written, it builds the language around you as you study, starting with pronunciation of the characters, moving on to how to form words depending on subject and context, and then up and on from there. It contains pretty much everything that you could probably need to get by.
Only a couple of minor weaknesses;
- Some of the later sample conversations lack English translations, which is useful to understand how words change in context
- It does not have a very helpful reference section in the back
But these are minor drawbacks.
On the whole a great book, pair it with an English - Slovak dictionary and you're set!