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on 21 April 2013
For those of you who tried to work through the Sweets Anglo-Saxon Primer, this approach leaves you with none of the problems of the former. This course has audio material to allow for better understanding of the pronunciation of the language. After mastering this material, one can go on to use Sweet's or other grammars for a more detailed mastery of the language. This is a perfect course to get started.
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on 8 February 2018
A clearly presented, sensible and entertaining guide to a slightly daunting subject.
The CD is ESSENTIAL to understanding the sounds, after that it seems much easier to assimilate
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on 17 October 2012
I bought this item for my niece who deals with grants for keeping important historic artifacts in this country. She was absolutely delighted with the book and CD and will be incorporating some of the Anglo Saxon words in the reports she has to complete. She has found it really interesting and feels it has enriched her knowledge of the lives of the Anglo Saxons.
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on 14 June 2016
Very good service, enjoying the book very much.
Thanks!
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on 3 June 2016
Excellent book, easy to understand and to use!
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on 22 February 2012
Okay, so first things first, this is a really impressive collection of source materials and guides for the reader of Old English. There is lots of surrounding information, and bite size chunks of language to help you into the world the Anglo-Saxon speaker. Great.

However, one of the main reasons I bought this CD and book pack was to hear the language spoken clearly. The woman on the recording has a wonderful clear voice, but Mark Atherton has a very soft voice with a lot of "air" in it. His enunciation is soft - and that really isn't what you need when you want clear guidance around the phonetic elements of a language.

He also generates a lot of mechanical noise when he talks. All those little clicks that come from the wetness of the mouth. Off-putting, to say the least, and a symptom of the fact that he is very softly spoken. Close mic-ing means that these sounds aren't lost in his projected voice, rather they compete with it.

So, for me the CD is a disappointment. It certainly does help when reading along to get the rhythm and pace - but just a little more precision in his speaking would have been good.

There is little reason to soften these consonant sounds so much for a learner. D and T are close together enough, without Atherton nearly saying "eatwart" instead of "Eadward". Again, this is a function of his poor enunciation, as is the "wetness" of his consonants.

Nevertheless, I will persist. The woman on the recording is good, and Atherton's soft airy voice which is generated at the back of the mouth rather than projected forwards is something I will get used to. I was just hoping for an audio treat, rather than a slog.
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on 8 December 2011
This book even with the CD, unfortunatly is not for the begginer, due to some crutial points.
It is written, examined, and explained in more of a history course work style, direct translation rather then a language course, over all the information is crammed in there, but parts are lacking in detail, so it is not really aimed at the begginer, if you already speak German, then it might be a little easier to learn.
If the CD tracks were broken down into smaller peices and spoken in a clearer way you could pick the language up nice and easily.
Which begs the question "why not make it into a series?" like One minute Anglo-Saxon, thus allowing you to just repeat the part your learning in bitesize chunks rather then the whole secton to get to the bit you stuck on, etc.
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