18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant!Does just what it says on the cover!!!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Colloquial Dutch: A Complete Language Course: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) (Audio Cassette)
Unlike some other phrase books, which give you the basics and build you in step by step with some impractical nonsense, which you can't use in the Flemish speaking regions of Belgium/Holland, the author DOES break you in gently, but has practical'role play' type dialogues in each chapter, with a concise grammar section at the end, with little exercises and very quirky little culture points related to the chapter.So much so, that an Amsterdam girl who I was on a volunteering programme with last summer said,' I think you know more about Holland than I do!,' when I hadn't even set foot in the country by that stage. It really does live up to it's title, as Bruce Donaldson adds little subnotes to words, explaining its' use in everyday conversation, that you wouldn't find in 'standard' textbooks. A Dutch-English/English-Dutch index at the back for little things you may have forgotten!!!
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