- Tapa blanda: 264 páginas
- Editor: Routledge; Edición: Bilingual (7 de abril de 2008)
- Colección: Colloquial Series
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0415381290
- ISBN-13: 978-0415381291
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Colloquial Irish: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 7 abr 2008
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Specially written by experienced teachers, this easy to use and completely up-to-date course provides a step-by-step approach to spoken and written Irish with no prior knowledge of the language required.
What makes Colloquial Irish your best choice in personal language learning?
- emphasis on the language of East Connemara, with a clear pronunciation guide and an appendix on dialectal differences within Irish
- stimulating exercises with lively illustrations
- effective combination of language points, dialogues and cultural information
- Irish/English and English/Irish word lists.
By the end of this rewarding course you will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in Irish in a broad range of everyday situations.
Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials.
Biografía del autor
Thomas Ihde is currently director of the Institute for Irish-American Studies at Lehman College, CUNY, New York. His current research focuses on Irish language materials development and bilingual acquisition. His previous publications include a book on the Irish Language (1994, Bergin and Garvey).
Maire Ni Neachtain, a native Irish speaker from West Galway, teaches language, literature and linguistics at the Department of Irish, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland.
Dr Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew currently teaches Irish at the University of Pennsylvania, and was previously President of the North American Association for Celtic Language Teachers.
John Gillen, a research fellow at the Institute for Irish-American Studies, has taught Modern Irish and Old Irish for the New York Gaelic Society, and currently works at Hostos Community College, CUNY.
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The fourteen chapters are topically arranged and focus on useful communicative skills (introducing yourself, talking about your family, ordering food, shopping, etc.). But, unlike quite a few other "communicative" books I've seen, truly helpful grammar explanations are included as well. Each chapter has two short dialogues, followed by multiple short sections which expand on and explain the grammatical structures found in the dialogues. These little bursts of grammar are kept at a fairly non-technical level, but enough info is given to make the point clear. You will not know everything about Irish grammar after reading this book, but you will be able move beyond just memorizing the dialogue to actively creating new sentences using known vocabulary. The dialogues, as well as examples from some of the explanatory sections, are all included on the audio recordings. There are also a decent number of useful, well-designed exercises following each dialogue (although more would have been better).
The back of the book contains a brief grammar reference, answer keys to the exercises, short Irish-English and English-Irish glossaries, and most uniquely, an interesting chapter-by-chapter overview of how various other regional dialects differ from the Cois Fharraige Irish featured in the book.
The only things I would say are missing would be: 1) vocabulary lists for each chapter (new words are introduced all over the place in each chapter - it would be nice to have them assembled in one place, so they are easier to keep track of), and 2) a second book just like this one with the next level!
Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book. In comparison with many other Irish courses, it is far too limited and disorganized. If you're not really interested in learning to speak the language, this little book with its roughly 700 words and somewhat confusing explanations will probably do fine, just as any other course would.
If you're serious about learning Irish, I would recommend either Learning Irish or the old Teach Yourself Irish by Myles Dillon (do NOT buy the new version by O'Se). Both of those courses give a much more detailed and structured description of how the language works, and both contain more words (Learning Irish is more than twice as extensive).
In short, there is no situation where I could recommend this book. If you only want a phrasebook, there are cheaper options. If you want a real course, this course is far too limited. If you already know the Colloquial series, do not expect this book to be as extensive as other courses in the series.