Prime Colloquial Afrikaans: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) –

Colloquial Afrikaans provides a step by step course in Afrikaans as it is written and spoken in South Africa and Namibia today Combining a user friendly approach with a thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Afrikaans in a broad range of situations No prior knowledge of the language is required Key features include progressive coverage of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills structured, jargon free explanations of grammar an extensive range of focused and stimulating exercises realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of scenarios useful vocabulary lists throughout the text additional resources available at the back of the book, including a full answer key, a grammar summary and bilingual glossaries Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Afrikaans will be an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Afrikaans Course components The complete course comprises the book and audio materials These are available to purchase separately in paperback, ebook, CD and MP format The paperback and CDs can also be purchased together in the great value Colloquials pack Paperbackplease note this does not include the audio CDseBookplease note this does not include the audio, available from MPsavailable from Packpaperback and CDs I was on a safari for two weeks this past fall and started to learn Afrikaans Am going back next year and want to be proficient This book gets you right into the heart of the language and forces you to learn by doing Just 30 minutes of study a day, and after two weeks you have added a nice bit to your vocabulary and grammar A highly useful bookand great value. I m sorry to go against the flow here, BUT I must say that I simply find that course in Afrikaans absolutely excellent.Yes indeed, I did buy the book and the CDs together, as they are a must have to be able to tackes the sounds of Afrikaans.Afrikaans is NOT a difficult language It is a tricky one though, especially if you do already speak Dutch The tendency to pronounce Afrikaans like you would pronounce Dutch is very tempting and alas, totally wrong.That is why, if you intend to buy this course, or the good Teach Yourself Afrikaans by Lydia McDermott make sure you do buy the complete package, and not the book only, or you will trigger some good laughs among your afrikaners friends when you ll try to speak the lingo.This course is well written, easy to follow and does give you enough knowledge at the end to be able to enjoy your times in South Africa and use your afrikaans Also, something I want to say, Afrikaners are very friendly and will be than willing to help you learning their language Reading the book in the tube and on the plane while flying to Capetown did trigger some amazing friendly helps from native afrikaans speakers.A great book and a very user friendly course. Provided you have both the book and the tapes CDs, this is a very good course The author has written the standard grammar description of Afrikaans in English so knows his subject and how to teach it well and shares this knowledge in a practical form in this textbook As the series title suggests, many comments alert the reader to differences between the colloquial and a bookish form of the language The voices on the tapes speak slowly enough to allow easy understanding and immitation There is a key to the exercises as well as a very brief grammar summary, an Afrikaans English glossary, an English Afrikaans glossary, and an index My only disappointment is that the book does not make use of the International Phonetic Alphabet when describing Afrikaans sounds but relies on the sounds like English X but with lips rounded method. Hallo, ber den Inhalt des Buches will ich mich nicht weiter einlassen Da die Schriftsprache erheblich von der gesprochenen Sprache abweicht, seidem interessierten Leser dringend empfohlen die Ausgabe mit Doppel CD habe ich sie im Buchhandel f r 50,94 EUR bekommen zu erstehen Die beiden CD s laufen jeweils ca 40 Minuten Das ist ein Unterschied wie Deutsch lesen und Schwyzerd tsch sprechen Ich h tte mir gew nscht, dass die Grammatik ein bisschen tabellarisch aufbereitet worden w re Subjekt Objekt Besitzanzeigend ich mich mein du dich dein usw , aber Schwamm dr ber Insgesamt erscheint der Preis f r das Buch bzw Buch und CDs ziemlich hoch, aber wenn ich einen Sprachlehrer bezahlte, dass bek me ich auch nur zwei oder drei Unterrichtsstunden.