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#31035 - 05/30/01 05:15 PM "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
Angiv
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I've just counted, and I have "Teach Yourself" books for 13 different languages. That's not counting the 6 languages I already speak.

The 13 are (in no partcular order): Dutch, Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Serbo-Croat, Portuguese, Spanish, Malay, Welsh, and Scots Gaelic.

I doubt that I'll ever get around to learning all these languages, but I can't resist the urge to buy the books second-hand.

Do any of you do this? Have you ever successfully taught yourself a language from one of these books? What languages do you wish you could learn from a book?

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#31036 - 05/30/01 08:28 PM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
Masha
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Latin: An Intensive Course has sat near my desk for going on three years now. So far, the osmosis method of language acquisition is not working. Somehow, the only teach-yourself books that appeal to me are for dead languages or others that I will never be required to speak out loud. Sheesh, imagine teaching a correct French accent from a book. Is such a thing even possible?
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#31037 - 05/31/01 09:26 AM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
TraceyB
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I have a pile of "teach yourself Russian" books and tapes. I learned Russian in college (over 20 years ago, yikes), and am really re-learning it. It was going pretty well until last fall, then my Master's program started kicking my butt and I had to stop the extraneous study. I'll get back into it after I graduate.

I'd like to learn Latin, too, but since Masha's field-testing has proved that the osmosis method doesn't work (*sigh*), that will have to wait.

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#31038 - 05/31/01 01:13 PM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
kitten
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I have Colloquial Greek: A Complete Language Course sitting here with me. But since I never bought the accompanying tapes, it's useful for reading but I need Tzimmi to help me with my pronunciation. But for the most part it just sits in my desk drawer waiting for me to open it.
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#31039 - 05/31/01 01:26 PM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
Sars
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I taught myself ASL out of a book but promptly forgot all of it a week later. Still have the book, though.

Are there any Internet-based learning courses for language?

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#31040 - 05/31/01 09:09 PM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
Angiv
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I'm sure Sars knows this already...

this site has some, and links to loads of other cool language related nonsense. It's one of my favourite sites. This and others can be found in the chicklit library .

I haven't looked at any of these lonweb courses, but I refuse to believe that they can provide the same feeling of potential I get from picking up a book that promises to teach me a whole new language. Can't beat it.

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#31041 - 12/07/01 07:39 AM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
sarkycat
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Hey! isn't that Russian one mine?
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#31042 - 12/07/01 01:37 PM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
Angiv
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No, but I do still have your Italian one, and I think one of the two Welsh books on my shelf belongs to the evil old bag lady.
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#31043 - 12/23/01 07:40 AM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
nanliza
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I've got a pile of teach yourself German books, since I have to learn it by February. Uh-oh. I'm not doing that well. I've also got Italian books, which went a lot better than the German but still not very well. I thought it would be easier because I was raised bilingually (English and Welsh) but it's really not. I hated German the first time round (did it for a year when I was fourteen) and I can't believe I have to learn it in order to go to Vienna in a few months. Apart from which, someone told me that the Viennese have a really incomprehensible accent. I can't wait...
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#31044 - 01/03/02 03:45 PM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
listersgirl
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Can anyone recommend a good teach-yourself book for Italian? I'm going there to visit a friend in July, and have absolutely no background in this language (and would really like to at least be able to read signs!)
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#31045 - 01/19/02 02:08 PM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
sarkycat
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Russian, German, Italian, Greek, Swahili.

So far all I have gleaned from these books is that the Swahili for Hippopotamus is Kiboko.

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#31046 - 01/19/02 07:34 PM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
cailinoBAC
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Russian and Italian. I did learn some Spanish, and my Dad just bought the linguaphone a few days ago, so I might practice. And I will learn those languages. Eventually.
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#31047 - 01/20/02 11:50 AM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
sixta
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I like the "Breakthrough" series by MacMillan - lots of pictures and reasonably up to date and non-stilted. I've got the Spanish 1 & 2 borrowed the Italian one - it was hilarious, (I'm easily amused) and fun to use, so I'd recommend that one. Whereabouts are you going in Italy? Great language to learn if you just want to make yourself understood, tricky if you want to speak it with a modicum of elegance. I've got piles of Berlitz phrase books - not quite the same. Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, German, French.
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#31048 - 04/05/02 10:02 PM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
sarkycat
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I now have Teach Yourself Old English. Yes, that's right, Anglo-Saxon. I am beyond help. I originally bought it for Angiv, but she's not getting it.
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#31049 - 04/22/02 05:05 PM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
sophietje
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ohhhh.... I know this is an old topic, but I have to chime in (I'm new here, so I didn't see this before, of course!)

I also collect Teach Yourself books. I love linguistics and any chance to learn even a few phrases to illistrate linguistic (especially historical) points in my head.

My Teach Yourself books are:
Swedish, Irish, Welsh, Arabic, Modern Greek, Hindi, Beginner's Chinese, and Begginer's Hindi Script.
I also have a plethora of other language-teaching books (mostly from high school, college courses) including:
Portugese, French, German, Russian, Dutch, Gothic, Old English, Latin, Italian, Irish, Danish, Yiddish, [editied because I forgot Afrikaans... too close to Dutch ].

I'm also addicted to the language tapes 'Language/ 30'. The only language that I stuck with for the whole of a book on my own was Portugese.

I'm very glad to see other language addicts.


[This message has been edited by sophietje (edited April 22, 2002).]

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#31050 - 05/18/02 06:26 AM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
Angiv
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sophietje, never apologise for bumping up old topics. We like it.

i bought a Czech phrase book a few weeks ago. I've never looked at a book like that with the conviction that I couldn't learn the language. Until now. I really don't think I'll ever be able to speak Czech. It's a little depressing...

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#31051 - 05/18/02 09:07 AM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
Jessa
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Just a suggestion: If you have a good ear, consider buying textbooks from a university bookstore. I have a really good ear for every language except French, which explains why I have to go to the Alliance Francaise and torture myself. Therefore, learning out of a book isn't too bad.

I always think that knowing how to conjugate and apply generally (and then just building vocab) is ultimately better than learning how to say, "Excuse me, are you the porter? I am looking for a burgundy suitcase."

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#31052 - 05/19/02 04:48 AM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
Daegaer
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I'm a dead language addict, and have books for Classical Greek, Classical Latin and Classical Hebrew. I'm a bit wary of the actual Teach Yourself series, though, as their Teach Yourself Biblical Hebrew is awful. I don't think it's helpful at all.

Lovers of Latin might like to look at C.J. Cherryh's website - before she became a full-time author, she taught Latin in highschool, and has her own, "grammar-light" teaching method (you learn grammatical rules without wading through grammatical terms). It's very easy to follow, but she hasn't updated it in a while.

For modern languages, I have a book and tape set, and a different book for Arabic. Have I opened them in the months and months since I got them? No, and neither did the previous owner, because they were brand new when I seized them in the second-hand bookshop.

Edited to add: my brother was throwing out a Teach Yourself Afrikaans - no prizes for guessing it didn't make it past my hands.

[This message has been edited by Daegaer (edited July 02, 2002).]

[This message has been edited by Daegaer (edited July 02, 2002).]

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#31053 - 06/12/05 09:27 AM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
cocojosie
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I love Colloquial Japanese -- I've tried quite a bit of teach-yourself-Japanese books and this is by far the best one. Comes with handy CDs for listening and repeating, too.
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#31054 - 06/12/05 04:50 PM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
Daegaer
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Ooh, cocojosie, I just got Colloquial Japanese! I haven't had a chance to do more than glance at it yet, though.
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#31055 - 06/22/05 02:59 PM Re: "Teach Yourself (insert language of choice)" books
cocojosie
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Originally posted by Daegaer:
Ooh, cocojosie, I just got Colloquial Japanese! I haven't had a chance to do more than glance at it yet, though.
I hope you'll like it, Daegaer. The nicest thing with it is that it introduces hiragana, katakana and kanji from the beginning - other courses I've tried have neglected them in favour of romanized Japanese.

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