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Colloquial Breton (Colloquial Series) Audio CD – December 2, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0415224536 ISBN-10: 0415224535 Edition: Com/Cas

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Product Details

  • Series: Colloquial Series (Book 7)
  • Audio CD: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Com/Cas edition (December 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415224535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415224536
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,563,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is definitely a well written and structured approach to learning colloquial Breton and I am sure that it meets a growing interest in learning minority languages in a rigorous and academic way.' - Francophonie, No. 32, Autumn 2005

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Cox on September 9, 2006
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I believe this is the only book of its type about the Breton Language intended for the use of English speakers.

Unfortunately, it's also rather a big disappointment.

Colloquial Breton is organized much like the other Colloquial-series language books, which is what attracted me to it in the first place. I've been very pleased with Routledge's other books of the series. And, as I said, I don't believe there are any other textbooks of Breton for English speakers, so I wouldn't have had any choice. I do speak French, so I could have used Le Breton sans Peine from Assimil, but it's very expensive. Routledge's Colloquial series are, for my money, the best and most reasonably-priced self-study language courses on the market.

However, Colloquial Breton isn't entirely like the other Colloquial books I've seen. It throws rather a lot of information at you, rather too fast. You are exposed to a great deal of vocabulary from the outset (there are several dialogues and reading selections in each chapter) and the grammatical explanations are rapid fire and cursory. You have to read everything very carefully or you'll miss a word, a structure, an explanation, or something. The description of the sounds of the language is sketchy at best, but it does manage to drive firmly into the ground the notions that there are lots of exceptions and irregularities, and that "You really do need to buy the recordings to get the most out of this book"! Well, of course. The CDs (or cassettes) cost at least as much again as the book! Why offer the book for sale separately at all when what they really want you to do is pay full price for the book with CDs of tapes?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. BARTO on March 16, 2008
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The English-speaking learner of Breton faces three challenges: 1) As a Celtic language influenced by French, Breton is very different from English. 2) There are four major dialects and no universal standard. 3) There are several spelling systems in use, and you have to know the language enough to sound things out and guess at alternate spellings if the text you have uses a different system from your dictionary. Colloquial Breton addresses all three challenges well: 1) The grammar explanations are clear and rooted in understanding what's going on, not mastering theory. 2) It teaches a hybrid of the three major dialects that will give you entrée into the particular dialects, rather than getting hung up on presenting dialectical variations. 3) It uses the most common spelling system, so outside resources (especially on the web) are more likely to be approachable.

If you're looking for a safe gateway to learning Breton, this is your best bet.

Note that Breton is hard to sound out before you've heard it. If you're willing to put in extra work, you can find a free course with audio at [...]. But if you want to stick with the book, it's a good idea to get the accompanying CDs.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerry on November 17, 2008
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I bought the product and ordered the CDs. Not cheap. What I got were CDs of people speaking very fast - to me useless.
I bought Euro-Speak and tried Magnum on Breton..both these have should have spent less time on unique user interfaces and more on content. They have interfaces that take over the whole screen and cannot be minimized and again, cutesy interfaces for learning - rather than efficient.
I was praying for a product like Byki - if only they put out a Breton learner.
Their learning interface is no nonsense and it was like a game that you could make as fast-paced as you wanted. The Romanian I studied stuck in my head.
I am reluctant now to buy the book in that I might end up with a CD and Book that don't have good learning engineering.
Folks like Rosetta have done what many others have failed to do. Unfortunately - they don't offer Breton either.
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