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The best by far!,
This review is from: Leshono Suryoyo: First Studies in Syriac (Paperback)
I could not afford to buy this book. I checked it out from our seminary's library with due gratitude to their generosity with me.
This book is excellent, super-excellent. I have seen Arabic books here and there but none of them comes as close as this book in excellence. It is a shame I had to learn another Semitic tongue using a Latin tongue but I don't mind. What matters is the communicator. This author, while he is an English man, is an excellent teacher. Throughout the book he teaches me as if he is sitting right next to me, as a personal, patient tutor. He reminds me of how I learned English through the BBC radio programmes and the pedagogical excellence that we are used to in them. He is detailed when detail is needed. He doesn't hesitate to say things "take note!" (see page 10). Gorgias Press did us the biggest favour by publishing this much needed book for somebody like me who needs a patient teacher like Healey. I have Thackston and he is excellent but his book still needs more detail, yes, that pedagogical touch that takes away all intimidation as Healey beautifully does it.
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Initial post: Jan 17, 2010 7:11:33 AM PST
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This is a helpful review from an Arabic speaker, who clearly is a close student in his studies of faith. It is interesting how this review differs stronly from the one by one M. Theodorakis, who feels that the Healey book and CD have too much of an Arabic pronunciation. The both of the reviewers, so far as this man(just one fellow living out in rural America) can tell, have close acquaintance with Arabic and Syriac, so it sounds like.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2010 7:18:38 AM PST
I strongly recommend the reviews of Paul Stevenson on this subject. Thank you for your encouragement. Many thanks.
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