- Series: TY: Complete Courses
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (June 14, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071430121
- ISBN-13: 978-0071430128
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,296,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Teach Yourself Afrikaans Complete Course Package (Book+ 2CDs) (TY: Complete Courses) 2nd Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I was happy with the book but I didn't feel as good about the audio CDs. The opportunity to hear correct pronunciation is, of course, welcome and the speech is all very clear. It is however, frustratingly stilted and unnatural. The book warns that the first chapters are unnaturally slow, the problem is, the pace never picks up! By the end of the course, the dialogues are still being read with the speed and intonation that patronising people use when they assume they're speaking with someone deaf or feeble-minded!
Some people may be happy at this word-by-word delivery as it does indeed, give a very clear view of pronunciation. The problem is that real Afrikaans is spoken much more quickly and it does no one any favours to get them too used to snail-speak when, in real life, they will be faced with the rapid, almost breakneck delivery most Afrikaners and Afrikaanses use when they speak.
For a successful audio course, delivery must be clear but close to natural speed, otherwise learners are never going to be able to deal with authentic speech.