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Colloquial Lithuanian: The Complete Course for Beginners [Audio Cassette]

Ian Press , Meilute Ramoniene
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Sept. 23 1996 Colloquial Series
Colloquial Lithuanian is easy to use and requires no prior knowledge of the language. These CDs are recorded by native Lithuanian speakers. The material can be used on its own or to accompany the book, helping you with pronunciation and listening skills.

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‘If you want to get to grips further with any of the [European] languages, Routledge’s Colloquial series is the best place you could start.’ Rough Guide to Europe

--This text refers to an alternate Audio Cassette edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the beginner, not for self-study. March 19 2001
Format:Audio Cassette
I have been studying Lithuanian twice a week with a professional instructor now for 3 months. I own this text, as well as the Beginner's Lithuanian text by Dambriunas. The Colloquial Lithuanian has very useful exercises, and emphasizes the conversational forms and expressions over the tradional academic style employed in Beginner's Lithuanian. However, be forewarned. This Colloquial Lithuanian text is absolutely inaccessable for beginners -- it does not lay out the fundamentals, but instead stresses memorization and modelling. This is good in a way, but not at all useful unless you know some fundamentals already. Similarly, the audio tapes of C.L. move at an advanced speed. As my professor says, C.L. is a "second-year" coursebook. We use it sometimes for exercises, but the B.L. text is much better.
By the way, the first reviewer should say "Vilniaus Universitetas" in the nominative, or "Vilniaus Universitete" in the locative. "Vilno Univeriteto" is simply wrong -- Beginner's Lithuanian can cure that mistake, Colloquial Lithuanian cannot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not ideal, but then it's a difficult language Feb. 2 2003
Format:Audio Cassette
I would be lying if I were to say that this book will make learning Lithuanian very easy. It cannot possibly do that.
Lithuanian language is very archaic, very peculiar and very complex. What's more, there are too few paralels with modern European languages: unless you have some kind of linguistic background, the task will probably seem overwhelming. It is not like learning French or Spanish if you are an English-speaker.
The book comes in Colloquial series (this is your first clue for not expecting too much); it has been reasonably well written and edited, especially considering relatively undeveloped tradition of Western-quality textbook writing in the Baltics.
Frankly, one can do much worse than buying this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice way to learn Lithuanian Jan. 22 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
This book gives a fairly deep introduction to the oldest living Indo-European language, Lithuanian. Spoken in the Baltic state of Lithuania it has remained almost unaffected by the changes that have occured in other Indo-European languagea over the last 3.000 years. For a linguist, this makes Lithuanian a very interesting language indeed and this book is a good introduction to it. At times the grammar explanations could be somewhat more far-reaching, but most aspects of grammar are dealt with in a constructive way and the book gives a quite extensice vocabulary.
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