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Teach Yourself Dutch Complete Course Package (Book + 2 CDs) Paperback – Mar 27 2003


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (March 27 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071413863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071413862
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.2 x 4.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #532,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Gerdi Quist

Extensive experience in language teaching at various levels and currently lecture in Dutch at the university level

Dennis Strik

Extensive experience in language teaching at various levels and currently lecture in Dutch at the university level

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I recommend getting the "beginner's dutch" [sic] ahead of this one. (In fact, I am thinking of doing so anyway).

It seems that TY is coming out with new editions of their series 2010-2011, so I can't speak to the future versions.

The "all-round confidence" starts the student off with complete sentences in a rather advanced dialogue, and of course it's true that the speakers spreken te snel .

It's also true that the narrators are speaking British English, so if you're not from the UK, it's almost like learning 2 languages ;-) Given that there is a preference in NL for UK English speakers, it's not such a bad thing.

I had my Dutch friend look it over, and he gave his approval for the slang and other bits of advice. So, even with the 2003 edition, it's still relevant.

I would have preferred a foundation with more basics, but that was my choice and not the fault of the beyond-beginner kit reviewed here.

Having gone through the entire thing, I am pleased with it and only wish that it could have been more encompassing (ie. I know how to start a salutation in a letter, but not end it).

P.S. IMHO it seems pointless for reviewers to mark down a rating of a product based on shipping issues or unreasonable expectations (ie. this is not a "in your car" type product, or they critise the book-only version as they realise the CDs would have been helpful).
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I recommend this book for anyone looking to pick up Dutch from scratch. There are sixteen chapters, each with varying themes. The vocabulary is presented in chunks, most often alongside audio dialogues. The grammatical aspects of the language are presented one at a time clearly and concisely. The dialogues never get ahead of themselves in this respect either. Overall, this is an excellent book. I would prefer that there were more written exercises (the later chapters will become much more useful if you learn with a partner), but with an active imagination, this is not an issue.
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By A Customer on Feb. 8 2004
I bought this because my Dutch course was completely in Dutch. For a total beginner, I needed some clarification of grammar, spelling rules and so on in English. This book provided me with what I needed and thus has enabled me to progress faster in a Dutch immersion course. I bought it without the cd pack, but also bought the dictionary and dutch grammar in the same series. The dictionary's good value overall but annoyingly omits a listing of irregular verbs or plurals - which a Dutch beginner needs!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excellent course - I recommend without hesitation. May 13 2006
By John Ward - Published on Amazon.com
I spend six months as an exchange student in Amsterdam - I got hold of this book two months before I went and worked through it thoroughly. It is absolutely excellent. I was prepared for all the basic everyday things very well, and Dutch people were surprised but delighted at how well I could speak the language. The dialogues on the CD are very good practice, particularly since some speakers speak in the Belgian (Flemish) accent, so you can also get used to that. The pace is fast, and I had to listen to some dialogues several times before I could understand every word, but that's no reason not to get it. I've just bought the TY Spanish book which is equally great.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Not for absolute beginners May 31 2007
By FILIP Marius - Published on Amazon.com
This course is a good product, but it is *not* for absolute beginners.

In fact, its very presentation states quite clearly that it is intended to bring the student to higher levels at a fast pace. So, if you want a slow introduction into the Dutch language, this course is not for you.

On the other hand, the course is useful to people knowing some Dutch. I partially undertook two self-study courses in the past and a classroom course of three months in Dutch - up to intermediate level. Now I am using this one.

Well, the problem is that this course will *not* bring me to the advanced level. It keeps my knowledge fresh, it teaches me a few new things, but that's it.

To summarize: if you are an absolute beginner in Dutch, this course is *not* for you. If you know some Dutch and want to get to the advanced level, this course is *not* for you either.

The question remains: whom this course is for?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Well-Paced, Imersive, Lots of Dialogue Nov. 23 2003
By M. Buscemi - Published on Amazon.com
I recommend this book for anyone looking to pick up Dutch from scratch. There are sixteen chapters, each with varying themes. The vocabulary is presented in chunks, most often alongside audio dialogues. The grammatical aspects of the language are presented one at a time clearly and concisely. The dialogues never get ahead of themselves in this respect either. Overall, this is an excellent book. I would prefer that there were more written exercises (the later chapters will become much more useful if you learn with a partner), but with an active imagination, this is not an issue.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
cound not get past page 20 April 22 2007
By SesameStick - Published on Amazon.com
Book is far to eager to start in on 'conversations' and never gives the student the volume and time to get basic sounds down. I got very frustrated not knowing how to pronounce anything I read from the book, went over the three minutes of basic sounds over and over again but one instance of each is not sufficient to know the sound and be able to apply it to new words. I got very board replaying the first few chapters and not learning anything.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
You get a lot for what you pay Aug. 16 2005
By O. F. Jimnez - Published on Amazon.com
While not the best language course in the world, it is surprisingly good for its value. In less then a week I have found myself understanding very basic conversations in Dutch, thanks to the program's easy yet complete lessons. So even if you can buy better programs, I dare say this is definitely the best you can get for such a low price.


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