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Teach Yourself Dutch Conversation (3CDs + Guide) Paperback – Nov 21 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (Nov. 21 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007146347X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071463478
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.2 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,770,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I am a big fan of this series. Commercial packaging, simple concept and a competitive price make these well worth trying...One to watch." -- The Bookseller 20050429 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Marleen Owen is an experienced teacher and translator / interpreter of Dutch at all levels.

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I had been to Holland several times in the past and was able to follow most conversations but was nervous to try speaking the language. I listened to these CD's about 5 times and spoke aloud the phrases as prompted. This helped me get used to hearing my own voice speak a different language. Great tool! My last 10 days in Holland I felt more comfortable. I would recommend these CD's for anyone travelling to the Netherlands. My only criticism is that the narrator on the tape is from the British Isles.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d9407e0) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d6d2540) out of 5 stars Save your money, get Pimsleur March 30 2010
By dragonness - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been studying Italian in the car using the Pimsleur CDs for the past couple of months and have loved that language course. Trying this after the Pimsleur was a huge disappointment. I've just listened to the first of the three CDs and these are my issues with it:

1. You cannot properly study language in the car with this set as it requires a lot of pausing and repeating. The course basically requires you to drive it, and in the car I don't have the luxury of being able to focus on that, and also I do not even have a pause button in the car CD player.

2. By requiring the user to control the amount of repetitions, the course actually puts responsibility on the student, instead of an expert language teacher, to figure out how much repetition is necessary. I found myself simply listening to the whole thing, and rarely repeating any lessons because I felt they were easy enough that repetition was unnecessary. However, true language acquisition happens only through repetition, so much repetition that the phrases become second nature. Additionally, it's not enough for you to repeat the same conversation over and over - there needs to be some variation so that your brain is sufficiently engaged. Unfortunately, this course does not provide repetition with the variation that is necessary.

3. The course tells you in English what you need to say in Dutch, and then it speaks the correct Dutch sentence after you. However, it does not allow you time to repeat the Dutch sentence you heard. Thus, you only get that one first chance to say the sentence the way you think it should be, and never to correct yourself. Maybe the author of the course was hoping people would make use of their pause button here to stop the CD as needed. But I need the teacher to teach me, not rely on me to know when to pause and what to do to learn the language.

4. There is A LOT of talking in English in this course. The CD explains all sorts of linguistic, grammatical, and cultural points, without letting the student simply SPEAK. Isn't the point of the course to learn to SPEAK the language? I found myself listening for long periods, then saying a short sentence here and there, and then listening again for a long time. This is hardly a satisfying way to learn. I was eager to speak, and the CD was not giving me the chance.

5. Before each conversation is played, the course breaks down the sentences into individual words and translates them. This is unnecessary, even silly. Words like articles, prepositions, things that are very much context dependent, are given to you before you actually hear the context.

CONCLUSION: If it's cheap, there's a reason for it. Stay away from cheap language courses. Get the real deal at the library and it won't cost you a penny. Pimsleur is the way to go.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9de2b1a4) out of 5 stars Good Source For Studying Dutch in the Car Oct. 18 2008
By M. Halvorson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed learning Dutch will driving on the way to work. Sometimes the words are spoken too fast so it is good that you can pause and replay it. This tape is written more toward someone in living in England but is just as applicable for the American.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e854cb0) out of 5 stars Useful and entertaining April 18 2010
By Kotanidou Natasa - Published on Amazon.com
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Through short and useful conversations that will be surely necessary for everyone that travels in Netherlands, you can learn dutch using three cds and a 40-page booklet.The only disadvantage is that the numbers are not written as words with letters so it's difficult to learn them.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By K. Roth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I like Dutch audio that I can listen to over & over again. The polka music on this really turns me off, as does the unnecessary babbling of Marlene. Why can't she just say "Tom and Penny are in a restaurant"? Why do I need to know what they're doing exactly & why? I mean, I've got the booklet! I can follow along! I got all excited at the end because I thought the last disc was just conversations in Dutch that I could listen to over & over again, but again, the conversations are only 30 seconds long with lots of babbling. I was bummed because I really liked the content of the conversations, which is why it gets 2 stars instead of one.
Get Pimsleur, or for even more Dutch that you can play over & over again (if you don't mind reading the English parts), get Living Language Dutch. I love that one.
By BOTA - Published on Amazon.com
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You need a a bit of a vocabulary to use this - but if you do - it mnoves nicely.