1st Edition

Colloquial Basque A Complete Language Course

    Colloquial Basque: The Complete Course for Beginners has been carefully developed by an experienced teacher to provide a step-by-step course to Basque as it is written and spoken today.

    Combining a clear, practical and accessible style with a methodical and thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Basque in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required. Colloquial Basque is exceptional; each unit presents a wealth of grammatical points that are reinforced with a wide range of exercises for regular practice. A full answer key, a grammar summary, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues can be found at the back as well as useful vocabulary lists throughout.

    Key features include:

    • A clear, user-friendly format designed to help learners progressively build up their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
    • Jargon-free, succinct and clearly structured explanations of grammar
    • An extensive range of focused and dynamic supportive exercises
    • Realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of narrative situations
    • Helpful cultural points explaining the customs and features of life in n the Basque countryAn overview of the sounds of Basque
    • Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Basque is an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Basque.

    Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.

    Map of the Basque Country, Introduction, 1 Bidean, 2 Kafetxo bat?, 3 Iritsi zara!, 4 Herria ikusten, 5 Etxean, 6 Goazen buelta bat ematera!, 7 Erosketak (1), 8 Erosketak (2), 9 Asteburua, 10 Bidaia prestatzen, 11 'Hortik zehar', 12 Etxerantz, Appendix, Key to exercises, Basque-English vocabulary, English-Basque vocabulary, Subject index


    Elordi, Begotxu Olaizola; King, Alan R.

    '...the student will obtain a knowledge of Basque that will prove useful for travel, and an excellent foundation for subsequent...study of the language' Paul Sidwell, Dhumbadji - Journal for the History of Language