Colloquial Breton: The Complete Course for Beginners has been carefully developed by an experienced teacher to provide a step-by-step course to Breton 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 Breton in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.
Colloquial Breton 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
An overview of the sounds of Breton
Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Breton is an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Breton.
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.
'This is definitely a well written and structured approach to learning colloquial Breton and I am sure that it meets a growing interest in learning minority languages in a rigorous and academic way.' - Francophonie, No. 32, Autumn 2005
1 En em gavout gant tud - Meeting people 2 Lec'hioù ha tud - Places and people 3 E kêr -In town 4 Oc'h ober prenadennoù hag oc'h azezañ en ostaleri - Shopping and sitting in the café 5 E kêr e vezomp alies, o labourat hag o c'hoari - We're often in town, working and playing 6 En ostaleri hag er stal-levrioù - In the café and the bookshop 7 Ar marc'had hag an aod - The market and the seaside 8 Selaou a reomp an dud o komz - We listen to people speaking 9 Ne gollimp ket hon hent! - We shan't lose our way! 10 Bremañ e kendalc'homp gant hon tamm tro war ar maez - Now we continue our little visit to the countryside x 11 Pell diouzh tousmac'h kêr