Re: Mongolian Books (was Re: VW )
|From:||Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>|
|Date:||Friday, April 6, 2001, 18:08|
On Fri, 6 Apr 2001, David Stokes wrote:
> > > My girlfriend and I are struggling to teach ourselves Mongolian right now
> > > so my own Mongol-inspired dreams are a little more like nightmares. ;)
> > >
> > > Actually, Mongolian is a really cool language. Converbs are oing to have
> > > to show up in one of my languages soon.
> > >
> > > But the language tapes we have are were made in England and for we
> > > Americans its sometimes easier to understand the Mongolian than the
> > > English on them.
> > JOOC, where'd you get the tapes? Do you recommend 'em (other than the
> > British accent)? I started learning a little (written) Turkish because
> > it was the closest thing I could find in the bookstore to Mongolian.
> > :-p (Not that Turkish isn't a neat language in itself...)
> The book and Tapes I have is called "Colloquial Mongolian" by Alan J K
> Sanders and Jantsangiin Bat-Ireedüi, published by Routledge. I got it at
> a bookstore in Boston that was mentioned on the list a few months back,
> perhaps someone remembers the name or you can look in last Dec.
Huh. I'm learning (some) Japanese from a book in the same series, sans
tapes (I'm probably getting pitch accents wrong like mad, but OTOH I
listen to 4 hours of anime a week....) I can probably find it. :-)
> I don't know if I would say I recommend it as much as say its adequate
> with few alternatives. Its a teach yourself a foreign language book with
> tapes, pretty typical of the breed. Professionally done, seems to cover
> everything, has native mongol speakers on the tape (in addition to the
> british guy). Good, solid, and adequate, but I'm not going to rave about
> it being wonderful.
AFAIK teaching texts for Korean (for English speakers) are in a similarly
sad state. I haven't found one yet whose layout/organization I'm happy with.
> Daraa Bayartai.
> (afterwards with joy -- 'goodbye')
> (your first lesson)
Thanks muchly for the links, etc.!
Daraa Bayartai...(imagine very bad American/Korean accent here)