BEGINNER'S BASQUE,W 2 AUDIO CDS

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Beginner's Basque with 2 Audio CDs is designed for both classroom use and self-study. Each of the 12 lessons opens with a dialogue about an everyday topic, followed by vocabulary lists, explanations of grammar, and exercises. Audio CDs accompany the lessons, providing correct pronunciation of the dialogues and vocabulary, with pauses for repetition by the student. Includes: an exercise key; Basque-English and English-Basque glossaries; an introductory section on Basque language, culture, and history. This book ...
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Overview

Beginner's Basque with 2 Audio CDs is designed for both classroom use and self-study. Each of the 12 lessons opens with a dialogue about an everyday topic, followed by vocabulary lists, explanations of grammar, and exercises. Audio CDs accompany the lessons, providing correct pronunciation of the dialogues and vocabulary, with pauses for repetition by the student. Includes: an exercise key; Basque-English and English-Basque glossaries; an introductory section on Basque language, culture, and history. This book provides an excellent background to one of the most ancient and enigmatic languages of Western Europe.

About the Author:
Wim Jansen teaches linguistics at the University of Amsterdam

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A resident of the Netherlands, Jansen is a researcher and author of several Basque-related books and articles. He provides a basic knowledge of Basque grammar and vocabulary useful for visiting the Basque country, as well as a brief introduction to Basque culture and history. The text includes review exercises and an answer key. Intended for the beginning student of the Basque language, the text has a written guide to the Basque alphabet and pronunciation, but has no companion audio tape or CD. No subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781812276
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Series: Hippocrene Beginner's Series
  • Pages: 283
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
History of the Basque People and Their Language 11
The Basque Country Today 19
Some Aspects of the Basque Culture 25
Abbreviations and Symbols 29
Alphabet and Pronunciation 31
Exercises 37
Lesson 139
Dialogue & vocabulary: First conversation: Good morning! 40
Grammar 44
Nouns and noun phrases 44
The definite article singular 44
The verb 'to be' 46
The subject 48
Word order 48
Questions 48
Exercises 50
Lesson 251
Dialogue & vocabulary: What is your name? 52
Grammar 56
The negation 56
To be somewhere 56
The strong r 56
The indefinite article 57
The word beste (other) 57
The plural article 58
The word batzuk (some) 58
Exercises 60
Lesson 363
Dialogue & vocabulary: Where are you from? 64
Grammar 68
The verb and its conjugation: General notions 68
The perfective 68
The recent past tense 69
The relational suffix -ko 70
The location suffix -n (geographical names) 71
The direction suffix -ra (geographical names) 71
The word ala ('or' exclusive) 72
Exercises 74
Lesson 477
Dialogue & vocabulary: From where to where? 78
Grammar 82
The past tense of izan (to be) 82
The remote past tense 82
The past tense of egon (to be) 83
The separation suffix -tik (geographical names) 84
The interrogative particle al 84
The word edo ('or' inclusive) 84
The word samar (rather) 85
Exercises 87
Lesson 589
Dialogue & vocabulary: Are you thirsty? 90
Grammar 94
The verb 'to have' 94
The transitive subject 95
The transitive conjugation 96
The recent past and remote past tense (transitive) 97
Plural objects 99
The partitive suffix -(r)ik 100
Is/Are there any ...? 101
The word baizik (but) 101
Exercises 104
Lesson 6107
Dialogue & vocabulary: Lunch is ready 108
Grammar 112
The imperfective 112
The (habitual) present and past tense 112
The demonstrative pronouns 115
Adverbs of state 116
Exercises 119
Lesson 7121
Dialogue & vocabulary: How many flowers? 122
Grammar 126
Numerals (1-20) 126
Do you have any ...? 128
The words bera(k) and bere(n) (third persons) 128
The verbs 'to want to' and 'to have to' 128
The comparative 129
The verb eduki (to hold) 129
Exercises 133
Lesson 8135
Dialogue & vocabulary: The days of the week 136
Grammar 140
The future tense 140
Numerals (ordinal numbers) 141
The genitive suffix -ren 142
Exercises 145
Lesson 9147
Dialogue & vocabulary: In the city 148
Grammar 152
The simple conjugation: etorri (to come) and joan (to go) 152
The location suffix -an 153
The direction suffix -ra 154
The separation suffix -tik 154
Exercises 156
Lesson 10159
Dialogue & vocabulary: Let's go to the station! 160
Grammar 164
Ibili (to walk) in the simple conjugation 164
The direction suffix -raino 164
The instrument suffix -z 164
The possessive adjectives 165
Exercises 168
Lesson 11171
Dialogue & vocabulary: At what time will the train arrive? 172
Grammar 176
Telling the time 176
The direction suffix -rantz 179
Complements of place 179
Complements of time 180
Exercises 182
Lesson 12185
Dialogue & vocabulary: A walk in the mountains 186
Grammar 190
The dative of izan (to be) 190
The dative case -ri 192
The suffix -rekin meaning '(together) with' 192
Other prepositions 192
Numerals (21-100, 1000) 194
Exercises 196
Appendix A How to Be Inventive in Basque 199
Noun Makers 201
Adjective Makers 204
Verb Makers 206
Appendix B Declension Summary 209
Appendix C Conjugation Summary 215
Exercise Key 223
Glossary Basque-English 241
Glossary English-Basque 261
Bibliography 283
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