Item description for Beginning Turkish (Critical Languages Series) by Andras J. E. Bodrogligeti...
Despite the fact that they are spoken by millions of people, languages such as Korean or Turkish are not usually offered in schools or colleges. The Critical Languages Program (CLP) at the University of Arizona was created to meet the need for interactive instruction in these less-commonly-taught languages. In order to meet the needs of a wide variety of learners who wish to gain proficiency in some of these languages, CLP has developed a series of CD-ROM courseware beginning with Brazilian Portuguese, Cantonese, Kazakh, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Turkish. CD-ROMs for other less-commonly-taught languages are planned for the future. Each package contains two CD-ROMs with a total of twenty lessons for the beginning learner, consisting of video dialogues and readings by native speakers, thousands of audio recordings, graphics, and extensive notes. Handy browser features enable users to go back and review words and pronunciations and to access five types of exercises: multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, audio flashcard, pronunciation, and listening dictation. These exercises enable users to test and improve their knowledge of each lesson. Learners with microphone-equipped computers can record and play back their own voices and then compare their pronunciation with that of the native speaker. With the click of a button, learners can hear native speakers pronounce words or phrases, facilitating quick comprehension of these challenging languages. Each package of two CD-ROMs contains the equivalent of a textbook and workbook with audio and video components, making it practical for either self-instruction or directed educational, governmental, and business purposes. System requirements: Windows 95 or higher, sound card, and 9 MB-free disk space. Microphone recommended. For more information Please note that Critical Language Program CDs are non-returnable (except for replacement due to defects or damage in shipment).
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 5.25" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2000
Publisher University of Arizona Critical Languages Program
ISBN 192998605X ISBN13 9781929986057
Reviews - What do customers think about Beginning Turkish (Critical Languages Series)?
First impression Dec 26, 2007
The course seems built in a quite rigid form. It's not easy for the student, to adapt the course to his/her best way of absorbing the language.
The Absolute BEST I've Found Jul 12, 2006
I had bought and tried just about every Turkish language course available, and could actually get by pretty well in Turkish on my trips to Istanbul.
I decided, though, that it was time for me to REALLY learn the language in depth, and get beyond tourist-level Turkish. This course, in the University of Arizona's Critical Languages Series, is exactly what I wanted and needed. It's a gold mine of real idiomatic usage that can leave foreigners dumbfounded if they haven't learned the colourful ways Turkish thoughts can be expressed. (Instead of "Congratulations" for example, you say "Your eyes are bright !" Whoever would have known that?)
Best of all, the 9,400 audio recordings on the CD-ROM are all spoken at a realistic pace. There's nothing more discouraging than learning from speech that is artificially slow and precise, only to be blown away the very first time someone speaks to you at a natural rate.
There is a videoclip at the beginning of each lesson, and it's wonderful to see an actual person speaking to you, instead of just hearing a disembodied voice. Then you can have each passage or dialogue read to you from beginning to end, or just sentence-by-sentence, or even word-by-word if you choose, which enables you to work on your pronunciation and resolve comprehension difficulties. The speakers repeat for you, tirelessly, at every click of the left mouse button -- and they'll give you the English equivalent if you click the right button instead.
There's also an Intermediate Turkish course available in the same series, this time on DVD-ROM, with "you are there" video segments showing glimpses of the country and its people, with conversations and interviews with Turkish speakers.
If you're a serious language learner, and want to get far past phrasebook language, this is definitely the course for you.