Colloquial Serbian

Colloquial Serbian
Author: Hawkesworth Celia, Ćalić Jelena
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0-415-34892-7
Date: 2006
Pages: 377
Format: PDF, MP3
Size: 206MB
Language: English/Serbian

Easy to use and completely up-to-date, Colloquial Serbian has been specially written by an experienced teacher for self-study or class use. Providing a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Serbian, this interactive course will enable students to communicate confidently and effectively across a broad range of everyday situations.

Requiring no prior knowledge of the language, key features include:

a range of exercises to build confidence
clear and concise grammar notes
a progressive introduction of the Cyrillic alphabet
Serbian-English and English-Serbian glossaries, grammar summary and translations of main texts.

The grammar presented in the book may appear complicated at first as it contains so much that is new to the English speaker. The student is advised to learn to observe the language in practice by close analysis of the reading passages, which have been designed to illustrate each point as it arises. Tackle only one topic at a time and refer frequently to the main text of each unit to observe each point ‘in action’. Make sure that you have fully understood and absorbed each point before going on to the next. Use the exercises to test your understanding and return to the relevant section if you make a mistake or are at all uncertain. The exercises marked with a dagger have answers given in the ‘Key to exercises’ at the end of the book.

There are two stories running through the book which may be used to monitor your progress: translate each installment into English, checking your version with the translation at the back of the book, and, at a later date, translate it back into Serbian. If you make a mistake be sure that you understand how you went wrong. By the end of the book you will have covered all the main points of the grammar and much essential vocabulary. You will then need to consolidate your knowledge and expand your vocabulary by further reading. You should be able to read newspapers with relative ease, as well as more complex texts with the help of a dictionary.