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Basque Language Books

Colloquial Basque: A Complete Language Course
by Alan R. King, Begotxu Olaizola Elordi
ISBN: 0415121116, Published by Routledge.

Designed for travelers, this book and cassette provide a helpful introduction to the Basque language.

Book Description
Colloquial Basque is easy to use and completely up-to-date. Specially written by an experienced teacher for self-study or class use, the course offers you a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Basque. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

What makes Colloquial Basque your best choice in personal language learning?

* it's interactive - lots of exercises for regular practice
* it's clear - concise grammar notes
* it's practical - useful vocabulary and pronunciation guide
* it's complete - including answer key and special reference section.

Cassettes accompany the course to help you with listening and pronunciation skills. By the end of this rewarding course you will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in a broad range of situations.

Dealing with the Basque language, this set is part of the "Colloquials" series, providing: help with pronunciation, a solid foundation in grammar, recordings by native speakers, and regular exercises to practice learnt skills. It is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

Basque-English, English-Basque Dictionary
by Gorka Aulestia, Linda White
ISBN: 0874171784, Published by Univ of Nevada Pr, 669 pages.

From the Back Cover
This pocket-sized Basque-English, English-Basque Dictionary was designed with a broad audience in mind -- students, teachers, people of Basque descent, and travelers -- and contains definitions of the most commonly used Basque and English words.

Related Resources

A Brief Grammar of Euskara, the Basque Language
This is a short grammar of the Basque language, or Euskara as it is called by its speakers. This grammar hopes to be useful to a wide variety of users. Therefore, it will probably not satisfy anyone completely: Those who want a quick 'feel' for the language will be disappointed by the slow and messy details the text dives into. Those who want a detailed, professional description will be disappointed by the lack of depth in the discussion. The text hopes to sit somewhere in the middle, and if it tells too much to those who want to know a little, and too little to those who want to know a lot, then it will have done its job."

A comprehensive guide to Euskara and Basque cultural information available on the web.

Basque is definitely not an Indo-European tongue. Some scholars believe it is descended from Aquitanian, which was spoken on the Iberian peninsula and in S Gaul in ancient times. Other linguists think Basque is akin to the Caucasian languages and suggest that its speakers came from Asia Minor to Spain and Gaul c.2000 B.C. However, no relationship between Basque and any other language has been established with certainty. - The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001.

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