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  • By Caitlin O'Neil
    Jun 10, 2016
    I ordered this book after a long search for a Malagasy grammar book with exercises. Most of the others I had come across were woefully outdated and/or used pedagogical approaches that I didn't find useful. MiLAZA!, however, is both current and approachable, using modern pedagogical techniques and organization. I found this textbook to be impressively complete, especially for a self-teaching beginner. It serves as a fantastic introduction to the Malagasy language, beginning with phonology and morphology before launching into the first content chapter. Chapters are organized by content themes, paired with grammar points and cultural sections. Chapters are structured as follows: vocabulary list, vocabulary activities, grammar introduction, grammar activities (that rely on vocabulary), more vocabulary practice, followed by another grammar point, topped off with cultural notes. Importantly, the answers to all exercises are found in the back of the book. Truly, this book is so helpful as a... More > self-learner, since it provides opportunities to practice and verify grammaticality of responses. As for vocabulary, there is a lot of it. There's a glossary at the back of the book, though, in case of memory slips due to the sheer number of words going into your head. Also at the back of the book are verbs charts and an index of grammatical points. All in all, a great, accessible, navigable, complete introduction to the Malagasy language, from the perspective of a beginning student. Be aware, verbal passivization is not covered at this level—but I think you’ll find enough content to keep busy. Highly recommend! Disclosure: I had been in contact with the author before the publication of this book. Nevertheless, if I had found this book on the shelf at the bookstore, I would still have bought it and enjoyed it just as much. It’s a great value for a great product. Happy learning!< Less
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First Edition
Matthew Winterton
February 23, 2015
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
3.45 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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