Maltese Through English – (Digipack + Booklet 1 + Book 4)
We are please to note that Lorna Vassallo has now included the undermentioned to her original work Maltese Through English:
Book 4 (352 pages) A comprehensible classification of all groups of Maltese Verbs according to origin, root consonants and stem, tenses, and especially all modifications upon the addition of the direct and indirect object pronoun or both. The verbs chosen as examples were especially chosen to be different from those already used in Book 1 so that there is the least overlap possible. The main part treats the ten Forms of the verb of Semitic origin and the spelling changes required with the attached pronoun. Another first is an explanation of how Italian verbs are passed down to the Maltese language and how their conjugation is different between them and their original counterparts. All conjugations depend heavily on whether the verb starts with a vowel or silent letter, and whether in case of consonants it is an im/pure consonant. A number of verbs are conjugated in both negative and positive. Definitely the most detailed insight into conjugation of Maltese verbs to date.
Booklet 1 – Fill-In Exercises (96 pages) offers at least five types of exercises for the learner. The student can (i) guess the missing words unaided, or (ii) use the English footnotes on the same page as an aid. Alternatively, s/he can (iii) use the scrambled answers or (iv) the multiple choice method provided at the end of the book. (v) S/he can also follow the recordings on the CD or have them read by someone else. It reproduces partly or wholly the reading texts found in some of the Chapters in Book 1 with some key words missing. It also reproduces the Dictations in Part 4 of Book 2 with missing words to fill in. The exercises make it easier for the student to test his/her abilities at writing the Maltese language, at the same time highlighting problematic words and allowing the learner to focus on the latter. The booklet is also ideal for native speakers who want to test their spelling knowledge. The texts can be used both as preparation as well as revision material related to Book 1 lessons especially in a class situation.
Audio CD (app. 3 hrs 15 mins) This Audio CD is available in PVC Wallet (upon the purchase of all of Book 2, 3 & 4 at once of the series only) as well as in Digipak format. It includes the reading out of all of the 32 reading passages accompanying all chapters of Book 1, the alphabet and other sounds such as consonant couplets, syllables, time expressions as well as the Dictation texts in Book 2 amongst others.
The whole revised new book set is also available.