In the last post and the latest episode of my podcast, I talked about Colloquial courses from Routledge.

I thought that it would be a good idea to put my review in written form as well as in the podcast.

The bad news

I like to start with the bad news so I can end on a good note. The worst thing about the Colloquial courses is the organization. I don’t know why some people who write textbooks feel the need to sometimes use baffling organization.

The main issue is that the actual examples will be sometimes hidden in a paragraph of explanation. I have also seen the vocabulary lists be formatted in a really disjointed and strange way. There should be clear divisions of each section. I should not have to search for examples or the second half of a vocabulary list.

The Good News

I still can recommend these courses.

The best part of these books can be explained in one word, examples. These courses are filled to the brim with examples. The reason I still recommend these courses is that they provide a huge number of examples, without excessive explanation.

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