The present textbook, whose title is indeed all what official is about it, appears—at least as the reviewer’s teaching experience can tell—to be a very convenient aid in learning Tajik at a beginner or almost beginner level.  Each of the twenty-one lessons introduces a topic of conversation and provides short texts to read and discuss, with comprehensive lexical and grammatical explanations.  The vocabulary accurately reflects the language in use in colloquial and established styles of speech.  Grammatical explanations follow the categories taught to Tajiks at school.  Even if linguistically speaking accuracy could have been better (particularly concerning evidentiality and aspect), the parts dedicated to grammar throughout the lessons and in the appendix at the end (pp. 353-401) are, pedagogically speaking, very clear and reliable.  The appendix also provides very useful models of letter and a Tajik-English dictionary of roughly 3,500 entries.  A second edition appeared in 2004 by Routledge with a different pagination (371 p.) and just but few typing corrections, under the plain title of A Beginners’ Guide to Tajiki.

François Ömer Akakça, Humboldt University, Berlin
CER: I-6.2.B-523