Why should I study Basque?
For many Basque-Americans, Euskara is an important link to their relatives in the old country and to their heritage. Those who learned the language at home are considered very fortunate, for tales abound about how difficult it is to learn Euskara. We've all heard the story about how the Devil wanted to learn Euskara so he could more easily influence the good Basque people and lead them into spiritual danger. He went to the Basque country and lived there for seven years, and at the end of that time, all he could say was Bai! Yes! and Ez! No! The moment he left the Basque country, he forgot even those two words.
With Aurrera! you will learn a great deal more than how to say "yes" and "no." Even those who do not feel the need to become fluent in Euskara will enjoy learning about their ancestral language. The rewards of learning even a rudimentary Basque vocabulary and some elementary phrases are immense.
Aren't textbooks boring?
They don't have to be! Dialogs and exercises in Aurrera! follow the unusual friendship between a witch and a vampire, chosen to represent two cultural icons: the sorgina of Basque culture and the banpiroa or vampire of English literary tradition. Xurga (Sucky) the vampire is living in the Basque country and needs to learn Basque. Goxo Begi-Oker (Sweet Evil Eye) the witch befriends him and they romp through several silly adventures while imparting vocabulary and grammar.
If I'm studying at home, how do I know I'm doing it right?
The audio for dialogs and numbers are on-line for you to download and listen to as often as you wish. In addition, I have included the answers to all the exercises in my textbook. Students can complete an exercise and correct themselves by checking against the answers. If an exercise seems confusing, you can go to the answers to see if you did the first one right before attempting the rest. Having a teacher in a classroom is always the best way to learn a language, but if that isn't possible Aurrera! will allow you to make astounding progress on your own.