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PRINTED BY GILBERT AND RIVINGTON, 52, ST. JOHN'S SQUARE, AND 28, WHITEFRIARS STREET, E.C. DIRECTIONS
FOR USING THE
BOOKS OF THE “ VOCAL" SYSTEM.
The sentences in this Primer are prepared according to the principles shown in a pamphlet on learning languages, by Sir A. Cotton, of which the following is an abstract.
1. The language is to be learnt through the ear, and not through the eye.
2. Sets of sentences composed only of a small list of words, and no others, are to be used.
3. These sentences must be written by a native in the language to be learnt, and translated into English, that they may be true native expressions, and not English expressions in foreign words.
4. Every word is to be pronounced separately by a native teacher, and repeated by the learner, five times at least by each, and no word is ever to be uttered by the learner, excepting immediately after the teacher, till he is fully confirmed in a true pronunciation.
5. After the repetition of each word separately, the sentence is also to be repeated in the same way.
6. The learner is never to attempt to compose sentences until he has learned a large number of real expressions from the books, otherwise he will certainly get into a habit of using English expressions in the foreign words.