Resources for Learning Georgian
Beginner’s Georgian, by Dodona Kiziria.
Quite simply the best intro level learning aid for the Georgian language. Includes two cds that correspond with the book’s 13 exercises. And thankfully, the audio portion for each exercise is said twice: first in a real-life speed, second in a slow-learner speed. It also boasts a Georgian-English glossary, super helpful charts, and a concise and beautiful history of Georgia and its language. Overall, an incredibly practical and necessary preparation tool. You might even consider bringing it along as a reference.
Georgian: A Reading Grammar, by Howard L.
For an advanced study of the Georgian language, we think this is the best option. It particularly explains the verb system well and should be seen not only as a helpful “next step” to the above Beginner’s Georgian but also as a companion resource.
Georgian: A Learner’s Grammar, by George Hewitt
An indispensable resource for those serious about learning Georgian. You can puruse some of its pages with Amazon’s “look inside” feature, and renting it as an ebook seems to be the smartest (and most economic) way to gain access to this helpful text. Many thanks to Amber (below) for suggesting we add it to the list.
The Georgian Phrasebook: Fully Transliterated, by David Abashidze
A simple and well put together phrasebook. Our only complaint is that it only gives the Georgian in its transliterated form (English “equivalent” letters given for the Georgian), but for those not too interested in learning the alphabet or wanting an easy intro, this is a great pick.
Book2 English – Georgian For Beginners, by Johannes Schumann
A well organized, illustrated, and overall put-together book that’s simple enough for beginners yet offers plenty of room for growing into solid conversation Georgian. This makes a great supliment to Kizaria’s Beginner’s Georgian (above).
- Wikipedia on Georgian
As true with most all wiki sites, this is a great first place to go for a solid yet digestible overview of the Georgian language, Qartuli.
- Awesome Free Resource, Book2
A great and free resource for learning any language from any language. Book2 has a great Georgian section that’s arranged by topic and complete with verbal audio files (fast and slow) and Kartuli script (just no transliterated English script, the only main flaw we noticed).
- Translation Site – Georgian to English – English to Georgian
Perhaps the most solid real time translation site for English/Qartuli translation, though it’s practical use is limited because it doesn’t recognize Georgian verb tenses. Courtesy goes to Thomas van Dam of FootPrints Recruiting for suggesting its addition to the list.
- About Georgia – new site
The most recent Georgian language section on the website AboutGeorgia.com which is beautiful presented and covered in enough detail for most people’s interest. Their Georgian language history section is the most thorough we’ve found.
- About Georgia – old site
The old Georgian language section on the website AboutGeorgia.com. Not as well presented as the above, but still containing some helpful Georgian language info.
- Useful Georgian Phrases
A nice table formatted listing of useful Georgian phrase, the Georgian given in both Qartuli script and the transliterated English.
Unfortunately, there’s no Rosetta Stone for Georgian. Though it’s certainly no replacement, the Transparent Language program for Georgian provides a sufficient introduction to the language. Arranged in a flash-card manner, it’s helpful for familiarizing yourself with the script and sound of common terms. Best of all:it’s free!(Though they do have a deluxe edition, which if you buy it, consider going through our affiliate link below to help us out and also get a discount).