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Baltic (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) Paperback – 1 Jun 2001

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1864503696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864503692
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 9.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 935,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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National Geographic Traveler, September 2006'Lonely Planet Phrasebooks. Portable, pocket-size, cheap, and available for almost any country you might want to visit...' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Having only gone to Estonia I can't fully comment on the other languages covered but I did find it extremely usefull. The phonetics are fantastic as it means you don't have to memorise the alphabet so much. Downsides: it would have been usefull to have a small dictionary of the most common words with it and it can sometimes appear a bit scattered (Nothing that bookmarks can't overcome though!)
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A fantastic little book. The phonetics section is invaluable when you have my level of foreign lagnuage skills, god knows what crimes I would have committed to the baltic languages without it. Well laid out and hardwearing, which is just as well as if you're anything like me you'll be refering to it everytime you need to communicate.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9608d480) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x95e203e4) out of 5 stars Incredibly Helpful 4 April 2004
By Natasha - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone spending more than a week in the Baltics! Last year, I spent a semester in Lithuania, and this book made the transition much easier! From going to the pharmacy to buy flu medication, to trying to find out where the outdoor market was, to telling a doctor that I had hurt my knee -- this book was constantly by my side and helped me be very independent while in a foriegn country. I was also able to learn a lot of phrases that I wouldn't have in my Lithuanian class. My only complaint is that sometimes the phonetic guide was a bit confusing, but this rarely interfered with my communication (if it does, you can just show the phrase to the person you are trying to speak with).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x959a1138) out of 5 stars Does the job of a phrasebook, but hardly ideal 3 Jan. 2006
By Christopher Culver - Published on Amazon.com
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Lonely Planet's BALTIC PHRASEBOOK covers the languages of the so-called Baltic republics, Estonian, Latvia, and Lithuanian.

In terms of phrases, all three chapters cover the same ground. General matters like asking directions and shopping are included, as are more specialised things like visiting the doctor. The menu decoders are very helpful. Oddly enough, when a phrase contains a different word-form depending on what gender is spoken of, the order is "feminine/masculine" instead of the "masculine/feminine" of most phrasebooks and dictionaries.

In their coverage of grammar, however, each chapter differs. That on Lithuanian includes a discussion of noun morphology, although it only shows four out of the language's seven cases. This may enable the traveller with some prior experience with inflected languages, such as Latin or Russian, to construct sentences not found in the book. However, the chapter on Latvian doesn't give any information like that.

The book contains some general tourist information and maps for the Baltic republics, which makes it larger than it might be and somewhat redundant, as many travellers will already have a specialized guidebook for the region.

This phrasebook may not be an essential purchase for someone spending only a few days in the region. Most young people in these three countries speak admirable English, and older shopkeepers can be addressed in Russian without problems (the guidebook line that shopkeepers here take offense at being addressed in Russian seems to be a myth).
HASH(0x95a172ac) out of 5 stars Traveler's language handbook 20 Mar. 2013
By Gadoh - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book before I traveled to Lithuania. It was used as a companion to the language program that I purchased and was an excellent aid on my trip.
HASH(0x959a1228) out of 5 stars great little phrasebook 21 May 2013
By Torcgirl - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great little phrasebook I havent gone on my trip yet, but there is alot of good info in here and I cant wait to use it.
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