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Eastern European Phrasebook: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian and Ukrainian Paperback – 31 Jul 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Cook Publishing; 2Rev Ed edition (31 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841575011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841575018
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 10.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 890,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Providing an essential bridge to communication, this handy phrasebook is an essential companion to any traveller. It covers a range of travel needs, from arranging accommodation and using public transport to meeting people and eating and drinking. information to the language and technical language hints l Features a new invaluable menu decoder for every language l Side-indexed for ease of use l Includes helpful language map

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leonardo Scalfi on 23 Feb. 2010
Quite a bargain this little book(and little it is, which can be useful when you are travelling).
Of course the sheer utility of getting to pronounce in a comic way any sentence in Estonian or Hungarian is
something to be tested on the field, but this is where any phrasebook finds its pitfalls.
Anyway, the numebr of languages covered, the tiny size, and the modest price make this an exceptional bargain!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. E. A. Livingstone on 4 Jan. 2009
As a regular visitor to Eastern Europe, I bought this just more for hints and tips more than anything. It is one of the best buys I've made.

It doesn't go into any language in any detail, but gives a few phrases and words to help out in tourist spots where someone's English is limited.

I've only scored it down slightly because Albanian and Macedonian are not covered at all, and the Serbo-Croat only includes the Croatian spellings (It is written in the Cyrillic alphabet in Serbia).
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By mark philebrown on 19 Feb. 2015
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excellent product
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Handy, Compact Guidebook for Multiple Languages. 2 Feb. 2007
By The Praetor - Published on Amazon.com
This guidebook is a handy, compact reference for simple survival and simple courtesy-based conversation. It is suited for the traveler who intends to visit the countries that feature these 12 languages, but not for the student who is trying to learn one particular language. Alternatively, the book will serve well the student of a language who needs a quick reference for simple phrases, should he stumble.

The book features simple greetings and situational phrases, such as at the airport or the restaurant, along with a brief history of each language. It also has a section devoted to telling time, which I found lacking, since it did not cover all the times of the day (just the times within 9 o'clock, and how to say "noon," "afternoon," and "evening," for example). One of the book's strengths is its phonetic pronunciations for each translated phrase. Although I found some pronunciations were incorrect (in the Lithuanian section), it will help you in a bind.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Point to it! 22 Jun. 2009
By George, M.A. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a quick way to make your needs know as you travel through a number of countries which speak other languages especially Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian and 9 others. The basic transliteration used in the book is the same throughout the book. Familiarity of the basic outline of the 350 phrases should be done, some of which are compounded therefore you have to count the words to point to the correct one. I don't know if an audio transcript has ever been done of the book-it would be useful!The book is pocket size and fits into the back pocket of my jeans. You may want to use a removeable tab to the language in demand for easier use
Pretty good, given its size. 9 May 2009
By Michael Church - Published on Amazon.com
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Well-organized list of phrases in twelve languages. It would be ideal for a trip through several different countries in eastern and central Europe, but if you were going to spend any serious time in a single country, you would want more. It has the drawbacks common to all phrasebooks -- the phrases may not be the ones you actually need. Because this one is so compact, there is no room for glossaries or any advice on customs or grammar.

Still, it has a lot of phrases in a compact, easy-to-use package.

I bought this for a short trip to Romania, where I socialized largely with Hungarian speakers. Didn't need it urgently, and so rarely tested it "under fire" -- doctor, train connections, etc. But it helped me learn a few basic phrases in two different languages at the same time, which allowed me to at least seem polite. (Of course, I kept using Romanian phrases among Hungarians and vice-versa, which defeated the purpose a little, but that's not the book's fault!)
Good for Beginners/Travellers 12 April 2014
By Hunyadi - Published on Amazon.com
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Good overall start to learning the 12 langauges demonstrated in the book. This book is beneficial to travellers headed off to Eastern Europe.
Good book 4 Oct. 2009
By P. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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Item as described. I haven't used it yet, but will take it on a trip to Central Europe in a couple of weeks. I'm sure it will be helpful.
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