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German (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) [Paperback]

Gunter Muehl
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1 Mar 2008 Lonely Planet Phrasebook
Three travelers walk into a "Biergarten." One has a map, one has a Swiss army knife and one has a copy of this phrasebook. Guess who gets served first...
Our phrasebooks give you a comprehensive mix of practical and social words and phrases in more than 120 languages. Chat with the locals and discover their culture - a guaranteed way to enrich your travel experience.


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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740599802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740599801
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 13.8 x 10 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,882 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...'

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More useful than expensive electronic translator 4 July 2009
Format:Paperback
We bought the Lonely Planet German Phrasebook, along with an electronic translator, for a recent trip to Austria. I found this little 3 book much more useful than the 35 translator, especially for phrases.

The book is divided into sections, such as Shopping, Getting Around and Social. There is also a dictionary at the end of the book, and smaller dictionaries within the different sections. The food dictionary, for example, is excellent and helped us decipher many restaurant menus on our trip.

The pronunciations are easy to understand, and there is a short introduction to the language too. Just by leafing through this phrasebook during my free time, I was able to pick up many different words and phrases that I later heard, or used, in conversation.

This book starts with the most basic phrases (hello, goodbye, please, thank you) but it is also great for intermediate German speakers, with many useful phrases. Some of them are a bit bizarre - like "faster", "harder", and "I can't get it up" in the Romance section - but even those bits were very entertaining!

The only criticism is that, while the book explains how to pronounce German consonants, there is no explanation of how to pronounce vowels. The individual pronunciations make up for this, but a short section on vowel sounds would still have been helpful.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection 20 Mar 2009
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
This is the first Lonely Planet book that I ever got, and I loved it. It looks very modern, the pronounciation guide is great, and has an excellent, well laid out range of phrases, plus some cultural background information. If you get just one German phrasebook, make it this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy little book 6 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
Another excellent lonely planet title. I used it whilst visiting Germany for a conference and it was definitely worth the money. For this low price you really can't argue, and overall it is a well put together little pocket book. The phonetics are handy, and in particular I found the sections on transportation and dining most useful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok 20 Sep 2010
By Lewis
Format:Paperback
I was in Spain before going to Germany and the Lonely Planet Spanish book was very helpful. Decided to get the German one for going to Berlin and found that it contained just about all the information we required. Why I've rated it 3 stars is the phonetics, if you come from Britain they won't make sense I believe this may have been meant for Americans. We found that it was easier to read the German work rather than say it according to the phonetics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VG 4 April 2010
By JP
Format:Paperback
I already had the BBC pocket phrase book but had to buy this one as it's much better (and less formal).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 10 Jan 2011
By NP
Format:Paperback
Very good, useful and very funny. Although if you're a beginner in German I'd take a dictionary also because the one in this book although good is not desperately extensive.
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