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Hindi and Urdu: The Rough Guide (Rough Guide Phrasebooks) [Paperback]

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Book Description

25 Oct 2001 Rough Guide Phrasebooks
Hindi-English and English-Hindi translations arranged in dictionary style throughout, make this one of the more accessible guides to the Hindi language. Together with pertinent and contemporary travel tips, combined with useful basic grammar and a menu reader, the Rough Guide to Hindi is an essential tool for anybody contemplating visiting the subcontinent.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (25 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185828922X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858289229
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.2 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 916,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

BASICS
Pronunciation
Abbreviations; Notes
Word Order; Articles; Nouns
Adjectives
Demonstratives
Possessives
Postpositions
Pronouns
Verbs
Interrogatives
Dates; Days; Months; Time
Numbers
Basic Phrases
Conversion Tables

English - Hindi/Urdu
Hindi/Urdu - English

SIGNS AND NOTICES
Hindi - English
Urdu - English

MENU READER
Food
Drink


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A big failing... 19 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Previous reviewers have evidently got on with this book but in my view (and I speak as someone who already knows the basics of Hindi gramar) it has a crucial failing - it doesn't list whether nouns are masculine or feminine. This information is needed in order to correctly add adjectives to nouns, but it also affects a number of grammatical constructions, including the past tense for transitive verbs. You are therefore left to guess at whether there should be a masculine or feminine ending in these instances, unless you buy another dictionary to tell you! (The Lonely Planet Phrasebook, whilst being not as comprehensive in some ways, does include this gender info in its dictionary section.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect travel partner! 9 Jan 2004
By A Customer
An extremely well set out book with lots of help on pronunciation. Perfect size to carry around for quick reference too, with plenty of helpful phrases. A must for anyone travelling to India or just wanting to learn for fun. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just a phrase book... 5 May 2003
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A supurb starter book for learning Hindi. I have M.E and struggle with my concentration but found this book very easy to use. It has an useful referance section and the layout made using the book simple. It also gives help in understanding the structure of the Hindi language as well as hints and tips on the culture which are both interesting and useful. Its also a useful book for either going on holiday or just general interest and contains so much information that its a bargin for the price. An Excellent book !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Beginners 14 April 2003
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I have a real interest in learning languages, and as I love Bollywood films I thougt I would teach myself Hindi. At the moment I am ill will M.E and struggle with my concentration, but found this book easy to use and understand. It has a really simple layout and explains the sounds and basics of the Hindu language in an easy manner. This book is perfect for reference and grounding and I have learn't a lot from it. I highly recommend this book, especially at the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good for everyday language 14 Dec 2006
By motee
I found this book quite useful for occasional everyday language reference, especially as there isn't exactly an abundance of dictionaries of Roman Urdu/Hindi. It is for beginners and for getting by it should be enough.

Have to say though - the colloquialism/slang/swearwords in Urdu are much ruder than their English translations suggest!
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