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Lonely Planet Sinhala Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) [Paperback]

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18 July 2008 Lonely Planet Phrasebook

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

According to Sinhalese tradition, this language was introduced to Sri Lanka by a banished prince in the 6th century who conquered the local 'demons'. It has a relatively flexible grammar, so it won't take you long to conquer that language barrier.

  • Comprehensive dictionary
  • Guide to pronunciation and grammar
  • Fail-safe small talk
  • Practicalities - how to catch a train or ask for antibiotics

Lonely Planet gets you to the heart of a place. Our job is to make amazing travel experiences happen. We visit the places we write about each and every edition. We never take freebies for positive coverage, so you can always rely on us to tell it like it is.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, and Swarna Pragnaratne.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 3 edition (18 July 2008)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1741041600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741041606
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.3 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,645 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad... 22 Aug 2010
I bought this book for my boyfriend to learn Sinhalese, before going on our trip to meet the rest of my family.
The book is well written an all, but I find that the Sinhalese reported is sometimes too formal.... it is not colloquial Sinhalese, not a way in which to converse on a day to day basis.
I think it would be better to provide a product that defines the difference between what is been used on a daily routine and what to use on a formal occasion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm - it's a tricky language! 5 Sep 2009
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This book is a handy size for the pocket or handbag. However, I can't help thinking that you really do need someone to help you learn the pronunciations. This is a very tricky language! Personally, I gave up as (thank heavens!)most of the population of Sri Lanka can speak English and they seem to be very keen to practice it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars everything youneed in a phrase book 5 May 2009
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Bought this in view of my upcoming holiday to Sri Lanka (so excited!!!).
Have tried various phrase books over the years, but always find that Lonely planet are well written, include everything you need and are pretty reasonable price wise. Also includes little facts about the culture and traditions- sure it'll be of great use.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not great for a beginner 30 Jan 2014
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As a beginner I found this phrase book difficult to use and frustrating. The phrases given appear not to necessarily be spoken, normal sinhalese eg they give Ayubowan as hello/goodbye - when it just ain't used in normal conversation. (They should have simply said no equivalent word, and told us what people actually do or say when they greet). They do not explain that 'please' is not said as an isolated word (that's probably why I never heard it said when I was there). Pronouns are also different from those given in other spoken language guides, no explanation given as to why. Even the word for no is different.
There is not enough help to allow a beginner to understand phrase construction.
The written sinhala characters are very small and difficult to read.
May be OK if you are already a fluent and experienced speaker already.
All in all I lost confidence in this very quickly and am looking for something more down to earth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars lonely planet Sinhala phrasebook 24 Jan 2014
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A nice pocket sized book, lots of information. Covers conversation brilliant for reference. Won't take up too much room .
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