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  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books Inc.,U.S. (10 Sep 2008)
  • Language: Marathi
  • ISBN-10: 0781811422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781811422
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 9.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,528,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Indian langauge of Marathi is spoken by over 50 million people. It is the dominant language of Bombay, the world's second most populous city, and the surrounding areas. This helpful guide, with its bilingual dictionary and practical phrasebook, is an essential companion for travellers and businesspeople. All Marathi words are presented in romanised form for easy sue by English speakers. The phrasebook is divided into 11 sections, which cover everything from basic greetings to hotels, restaurants, and transportation. A special section is devoted to culture and religion. Other features include a basic grammar and pronunciation guide.

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While in theory this book is fantastic and well organised set of translations it is sadly rendered fairly useless by the fact that it does not provide the words in the marathi alphabet - the entire book is written in the roman alphabet only.

This is rather like learning to cook without being allowed to eat anything. The roman alphabet simply cannot be used to tell how things are pronounced. This book tries to solve the pronounciation problem by using wierd phonetic symbols above and below the roman letters as a guide to pronunciation.

Now, if you are going to put a lot of effort into learning a wierd phonetic roman alphabet then wouldn't you rather just learn the marathi alphabet instead? The marathi alphabet is purely phonetic and tells you exactly how things are pronounced. My recommendation - learn the marathi alphabet and get a dictionary that uses the real marathi letters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not too bad, but could have been much better. 14 Sep 2013
By Thomas Martin - Published on
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The phrasebook section is excellent. The grammar section is short, rather adequate except for the verbs, for which it is useless, only one verb is conjugated, the irregular verb 'to be' and only in the present tense. The section on postpositions is inadequate in that it says the word for 'to' is laa, but in reality it is laa only for singular nouns, in plural it is naa. For genitive it gives several forms, without saying which form is for what use. Actually it depends on the gender and number of the possessed noun, but the section does not say that. The section on Marathi pronunciation is good.
The dictionary section is not very good, it does not indicate the gender of each Marathi noun, it just says n for noun, but it is usually obvious from the English translation that it is noun. The irregular verbs show no indication that they are irregular, in this dictionary, much less provide the irregular forms. Likewise for English verbs there is no indication that they might be irregular. There is no pronunciation provided for English words, so that limits the usefulness of the Phrasebook for speakers of Marathi, it is clearly designed for speakers of English only.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great book 24 Jun 2008
By Book Lover - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a great-looking book, sure to be of use to anyone traveling to Mumbai/Bombay. It's full of useful words and phrases.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent concise dictionary 2 Nov 2009
By Conal - Published on
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Very nice dictionary. The terrain it covers is limited, BUT limited in a thoughtful way: One senses a single, intelligent force behind the design of the whole book. If you read the dictionary entries in this book in parallel with its grammar section, you can actually begin to see how the Marathi language works, using this one slim volume all by itself. That's the sort of elegance one always hopes for but rarely finds in such works.
(Also, I have yet to find a single typo or inconsistency between the Marathi-English and English-Marathi halves of the dictionary. By contrast, in many Chinese dictionaries, for example, the C-E half and E-C half seem written by two teams living on different planets, with maddening inconsistencies and lapses between them.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Best I have found for Marathi learning 5 Jun 2013
By K. HILL - Published on
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Compact and sturdy, fits in a back pocket. Comprehensive vocabulary and good English/Marathi and Marathi/English dictionaries. Best of all, although devnagari script is included, you don't need to use it, as Marathi words are also given in the roman alphabet, with a good pronunciation guide. Lots of useful phrases divided by activity, such as travel, hotel, health, shopping, etc. All the other learn-Marathi resources I have found require learning the devnagari alphabet, which I am not ready to do. I spend six months a year in Maharashtra and this book is my daily companion. If you want to learn conversational Marathi as opposed to reading and writing, this is a good bet. My copy is full of bookmarks, dog-ears, highlighting and notes about critical phrases. Someday I will have more sentences memorized.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Best English to Marathi resource I have found. 5 Jan 2009
By Dan - Published on
Format: Paperback
Even though it is a small book, it covers quite a lot including alphabet, pronunciation, dictionary, phrases, basic grammar and more. It is well organized and fits in a pocket. I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can from it.
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