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Comment: New Dehli:; Asian Educational Services; 1999; Reprint; Hardback; Very Good-; Attractive binding, blue boards, lettered in gilt. A good, clean, tight copy. A few occasional pencil annotations to vocabulary lists.; Hardback facsimile copy of original 1920 Marlborough edition.; 113pp Pages;
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Sinhalese Self-taught by the Natural Method with Phonetic Pronunciation Hardcover – 31 Dec 1999

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  • Hardcover: 119 pages
  • Publisher: Asian Educational Services; New ed of 1918 ed edition (31 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8120614011
  • ISBN-13: 978-8120614017
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,229,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martin A. Slaughter on 20 Dec. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I baught this book as my partner is Sinhalese Sri Lankan and I wanted to be able to impress her family.

Whilst this book is a reasonably good source of vocab, it is woefully out of date and doesn't appear to have been updated since the first print in 1918...

The useful phrases are not at all valid any more as they are extremely archaic and according to my partner, more likely to get you beaten up than helped. She had not heard of half of the weights and measures as they are medieval at best!

Whilst superb for an etymologist, it is not very useful for anyone hoping to learn modern sinhalese. I would recommend only buying this book if you are interested in etymology and do not intend to actually speak the language.
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