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3.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to the cultures, but not the lingos!, 8 Jun 2006
Laszlo Wagner (Hungary) - See all my reviews
This review is from: South Pacific (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) (Paperback)
This fat little book is the only cheap resource available to a number of obscure languages of the South Pacific.

It basically covers the languages of Polynesia, includng those of tiny Niue and Easter Island, plus Fiji and a minor language of New Caledonia.

Unfortunately, the coverage given to each individual language is very, very limited, pretty much restricted to hints on pronunciation and a few essential wordlist like numbers, plus basic phrases like greetings.

What fills up much of the book is lenghty and insightful descriptions of the local cultures instead, with great tips on ettiquette. However I couldn't help feeling those should actually be in the relevant guidebooks, not in this phrasebook!

Still, the info included is interesting and there is nothing better, so this book is worth buying - just set your expactations right.
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South Pacific (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) by Michael James Simpson (Paperback - 1 Sep 1999)
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