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2.0 out of 5 stars Well you can point at the words..., 7 May 2008
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I recently took a trip across the Trans-Mongolian railway and ordered three Lonely Planet phrasebooks. Russian, Mongolian and Chinese. Of the three, only one did not get used. That was this one.

The Mongolian phrasebook has clearly not been updated in quite a while compared to the others. This is perhaps understandable due to the relative amount of travellers that visit each country. It does mean it's not as comprehensive or well laid out as other Lonely Planet phrasebooks, however, and there are a few too many intruding unnecessary illustrations in my opinion.

Mongolian is also extremely hard to pronounce and while the book does spell out each word phonetically, the pronunciation seems to be off and you're very unlikely to be understood and will probably have to point at the Cyrillic version of the phrase. The dictionary at the back only contains 1,500 words as opposed to 3,500 words in newer Lonely Planet phrasebooks so if you cannot find your phrase (which might take a while as the books is not especially well laid out) your choice of words to try to get the meaning across with is limited.

I would definetely not rely on this book as the only way to communicate with locals.
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Initial post: 2 May 2011 18:53:03 BDT
G. Shutt says:
You've put the same review on two different versions... so which one did you take the '95 on eor the 2008 one... this is as helpful as a bucket of slugs. If you want to point out it's not been updated it would help to know which edition it is.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2011 21:48:43 GMT
It's possible that Amazon, rather than the review's author, have put the one review under both editions - they do this with multiple editions of books, even when the editions are quite different, and it's very irritating. I wish they would stop doing it, because it creates just the sort of problems you are outlining here.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2012 23:54:34 BDT
B. Redwood says:
I agree, it's driving me insane! Amazon are doing it for editions of books and formats of DVDs - but for some reason video-games get the treatment of separate entries depending on which console they are on..

If the author of the review can update us on this issue, it'd be great.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2012 08:40:05 BDT
For anyone who wants to take Mongolian a little further, I strongly recommend 'Modern Mongolian, A Coursebook' by John Gaunt. It's not a terribly difficult language and you could lay a good foundation of knowledge from at least the opening chapters of this book before setting off on your travels. The paperback edition is considerably cheaper than the hardback edition!
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