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German Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Fast Talk) Paperback – 1 Mar 2007

3.9 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications (1 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741791057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741791051
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 12.9 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book for a 4 day mini-break to Berlin, and it really helped us out! I did German at school about 10 years ago, so could barely speak a word, but with the help of this book, we got through fine (though almost everyone in Berlin spoke English!).

Most common phrases used were how to ask for a table in a restuarant, how to order, and what the menu meant!

It's pocket sized, so fitted comfortably in my handbag, and was fairly cheap too.

Would recommend for people looking for phrases to get by in German when going for a short holiday.
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This pocket-sized book is just right for taking with you on short breaks and holidays. It's split into categories which makes it easy to find what you're looking for.
The different subjects covered are:
'Chat' - Conversation
'Explore' - Sightseeing
'Shop' - Making purchases
'Enjoy' - Small talk
'Eat and Drink' - Eating out and ordering
'Services' - Local services and communications
'Go' - Directions and transport
'Sleep' - Accommodation
'Work' - Business
'Look Up' - Reference

There is a helpful pronunciation guide and an English-German/German-English dictionary, as well as basics such as numbers, the alphabet and greetings.

This is meant to be a short reference guide and will not teach you how to speak German in any great depth. It does not cover things such as grammar rules, past/present/future tense, or feminine/masculine/neutral terms which are all important to the language but take some time to understand properly. If you are looking to learn and study the language I would suggest something more advanced.
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This is a great little phrase book if you're going on a really short trip to a German speaking country - it has the essentials laid out with the section title in large print on the edge of the pages so that you can easily flip through to the most useful section. Saves loads of time searching through more extensive phrase books or dictionaries. Obviously there is limited content, but if you are only going for a few days and you make the effort to learn a few words before you go, I would highly recommend this handy little book.

In particular, for all you veggies & vegans out there, it DOES have the phrase to explain that you are vegetarian or vegan.
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This book is smaller than I was expecting but it does mean that it fits easily into pockets or bags. There are some useful phrases in it and so for someone just wanting some basic sayings it is pretty to have.
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I used the book more to look words up than to find a phrase, but I did use a few phrases out of it that turned out to be very useful. A small english/german dictionary would help too thought.
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This little book was ideal for a short trip to Germany. It covered all the areas I required for eating, drinking and getting around. The dictionary was an added bonus. Best value phrase book I've ever bought.
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Before purchasing this book I did not know a single word of German. I needed to learn very basic language and sentences which this book allows. It proved extremely helpful indeed especially as I'd taken the trouble to check the word Help in English, which proved a life-saver to me as I'd got off the train at the wrong station! Saying help in German got the immediate result and help came straight away. So, yes I think this was a very good purchase. Easy to put into your handbag and easy to find words and sentences you might possibly need.
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The Lonely Planet- Fast Talk German phrase-book is certainly a mixed bag. The presentation and content are all relevant and excellent, if you can strain your eyes enough to see it. All of the required words and phrases are ordered very well, into sections relevant to your situation at the time, e.g. at a bar, doing business, needing help. My main problem is though this is a very useful pocket sized guide, it is too small to read comfortably.
There are good points, the clarity, the concision of what is included and the little dictionary section at the back are all great ideas. However, the normal sized Lonely Planet phrase-book is only a pound or so more, and you get so much more for your money buying that. If you are going around Germany, or wish to learn German, and own a bag, buy a proper phrasebook, and a pocket dictionary. It'll be, so long as you look hard enough, no more than a fiver, and will offer you so much more than this cheap, useful, but flawed offering.

Also, and I haven't factored this into the review score, the book arrived in some frankly ridiculous packaging that could barely get through the letterbox. The book is about 4 inches tall and 3 wide. Why Amazon?
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