German Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Fast Talk) Paperback – 1 Mar 2007
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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.
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.
In particular, for all you veggies & vegans out there, it DOES have the phrase to explain that you are vegetarian or vegan.
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?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just enough to get you by without overwhelming you. Fits easily in your pocket or bag.Published 11 months ago by happy customer
Bought this for a kids school trip - handy little size that easily fits in a pocket. Very well organised by sections so easy to find what you want. Great little book.Published on 21 Feb. 2013 by AG
Bought for a weekend in Berlin and the slim book was barely adequate. Although very cheap, I would advise spending a little extra for something more substantial.Published on 21 Oct. 2012 by R Sole
Brilliant little phrase book that fits easily in to your bag and has everday phrases that you just might need.Published on 12 July 2012 by sarah1706
I bought this book in advance of a weekend trip to Berlin, having got an A level in German, but not spoken any for ten years. Read morePublished on 19 May 2011 by Rich
I purchased this book for a trip to Cologne. The book was small which meant it could fit into my very small handbag. Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 2010 by Danni