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Tibet (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2002

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 2nd New edition of Revised edition edition (1 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740592336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740592338
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 9.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,723,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book will be going with me on my travels in 2004. It only gets 4 stars as it's only nearly perfect for my needs.
This is due to the fact it has no CD to help with the pronunciation. However it makes up for this outlining all the tones and pronunciation in the book. If your going to Tibet it has to go with you!
The book is of a good size being small enough to stuff into your bag, durable for stuffing into your bag!
Why spend over the odds on expensive software when you only need the basics and this has that and a lot more.
It deals with etiquette, eating out, getting about, checking in and various activities and a lot more!!
Well worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, what a great little book! 29 May 2005
By Jennifer L. Paxton - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I just love this little book. I haven't got to travel to tibet as of yet, but I do attend teachings at a Drikung Kagyu monastery where I interact with a few native tibetans. I must admit, I usually chicken out when it comes to trying to really speak. But it is soooo fun to be able to find words and phrases that I already know from practices and be able to see them in other usage.

A terrific book! Ok, one thing, the print, especially the tibetan script is tiny, but then there is so much info crammed in this pocket-sized book, who can really complain. if you have a hard time with little print, throw a little reading magnifier strip in your pocket with it :)
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 May 2003
By Geri Rinna - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My main objective was learning to speak some Tibetan on a conversational level, and not just a traveler's level. The book teaches the writitng system and enough grammar to be able to correctly speak Tibetan as we speak everyday English. Nothing too deep and technical, but nothing too brief. The small book is absolutely jam-packed with words and phrases. It suits the need of both the traveler and one who wants a basic conversational ability in Tibetan. It's value exceeds the price greatly!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable When Traveling Individually in Tibet 22 Feb. 2006
By DigitalMan - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I've been to Tibet five times now, and each time I have carried my now well worn copy of this phrasebook with me. Without it, I'd be at a real loss. It is has proven wonderful for communicating with locals - not only in Lhasa, but also in far more remote parts of the country. It is safe to say that using this phrasebook has enhanced my experiences in Tibet many times over.

If I did have one criticism of it, it would be that while it does have a brief English to Tibetan Dictionary in back, it would greatly benefit from a Tibetan to English Dictionary as well. So many times Tibetans have picked up the phrasebook from me and searched in vain for a word that they are trying to find.

But that criticism is minor. If you're traveling in Tibet on your own, this phrasebooks is a must. Depending on how long you're going to be in the country, you may want to consider the LP Mandarin Phrasebook as well.....
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tibetan Phrasebook 26 Mar. 2000
By Kaonohi Kai - Published on
Format: Paperback
Like most of the books in this series, Lonely Planet attempts to offer the best of all worlds and does a fairly consistent job of it. This phrasebook provides some basic background information on the language and its grammar but I have never found their transliteration schemes to be very accurate for the average American English speaker.
Within its covers, you will find just about every essential phrase the average traveler could ever hope for. Its compact size and price make it the cheapest foray available into the Tibetan language. The Tibetan script is included throughout for those who are interested in seeing the written word or just want to point out phrases instead of attempting to pronounce them correctly.
At less than $6 USD on average, every Tibetan language enthusiast should have a copy of this phrasebook.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best you'll find for what you need 23 Dec. 2005
By Jason Stuart - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a small language book that is only meant to give you the basics this is a great book.

A warning though... This book attempts to educated the reader in a "standard Tibetan language". They mention the three main dialects of U-tsang, Amdo, and Kham and claim that great interaction between them is leading to this standardization. It has not be my experience nor have I seen other scholars even mention the existence of such a standardization. From what I have learned the three dialects are quite different to the point of mutual misunderstanding. I do not feel that this book prepared me to speak Amdo, nor would it prepare anyone else to speak either Amdo or Kham. If that is your goal, good luck finding any book that can do that. But, for most people this is irrelevant. Most interaction with Tibetans by Westerners is with central U-tsang Tibetans. I never thoought about it before, but most of the Tibetan exiles are central/U-tsang.

Upon further consultation with some Tibetans I have come to the conclusion that some mishmash of the dialects does exist in the Tibetan diaspora in India. So this book would be more useful there. Keep in mind though that the original exodus into India consisted mostly of Central Tibetans and so this new amalgamation likely favors that dialects sensibilities.
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