- 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)
Tibet (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
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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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 :)
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.....
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.
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.