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Mongolian (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 1995

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications (1 Sept. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086442308X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864423085
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 9.5 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,451,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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National Geographic Traveler, September 2006 'Lonely Planet Phrasebooks. Portable, pocket-size, cheap, and available for almost any country you might want to visit...' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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By Hazel Nut on 25 April 2013
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I bought this for my boyfriend who is currently working in Mongolia. I am not sure how helpful it is, he is having Mongolian lessons and tells me some vowels aren't actually pronounced. So until I go out there myself I wont know. After much searching in all the major book stores and online it is the only Mongolian phrasebook I could find.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 9 July 2007
By Buzzard - Published on
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In the past year I have spent 6 months in rural Mongolia. I had the Lonely Planet Guide to Mongolia and The Lonely Planet Mongolian Phrasebook. First off, the Guide to Mongolia is excellent, my copy is basically falling to pieces I used it so much.
I was less pleased with the Phrasebook. I have some concerns about the pronunciation guide as given by other reviewers. The use of the "schwa" in Mongolian could be better described. I found the section on restaurants very poor. In the area where I was menus were in Mongolian only and the phrasebook was useless trying to decipher the menu.The phrasebook would be enhanced if the vocabulary list included a Mongolian-English section. If you come across a Mongolian word that you want to understand the phrasebook is not much use.
In its favour, the book is cheap, portable and is written in an easy style.
5.0 out of 5 stars This little book SAVED MY LIFE!! 17 Oct. 2009
By etakate - Published on
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Absolutely loved it. When I went on a tour to the Gobi, we stayed overnight in a ger - this book helped me make friends with the local families. They really seemed to love my attempts to speak to them; it made the experience really special. And when I was trying to get to museums or across town or something, it saved my life with the taxis. Highly recommended!

PS Not to mention, this is the only phrasebook I've found for the Mongolian language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very coprehensive 9 Feb. 2003
By N. Jacobs - Published on
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Lonely Planet always publishes great phrasebooks, and this one's no different. Luckily, they provide the original cyrillic script alongside of the phonetic transcriptions, so you can actually read things while inside the country (unlike their Central Asian phrasebook, which was entirely in phonetic transcription). I haven't been to Mongolia yet, but this book is definatly coming with me when I go! Its content is very similar to their Russian phrasebook, which I found extremely useful while in Russia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Traveller Tested and Approved 12 Dec. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
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I took this phrase book to Mongolia with me in the summer of 2001 and foud it to be extremely helpful. While there is a phrase section in Lonely Planet's main book on Mongolia (which I HIGHLY recommend as an essential if travelling to Mongolia), this book was much more comprehensive. I found it very useful when trying to communicate with our non-english speaking driver when out in the middle of the Gobi desert. Even if you are unable to pronounce the words correctly, you can at least show whoever you're trying to communicate with the word you are trying to say. Mongolia is a travel experience far different from anywhere else in the world. Communication is a vital part of making that experience more enriching. For that, I recommend this phrase book.
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy the older version / Lonley Planet Mongolia 4 April 2008
By Tyler Smith - Published on
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I Just got this book and it is page for page exactly the same is the older version. I was expecting something new from this as it was pulbished in 2008 / same - save yourself a few bucks and get the older one. If your going to Mongolia a phrase book is a must have , I lived there 1 year with my wife and learned to speak mgl w/o a phrase book. There are no english to mgl phrase books in Ulaan Baatar , only cyrillic mgl to english . So if your going , I would reccomend buying either one .
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