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Extremely Good Phrase Book For Someone With Russian!!!
on 19 September 2011
Lonely Planet have written an excellent little phrase book (with phonetics) on the Ukrainian language, but since this language uses the Russian Alphabet, it would be advisable for a tourist/ traveller to have a good grasp of the latter!!! The "down side" is the fact that the author oversimplifies how easy it is to speak this Ukrainian tongue which is totally extraneous to the Western European Roman and Romantic group of languages!
It takes a lot of practise to try and master the phrases and (as with other languages) it may be easy to ask a question, but boy! 0 boy! is it difficult to understand the response from the native speaker!
Similar to Thomas Cooke's Guidebook to Kiev, there tends to be a simplification of living and talking in the Ukraine!
But without either books one has no real assessment of the culture!!!