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on 15 July 2012
I had a much earlier edition which I loved but couldn't find for our trip away so picked this up last minute.
What a mistake. You'd think useful items would be near the beginning. You'd be wrong. Instead you have a grammar section at the front...great if you want to learn the language but not so helpful when I'm trying to ask a guy if the parking is free in the street (even back home I still couldn't find anything on parking - or anything about petrol stations - what is 'fill the car up'? this book won't shed any light...). And if you want to learn the language (grammar et al) surely you wouldn't start with a phrasebook?! The pronounciation guide worked fine but the phrasebook was just far too diffiuclt to use in real-world situations. Scrabbling for please, thank you, excuse me (all sort of in the middle of the book) wasn't much fun. There are some handy phrases - on the last page and also just before the grammar. But there were some intersting choices in there too. All in all a disappointment.