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61. Lonely Planet Tibetan Phrasebook
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61. Lonely Planet Tibetan Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Tibetan Phrasebook)
by Sandup Tsering
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Asin: 1740592336
Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 357220
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Stepping out onto the Barkhor circuit, you’re swept along by a sea of chanting pilgrims. You go with the flow as the intriguing procession winds its way clockwise. You peer beyond the whirl of spinning prayer wheels and swirling prayer flags – is that the Jamkhang you can see? Turning to your neighbour on the circuit, you say…

This pocket companion is full of phrases to help you out in any situation — not just discovering Buddhist temples. You'll be talking your way around Tibet in no time.

  • master menu vocab and script
  • read up on festival rites and rituals — from incense-burning to cham dances
  • get a handle on Tibetan grammar and pronunciation
  • find your way around — by pedicab, taxi or bus
  • take your understanding of Tibetan body language to higher plains
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
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!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful!
I bought this book to get a little understanding of the Tibetan language. I got more than I expected. The phrasebook not only contains the most common phrases, but also a quick overview of the grammar and the alphabet. Since most of the Tibetans don't speak any English (expect cheapy cheapy and last price) I found this book very useful (and the Tibetans who saw me use it thought it was very amusing).
In short, it's definitely worth the $...

4-0 out of 5 stars Tibetan Phrasebook
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. ... Read more


62. Rick Steves' Spanish Phrase Book and Dictionary
by Rick Steves
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Asin: 1566915244
Catlog: Book (2003-05)
Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
Sales Rank: 49506
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From ordering tapas in Madrid to making new friends in Costa del Sol, it helps to speak some of the native tongue. Rick Steves, bestselling author of travel guides to Europe, offers well-tested phrases and key words to cover every situation a traveler is likely to encounter. This handy guide provides key phrases for use in everyday circumstances, complete with phonetic spelling; an English-Spanish and Spanish-English dictionary; the latest information on European currency and rail transportation, and even a tear-out cheat sheet for continued language practice as you wait in line at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Informative, concise, and practical, Rick Steves' Spanish Phrase Book and Dictionary is an essential item for any traveler's mochila. ... Read more


63. Schaum's Outline of Software Engineering
by DavidGustafson
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Asin: 0071377948
Catlog: Book (2002-06-24)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 85245
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Designed to assist students and professors in software engineering courses and degree programs, Schaum's Outlinne of Software Engineering presents the theory and techniques of software engineering as a series of steps that students can apply to complete any software project successfully. An ideal supplement to all leading textbooks, it provides more than 200 detailed problems with step-by-step solutions, clear, concise explanations of all relevant concepts and applications, and complete coverage of the material taught in the course.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Concise, yet thorough descriptions of software engineering
Learning a subject from a Schaum's outline is generally a difficult endeavor. With the emphasis on solved problems and very little explanatory text, there is not a great deal of depth to the coverage. I have used many of them over the years as a source of problems. Sometimes these problems were a supplement to self-study using other more detailed works and other times I have used them as inspiration for classroom examples and test questions.
I used this outline as a source of ideas for topics to cover in my software engineering class in the Spring semester of 2004. What I found most helpful about the problems is that they are concise. By examining a solved problem, I can see at a glance what the problem needs to cover and possible ways to organize the presentation. I did not take problems directly from the book, if the topic is to be covered as an example in class, then it is necessary to include more explanation. For example, I spent some time on Metrics for Object-Oriented Design (MOOD) in the class and the section in this book was very helpful. However, understanding the elements of MOOD requires detailed knowledge of object-oriented concepts such as encapsulation, inheritance and polymorphism.
While necessarily brief, the coverage in the book is thorough. Nearly all of the areas considered core to the study of software engineering are mentioned. With plenty of charts and graphs to illustrate them, this book is a solid, albeit limited educational tool. ... Read more


64. Lonely Planet Baltic States Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Baltic States Phrasebook)
by Eva Aras, Inna Feldbach, Jana Teteris, Alan Trei
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Asin: 1864503696
Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 79181
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Converse with the locals in their own language as you explore the fascinating Baltic countries. Sample some Latvian pîragi, ride a trolliga around Talinn and know what to do when someone shouts Iðgeriam! or Iki dugno! In Lithuania. Packed with tips and cultural information, this handy phrasebook will help you make the most of your Baltic travel adventure.

  • covers Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian
  • clear and concisegrammar sections for each language
  • easy to use pronunciation guides and transliterations throughout
  • indispensable information about local festivals and holidays
  • essential language for camping, sightseeing and getting around
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4-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Helpful
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone spending more than a week in the Baltics! Last year, I spent a semester in Lithuania, and this book made the transition much easier! From going to the pharmacy to buy flu medication, to trying to find out where the outdoor market was, to telling a doctor that I had hurt my knee -- this book was constantly by my side and helped me be very independent while in a foriegn country. I was also able to learn a lot of phrases that I wouldn't have in my Lithuanian class. My only complaint is that sometimes the phonetic guide was a bit confusing, but this rarely interfered with my communication (if it does, you can just show the phrase to the person you are trying to speak with).

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this little phrase book!
Actually, I love all "Lonely Planet" phasebooks and travel guides. You can't go wrong with them. These are the road warriors in our collection. They are worn, used and helpful! I want to own stock in Lonely Planet!

So you ask, "isn't there a later edition available?" Don't let that stop you. They are using a winning format and when it comes to speaking at least Lithuanian, little has changed (Lithuanian is a really, really, really old language!)

The book is concise and compact (3.5 x 5 x 1/2). It easily fits in any pocket. That is a major selling point. It is the perfect size to take along.

It has an abreviated pronunciation guide compared the single language versions and no dictionary. That comes form having to divide the space between three languages, so it can't go as in depth. Still,all the essentials are here. If you are planning a few days in each place, you'll be fine.

By the way, when you go to the Baltics, look for a copy of the "In Your Pocket Series" available at the airport or in the major hotels. It will be a great help to you. You can also find it online through a simple web search.

4-0 out of 5 stars It made me curious
This book made me plan my 2-weeks summer-vacation in Estonia. ... Read more


65. Colloquial Mongolian: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series)
by Alan J. K. Sanders, Zh Bat-Ireedui
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Asin: 0415289491
Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Routledge
Sales Rank: 250464
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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This paperback in the Colloquial Language Learning Series is available individually or as part of a pack. For more information, please refer to the cassette pack listing for this language. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars demanding and remarkably informative
This is a highly commendable effort, especially given its status as just about the only readily available Mongolian textbook out there. If you're curious about what's going on in this enormously fascinating yet unfortunately neglected language, it probably wouldn't hurt to know that it's going to take a lot of determination and far more than a mild interest in Mongolian to get much of anything from this extremely demanding and surprisingly thorough text.

While Colloquial Mongolian is based around a ton of pretty practical dialogues, the text may come off as being heavily focused on grammar, especially early on. This is probably a necessary evil as Mongolian grammar isn't the kind of thing that's just going to make sense after glancing at a couple of passages, but still a lot of people are going to be turned off by being expected to puzzle through sections on `iterative verbal nouns' and `imperfective converbs' before you learn how to say `goodbye.' Probably the best bet is to simply ignore the terminology and just concentrate on the examples given. Point is there's no real need to get hung up on some of these explanations and a good move might be to remind yourself that Mongolians don't care when their suffixes are reflexive, in the same way that anyone able to read these reviews probably knows the difference between the words I, me, we and us without necessarily being aware of the `correct' terms for their cases or person. Like most of the offerings from the colloquial series, this book is content with fabricating conversations then tacking on vocabulary lists, leaving the responsibility for reviewing all this information up to the reader, who has to look elsewhere for reinforcement. Since you're gonna need all the help you can get, the grammar sections are good practice even if sometimes the Mongolian may be easier to understand than the English, but hey, that's kinda a good thing.

The dialogues are situational and begin with fun little idioms. They cover basic greetings, shopping, hotels, ordering food and so on, then move quickly into travel itineraries and visits to herdsmen, where we get hefty doses of cultural and historical information. The good news is that translations are provided for just about every sentence in the book so when you find yourself frustrated by the pacing (we're on to modernized excerpts from the Secret History of the Mongols by chapter 10), or just need a break, sitting back with the English versions of the dialogues makes for some very interesting reading.

As other reviewers have noted the description of Mongolian pronunciation here leaves a lot to be desired, but you're not going to have to work through too many conversations before you realize that coughing up a satisfactorily complete rundown of Cyrillic as forced upon just about the least Slavic language imaginable would be tall order, and it's probably best to just work at it the hard way while trying to juggle all the exceptions and fleeting or hidden letters as they come. With such a user-unfriendly alphabet the tapes are absolutely imperative, and they include all the dialogues (about 4 a chapter), but, unaccountably, none of the vocabulary lists. It's a glaring and unfortunate omission because recording the new words would really help with memorization and with familiarizing yourself with the script, plus there's enough extraneous English banter on the tapes that could have been cut out to make more room. Also it should be noted that readers interested in the older vertical script will be disappointed, as the book only provides a standard letter chart and two versions of the same uniquely confusing paragraph, which most likely won't be enough to lead to any kind of literacy.

While not really a criticism, the biggest thing working against this book is that it's probably a little too ambitious. The text is super dense and gives you more than you would need for a visit to Mongolia, and yet isn't quite accessible enough to be 100% satisfactory as a self-study aid. This would, though, be a great textbook for class use if you're lucky enough to be in that position. It's still an impressive work and as packed with information, linguistic and otherwise, as these things get.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sound, but far from clear
What a book! The author takes a grammatical approach that ought to have made things easy for the language learner. Instead, he has not thought to explain terms to readers less familiar than his students at SOAS. Worse, he introduces tenses and does not try to give the user a clear idea of their range and use beyond the name he's given them. However, the book appears comprehensive and is very valuable. But why didn't he look at Lewis's old Turkish intro in the Teach Yourself series, which manages to convey an equally complex language in an equally grammatical way without tears. DO BUY THE CASSETTES - the sound descriptions are inadequate. Still, I am persevering with it - it seems the best book in English.

2-0 out of 5 stars It's not a good colloquial book
Despite the book title, it is not a book that someone who's not studying it professionally should take. With very little preparation, the author goes right into discussing complex grammar and noun cases. The dialog is very formal and will not be very useful in normal conversation. It's better for the scholars than the average speakers.

The cassetts are generally clear, however, because of the fast pace, it's very hard to follow for someone who does not have the mongolian ear.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not quuite for a true beginner
I was disappointed with this approach to teaching the language.The book goes from explaining grammar and pronunciation right into dialog, with no pronunciation or sentence structure breakdown accompanying the dialogsentences.Unless you take to the cyrillic alphabet right away, there willbe a lot of flipping back and forth to try to figure out the words.Thepace presented was just not a beginner's pace.The spoken words on thetapes are not always clear and unless you have the book in front of you ina quiet room, they're difficult to follow.The overall contents of thepackage may be thorough but for someone truly starting from scratch, thisset was not a good first step.I couldn't get past lesson one withoutgiving up in frustration.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best Mongolian textbook available!
This is a very thorough book and provides an excellent foundation.It familiarizes students with Mongolian structure in a very natural way. An excellent choice! ... Read more


66. Twi
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Asin: 0671579541
Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: Pimsleur
Sales Rank: 144683
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars If you are starting from scatch, buy this because...........
It's a surprisingly easy way to learn some basic Twi. In terms of content, there isn't a great deal here. There are 10 lessons on 5 tapes - each lesson lasts about 30 minutes. I had to listen to each tape about 4 or 5 times before I really mastered it. But, when I went to Ghana, I was able to ask directions, ask for food and beer, tell a taxi driver where I wanted to go etc. (much to the amusement of every Twi speaker I met). As with learning most languages, it's one thing to be understood but quite another to understand any reply that comes back at you. Pimsleur will help you to be understood - after that you are on your own. (But, since almost everyone in Ghana speaks good English, they will probably help you out). There is also a very useful booklet that accompanies the tapes which lists every word or phrase used (in English-Twi and Twi-English) and tells you in which lesson it first appears. You are told on the tapes to just listen and repeat what you hear, and only refer to the booklet for the reading exercises. However, sometimes the speakers go fairly quickly and it's a little difficult to pick up what they are saying. I found it easier to look up the phrases in the book as they were being introduced, because seeing the words written down gave me more of an idea of the sounds I should be aiming for. In short, this course is a great place to start if you want to learn a little Twi.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Step in the Right Direction
The Language program is excellent for those Ghanaians who struggle with their native language. It can add to whatever basic knowledge you may have, or it can guide you if you have no baseline to draw from. It's limitation is that it may be slow to start for those who know some Twi already, but it builds confidence, and it will help you the next time you're among Ghanaians!

4-0 out of 5 stars A brilliant method of learning.
As long as you ae determined to learn an foreign language, this course is for you. It lays the basic foundations for more progressed learning and you really do remember the language meanings. My only criticism is that because Twi is an highly vocal language where sounds have real meaning, some parts of the tape do not take time to break-down some of the words being spoken. Overall a good priced learning aid. ... Read more


67. Voices from the Language Classroom : Qualitative Research in Second Language Education (Cambridge Language Teaching Library)
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Asin: 0521559049
Catlog: Book (1996-02-23)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Sales Rank: 72164
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This collection of nineteen original papers is about what really happens in language classrooms, both those in which language is the topic of instruction and those where it functions primarily as the medium of instruction. The authors utilize a variety of research methods, with an emphasis on the collection and analysis of data. Chapters investigate such issues as language-related anxiety, curriculum renewal, classroom interaction, teachers' on-line decision-making, and sociopolitical concerns affecting life in schools. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Identifies and voices complexities involved in SL studies.
Voices From The Classroom is a collection of international stories written and presented in a naturalistic inquiry paradigm and are examples of qualitative research. The editors, Kathleen Bailey and David Nunan, are language professors and researchers from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California and ESADE Idiomas in Barcelona, Spain respectively. Bailey and Nunan write two of nineteen articles that comprise the book's chapters. Seventeen other educators and researchers were invited to contribute to the book; however, only unpublished stories were accepted. The articles are grouped according to thematic sections which include: 1.) Teaching as thinking, doing, and interpreting, 2.) Classroom dynamics and interaction, 3.) The classroom and beyond, 4.) Curricular issues, and 5.) Sociopolitical perspectives. At the end of each section the reader is provided with 'questions and tasks' that seek to highlight or consider issues and concerns that surfaced in each section. Sections one and two consider issues and concerns voiced by teachers in the field. Section three addresses language experiences outside of the classroom and, and what effect, if any, do these experiences have on learning a language. Section four looks specifically at the complexities of developing, implementing, and evaluating a language curriculum. Section five considers a more global aspect of teaching and learning and situates these studies within certain geographical, political, and social parameters. Perhaps the greatest strength of Voices From The Classroom is that it introduces the reader to various types of qualitative research such as the use of metaphors, action research, ethnography, case study and narrative dairy. The reader is presented with a rich selection of data samplings which include, but are not limited to, field notes, lesson plans and transcripts, video/audio tapings, teachers' and learners' journals, teacher and student interviews, teacher/researcher narratives, and stimulated recall protocols. The editors explain that these samplings provide the data necessary for conducting qualitative research, and for permitting data triangulation, or the notion that two or more perspectives of a given phenomena are essential to accurately capture and present any type of discourse identifying or explaining a particular phenomenon. Early on, the reader recognizes how qualitative research seems to lend itself to research conducted and situated within a foreign or second language context. Just as individual languages are salient and fluid so too must be the methodologies used to investigate their realities. As with any publication, authors and editors are frequently asked to make revisions to materials submitted for publication. Unfortunately, these revisions, more often that not, require that authors and editors take serious steps to reduce the number of pages, sentences or words used to recount an experience or event. Consequently, certain studies in Voices From the Classroom seem to be more developed than others. Nonetheless, the goals and objectives set forth by the editors are achieved. To paraphrase Bailey and Nunan, the book is about learning and teaching languages as the are experienced and understood by language teachers and students, and it provides opportunities for investigating and revisiting many aspects particular to language instruction and learning. Voices From The Classroom would be suitable for teacher educators, teachers in training, researchers of foreign or second language education, and certainly anyone interested in learning a foreign or second language. Additionally, it would be a good textbook for a seminar course in foreign or second language education. It would certainly provide an ideal forum to discuss and consider individual issues and concerns as presented in each story. Likewise, it would also provide an interesting forum to examine and consider issues that have not been fully developed, perhaps even omitted, or simply not addressed at all in the stories. Sometimes the most essential information of a story is the portion that is not told, or the voice that is not heard. ... Read more


68. Webster's New World Hebrew Dictionary : Hebrew/English-English/Hebrew (Transliterated)
by HayimBaltsan
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Asin: 0671889915
Catlog: Book (1994-06-01)
Publisher: Webster's New World
Sales Rank: 83156
Average Customer Review: 2.62 out of 5 stars
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This innovative dictionary makes the Hebrew language more accessible to students by eliminating the formidable barrier of the Hebrew alphabet. It's easy to locate words quickly with the Webster's New World Hebrew-English Dictionary, because the Hebrew-to-English section is alphabetized according to the transliterated English spelling. The English version is marked for correct pronunciation and followed immediately by the Hebrew spelling of the word. This breakthrough work of linguistic scholarship is packed with useful features that guarantee rapid progress, even for those with no familiarity with the Hebrew language. It contains:

  • Extensive grammatical information including parts of speech, variant verb forms, and the formation of feminines and plurals
  • Listings of idioms and compounds and indications of colloquialisms and slang
  • Common variations in pronunciations
  • Geographical, historical and cultural entries
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2-0 out of 5 stars Helpful for beginners, but you can do better!
This dictionary disintegrates almost from day one. Because of its thickness, the pages soon separate from the spine, necessitating the use of rubberbands to hold it together.

Although this book was helpful to me when I first began my Hebrew studies, I should have taken a few minutes to learn the Hebrew vowel pointings (nikud marks) and then purchase a regular Hebrew dictionary rather than a transliterated type.

I have the Alcalay dictionary, and I love it. It is FAR more useful than this paperback dictionary. Advice: Go with the Alcalay, if you can find one (out of print right now!).

4-0 out of 5 stars Truly an Excellent Addition
Having shopped just about every bookstore on the West Coast and purchased several other Hebrew/ English dictionaries, and several on learning Hebrew, I can -- contrary to some reviewers -- recommend this book strongly.

Nothing else comes close in the ease of use, clear print, grammer, and pronunciation guides. There is no other book I have seen which comes close to being as useful, a fact the other reviewers fail to note.

Perhaps that's a sad statement on the lack of popularity of learning Hebrew for adult readers, but it's true. I do agree, however, that you need other books to learn Hebrew. A dictionary is not the best choice for that.

Despite the other negative reviews, in my opinion this is a very good dictionary, and have no trouble in recommending it as your first choice amongst Hebrew/ English dictionaries.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not usefull at all.
I presumed, that I would be able to find thousands verbs that start from lee... (infinitive), but found just no more then 50-60. I was unable to find such words, like "leerdof", "leez'of", "leez'om", and hundred others. I was able to find "leerdof" only from another part of book, when I was looking for tranlsation of english word "follow".

I believe this book is very unusefull for anyone.

1-0 out of 5 stars Try the Oxford
This is a very poor buy, it is only good for joyriders who have little serious use for a Hebrew Dictionary.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for novices
For those of us still getting used to spelling in Hebrew, this is a great help because the words are transliterated. ... Read more


69. Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian
by Raymond Faulkner
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Asin: 0900416327
Catlog: Book (1962-01)
Publisher: Griffith Institute
Sales Rank: 107003
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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This is a handy, one-volume dictionary of 5,400 carefully selected words likely to be encountered by both students and advanced scholars in the course of their regular work. Each entry consists of the most common hieroglyphic form of the word, accompanied by its transliteration, translation, references to texts where it occurs, its less usual hieroglyphic variants, and phrases in which it is used. The entire book is hand-transcribed by Faulkner in his clear and elegant hieroglyphic hand. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Middle Egyptian dictionary in English around!
This dictionary offers almost the entire corpus of vocabulary of Middle Egyptian literary texts that a student will encounter. No, it is *not* a complete corpus of ALL Middle Egyptian words, but it does cover the standard texts that are used in learning the language (Story of Sinuhe, the Shipwrecked Sailor, etc.). Even advanced students and professionals use this one volume work when the standard multi-volume dictionary (written in German) is a bit much.

Some reviewers here have complained bitterly that the book is autographed (i.e., written by hand, not typeset). This book appeared first long before computers and computer typesetting. At that time (and often even today) it was standard for books with huge sections of Egyptian hieroglyphs to be written by hand, including the five volume German dictionary mentioned above. Yes, hot metal type was available, but with a press set-up fee of several thousand British pounds, it was rarely used. Moreover, not every hieroglyph is available in type (even in computer fonts). Fortunately Faulkner and his assistants have a very clear and legible hand and offer no problem in this regard.

The only minor draw back is that the book is somewhat dated by today's standards (originally published in 1962), but not overly so. A few words have different transliterations today, and of course new meanings and newly discovered words are not given. However, unless you can read German, this book is well worth its price and will certainly handle the sorts of texts serious students will be presented with. It is by far better than Budge's horrendously out of date -- and down right inaccurate -- dictionary.

2-0 out of 5 stars Is this a joke?
Can anyone please tell me why this book appears to have been HANDWRITTEN? Maybe someone thought it would just look cool to publish an entire book by photocopying Faulkner's notes. The book is somewhat useful and is good for translating certain stubborn Egyptian texts, but frankly I expected much more. The book seems literally thrown together. Add to this the fact that there is NO English to Egyptian cross-reference. You have to buy the supplemental reference at additional cost (review on that coming soon).

An Egyptian hieroglyphic dictionary is the single most important tool a student can possess. Either the publishers have some specific copyright that prevents someone else from writing a similar dictionary, or there is simply no market for one because professors receive a kickback for requiring Faulkner's book. I recommend this book for one reason: It is the only one that exists.

5-0 out of 5 stars This one is the best
I learned to read Middle Egyptian using primarily Alan Gardiner's Middle Egyptian Grammar, Adrian deBuck's Reading Book, and this dictionary. Unfortunately, Amazon does not seem to carry deBuck, which is too bad, because deBuck is a book of hieroglyphic texts for the student, containing all the important Middle Egyptian stuff: The Story of Sinuhe, the Story of the Eloquent Peasant, etc. To show you how well Faulker and deBuck go together, I need only say that when Faulkner gave a reference for the particular definition of the word I was looking up out of deBuck, as often as not the reference turned out to be the very text I was reading - a pretty clear indication that I was on the right track!

Use Miriam Lichtheim's delightful translations to keep you on the track as far as the overall sense goes, but for the right word at the right time, Faulkner and deBuck go together like ham on rye.

deBuck is from Ares Publisher Inc. Google for Ares Publishers and you'll find them. Also, one reviewer complained that there is no reverse English-to-Egyptian index in Faulkner. True, but there's one published independently, and Amazon has that. I don't have the reference at hand but a little Amazon searching will turn it up.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Egyptian Language Dictionary par excellance
I love this book--and let me tell you why. If you get the chance, pick it up. Feel that? It's light, easy to carry, and nicely transportable. If you've ever had to use the Wörterbuch der aegyptischen Sprache (Dictionary of the Egypian Language) by Erman with its seven lovely volumes (minus 'Belegstellen') you know what I mean. And best of all it's in English, elliminating the need to turn to the useless Budge dictionary if you don't happen to speak German. While Faulkner's dictionary will not have every single word you seek as you translate (hence 'A Concise Dictionary'), it contains more than enough to get you through a text. And most importantly there are citations within each entry as well as occasional examples of words within idiomatic contexts. Overall, highly recommended, as this is the best and most accessible Egyptian language dictionary around.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still the best Egyptian dictionary around
The Faulkner's is still the best Egyptian dictionary around. In my opinion it's more concise, more organized, more accurate, and more objectively supported by epigraphic research than the Budge. My only complaint, and it's a minor one at that considering the use to which it's most commonly put, is that there is no English to Egyptian section. Who knows? I might want to write letters in Egyptian, and searching for just that "right" word would be so much easier with an English to Egyptian portion! ... Read more


70. Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don't Tell You
by Jay Rubin
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Making Sense of Japanese is the fruit of one foolhardy American's thirty-year struggle to learn and teach the Language of the Infinite. Previously known as Gone Fishin', this book has brought Jay Rubin more feedback than any of his literary translations or scholarly tomes, "even if," he says, "you discount the hate mail from spin-casters and the stray gill-netter."

To convey his conviction that "the Japanese language is not vague," Rubin has dared to explain how some of the most challenging Japanese grammatical forms work in terms of everyday English. Reached recently at a recuperative center in the hills north of Kyoto, Rubin declared, "I'm still pretty sure that Japanese is not vague. Or at least, it's not as vague as it used to be. Probably."

The notorious "subjectless sentence" of Japanese comes under close scrutiny in Part One. A sentence can't be a sentence without a subject, so even in cases where the subject seems to be lost or hiding, the author provides the tools to help you find it. Some attention is paid as well to the rest of the sentence, known technically to grammarians as "the rest of the sentence."

Part Two tackles a number of expressions that have baffled students of Japanese over the decades, and concludes with Rubin's patented technique of analyzing upside-down Japanese sentences right-side up, which, he claims, is "far more restful" than the traditional way, inside-out.

"The scholar," according to the great Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume, is "one who specializes in making the comprehensible incomprehensible." Despite his best scholarly efforts, Rubin seems to have done just the opposite.

Previously published in the Power Japanese series under the same title and originally as Gone Fishin' in the same series. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars As necessary as air
This book is one of the most helpful take on the explaining the Japanese language I've ever read. The humour keeps things interesting and prevents you from putting it away even when you reach a section that is difficult to understand.

However, if you are an Asian and speak your mother tongue fluently, this book has some areas that are probably already obvious to you. Things like invisible subjects are frequently used in Asian languages and you have probably mastered it subconsciously since you were five. That is not to say that the book is not useful, but it is written with English native speakers in mind.

One small complain about the book: I have been reading hiragana and kanji right from the start of learning Japanese, so reading romanji is somewhat of a pain. I had an easier time reading the forewords by the author's Japanese wife than the romanji examples he gave. It will be helpful if the examples can include both hiragana/kanji and romanji versions.

Well despite the tiny flaw, I can say that this book IS going to be necessary. A lot of Japanese teacher make up their own explanations of certain grammar components that might seem logical at first, but later on you will be confused when new things are taught that SEEM to contradict the previous rules. This book will clear up all the things that your teacher WILL mess up. One fine example: my teacher told us that "n-da" is simply to add more emotions to the statement. Well turns out it wasn't that simple.

Get this book. You will need it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great treasure for intermediate students.
Having been studying Japanese on and off for, oh, nine years now, I have learned that not all educational tools and methods work for everybody. People have their own way to learn languages, and in my case the straight-up textbook approach never entirely succeeded. I lived and studied in Japan for several years, and that helped in conversation and in terms of immersion. I have purchased everything from particle guides and Kanji dictionaries and even children's books to help my study, and all of them help in ways, but it is a very piecemeal way to learn.

And I guess that is how it is when learning languages. Only the true geniuses of language can grasp these things in a ready and total fashion. And unfortunately for me, this piecemeal approach left me missing things from my study of the language. And then Jay Rubin stepped in.

Jay Rubin knows the Japanese language. He teaches it, and is a translator of Japanese literature. (Most famously he translated into English Murakami Haruki's "The Wind-up Bird Chronicle" and "Norwegian Wood", as well as writing a biography of Murakami.) To steal a line from Lawrence of Arabia, "He knows his stuff."

And so it is that Rubin decided to stuff all that stuff into a book for those of us who struggle with the more delicate grammatical issues of the Japanese language. And he does so with brilliance and wit and ease of use that I have yet to have seen surpassed. "Making Sense of Japanese" is indeed a precious little gem in my collection of Japanese learning aids that fills in so many holes in the facade of my shoddy language capacity. For instance:

Wa and Ga - Never before has there been a more thorough and easy to remember explanation of the delicate differences between these two particles. They are a great bane to learners of Japanese, and Rubin dedicates 20 pages to truly making sense of them.

The Myth of the Subjectless Sentence - and how it is a true myth. Which is followed by a really nifty look into the differences in pronoun use in Japanese and English.

Receiving and Giving - and all the verbs that pertain to those actions.

Causitives and Passives - and how they combine at times.

Tame - Rubin succinctly explains the two forms of "tame" and gives examples.

Tsumori - and how it too has a double use.

And so much more! All told in a very lucid style and sharp wit that is sorely missing from most study guides. The final part of the book is dedicated to taking a very complex sentence in Japanese and breaking it apart and showing exactly how it forms a full statement. To some this may seem a little tedious and an over-indulgence in explaining in English what is fundamentally the properties of another language, but I have always felt in my studies that most texts and aids are lacking in easy to understand explanations. If you get frustrated with what seem to be overly simple and/or boring explanations of some very important grammar elements of Japanese, this little book is a marvel. But like any other language guide, these lessons must be studied to have impact. Though Rubin makes it very easy to read these passages over and over.

5-0 out of 5 stars There's more than grammar to a language
This is a precious little book.

Most of what I'd say has been said in reviews above, so I'll just add that the great value of this book turns out so much more if (like me) you're studying Japanese on textbooks written for English-speaking students, but English isn't your own mother tongue.

For sure, the content of the book is very useful by itself, but for me it had the additional benefit of letting me better understand my English-speaking fellow students (and maybe even teachers') common myths and difficulties with the subject!

The point is that those very aspects of the language unavoidably tend to be either less-well- or over-explained in English textbooks, sometimes leaving you wondering what's it all about...

All that imho of course! ;-)

P.S. I'd recommend this book to essentially anyone, not necessariliy "intermediate level" students only like hinted in other reviews. The topics are very general in nature and clearly presented with examples, you can and should read it through at a very early stage in your study!

5-0 out of 5 stars Explains the seemingly unexplainable
This book by Jay Rubin humorously explains some of the most seemingly esoteric aspects of the Japanese language to the intermediate student of Japanese. Some of the most useful concepts that Rubin explains are ha and ga, giving and receiving, passive, causative, hodo, and many more. After a casual reading of this book I felt that certain aspects of the Japanese language seemed to make more sense than ever before. I would recommend this book to any third year student of Japanese.

5-0 out of 5 stars Totally deserving of these 5 stars
When I ordered this book, I hadn't read it, or even seen the cover. I just picked it up because I'm anxious to learn more daily Japanese conversation. While this book didn't teach me the slang and modern speech I'm wanting to learn, I did find it to be extremely useful. I'm not finished yet, but this book has so far been very informative and easy to read. The writing is excellent, and it's entertaining to read. It explains how "subjectless" sentences work and how to use "wa" and "ga" properly, amomg other things of course. If you're a student of Japanese, and you want to actually understand the logic of the language instead of simply memorizing vocabulary, this book is a must-have. ... Read more


71. Dari: Dari-English English-Dari Dictionary & Phrasebook (Hippocrene Dictionary & Phrasebooks)
by Nicholas Awde, Asmatullah Sarwan, Saeid Davatolhagh, Sami Aziz
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72. Penton's German 24 (Pentons 24)
by Penton Overseas
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73. A Guide to Old English
by Bruce Mitchell, Fred C. Robinson
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For more than thirty years, A Guide to Old English has been the standard introduction to Old English language and literature. This updated sixth edition retains the structure and style of the popular previous editions, and includes two new, much-requested texts: Wulf and Eadwacer and Judith.The book consists of two parts. Part One comprises an introduction to the Old English language, including orthography and pronunciation, inflexions, word formation, an authoritative section on syntax. This is followed by an introduction to Anglo-Saxon studies, which discusses language, literature, history, archaeology, and ways of life. Sound changes are treated as they become relevant in understanding apparent irregularities in inflexion. Part Two contains verse texts, most of them complete, which fully reveal the range that Old English poetry offers in mood, intensity, humour, and natural observation. Full explanatory notes accompany all the texts, and a detailed glossary is provided.The new edition of this highly-acclaimed Guide will be welcomed by teachers and by anyone wanting to gain a greater understanding and enjoyment of the language and literature of the Anglo-Saxons. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect guide
This book is brilliantly thought out and executed. It makes learning Old English wonderful challenging fun. By far the best book of it's kind available.

2-0 out of 5 stars Confusing and Vague
Well...MOST of the information is there but you have to hunt to find it as it it very poorly organized. They use some vary strange comparisons to illustrate pronunciation, so if you can't speak German of French you'll just have to guess. Many of the passages are worded so strangely that they need to be reread 3 or 4 times.

5-0 out of 5 stars A master piece, however, not as layman friendly as could be
This is a damn good book. Not as egghead as most books about Old Saxon, however, you still need to know English on a college level. Most books on Old English are written for people with English majors and minors in French, German, and Latin.
This book is better than most, but it is no Old English For Dummies. It is one of the better books though.
Buy it! Wyatt Kaldenberg

5-0 out of 5 stars Fulfils its stated goals admirably.
Mitchell and Robinson's 'A Guide to Old English' is exactly what it claims to be: it smooths the path before the would-be reader of Old English and points out both the obstacles and the areas of interest along the way. It guides the reader through the highways and byways of Old English, and allows him to rapidly gain a reading knowledge of Old English, and some understanding of the workings of the language. Its goal is acquaintance with the tools necessary to decode actual Old English texts, rather than mastery of the language, insofar as composition is a topic omitted altogether. No attempt is made to train the reader to produce Old English.

This guide is not a language textbook in the usual sense of the word. It does not progressively present points of grammar and lists of vocabulary, followed by relevant exercises and translations. Instead, it comprises two parts. The first gives a fairly detailed overview of the grammar and historical context of Old English, whilst the second contains prose and verse texts, accompanied by copious notes, for the reader to attempt. The focus of the first part is not so much the acquisition of paradigms and rules as familiarisation with the general structure of Old English. The section on syntax, very important in Old English, is remarkably comprehensive. The collection of texts in the second part is, in my opinion, well chosen, and representative of the breath of texts in Old English, without dismissing the most famous texts. One particularly useful feature of the guide is its glossary, which contains every word found in the readings, and, for every occurrence of a word in the texts, its part is indicated in the glossary. This simplifies the task of deciphering a text enormously, and obviates the necessity for a separate dictionary.

This sixth edition is not greatly different to the previous editions: minor errors have been corrected, a few small additions on minor points of grammar have been made. The most important change is perhaps the addition of a few texts, e.g., the well-known 'Wulf and Eadwacer', but, all in all, the previous editions were already excellent, and there is no cogent reason to purchase this edition if a previous one is already on hand.

In short, then, Mitchell and Robinson have produced a remarkably usable guide to Old English that is at once instructive and interesting. One could do much worse than to acquire this work if rapid acquisition of reading ability in Old English is desired. As noted by a previous review, the book is not really suited to philologists seeking to understand the history and evolution of English and its place within the Germanic languages. As far as I can tell, this is its single greatest shortcoming, but it doesn't detract much from its purpose. I would heartily recommend this book as an introduction to Old English.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for English majors, not so great for linguists
_A_Guide_to_Old_English_ deserves its popularity in schools and is probably the best self-contained course in the subject for the general student of English. If you're an independent learner who's gotten it into your head to learn OE, this is also a good choice; in fact, the authors have opened their hearts to autodidacts and help you navigate your way through the book. I would hope, however, that you have already studied at least one inflected language (German is ideal). This book really should be subtitled _A_Reader's_Guide_, since the authors aim is to prepare beginners to decipher actual texts, not just memorize paradigms. To this end they acknowledge up front that many of the declensions are confused in the MSS; they note words likely to cause trouble and warn of places where singular and plural (or different cases, etc.) are likely to be mistaken for each other. The section on syntax is much fuller than is typical of first grammars--evidence of wise heads, as I see it, since syntax is much more important in OE than most students and perhaps some teachers realize. Also included is a long list of conjunctive phrases, a hallmark of OE and as important to know as all the subordinating constructions are in Latin. The reading selections are judiciously chosen, edited, and ordered. Delightful, and uncommon in works of this nature, are the occasional glimpses of the authors' personality that break through now and then: moments of humane warmth, or impatience with bumptious scholars (no names).

What this book lacks, however, is much historical or comparative linguistic detail. You would never know there was such a thing as i-stems, for example. The u-declension of nouns is identified by name, but no such honor is awarded the r-declension. If memory serves, the section on syntax, lengthy and helpful as it is, rarely draws the parallels with German that the reader might be interested to know. Thus students interested in Germanics--the ol' time philology--will need to supplement Mitchell and Robinson very early on in their studies. (If such things are of no interest to you, you may upgrade this review to 5 stars...but shame on you!!) ... Read more


74. Colloquial Bulgarian: A Complete Language Course (Colloquial Series (Multimedia))
by George D. Papantchev
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This is the most up-to-date and complete Bulgarian language resource available anywhere. Using a full range of techniques, the course takes the learner from complete beginner to a high degree of fluency. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful to get a good basis in Bulgarian
I am French, I speak English, Spanish and Dutch and I had only 5 month to learn the language (as I was bestman for the wedding of my friends in Sofia).

So I work a lot in a short period of time to be able to express myself in a decent Bulgarian and to understand Bulgarian people as much as possible.

I gave four stars for the following reasons:
- the combination book+tapes is effective (tapes are complementary)
- the book is written in cyrillic
- the progression is good for someone interested in learning the language seriously (not always easy though)
- exercices are well-done, lexic at the end is really helpful

I did not want to give it five stars because:
- the text written at the end of each chapter went too far on some topics (would have preferred to get a wider range of basic words/expressions)
- overtime you get bored with the lesson scheme, it's hard to stay motivated
- when I was in Bulgaria, I could not read newspapers which had small Cyrillic letters (capital and small cyrillic letters are different, the book only uses the capital ones).

A few advices for people who wish to study the language with this book:
- you will need a Bulgarian teacher/friend to help you (I could not have gone through this book without the help of my bulgarian friend)
- get a dictionary, a phrase book (for basic words/expressions)
- tapes will not help you much to understand Bularian. I listened to the Bulgarian National Radio (on the internet), bought some DVD in Bulgarian, bought Bulgarian music (and printed the lyrics too)
- optionnally get an extra grammar book with more details and examples

Fabrice

4-0 out of 5 stars serious (dull?) but well laid-out approach
This book/tape course has pretty much everything you will need to get to an intermediate level of proficiency. The examples of handwriting are large enough to be useful, with a couple of examples sprinkled in later chapters. One thing I like is that the dialogs at the beginning of each chapter don't have the stress accents indicated. Although this is more difficult for the student, it is the only way you will see Bulgarian written. The accents are, of course, indicated in the vocabulary sections immediately following. You have to work to remember them earlier. I don't believe that most learners will be able to use the tape semi-independently of the book, at least not for the first several chapters. The tape is well done for what it is. I do find the voice of the British English-speaking narrator to be rather annoying (the previous reviewer said it very well). Although, like all of the "Colloquial" and "Teach Yourself" series they are written by British English speakers, I found the English to be more international than most language books in these series, other than the occasional spelling of 'colour'. I find the book's grammar sections explain the often rather complex Bulgarian grammar adequately, with only a few points not totally clear. The layout of the grammar itself seems quite logical, however. The glossary at the back of the book is two-way (also English-Bulgarian), a rarity in language books. The grammatical summary at the end is useful as well. Unfortunately, I find the book a bit dry; even as language books go, it's a little on the dull side. I'd normally give a book like this only 3 stars but the fact that this book is my first choice for a beginner to Bulgarian and there is so little competition gets it bumped up a notch.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent comprehensive tutorial. Book and Audio top notch!
The "Colloquial" series of language tutorials vary in quality depending on language and author. I have to say that Colloquial Bulgarian is one of the better products in the line. Among the more beneficial features of the book is a complete sample of hand written Cyrillic characters (which can vary dramatically from typeset letters.) A very comprehensive grammar/syntax summary is included in the back of the book for those of us who need a review - in addition to the lengthy explanations in the middle chapters. Many language books which deal with non-english characters tend to introduce the reader to the language by spelling foreign words phonetically using English letters for the first few chapters. This course does NOT do this! You are forced to learn the Cyrillic characters and how they are pronounced right off the bat (which is good! You will have to do it at some point - better sooner than later!) The glossary is quite lacking, as is the case with most language tutorials so be sure to pick up a good b-e e-b dictionary. Finally, the tapes... The tapes are well done. The Bulgarian parts are spoken by the author and his family, but amazingly, the quality is very professional. They speak slowly and clearly in the earlier chapters and more quickly and conversationally in later chapters. The English is read by an extremely nervous sounding Victorian Brit who is nonetheless quite pleasant to listen to. The author is native Bulgarian. While in posession of a masterful level of prowess where English syntax is concerned, his English sentences seem stilted and frequently redundant (e.g. the nervous Brit's scripting on the tape.) As an English speaker this won't matter too terribly much as you will get the meaning I'm sure. Enjoy! ... Read more


75. Lonely Planet Farsi (Persian) Phrasebook
by Yavar Dehghani
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Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 65251
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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From mystics to musems, barbers to bazaars, and art to archaeology, jump into the event with this phrasebook.

  • extensive food section
  • transliterations throughout for easy pronunciation
  • concise grammar section geared towards immediate and practical use
  • insider tips on culture and social etiquette
  • comprehensive two-way dictionary
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2-0 out of 5 stars Farsi Phrasebook did not meet my expectations.
Sorry, but I was very disappointed in this phrasebook. Thare are only 25 topics discussed. So many of the very basic conversation elements are skipped over. There are notes on finance and banking discussion. But I was interested in easy talk. This book needed about another 25 more topics on easy converation.

4-0 out of 5 stars ketabe khub!
I liked this book a lot. I took a college-level Farsi class and found this was more helpful than any of our textbooks in our conversations. I thought the dictionary in the back was also helpful because I could follow the logic. For example, in my full dictionary, I couldn't find "pet" or "pets." This book explained that dogs especially aren't commonly kept as pets, which was interesting.

I did not like the English transliterations. I thought they were distracting. I was also learning to read and write Farsi, so I wanted to look at the print and see words, as opposed to seeing something that needed translating. Although it may have provided a good transition for someone who didn't know the alphabet, it was frustrating for me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners
This is a great little book for beginners. Unlike many phrase books or even grammar books, it does not simply romanize the phrases, but also gives the text in the native alphabet as well. It includes basic grammar lessons, sentence structure (farsi is an S-O-V language), and 2 glossaries (English and Farsi). The phrases and vocabulary sections are well-designed because they focus on the sorts of dialogues that occur when people are just getting to know one another socially and move on to the needs of travelers. Additionally, the book is interspersed with various cultural notes and also contains some poetry by the famous author Omar Khayyam in parallel text (Farsi, Romanized Farsi, and English). In my opinion, this cheap little book is packed with more than enough information and vocab for someone in their first 1 - 2 years of studying the language and is a far greater value than most of its competitors.

4-0 out of 5 stars not perfect - but close
Great description of grammar (Persian and English, by the way), and the right number of regular and irregular verbs are given in table form so you can see the differences easily. Also they have some excellent recommendations for how to get started with speaking a new language, which I only wish could be taught to more kids at school level. Two things let this book down just slightly: (i) they drop the "spelt-out-in-words" translations showing the Persian word order a little too early in the book, and (ii) the dictionary at the back frustratingly omits quite a few of the words encountered in the course of the book. Recommended, but if they write a second edition and fix up a few of these things then it will be just about perfect !

5-0 out of 5 stars Best dictionary for English speakers
Even though I've "advanced" through most of the vocabulary and grammar in this guide, I use this as a supplement to my other Persian-English dictionaries because of the handy explanations of grammatical rules. The dictionary in the back is extremely useful, with both an English to Persian section and a section with the phonetic pronounciation of words (in Latin script) for English speakers to easily determine the meaning of (and learn to spell in Persian at the same time!). Very useful for travel and for students of the language who want a small resource guide. ... Read more


76. Longman Preparation Course for the Toefl Test
by Doborah Phillips
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Catlog: Book (1996-11-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Goal: to learn English THIS year
I need to learn English THIS year for one way or another but I will learn it.You can write it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Goal: to learn English THIS year
I need to learn English THIS year for one way or another but I will learn it.You can write it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Goal: to learn English THIS year
I need to learn English THIS year for one way or another but I will learn it.You can write it. ... Read more


77. Teach Yourself Icelandic Complete Course Audiopack
by HildurJonsdottir
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Making reservations in Reykjavik? Teach yourself Icelandic.

With Teach Yourself it's possible for virtually anyone to learn and experience the languages of the world, from Afrikaans to Zulu, Ancient Greek to Modern Persian, Beginner's Latin to Biblical Hebrew.Follow any of the Teach Yourself Language Courses Audiopacks at your own pace or use them as a supplement to formal courses. These complete courses are professionally designed for self-guided study, making them one of the most enjoyable and easy to use language courses you can find. Audiopacks include an instructional paperback book and two companion 60-minute audio CDs.

Prepared by experts in the language, each course begins with the basics and gradually promotes the student to a level of smooth and confident communication, including:

  • Step-by-step guide to pronunciation and grammar
  • Regular and irregular verb tables
  • Plenty of practice exercises and answers
  • Practical vocabulary and a bilingual glossary
  • Clear, uncluttered, and user-friendly layout
  • An exploration of the culture
  • And much more
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78. Oxford Albanian-English Dictionary
by Leonard Newmark
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Asin: 0198603223
Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 207308
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The largest and most comprehensive bilingual dictionary of Albanian, The Albanian-English Dictionary is an essential reference for all those concerned with modern Albanian, whether students, scholars, translators, or in professional contexts. Over 75,000 entries cover idioms and scientific definitions as well as modern Albanian and the book includes pronunciation guidance and generous examples of usage. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most excellent dictionaries that I have seen
The Oxford Albanian-English Dictionary is an example what a serious lexicographer can achieve when he puts all his knowledge and energy in his work.

The features of the dictionary:

- it covers indeed very large vocabullary and gives almost-complete coverage of the language
- makes extensive use of grammar, stylistic etc. notes
- there is plenty idioms, examples of use, colloquial and slang expressions
- for many words it lists not only the dictionary form, but derived forms as well if they cannot be easily figured from the dictionary form(which occurs in Albanian quite frequently)
- there is a sketch of Albanian grammar in the beginning of the dictionary
- it contains also a "back dictionary" which lists all possible two(sometimes three) letter combinations that can occur at the end of Albanian words and gives for them grammatical values that these letters can represent(eg. masculine definite accusative-nominative or 2nd person of present tense etc.)
- there is a list which lists orthographical and phonetical pecularities of non-Standard Albanian and their equivalents in the Standard Albanian. Many words deemed "non-Standard" are included into the dictionary.

Although I am a real beginner in Albanian and some days ago I litteraly didn't know a single word of this language, yet with the help of this dictionary I was able to find out the sense of several short poems in Albanian!

5-0 out of 5 stars English Albanian Dictionary
How can it buy a person from Macedonia Leonard Newmark's Dictionary. How can we pay it. E-mail:Sali-f117@usa.net ... Read more


79. Ap French: Preparing for the Language Examination
by Ladd
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Average Customer Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars pretty good
I used this book in my french class and I thought it was great practice and very helpful, but yeah, be warned -- this is just the student copy WITHOUT the tapes or the answers so pretty useless it's used in a classroom setting.

1-0 out of 5 stars disappointed
This book is simply a question book. In order to use it properly you need the audio cassettes and the the teacher's guide( to check your answers!) which is impossible to purchase unless you are a teacher. It makes no sense why it is sold on it's own. A complete waste of money........

1-0 out of 5 stars No answers + no tapes or CDs = Useless
I ordered this book after reading the 5 star review, and upon receiving it realized that it is a STUDENT edition, with NO ANSWERS and NO tapes or CDs (or even a written script) for the listening sections! Without answers and tapes, it is useless as an AP study guide! The Amazon description of the book should state this, so other people don't waste their time ordering it. I couldn't find the missing items on Amazon, so I searched the web until I found the teacher guide ($16.97) and tapes ($49.97) on the Prentice Hall webpage.

5-0 out of 5 stars J'utilise ce livre dans ma classe de français!
I use this book in my French class. It's the book mon prof uses to test us. I think the listening exercises provided in here are wonderful. The other exercises are good as well. The vocabulary provided in the back is also very good. It's an excellent prep tool for anyone in AP French language. Bon chance! ... Read more


80. Say It in Finnish (Dover Say It Series)
by Aili Flint
list price: $5.95
our price: $5.36
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Asin: 0486245918
Catlog: Book (1984-03-01)
Publisher: Dover Publications
Sales Rank: 79035
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Contains over 1,000 useful sentences and phrases for travel or everyday living abroad: food, shopping, medical aid, courtesy, hotels, travel, and other situations. Gives the English phrase, the foreign equivalent, and a transliteration that can be read right off. Also includes many supplementary lists, signs, and aids. All words are indexed. 128 to 190pp
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2-0 out of 5 stars Too little
I bought this book and I thought it would e a bit better. there's pronunciation, but i really got frustrated

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the pocket!
If I get into a bind, all I have to do is pull out this little gem and no misunderstandings due to language. A great little book to take along when you visit Finland:-)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent compact guide
I kept this book in the pocket of my cargo pants throughout my stay in Finland. This book is by no means intended to teach you Finnish, but if you're looking for the bare essentials, this is the best you'll find. All the phrases have a pronunciation guide, however, I found this more confusing than helpful. Pronunciation in Finnish is very difficult. You're better off studying the pronuciation section at the beginning of the book and then apply it to the phrases. The best part of this book though is that the price can't be beat!

5-0 out of 5 stars Survival Guide for Anyone Travelling to Finland
At first, the only reason I bought this book was because it was very cheap. Was I in for a surprise when I began to read this Finnish to English Phrase book. Need to know when the next train to Helsinki is? Flip to the Travel section (everythings split up into sections) and you'll find out how with an easy to understand pronunciation guide. With over 2100 different entries in about thirty or forty different sections, and with the size of the book fitting in the palm of your hand, its a must-have item for any traveller who expects to be needing to know Finn. ... Read more


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