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Lonely Planet Scandinavian Phrasebook Mass Market Paperback – February, 2001


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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...'
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Product Details

  • Series: Lonely Planet Phrasebook: India
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 3rd edition (February 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1864502258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864502251
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It didn't explain to you HOW to say the words.
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This is an older edition (2001), I hope they address some of these issues in newer ones.
SB
I bought this LP book in anticipation of my trip to Sweden.
MJ Krom

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Gregg on September 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Lonely Planet phrasebooks are often some of the best out there. They're aesthetically pleasing, mostly accurate, and cover a good deal of discourse that is likely to be exchanged. However, this is true for their single-language phrasebooks. Their multi-language phrasebooks are always a bit lacking.

With a book like this, especially one like this where there are three very closely related languages (Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish), they could've formatted it differently. If they'd had those three grouped together, and offered the appropriate translation on a single page it'd have made things for efficient, e.g.

Yes - Ja (D,N,S)
How are you? Hvordan gar det? (D)
Hvordan har du det? (N)
Hur star det till? (S)

etc.

They also should've introduced a simple pronunciation guideline at the beginning of the book that applies throughout, so that the letter J will always be shown as y in the pronunciation guidelines (which, it always is, but this is just an example).

But this is a standard fare multi-lingual phrasebook from Loneley Planet. If you've gotten any of their others, like Western European, Mediterranean European, or Eastern European, expect the same amount of content per language. I only got this because they've no offering for Swedish. What they should've released here is a Northern Germanic phrasebook, focusing on Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish. They should've put Finnish, Icelandic, and Faroese in a Northern European phrasebook, or something.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Simpson on February 27, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For a small book, it contains a lot of information. It teaches you several phrases in six languages:
Swedish
Danish
Norwegian
Faeroese
Icelandic
Finnish

The book also teaches you some bits about culture in these countries as well. It could've benefited from a grammar section for each language.

Other reviewers have stated that Finnish is not a Scandinavian language. I believe that the publisher is actually referring to Finland's geographic location. It really is part of Scandinavia and also has a Swedish-speaking minority.

Brandon Simpson
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MJ Krom on May 14, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this LP book in anticipation of my trip to Sweden. My friend was impressed at the many anicdotes and brief background given about the Swedish language. I would agree with the other reviewer, they should include a section on grammer in the next edition, but, I think having Finnish in this book is ok, even though it is not a part of Scandanavia,it is a part of the Nordic Council of countries. The truth is, many folks in Finland speak Swedish as well as Finnish. I highly recommend this book for any trip you may be taking to the Nordic countries, granted you may not speak fluently with this book, but a few phrases will help you make some new friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. on June 1, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great Phrasebook!! I'm in College studying German & Scandinavian Studies but primarily focus on Scandinavia. I bought this book and found it to be very very helpful!! Easy to use, great phrases that are actually correct!! And the book itself is small enough that it fits in my pocket!! I'll be in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland this summer!! I'm bringing this book with me!!! I definitely recommend it! Buy it!!
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I have used Lonely Planet Phrasebooks in other languages and found them very helpful, but this book barely made a difference for us. #1)it includes all the Scandinavian languages, a logical decision perhaps, but it made the book thicker than I'd hoped; #2) it has no guide to pronounce the language itself, only a guide to its own pronunciation scheme (exactly how do you pronounce that ø in Norwegian? to find out from this book, you have to look for a word with one in it and see how they say to pronounce the word, and hope it carries across all cases), and #3) No Glossary/Dictionary! You can't look up an unfamiliar word!

This is an older edition (2001), I hope they address some of these issues in newer ones.
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