The Rough Guide to Hindi & Urdu Dictionary Phrasebook 3 Paperback – May 29 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
the dictionary was good - but limited
you caalso carry it in your pocket -- I have had 2 of these books and been to India sevearl times
If fact if you go to the last sections of the book you will find
comprehensive grammar and verb construction sections.
I have studied and have a very basic fluency in hindi. The more I studied the
more I came to rely on this book. I includes more than enough information
to help you with basics.
A hint in learning hindi-- learn to read davanagri scipt - while focusing on the vowel and consonant pronunciation.
this book is comprehensive and a great help if you take the time to read the sections in the back
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The thing is, I bought this yesterday and as I was flipping through it I already found a spelling mistake in one of the Hindi words. It's hard to tell if things are spelled right because everything is written in the Roman transliteration and there is nothing written in Devanagari or Nastaliq in the dictionary sections. I understand why they would put it in only Roman because they are giving you Hindustani words which are common to both languages and would take up a lot of space writing them out in both scripts. I just feel uneasy because I can't check the spelling of the transliterations against the Hindi and Urdu scripts. So I don't know what to think but I wanted to add my 2 cents because the other review was so negative.
Do not - repeat - do not buy this book. "Worthless" works for beach novels; for PHRASEBOOKS, "misleading" and "dangerous" work better. You will get yourself in real trouble (as I did) with a native speaker.
First, the book does NOT differentiate between Urdu and Hindi (as it promises to do), and, given the difficult history of the Punjabi-Indian interaction (shall we say, purge and war, in plain language?), both groups get really angry when you - meaning well - use a Hindi term for the Punjabi one (and vice versa). Do you want to get into trouble travelling through the (already) troubled area?
Second, any native speaker of either languages will tell you that many of the entries are totally undergraduate.
Third, the editors did a lousy job while making the "phrasebook"'s template. You will find words like "absorbent cotton" and "Norway" (no offence, but how many of the potential buyers ARE Norwegian?), but you will not find other, really essential ones.
Normally, I trust Rough Guides, but this indignity looks a result of the publishing venture's overstreach.
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