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Berlitz Greek Phrase Book (Berlitz Phrase Book & CD)

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With hundreds of travel-related expressions, including greetings, questions, numbers and more, the Berlitz Phrase Book and CD offers business and leisure travelers key words and phrases needed for a trip abroad. In print and audio, its up to date, relevant content makes the Berlitz Phrase Book and CD an essential tool for today's travelers. Each foreign language phrase is repeated - slowly at first and then at normal speed - so learners can build confidence.

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Format: Abridged
Studio: Berlitz Guides
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 4.75" Height: 5.75"
Weight:   0.54 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Jun 15, 2008
Publisher   Berlitz Guides
ISBN  9812681906  
ISBN13  9789812681904  

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1Books > Subjects > Reference > Foreign Languages > General
2Books > Subjects > Reference > Foreign Languages > Instruction > Instruction
3Books > Subjects > Reference > General
4Books > Subjects > Reference > Words & Language > Study & Teaching

Reviews - What do customers think about Berlitz Greek Phrase Book (Berlitz Phrase Book & CD)?

Good for the basics, but the voices used on the CD are hilarious  May 26, 2010
We used this to teach ourselves some basic Greek for our 10 week vacation there last year. It's nice in that it is affordable, compact, accurate, and easy to carry around. The book is small and fits in your pocket. The basic phrases and numbers are helpful. Some of the phrases are impractical, but the book has the ones you need for getting through dinner, the grocery store and things like that.

On the other hand, the CD that accompanies it is good, but very amusing. We kept the CD in the car CD player and listened to it on long drives. It is good for learning proper pronunciation. However, some of the voices used are almost comical. One British female voice is so accented in a cockney accent that we could not stop laughing every time she was used. In fact we still imitate it when she says on the CD, "Could you speak more slowly?" In addition one of the Greek female voices used is so seductive and sexy that it is almost absurd- especially when she says "sorry" and the number "six" in Greek.

All in all, it was a good book and CD and provided us with some unintentional laughs along the way.
very useful depending on your needs  May 16, 2009
This may be more than the casual traveler needs, but if you want to get a basic working knowledge of the language this is a very useful product. Clear and easy to use, also very clearly spoken.
Very Helpful Combination  Mar 21, 2009
I will be traveling to Greece in November, so I wanted to learn a little basic Greek to be able to communicate. I had planned to purchase just the phrase book, but comparing prices for the phrase book alone and the phrase book & CD, I got the latter for just pennies more. What is included on the CD are those phrases that the book describes as "essential." I've also purchased a second guide to learning Greek that is audio only: CDs, but no book. I know that people have different learning styles, but for me, being able to see in print what is being spoken on the CD is very helpful for purposes of retention.

The phrase book includes a simplified pronunciation of each Greek phrase, so some might opt to purchase only the phrase book. I do have a minor quibble about the phrase book. Sometimes you will see different spellings for the simplified pronunciation for the same Greek word. The different spellings still result in the same pronunciation; I've just got this thing about the importance of consistency. I do believe that once in awhile, the pronunciation gets the wrong syllable accented. (I'm hoping others more knowledgable about Greek will indicate whether I'm correct about this.) Unlike in English, in Greek, spelling explicitly indicates the accented syllables. This is important. Two different Greek words can share the same sequence of syllables, only differing in the placement of the accent. Even if I'm correct, I don't see this as a reason to give less than five stars for my rating; one just needs to pay attention to the accent marks in the Greek.

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