Greek (Lonely Planet Phrasebook)
Spilias (Athanasios)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

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  1. The Lonely Planet phrasebooks have good cultural backgrounds and offer solid advice for challenging situations in remote locations.
  2. Includes a dedicated Food section and cultural tips for travellers to Greece.

Make the Most Of This Phrasebook
  1. Introduction
    Anyone can speak another language! It's all about confidence. Don't worry if you can't remember your school language lessons or if you've never learnt a language before. Even if you learn the very basics (on the inside covers of this book), your travel experience will be the better for it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain when the locals hear you making an effort.
  2. Finding things in this book
    For easy navigation, this book is in sections. The Tools chapters are the ones you'll thumb through time and again. The Practical section covers basic travel situations like catching transport and finding a bed. The Social section gives you conversational phrases, pick-up lines, the ability to express opinions - so you can get to know people. Food has a section all of its own: gourmets and vegetarians are covered and local dishes feature. Safe Travel equips you with health and police phrases, just in case. Remember the colours of each section and you'll find everything easily; or use the comprehensive Index. Otherwise, check the two-way traveller’s Dictionary for the word you need.
  3. Being understood
    Throughout this book you'll see coloured phrases on each page. They're phonetic guides to help you pronounce the language. You don't even need to look at the language itself, but you'll get used to the way we've represented particular sounds. The pronunciation chapter in Tools will explain more, but you can feel confident that if you read the coloured phrase slowly, you’ll be understood.
  4. Communication Tips
    Body language, ways of doing things, sense of humour – all have a role to play in every culture. 'Local talk' boxes show you common ways of saying things, or everyday language to drop into conversation. 'Listen for...' boxes supply the phrases you may hear. They start with the Greek translation (so a Greek speaker can look up the phrase they want to say to you) and then lead in to the pronunciation guide and the English translation.

Contents
  1. Introduction – 8
    Map – 8
    introduction – 9
  2. Tools – 11
    • Pronunciation – 11
      → vowel sounds – 11
      → consonant sounds – 12
      → word stress – 13
      → intonation – 13
      → readinq & writinq – 14
    • a - z phrasebuilder – 15
      → contents – 15
      → adjectives & adverbs – 17
      → articles – 17
      → be – 18
      → case – 19
      → demonstratives – 19
      → gender – 21
      → have – 21
      → negatives – 22
      → personal pronouns – 23
      → plurals – 24
      → possessives – 25
      → prepositions – 26
      → questions – 27
      → requests –29
      → verbs – 29
      → word order – 31
      → glossary – 32
    • language difficulties – 33
    • numbers & amounts – 35
      → cardinal numbers – 35
      → ordinal numbers – 36
      → fractions – 37
      → useful amounts – 37
    • time & dates – 39
      → telling the time – 39
      → the calendar – 40
      → present – 41
      → past –41
      → future – 42
      → during the day – 42
    • money – 43
  3. Practical
    • transport – 45
      → getting around – 45
      → tickets – 46
      → luggage – 49
      → plane – 50
      → bus, trolley bus & coach — 50
      → train & metro – 51
      → boat – 52
      → taxi – 54
      → car & motorbike – 55
      → bicycle – 59
    • border crossing – 61
      → border crossing – 61
      → at customs – 62
    • directions – 63
    • accommodation – 65
      → finding accommodation — 65
      → booking ahead & checking in – 66
      → requests & queries – 68
      → complaints – 70
      → checking out – 71
      → camping – 72
      → renting – 73
      → staying with locals – 74
    • shopping – 75
      → looking for – 75
      → making a purchase – 76
      → bargaining – 77
      → books & reading – 78
      → clothes – 79
      → electronic goods – 79
      → hairdressing – 81
      → music & DVD – 81
      → video & photography – 81
      → repairs – 83
    • communications – 85
      → post office – 85
      → phone – 87
      → mobile/cell phone – 89
      → the internet – 90
    • banking – 91
    • sightseeing – 93
      → getting in – 95
      → tours – 96
    • business
      → doing business – 97
      → looking for a job – 99
    • senior & disabled travellers – 101
    • travellers
    • children – 103
      → travelling with children – 103
      → talking with children – 105
      → talking about children – 106
  4. Social
    • Meeting people
      → Basics – 107
      → Greetings & goodbyes – 107
      → Addressing people – 109
      → making conversation – 110
      → nationalities – 111
      → age – 112
      → occupations & studies – 113
      → family – 114
      → farewells – 115
    • interests – 117
      → common interests – 117
      → music – 118
      → cinema & theatre – 119
    • feelings & opinions – 121
      → feelings – 121
      → opinions – 122
      → politics & social issues – 123
      → the environment – 125
    • going out – 127
      → where to go – 127
      → invitations – 128
      → responding to invitations – 129
      → arranging to meet – 129
      → drugs – 130
    • romance – 131
      → asking someone out – 131
      → pick-up lines – 131
      → rejections – 132
      → getting closer – 133
      → sex – 134
      → love – 135
      → problems – 136
      → leaving – 136
    • beliefs & cultural differences – 137
      → religion – 137
      → cultural differences – 138
    • art – 139
    • sport – 141
      → sporting interests – 141
      → going to a game – 142
      → playing sport – 143
      → fishing – – 146
      → horse riding – 147
      → soccer/football – 148
      → tennis & table tennis – 149
      → water sports – 150
    • outdoors – 151
      → hiking – 151
      → beach – 153
      → weather – 154
      → flora & fauna – 155
  5. Food – 157
    • eating out – – 157
      → basics – 157
      → finding a place to eat – 158
      → at the restaurant – – 160
      → at the table – 164
      → talking food – 165
      → methods of preparation – 165
      → nonalcoholic drinks – 166
      → alcoholic drinks – 167
      → in the bar – 169
      → drinking up – 170
    • self-catering – 171
    • vegetarian & special meals – 173
      → ordering food – 173
      → special diets & allergies – 174
    • culinary reader – 175
  6. Safe Travel – 191
    • essentials – 191
      → emergencies – 191
      → police – 192
    • health – 195
      → doctor – 195
      → symptoms & conditions – 198
      → women s health – 201
      → allergies – 202
      → parts of the body – 203
      → alternative treatments – 204
      → pharmacist – 204
      → dentist – 206
  7. Dictionaries – 207
    → Greek-English Dictionary – 207
    → English-Greek Dictionary – 239
  8. Index – 251

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Lonely Planet Publications, Victoria, Australia; 3rd Edition, 2006



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