On Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM, Charlie Brickner <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > On Wed, 18 Jan 2012 23:26:37 +0000, Sam Stutter <[log in to unmask]> > wrote: > >>Just been skimming through Lonely Planet guides on Amazon. 2 things spring > to mind: >> >>1) does anyone know what gets covered in the "Language" section? I've only > managed to scrape a couple of pages from the Cuba edition. Which makes for > a good basic level Conlang test: can it state "I have altitude sickness" > and "how long can I park here?". I'm thinking of using this as a basis for a > short and friendly phrase book. >> > > I own a number of "guide books" that I inherited from my father. They were > published by the War Department c. 1943. Besides standard phrases such > as "Good morning," "What is your name?", "Are you hungry?", etc., there are > many other phrases which every well-rounded guide book should have. > > Are you a bombardier, gunner, parachutist, rifleman? > How many men in your unit? > Where's the airfield? > What color were their uniforms? > How many machine guns are there? > Have the troops been laying mines? > > I think you get the drift. > > I have them in the following languages: Russian (3), Thai, Swedish, > Portuguese, Norwegian, Greek, Turkish, Malay, Japanese, Italian (3), > Hindustani, French (3), Burmese, and North African Arabic. > > I'm gradually cleaning out my library. If any of you are interested in these > guidebooks, contact me offline. I'd be glad to send them to you merely for > the cost of postage. Heh, my dad learned Russian at the Defense Language Institute. He likes to say he had the vocabulary of a four-year-old Major General.