Can anyone recommend good sources of this sort of information? The guides in the front of my travellers' phrasebook for Turkish (Rough Guide) and my mini Czech-English dictionary (Český Klub) have proved invaluable, for example. Should I rush out and buy a whole swag of these? Any thoughts on which publishers do good ones (preferably suited to a speaker of RP English rather than Standard American English, as I speak Australian English)? Little Lonely Planet phrasebooks are widely available here, for example, but if there's something better out there I'd be happy to order them online if necessary, as I now have two universities sending me giant lists of names to do four or five times a year.
The languages I'd be looking at include (for languages listed below with non-roman scripts, I'd need a guide to the pronunciation of typical romanised spellings):
- Lebanese Arabic
...which should give you an idea of (a) how multicultural the students are at Australian universities are these days, and (b) how complicated the task is!