Travel books

A recurring theme in travel books is the poor quality of words guidebooks decide are important to have in the back, I’d never really noticed it before, they just seemed to be “yes”, “no”, “hello” etc. all worth knowing, but then I bought the Lonely Planet South Africa which kindly had “Do you speak Afrikaans” as one of the phrases, which is I have to admit a phrase I’m never going to use (and not one I’d ever need to recognise someone else using as the result in either case is the same).