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Berlitz: Vietnamese Phrase Book & Dictionary (Berlitz Phrasebooks) Paperback – 23 Oct 2006

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Berlitz Language; 1 Blg edition (23 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English, Vietnamese
  • ISBN-10: 981246719X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812467195
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 1.1 x 12.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,070,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Taylor on 2 Mar. 2014
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i love these Berlitz phrase books. I have 2 already in spanish and italian. Easy to use with different sections from arriving at the hotel, eating out, buy items, medical and tourist attractions. The book is set up with the sentece/word you want in english then the word in the language you want then best of all the sentence/word phoneticaly written. You cant go wrong. Also as the books are pocket size they are easy to carry around.
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You cannot call a person "ban". 12 July 2009
By M. Huynh - Published on
This book is written for tourists to Vietnam and covers a wide range of subjects that may encounter when traveling in Vietnam.

But this book must be used with caution:

1) The pronunciation instructions are inaccurate. All the ng at the end of Vietnamese words is instructed to pronounce as [g]. Actually it should be [ng] as in song. For example, "khong", no/not in English, is shown as [kog]. If you say this way, Vietnamese people never understand you. I have tried it. My husband is a Vietnamese who speaks tieng Viet.

2) The Vietnamese language does not have a simple word for"you" instead it uses elaborate names relative to gender and your age. However, this book tries to make it simple and recommends using the word "ban", friend in English, in place for "you". It is highly inappropriate and sometimes unacceptably rude. Depending on the situations, it could mean intimately close. When you need to call someone, use "ong" for a man much older than you, "ba" for a woman much older than you, "anh" for a man about your age or younger and "chi" for a woman about your age or younger. It is a part of the culture and not negotiable.
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