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Lonely Planet Lao Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) Paperback – 21 Mar 2008

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 3 edition (21 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740594924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740594929
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 9.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 796,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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National Geographic Traveler, September 2006 'Lonely Planet Phrasebooks. Portable, pocket-size, cheap, and available for almost any country you might want to visit...'


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By ZDDQ140770 VINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2005
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In a country with little english and a horrifically complex language this pocket sized little lifesaver got me out of a number of scrapes. If you're planning a trip to laos and think you will get away from the tourist centres of Vientiane, Luang Prabang and VV you will find this essential for your journey- the food section alone is worth its weight in gold!!!
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It does what it says on the tin. Phrasebooks are essential if you want to get under the skins of a country. It's amazing how a few words spoken in the local language helps people accept you as a tourist or traveller. The effort is usually appreciated.
Lonley Planet phrasebooks always contain 99% of phrases you need.
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The LP Lao Phrasebook is much more than just a list of phrases to help in tricky situations. The background information usefully supplements any guidebook you may be travelling with and the description of pronunciation, especially of the tones, is user-friendly.
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For the most part this book was very helpful during the 5 months I lived in Vientiane. The downside is that when discussing the contents with local people it became apparent that there were some inaccuracies. Examples:

- Some of the tones of the words were not transliterated correctly and it instructs you to pronounce some words with incorrect tonality
- Some of the vocabulary is Thai rather than Lao. For example in the book it says the word for friend is "peuan" but that's the Thai word, the commonly used word in Laos (at least Vientiane) is "moo".
- Some of the vocabulary is simply incorrect. It says "I speak Lao" should be "Khawy paak pasa Lao" as far as I know this is simply wrong and In Laos for the verb "to speak" they say "woaw" so it should be "Khawy woaw pasa Lao."

Despite these drawbacks Lao people could understand me whenever I used the book to help me even though occasionally they'd realise I was using a Thai word instead of a Lao word. I have a quite a sentimental attachment to this book regardless of its slight drawbacks.
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Fantastic!
Only 4 stars because some errors remains in the translations and it gives advanced tools for writing and reading but stop before being really useful.
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