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Romanian-English/English-Romanian Dictionary and Phrasebook (Hippocrene Dictionary and Phrasebooks) (Hippocrene Dictionary & Phrasebooks) Paperback – 1 May 2002

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  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books Inc.,U.S.; Bilingual edition (1 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781809215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781809214
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on 8 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
I took this book with me when I went to Romania for 2 months and hardly used it. It has an ok explanation about grammar at the start but the dictionary is limited and the phrasebook part doesn't help with pronunciation. I got very frustrated when I repeatedly couldn't find everyday words in the dictionary.

If you want just a few phrases then go for the lonely planet guide to Romania and Moldavia which has a small but pretty good language section.

If you want to start to lean the language then lots of English people living in Romanian told me that 'teach yourself Romanian' is a good place to start with lots of grammar etc.

And if you want a Romanian-English dictionary then get an English-Romanian dictionary.

This book tries to cover too much in too little details so you come away not knowing anything, being confused and frustrated. But then I'm rubbish at languages so maybe any book would have done this?
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having a native romanian person living in a english speaking houshold we needed a pocket budget dictionary for everyday use , and as i was the paying then value for money was most important , this product did not disapoint and was worth the price . mark medcalf
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
A Handy Guide for Beginning to Intermediate Speakers 2 Dec. 2004
By Elisabeta Ioana - Published on
Format: Paperback
After living several years in Romania and studying the language and doing my best to get by each day, I have waded through many Romanian language texts and found most to be cumbersome and trying at the very best. I have encountered a number that were not written by native speakers of Romanian and thus contained numerous grammatical and spelling mistakes which could badly mislead an unsuspecting beginner. Most of the dictionaries I have seen are written for a speaker of Romanian who is studying English rather than vice versa and this makes a big difference when it comes to interpreting the definitions given. Many dictionaries are full of terms that are not applicable to everyday conversation and activity but were added just to impress the buyer with the broad scope (however irrelevant)of the text.

I cannot comment on how easy to understand the grammar and pronounciation guides are in this particular book because I found this book only after I already had a thorough understanding of those two things. I can say, however, that the phrases in this book are very accurate and very natural to Romanian conversation and will come in handy to any traveller whether you are in Romania for business or pleasure. I have shown this book to my Romanian friends for further confirmation and they have agreed with me in full. I still refer to this book myself from time to time when I am writing emails or letters and can't think of exactly the right way to put something. The dictionary may be small, but I think it is more than enough to provide an adequate beginner's vocabulary which you can build on as you learn more. For serious study of the language, this book is only a basic introduction and can never take the place of a real live instructor. But if you just want to know the basics before you step off the plane in Otopeni, I advise you to pick up a copy of this one.

But a couple more words of advice if you are planning a trip to Romania: Do NOT trust guide books or cab drivers. ;)
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Nice book! 31 Oct. 2005
By Kindle Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Although it may seem funny, I bought this book to improve my English (I am a native Romanian speaker) and found it helpful. However, if you want more than very basic Romanian I would suggest to buy some English-Romanian/ Romanian-English dictionaries, phrase books, and grammar books published in Romania which are far more complete and accurate (there are now many Romanian online bookstores, just google "editura" or "librarie").
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Complicated 13 Aug. 2004
By Karla - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for an upcoming trip to Romania. It advertises itself as a grammar book, dictionary and phrase book.

The grammar section is overly complicated and not at all well-laid out. I became so frustrated that I could barely make my way through the section.

The dictionary part seems adequate.

The phrase section is handy but there are no pronounciation guides. The pronounciation was laid out in the beginning of the book, but I kept having to refer back which was annoying. Still, I am unsure of most of the pronounciation.

I got the feeling that this was based off of British guide book models from the 1960s. Very proper, overly complicated and not very well-laid out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
We just left it behind 25 Oct. 2007
By Scott T. Mcelhinnie - Published on
Format: Paperback
This was the only book we took on a recent visit to Romania. We thought that it would work very well as it seemed comprehensive and slim for travel. When we actually tried to use it everyday it was better than nothing but practically useless. Many of the words that should have been in the translation part could only be found in the phrasebook part. Not at all useful when struggling to put a sentence together. This happened so often that we just left it behind in the hotel rather than continue on with it. I think that for what it purported itself to be, it is a total failure.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great for the 1950's 19 Oct. 2007
By M. Ots - Published on
Format: Paperback
I started using this dictionary believing it to be a simple and straightforward way of learning some simple words in Romanian.

However, having learned a number of nouns I then discovered that many of them were old words, no longer used. If you want to learn Romanian that most Romanians will understand then don't use this book.

Nu bine!
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