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Romanian Phrase Book & Dictionary [Mass Market Paperback]

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Berlitz (1996)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2831509335
  • ISBN-13: 978-2831509334
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 10.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 736,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent phrasebook 6 Sep 1999
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This phrasebook is extremely useful when visiting Romania. I had learnt some of the language prior to my trip and found that the Berlitz book was all I needed once we were in Romania. We did take a Romanian - English dictionary but found that that was not of any help. Having said that, the only criticism of the Berlitz phrasebook is that it only has a English - Romanian dictionary at the back. This is in line with the objective of allowing the English speaker to speak Romanian rather than to understand the responses. The addition of Romanian - English would be a significant improvement.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very useful little book 7 Feb 2014
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I purchased this for a relative who has used the book many times. It arrived very quickly and in excellent condition as described. The only small criticism was that the book was smaller than I thought and the print is fairly small to read. But the book contains a huge amount of information and she remains pleased.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Berlitz Romanian phrase book 24 Mar 2011
The book was a bargain! It has a selection of useful Romanian phrases and a basic dictionary. Great value!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Romanian Phrase Book Review 6 Dec 1999
By Janet L. Pirozzi - Published on
this might be a good guide for visiting Romania as it gives good tips on how to get through customs, hotel, dining, etc. However, it does not really teach you in a systematic way how to speak Romanian. I am particularly interested in learning how to speak Romanian with my fiance'. This book gives you a lot of phrases, but if the one you want is not in there (and finding it could be a problem) it is difficult to put a grammatically correct phrase together on your own.
5.0 out of 5 stars seems good so far 9 Mar 2013
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has how to write it and speak it so that is good, since mostly we want to learn especially to speak it probably
5.0 out of 5 stars ROMANIAN PHRASE BOOK 7 Dec 2012
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4.0 out of 5 stars Indeed useful, though with some quirks 25 Jun 2007
By Christopher Culver - Published on
The ROMANIAN PHRASE BOOK & DICTIONARY from Berlitz is a standard entry in this line from the publisher. It features phrases for every situation a tourist could imagine themselves in, colour-coded for quick access, with both the Romanian text and a phonetic transcription for English speakers. At the end one can find a small dictionary, and a brief grammar. Romanian is an exceedingly easy language, and someone with previous knowledge of a Romance language could pick it up in two weeks, but if for whatever reason you'll be dependent on a phrase book during your time there, this is certainly the best phrase book around.

However, the phrase book does have some weaknesses. The information on Romanian culture often discusses matters limited to one particular region of this very diverse country without warning the reader that the words or concepts discussed aren't applicable for other parts of the country. The phonetic transcription is for speakers of British English, and were an American to unwittingly read from the transcription, being understood may be difficult. Editions of the book prior to the 2006 inexplicably continued to use the Communist-era orthography long after it was revised by a 1993 language reform. Finally, there are a few misprints, though I should think that these are not serious enough to deter communication.

Nonetheless, in spite of these quirks the Berlitz is the phrase book to get for Romanian--certainly avoid at all costs the Hippocrene ones.
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