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The Rough Guide Phrasebook Vietnamese Paperback – 27 Apr 2006

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 3 edition (27 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843536412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843536413
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.3 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,072,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kipster on 29 Dec. 2011
Bought this book for post Uni travels. Does come in handy but can't say I carried it around with me at all times ready to whip it out in a moments notice. Useful phrases though and has it written in Vienamese too if you don't want to try saying the phrase
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You cannot trust the pronunciation instructions. 11 July 2009
By M. Huynh - Published on Amazon.com
This book is good for learning basic Vietnamese vocabulary for the price and size.

However, I found a few grammatical mistakes.

And the pronunciation instructions are horrible. For example, I don't understand why all the beginning c is instructed to pronounce as g. In fact the c sounds k. The pronunciation of "cam on", thanks in English, is shown [gam urn]. If you say like this, Vietnamese people never understand you. I have tried it already. My husband is a Vietnamese who speaks tieng Viet.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Could not travel in Viet Nam without it 5 Feb. 2008
By Beth Marie Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
This phrase and dictionary for Viet Nam has been invaluable to me during my 11 trips to Viet Nam. I lost it once and truly I was lost without it. The Lonely Planet version is more popular, but for me far less useful. It gave me the courage to try to conversion with the people when I first went and has helped me develop a fair size vocabulary. The cultural information is also unbelievable helpful especially for first trips to Viet Nam.

The only down side is that most of the pronouciation guide is based on Vietnamese from the southern part of Viet Nam, but it does mention how to adapt. I would not go to Viet Nam without it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
More Dictionary than Phrasebook--not useful 5 Mar. 2009
By Jocelyn L. - Published on Amazon.com
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I usually don't bother to review things unless they are an outlier to my expectations, which this book was. I'm actually in Vietnam now, and I have not cracked this thing once. Of the 250 pages in the book, the only phrasebook part of it was pp 13-27. The rest of it is a dictionary with a menu reader at the end. Not recommended unless you are looking for a dictionary.
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no need to use it. 25 April 2009
By kjmij - Published on Amazon.com
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You can easily get by in Vietnam using Enlish and a few Vietnamese phrases. If you're planning an extended stay, it's probably better to properly learn Vietnamese.
Good, concise reference 29 Nov. 2007
By SysAdmin-E dot com - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book along with The Oxford Picture Dictionary: English-Vietnamese Editon by Norma Shapiro and Jayme Adelson-Goldstein to brush up on my Viet. From that perspective, I would recommend this book. I do not think that this book alone would be adequate though. But it would make a good companion to a lengthier reference.
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