15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Many Pros and only a few Cons,
This review is from: The Rough Guide Phrasebook Mandarin Chinese (Rough Guide Phrasebooks) (Paperback)
This is a brilliant book in some ways and a disappointing book in others.
The way it is much better than its competitor 'The Lonely Plant Phrasebook to Mandarin Chinese' is that it includes, in brackets, the pronounciation guide = Extremely helpful for me - I was saying things like 'I would like a late (not plate) please' instead of 'I would like a fork please'
But the way that the 'Rough Guide to MC' is not as good as the lonely planet one is under its useful phrases section it isn't written out in chinese. Really unfortunate if your talking isn't that good.
Whereas if you show a chinese person the Chinese Script and radicals and they'll instantly understand you regardles of whether you are in a mainly Cantonese or a mainly Mandarin part of China.
Apart from not writing out the phrases underneath in chinese, the only other cons would just be picking really - e.g. the emergencies section wasn't as good as the Lonely Planet Phrasebook section.
My advice would be to buy both the Lonely Planet and the Rough Guide Phrasebooks, I have, as they both have their uses.