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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association,U.S. (Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878914013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878914012
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.6 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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REA s "Languages Made Nice & Easy" is a series of practical and informative Foreign Language study guides covering 15 languages. Whether traveling to a foreign country or to your favorite international restaurant, our Romanian Made Nice & Easy study guide gives you just enough of the Romanian language to get around and be understood. Each book includes a compact overview of the country s history and relevant facts. Photos of many sites are included. The Romanian Made Nice & Easy study guide contains useful words and phrases, popular expressions, common greetings, and words for numbers, money, and time with accompanying pronunciations. This Romanian Made Nice & Easy study guide is based on the language course developed by the U.S. Government for foreign service personnel assigned abroad often on short notice and requiring quick orientation. "


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At the start of this book it says the language guide is based partly on one that is given to those who are deployed to Romania and don't have time to learn the language which I thought would mean it would be thorough yet easy to learn from.

First impressions were very good. It has a section with facts about the country and some good background about how Romania became what it is today, both politically and from a cultural point of view. There are photos of some of the main cultural/tourist attractions and even though the pictures are in black and white you really do get to see how splendid most of these buildings are.

So I turned the page to start the vocabulary section of the book. This was when I realised that whatever year that part of the book was written it was before I was born (I'm 26) and hadn't been updated at all since then. It was obviously taken wholesale from whatever book it was previously in and just copied into the new one. The font was like something out of the 60's and the vocabulary itself was antiquated to say the least. "Where can I find a water pump?" had me in stitches. Also "Where is your tractor?" made me laugh. I know a lot of Romania is rural but when you visit for a holiday are you really going to need to ask anyone either of those?

There was a lot of vocabulary about obtaining smoking material such as "Where is the tobacconist?" and "Give me a match." There were many "Give me" sentences and I thought how rude that was but at the bottom of the page it did add that you should always say please. Also you could ask for a wet shave, though I can't imagine that if you're staying in a place where you need a water pump there are many traditional barbershops.
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A useful book but lacks fundamental grammar, One could use it to "get by" in Rumania but not to hold a conversation.
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By KM on 16 Mar. 2015
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A simple, clear and very helpful first book for learning the language.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for REA books! 13 Mar. 2005
By Mmalice - Published on Amazon.com
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This little 90 page book is incredible. It may be small but it's stuffed with hundreds of usefull words and phrases for the traveler or simply for the curious mind. Not to mention is prefaced with a breif history of the country and some interesting stats on the current republic of Romanina. You will also find some lovely black&whites of certain land marks and notable locations; like Dracula's castle. This book is incredibly helpful with those interesting accent and stress-markers that are so different to the English language. (Now I know why they say English is the most difficult language to learn!) The easy to read, easy to follow phonetics make pronunciations virtually fool-proof, without having to buy tapes.

If you are looking for a casual, easy to use, non-threatening, introduction into this beautiful and culturally diverse language, I highly recommend this book. It is the perfect stepping stone in your quest to being able to communicate in or at least understand the basics of Romanian!!
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pragmatic if not scholarly 5 July 2006
By D. S. Falco - Published on Amazon.com
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This book can give English natives who do not master phonetic transcription of any kind a very useful idea of how to pronounce Romanian by reading and not listening--as close as native English speakers can get it. As long as students of Romanian possess no theoretical basis such as phonetic transcription (either American or European) which can help with reading a foreign language, and want to get a crash course in everyday phrases, this book provides an almost ideal approach to the learning of spoken Romanian--it is "nice and easy", as promised.

To those who want to learn it for more serious purposes, though--such as getting a better grasp of the language, writing correctly, or even taking academic courses in Romanian--I would suggest them to supplement with more serious books, such as the Teach Yourself Romanian Complete Course, for example.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars like the title says. "Nice and Easy" 4 Dec. 2005
By R. Leonard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
i bought this book because my girlfriend's family is from romania and she speaks the language. i wanted to learn the language so her family would see me trying to fit in and... well, let me fit in. after i got the book, i pulled out my phone and sent a text in romanian. she replied back in romanian. the only problem with the book is it does'nt go very deep. it's pretty short. i'd love it if the same people wrote something bigger in the same format. the pronunciation guides were great. if you're just looking at getting started at learning romanian, or you just want to impress a romanian/american girl (cuz they're so hot) buy the book.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a grammar book 4 Aug. 2005
By Mark W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was expecting a book with such a title to provide an overview of Romanian grammar. It doesn't. It is just a phrase book (with some good material on Romanian culture). It is a good phrasebook, but don't expect to get an understanding of the structure of the language from this book. That being said, I do appreciate the way that pronunciation is indicated (something that is missing from the the Romanian grammar book I bought at the same time).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent For Beginners.....At A Price That Can't Be Beat..... 12 Jun. 2009
By Danny L. Weathers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book to have when attempting to learn the Romanian language. It covers the basics; it is accurate; and is simply written and easy to understand. However, without a tape or CD to listen to, it is hard to know if you are pronouncing the words correctly or not. If it did come with a tape or CD, it could easily be rated with 5 stars.

I do not regret purchasing this book. Later, when I purchased another Romanian language course, complete with a tape to listen to, I realized that 'Romanian Made Nice & Easy!' was indeed a big help because, having read and studied the book, I was one step ahead of the basic course & recognized a lot of the Romanian words, phrases and some of the pronunciations already.

I would recommend 'Romanian Made Nice & Easy!' to everyone who is interested in learning the language; and to anyone who will be traveling to Romania in the future. It is a great guide for beginners; and an excellent guide for the price. Since it is offered at such a low price, you can't go wrong; and you won't regret you ordered it.

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*Since most language courses are a bit pricy, this is a great tool to start off with until you decide to purchase the more expensive ones at a later date; this is what I did.*
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