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Nice & Easy Romanian (Rea's Language Series) Paperback – 1 Jun 2001
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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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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.Read more ›
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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!!
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.
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.
*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.*