Periplus Pocket Burmese Dictionary: Burmese-English / English-Burmese (Periplus Pocket Dictionaries) Paperback – 1 Feb 2009
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It's never a good idea to be overly–relient on technology while traveling. Look up words quickly and easily with this great little Arabic dictionary.
Intended for use by tourists, students, and business people traveling to the Middle East Pocket Arabic Dictionary is an essential tool for communicating in Arabic and a great way to learn Arabic. It features all the essential Arabic vocabulary appropriate for beginning to intermediate students. It's handy pocket format and easy-to read type will make any future trip to the Arab world much easier. In addition to being an excellent English to Arabic dictionary and Arabic to English dictionary Pocket Arabic Dictionary contains important notes on the Arabic language, Arabic grammar and Arabic pronunciation. All Arabic words are written in a Romanized form as well as Arabic script ( al 'arabiyah ) so that in the case of difficulties the book can simply be shown to the person the user is trying to communicate with.
This dictionary contains:
- The 3,000 most commonly used words in the Arabic language.
- English–Arabic and Arabic–English sections.
- Romanized Arabic and Arabic script ( al 'arabiyah ).
- An introduction to and history of the Arabic language.
- Information on Arabic grammar.
- A guide to pronouncing Arabic correctly.
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But this dictionary is exactly what I've been looking for! As a low-intermediate speaker of Burmese, I took this dictionary along on a recent trip to Myanmar and found it quite useful for day-to-day conversations. I was able to look up many words quickly and likewise when conversations came to a halt, some of my Burmese friends were able to find the word they were looking for and show it to me so I could understand.
Is this dictionary perfect? No. Could it include some more words? Yes. But I loved it and found it quite helpful. And since the product only advertises itself as a pocket dictionary and not more, I give it five stars.
One thing I found unnecessary was the first half of the book; the Burmese-English section that lists transliterated versions of the words in alphabetical order by the "sound" of the word. Maybe some learners like having this to use as an option, but I rarely look at that part of the book. Really, it's just a waste of space that they could have used to list more words. And some of the definitions in the English-Burmese section are defintely open to debate, such as telling you that "saga mya-de" is the phrase for "argue " Every Burmese that I show that to tells me that's not correct. But at least this book gives you proper tone markers (essential for correct pronunciation) and the transliteration system is the same as that one that most other Burmese courses use. All in all this is a very useful dictionary for beginners and the slim/thin size makes it easy to carry with you. Truly, a "pocket" dictionary. If you are looking for bigger, more complete Burmese dictionary, there is a much more comprehensive one (and much thicker) from Paiboon Publications.
I've found that every single word in it I've come across on a daily basis. They reckon languages have 100,000 words in them (who knows, that's just what I heard) but some words (about 1000-3000) recur a lot and make up most of what we say. They're the ones you've got to learn to be able to talk to people. It's good to know that too, it means you can spend your time learning useful words that'll occur and reoccur. This dictionary has heaps of foundational words from daily experience like eating, time, jobs etc.
The best way to use this dictionary is to just learn all the words in it because they're all really common. There's only 3000 so it's not an impossible task. Get a bigger dictionary for use at home, but make sure you think about the transliteration systems of rendering Burmese into English. This one uses the same system as the Lonely Planet phrasebook and John Okell's textbook series (get them, they're good). Also, make sure you get a dictionary like this one that you can look up the Burmese words in Roman letters (not just Burmese letters).