Romanian Berlitz Phrase Book (Berlitz Phrasebooks) Paperback – 26 May 2006
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Featuring over 1,200 useful phrases and expressions and over 2,300 words, this is the perfect companion for any trip abroad. Easy to use, the colour-coded language guide helps travellers converse with confidence and travel with ease. Sections cover the most popular situations - basic expressions and greetings, eating out, travel, sightseeing, shopping, heath and more. Additional features include: grammar section, bilingual dictionary, full pronunciation guide, extensive menu reader, mini-dialogues for travellers to practice, cultural tips and cautions help in social situations, and valuable safety tips.
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The food section (close to my heart!) is great with good descriptions of local cuisine and lists to allow your waiter to point at foods.
Dictionary seems very extensive for such a little book.
Very pleased with my purchase and expect it to be well thumbed by the end of the year!
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However, the phrase book does have some weaknesses. The information on Romanian culture often discusses matters limited to one particular region of this very diverse country without warning the reader that the words or concepts discussed aren't applicable for other parts of the country. The phonetic transcription is for speakers of British English, and were an American to unwittingly read from the transcription, being understood may be difficult. Editions of the book prior to the 2006 inexplicably continued to use the Communist-era orthography long after it was revised by a 1993 language reform. Finally, there are a few misprints, though I should think that these are not serious enough to deter communication.
Nonetheless, in spite of these quirks the Berlitz is the phrase book to get for Romanian--certainly avoid at all costs the Hippocrene ones.