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Romanian Berlitz Phrase Book (Berlitz Phrasebooks) Paperback – 26 May 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Berlitz Publishing; New edition edition (26 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9812467203
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812467201
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,030,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
Hugely more useful than what passes for an English-Romanian dictionary, even if the competition for Romanian phrasebooks were stronger this phrasebook would still be hard to beat. Although Berlitz may lack the contemporary edge of Lonely Planet (who don't have a phrasebook devoted solely to Romanian anyway) their scope is huge, every situation has helpful explanations of how buses/telephones/religious services work in the country. In addition it includes basic grammar, common abbreviations, conversion tables and even a map of Romania and Moldova. Just a shame that they've spoiled the most recent edition by writing much of the text in the colour of flourescent sick.
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Format: Paperback
This book has just arrived and I've been flicking through it for a while, it is really well laid out in the order that you would probably need it ie Basic conversation, customs, hiring a car, accomodation etc.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Indeed useful, though with some quirks 25 Jun. 2007
By Christopher Culver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The ROMANIAN PHRASE BOOK & DICTIONARY from Berlitz is a standard entry in this line from the publisher. It features phrases for every situation a tourist could imagine themselves in, colour-coded for quick access, with both the Romanian text and a phonetic transcription for English speakers. At the end one can find a small dictionary, and a brief grammar. Romanian is an exceedingly easy language, and someone with previous knowledge of a Romance language could pick it up in two weeks, but if for whatever reason you'll be dependent on a phrase book during your time there, this is certainly the best phrase book around.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Berlitz Romanian: Phrase Book & Dictionary 8 Aug. 2006
By Sherry L. Mauschbaugh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I got the book within several days and it was in excellent condition. I was very happy with it and used it a lot while in Romania. Romanian nationals were even impressed with the book!
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