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This book seemed like a good idea but when I was in Asia
on 17 April 2018
This book seemed like a good idea but when I was in Asia, it was actually really unhelpful. Basic useful phrases were hidden in odd places (like hello, how are you etc) and although there was lots of vocabulary, things like 'spicy/not spicy' or 'vegetarian' were not included! Time and time again I searched the right section only to find useless phrases that didn't help me. It also offered informal or 'rude' phrases like 'sa-wat-dee' in Thai (nobody says this, the polite and ubiquitous phrase is 'sa-wat-dee-ka' and without the ka, you're being quite blunt), which puts tourists at a real disadvantage. After trying to use this in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam to great frustration, I left it in a hostel. I recommend not bothering!