Item description for Berlitz Vietnamese Phrase Book and Dictionary (Berlitz Phrase Book) by Inc. Berlitz International...
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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Studio: Berlitz Guides
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.59" Width: 4.02" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.26 lbs.
Release Date Nov 20, 2006
Publisher Berlitz Guides
ISBN 981246719X ISBN13 9789812467195
Reviews - What do customers think about Berlitz Vietnamese Phrase Book and Dictionary (Berlitz Phrase Book)?
You cannot call a person "ban". Jul 12, 2009
This book is written for tourists to Vietnam and covers a wide range of subjects that may encounter when traveling in Vietnam.
But this book must be used with caution:
1) The pronunciation instructions are inaccurate. All the ng at the end of Vietnamese words is instructed to pronounce as [g]. Actually it should be [ng] as in song. For example, "khong", no/not in English, is shown as [kog]. If you say this way, Vietnamese people never understand you. I have tried it. My husband is a Vietnamese who speaks tieng Viet.
2) The Vietnamese language does not have a simple word for"you" instead it uses elaborate names relative to gender and your age. However, this book tries to make it simple and recommends using the word "ban", friend in English, in place for "you". It is highly inappropriate and sometimes unacceptably rude. Depending on the situations, it could mean intimately close. When you need to call someone, use "ong" for a man much older than you, "ba" for a woman much older than you, "anh" for a man about your age or younger and "chi" for a woman about your age or younger. It is a part of the culture and not negotiable.