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Cindy May 5th, 2002 05:47 PM

Best phrase books?
What is the best small phrase book for French and Italian (for a short trip)? Has anyone used the Rick Steve's one?

slider May 5th, 2002 06:19 PM

<BR>The Barrons Educational Series phrase books are far superior to Rick Steves. I have both of them and there is just no comparison. The Barrons Italian book is titled "Italian at a Glance" and has at least 50% more for the same price.<BR>An alternate to Barrons is the Berlitz "Italian for Travellers," also far better than Steves.

Barb May 5th, 2002 06:50 PM

Cindy--I have the Barron's "At a Glance" for French, and also the Italian version. I have found both to be pretty useful. In addition to the bilingual dictionary, they list common words and phrases by subject, ie: hotel, transportation, banking, shopping, eating out and others.

Jayelle May 5th, 2002 07:04 PM

I have the Berlitz pocket-sized phrase books and find them pretty well organized and easy to use.

Debs May 5th, 2002 07:15 PM

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides are good-very compact to carry along with

Cindy May 5th, 2002 08:25 PM

Thank you so much! I'll look into these suggestions!

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