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Sofie Apr 24th, 2002 10:12 AM

Suggest a good phrase book-please
We will be in Italy for 3 weeks in Oct. and I would like to buy a "phrase book" ---I've looked at several ----does anyone have a suggestion?<BR>Thanks<BR>

xxx Apr 24th, 2002 11:02 AM

Can't be specific ( I borrowed a couple--Berlitz, etc from my local public library), but make sure the one you pick has a "menu translator"<BR>(or try to find one online)-- a regular phrase book won't let you know what<BR>"strozzapretti" ("priest strangler"' pasta is! There are lots of idiomatic food phrases (can you imagine a poor Italian in the US trying to figure out what "Buffalo Wings" are??) that you might want to define before you order something

xxxx Apr 24th, 2002 11:13 AM

I've heard good things about Rick Steves' Italian phrase book. My aunt used it, said it was good. Also read about it on other sites.

Dhiraj Apr 24th, 2002 11:26 AM

We used the FODORS GUIDE and it served the purpose well.

Tess Apr 24th, 2002 12:10 PM

Equally if not more important than guide book is actually hearing the language. I've used several phrase books for Italy (Rick Steves, Fodors, Berlitz)-- but for me I need more than a phonetic pronunciation guide. Pimsleur tapes helps with basics AND allows you to hear & practice saying the phrases.

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