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Lao-English/English-Lao Dictionary and Phrasebook Paperback – May 1, 2001
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Other good things I found about the book:
1. It has a clear, concise grammar section
2. the selection of words and topics is comprehensive
3. the book is arranged in a way that is very easy to use
4. the introductory description of Lao is interesting and informative
I'd also like to say that the pronunciation system is the easiest I've seen. Tones are marked by lines that show the direction, which makes pronunciation a lot more clear than other books (this is also a problem with Thai). While there is no Lao script in the book the pronunciation can be figured out from the pronunciation chart in the front of the book. I think this book would be useful for people studying Lao, not only for travellers. Thank you Mr. Higbie for a creating a wonderful contribution to my library of S.E.Asian language books.
This book provides an essential resource for travellers to Laos. I would definitely advocate visiting this beautiful country, and when you go, you should bring along this book! James Higbie has made it easy to learn Lao.
1. It does not provide a clear or thorough breakdown of grammar.
2. It does nothing to explain the Lao alphabet to English speakers, nor does it even provide the Lao spelling of any words for reference. (Romanized only)
3. The phonetic method used is extremely awkward and inaccurate; my neighbors (who are from Laos, who speak and read English fluently) had great difficulty in decifering the system used.
I am in the process of searching for a better tutorial, and I advise others to do so as well!
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My husband and his family speak Lao and I want to learn more so I can understand somethings with out it needing to have it translated, I love that you can look words up in either... Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Crystelle Phomphansy
Purchased for my mother, but my nieces and nephew enjoyed it more as they were learning how to speak and communicate in Lao with their Grandparents. Read morePublished on March 20, 2009 by Shop-A-Holic