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Lonely Planet Vietnamese Phrasebook with Two-Way Dictionary Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2000
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Two notable omissions. There is not a section on "love and dating" as there is in every other LP Phrasebook I've used.
Also, unlike the Russian phrasebook, which contains the english phrase, a phonetic pronounciation, and then the actual spelling, this book does not contain a phonetic spelling. For a language likely to be as difficult as Vietnamese for native English speakers and considering that such speakers are the book's target audience, phonetic spellings (indicating inflection as well) would help a lot.
Still, a decent phrasebook as LP ones tend to be.
Phrases are collected according to what you think you'll need to ask - so you'll find a section with phrases and words for ordering food, for going to a doctor, and for talking to locals. As a tool to help you learn some vocabulary, there are small crossword puzzles...which are more of a nice afterthought than something really useful.
Definitely not exhaustive by any stretch of the imganation, but well worth the money if you need a quick reference guide.