Since the United States and Vietnam normalised diplomatic and trade relations in 1995, Vietnam has become a popular destination, with its vibrant cities, spectacular coastline, and diverse ethnic cultures. This dictionary and phrasebook is an essential aid to all who wish to communicate in Vietnamese at home and abroad. A pronunciation guide presents the Vietnamese tones; a basic grammar teaches sentence structure; and the phrasebook offers insight into Vietnamese etiquette, cuisine, and cultural practices. Special sections for travelling with children are among the phrasebook's unique features.
Bac Hoai Tran was born in Vietnam and lived there until 1991. Since 1992 he has taught Vietnamese at the University of California at Berkley. Courtney Norris received a master's degree in agricultural economics from the University of California at Davis, specialising in Vietnam's rural reforms.