Friday, June 16, 2006

Oh, Lonely Planet

Phrasebooks. You know, those pocket-sized booklets that are the purveyor of useless sentences like "How do I get to the train station?" and "The air conditioning in my hotel room doesn't work."

Well, I bought a Vietnamese Phrasebook this morning on a whim to improve my vocabulary. Clearly, Lonely Planet has been doing some updating. The following choice phrases were included:

Where can I find clean syringes?

I don't know if I believe in God.

I'm completely stoned. Help.

Is there a gay telephone hotline?

I'm a heroin addict.

Seriously, guys. If you need all these sentences, stay home.


Sadia said...

i LOVE lonely planet phrasebooks. the japanese version has stuff, like:

It helps to have a sense of humor.
I'll just do it myself.
(Under the Sex section, obviously)

I think I'm high.

They're amazing.

Ryan Biesemeyer said...


Erica said...

I love it.

And stop being coy. You *know* you have a drug problem.

CVL13 said...

i was just in vietnam. i'm a CU alum. found your site through the bwog.

the crazy thing is, vietnam is a place of immense contradiction. some of it is so beautiful...and some of it is as bleak as those phrases you saw