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Concise Amharic Dictionary: 002 Hardcover – 1 Jul 1992

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  • Hardcover: 538 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (1 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520026608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520026605
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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By muushuu10 on 5 Feb. 2015
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Super helpful dictionary for a beginning student of Amharic!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Best widely available Amharic - English - Amharic dictionary 25 Aug. 2001
By Pete Unseth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Leslau's dictionary has been the standard for years, and deservedly so. He not only has thousands of entries in each half of the dictionary (English-Amharic, Amharic-English), he also gives extensive notes on grammatical usage, such as whether an Amharic verb takes a direct object suffix, or an indirect object suffix. The entries cover a wide variety of topics: tools, holidays, body parts, etc. There are other dictionaries available, but they are very difficult to find in most countries: Dr. Amsalu Aklilu's excellent work published in Ethiopia and Ahmed Zekaria's published in India. Kane's 2 vol. Amharic- English dictionary is too expensive for most people, and has no English-Amharic section. If you need an Amharic-English-Amharic dictionary, this is a fine book. The University of California paperback edition is much, much cheaper than the hardback Harrassowitz edition from Germany, no difference in contents.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Adopting made easier 3 Sept. 2000
By Vicki J Lynar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We've recently adopted two Ethiopian children who spoke only Amharic when they first came to us. We searched for ages to find a dictionary that would suit our needs for communicating with them and also for teaching them English. After using a tiny phrasebook with limited words and only English-Amharic (one of our children could read well in Amharic) we needed a better way. And after looking through the internet for a while, a found this book and bought it. It's explained many things that before would not have been possible, and made the necessary communication all the easier. It is also helping the kids greatly in their English and understanding of things around them. Thanks heaps!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Adopting made easier 3 Sept. 2000
By Vicki J Lynar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We've recently adopted two Ethiopian children who spoke only Amharic when they first came to us. We searched for ages to find a dictionary that would suit our needs for communicating with them and also for teaching them English. After using a tiny phrasebook with limited words and only English-Amharic (one of our children could read well in Amharic) we needed a better way. And after looking through the internet for a while, I found this book and bought it. It's explained many things that before would not have been possible, and made the necessary communication all the easier. It is also helping the kids greatly in their English and understanding of things around them. Thanks heaps!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Best Dictionary Out There 17 Feb. 2007
By Joaquin Menchaca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I learned some Amharic from Ethiopian friends at high school and college. I was rather fascinated by the deep rich culture. This dictionary is just plain amazing. It includes both English-Amharic and Amharic-English sections, and utilizes the actual Ethiopian alphabet and phonetic guide.

For an English speaker, I would recommend getting copy of the alphabet displayed in grid format, and run though memorization of the alphabet with an indigenous speaker. This way, you'll be able to utilize the dictionary to the fullest potential.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Finally able to communicate! 9 May 2003
By Suzann Nitecka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We got a maid from Ethiopia to help with our baby girl. The agency said that her English is fair, which meant it wasn't fluent but we could communicate.
However when she arrived we found that she only knows 5 or 10 English words. We both work and it was a big problem and risk to leave her with our 18 month old.
We ordered this dictionary to be able to communicate with her.
Perfect choice!
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