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Ethiopian (Amharic) Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Language Survival Kits) [Mass Market Paperback]

Tilahun Gabriel , Catherine Snow
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12 April 1996 Lonely Planet Language Survival Kits
Enjoy a katikala in an azmaribeat. Take a gari to the mehal ketema or mingle with the crowd at a bunna beat. You'll enjoy Ethiopia a whole lot more if you can speak some of the language. All the phrases you need are at your fingertips in this handy phrasebook.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications (12 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864423381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864423382
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 9.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,837,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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National Geographic Traveler, September 2006'Lonely Planet Phrasebooks. Portable, pocket-size, cheap, and available for almost any country you might want to visit...' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for travellers to Ethiopia! 4 Jan 2002
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This book is exceptionally useful. It's great for those who are just passing through or those settling in Ethiopia for longer periods. Those who think they can wing it in Ethiopia with one of the European languages are wrong! It is one of the very few countries in Africa that has never been colonised (except for a brief period of occupation by the Italians during the war). A few people are okay speaking English, but outside Addis that's mainly kids (who learn it at school) - take the book, it really is worth it!
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I found this book really useful on a recent trip to Ethiopia. I only got it in time for my trip due to the kind and helpful staff at the Oxfam online shop who expedited its despatch for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big help for new beginners from Sweden 15 Feb 2003
By Jonathan - Published on Amazon.com
We went on holiday to Ethiopa and brought this book with us. It turned out to be a very useful. The book is pedagogically constructed and you can quickly find what you're looking for. As a tourist you get a good insight of the countries culture and social behaviour. I recommed this book to everyone who is planning to go to Ethiopia on holiday or try to learn Amharic at home.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Helpful but full of mistakes 22 Jan 2001
By "kibler" - Published on Amazon.com
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Although this pocketbook is helpful for beginners it has one big mistake: phrases and words are written in Amharic letters (which is a good thing) but the authors were really careless when they proofread the book. In many cases the word (or phrase) written in Amharic does not correspond to it's English translation ... which leads to misunderstandings as soon as one uses the book for nonverbal communication (and that was the idea behind the usage of amharic letters)!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet Ethiopian Amharic Phrasebook 24 Nov 2005
By James Safron - Published on Amazon.com
This book is excellent! I don't understand some of the reviews.

It is a rare book that promotes Ethiopia and its culture. It is intended for foreign travellers to Ethiopia and not for Ethiopians who live abroad. I have travelled to Ethiopia with this book and found it very useful. I don't know what I would have done without it. I found the cultural info very useful. I think no other phrasebook offers this kind of info.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Completely Useless! 6 Jan 2005
By BigBri - Published on Amazon.com
This guide is terrible if your goal is to speak Amharic. The Achilles heel of this book is that there are no accent marks on the ethiopian phrases. If you read what is in the book there is no way you will come close to saying anything intelligible. On the positive side, all of my Ethiopian friends found this book very helpful for learning English.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Phrasebook to speak Amharic like a foreigner 15 Oct 2000
By Pete Unseth - Published on Amazon.com
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This phrasebook has lots of useful grammatical information. However, many of the examples are literal translations of the English. The results are phrases that are not good or natural Amharic. Instead, they teach you how to sound like a foreigner. Though there is an Ethiopian listed as one of the authors, it is clear that he felt pressured to produce a prodcut that was close to the English.
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