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Lonely Planet Costa Rican Spanish Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) [Paperback]

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22 Oct 2010 Lonely Planet Phrasebook

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Grab this phrasebook and trade tiquismos with the Ticos, chase the best beach break, track down a toucan and go home knowing you've had an all-round pura vida time.

Our phrasebooks give you a comprehensive mix of practical and social words and phrases in more than 120 languages. Chat with the locals and discover their culture ? a guaranteed way to enrich your travel experience.

Lonely Planet gets you to the heart of a place. Our job is to make amazing travel experiences happen. We visit the places we write about each and every edition. We never take freebies for positive coverage, so you can always rely on us to tell it like it is.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet and Thomas Kohnstamm.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 3 edition (22 Oct 2010)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1741047684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741047684
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 9.2 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful size 11 Mar 2011
By Apicius
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Useful for Costa Rica - slang section could be larger. Great to break the ice and show Ticans that you've taken the trouble to learn a little Spanish (which makes a lot of difference) PURA VIDA!
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4.0 out of 5 stars covers pretty much everything 11 Feb 2013
By HC24
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all phrases, including the ones you think do not need are covered. there are also some useful tips and information pages. small enough not to cause a nuisance when travelling. would definitely recommend it, although many people in Costa Rica speak some English ( it is common courtesy to attempt some Spanish! )
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally up to date! 2 Mar 2012
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Ordered this book for a friend of mine who was going to Casta Rica on Hols and she was totally very pleased with all the info in this book!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Previous Editions 15 Mar 2012
By John M. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
I haven't seen this new edition, but the previous editions were seriously flawed. You may look at my reviews of those books. The author made some corrections in the last edition, but it still had very basic language mistakes throughout. I guess the book's intent is misguided in the first place. You don't really need a "basic" "Costa Rican" phrasebook. For that purpose any basic Spanish phrasebook would do. And then the problem I found by consulting the book and in a few emails with the writer is that he was not an expert at all on Costa Rican Spanish or Spanish in general. So he made mistakes in Spanish and specifically in his assumption of what Costa Ricans would say or what terms they would use. I have a feeling he's just someone that was in the position to publish this book and no doubt make some big bucks from its publication. If Lonely Planet were serious about this publication the book would have a true expert or experts on Costa Rican Spanish writing it. My original recommendation still goes, which is to buy a good bilingual dictionary instead. What are my qualifications for this review? B.A., M.A., Ph.D., all in Spanish, 20 years of language instruction, married to a Tica for 7 years (7 long years by the way), learned Spanish originally in Costa Rica, have spent several years there overall and several more in Central America and Mexico, and several years of interpreting and translating experience, etc.

Well, now that I look again, maybe this is the last edition I did see, just with a different cover.

Update: I'm in Costa Rica right now and yesterday at the University of Costa Rica bookstore I had a chance to see this new edition. The very first page of the book starts out with what looks like almost the exact email response I sent to the author years ago about the "voseo" in Costa Rica. He now states, correctly, that it's used in Costa Rica, not "tú". However, just briefly thumbing through the book I saw mistakes and the use of "tú" rather than "vos". I also took a moment to look at the pronunciation section. Apparently he's still has the Australian English equivalents for the the vowel sounds, not American English. Again, all these mistakes would be avoided if a real expert on Spanish and particularly Costa Rican Spanish were to write the book. Ironically, several Costa Ricans have told me this week that the "voseo" is actually disappearing from Costa Rican Spanish and that more and more young people are using only "usted". I just had two more people confirm this for me. So this author might want to once again revise his book.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not helpful 18 Jan 2014
By Renee Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
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We didn't find this book helpful at all while we were in Costa Rica. Most of the words we wanted to look up weren't in there. We found the native people to be much more helpful than the book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Costa Rica Phrase Book 29 May 2012
By Michele Wilhelm - Published on Amazon.com
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Used this book on trip to Costa Rica. Only knew a few phrases in Spanish before I went. It was useful and organized well with common phrases divided into topics and pronunciations and grammar rules. It is small enough to easily keep on hand. Glad I had it with me.
4.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive and great for looking up phrases quickly 3 Jan 2012
By philephan81 - Published on Amazon.com
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took this along to costa rica and has everything you need. divided into sections such as transportation, dining, etc. it has a section in the beginning about pronounciation. and also has good tips on costa rican specific spanish and customs
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This book had some value but...... 22 Mar 2011
By Christopher Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
I am a serious student of the Spanish language and have lived in Costa Rica for a number of years. I must admit that the new edition is an improvement over precious ones. Probably the best part of the booklet is the brief discussion on grammar and some of the daily situations which are covered. Although it is not a complete course on the subject of grammar it does give some basics. I do realize that it is impossible to cram every grammatical concept into a book this short. it is designed for travelers and NOT for people who want to live in Costa Rica and does fit the mold of the publisher's other books on Latin American Spanish in that sense. Where I think it really falls short is that the author is not a native speaker nor does he live full-time in Costa Rica. Therefore, I question the booklet's accuracy in terms of the local culture and slang. I feel it should have been written by a Costa Rican or by an English/Spanish speaking foreigner who has resided in the country for a long time. Other than that I have no complaints about it.
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