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Lonely Planet Quechua Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) [Paperback]

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18 July 2008 Lonely Planet Phrasebook

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Trekking in the Andes will give your legs a workout, and this phrasebook will work your conversational skills at the same time. Word up on the Native American language of South America: you don't want to be tongue-tied on a mountain and have to charade 'I have a cramp', do you?

  • Two-way dictionary
  • Guide to pronunciation and phrase-building
  • Understand when someone tells you the time by the sun
  • Practicalities - how to catch a bus or find a doctor

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 Serafin M Coronel-Molina.

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 3 edition (18 July 2008)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1740597702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740597708
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful but not perfect 15 Jun 2012
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We used this book on a trip to Peru. It contains text book Quecha mostly spoken around the area of Cusco. However, there are a lot of regional dialects so its not always the words the locals would say. Most locals will understand this quite "text book" quecha, particularly around Cusco but when we got to Lake Titicaca where the dialect is different and stayed with a local family we found that the book was pretty useless. The locals there understood Spanish as well as they understood this text book quecha.

Its worth having it with you though. Its always good to make the effort with locals and is appreciated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great! 9 Jan 2012
By Anthony
I was in Peru and heading to Cusco with my girlfriend who is Peruvian herself. I speak Spanish pretty well and can hold conversations but being able to go further and say something in Quechua to the locals is far more powerful. Imagine the look on their faces when a gringo knows how to say hello or thank them in their native language. Quechua is a difficult language and in many cases, when I read things out the pronunciation was way off - there are little phonetic guides next to the words which can help you a little - but in many cases I ended up showing locals what I wanted to say or even saying it in Quechua first then Spanish then Quechua again so they knew what I was trying to say! Even if it was wrong, they still got the message.

All in all, this book is fantastic. It has tons of vocab for all situations and even a load of grammar if you're serious about it. It's only a few quid and you will kick yourself for not buying this before you get there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good little phrase book 10 Sep 2011
By Natalie
This is an ideal little book for carrying around with you, especially on holiday. Very useful for those who are learning or just want a basic knowledge of quechua!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peruvian holiday - The Inca Trail 8 April 2011
We always try to learn about the country, people and language before visit. It is good manners to attempt to speak a little of their own language.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quechua Learners Advised to Start Here 9 Feb 1999
By csgiv@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
If you want to learn the language of the Incas, you won't find yourself well served by the book publishing industry. Even if you were to ask for a grammar on Quechua in one of the little bookshops in Cuzco, you'd likely receive a Quechua/Spanish pamphlet used to teach Andean children Spanish, and written by priest with grammatical terminology more appropriate to Latin.
We English speakers, however, are fortunate to have this little phrasebook. Although I would have preferred something with much greater depth, I have to admit that as an absolute beginner, I'm best off starting here. The words chosen are those of use to the tourist and trekker. It's more than a phrasebook in that it gives the reader some insight into and practice with Quechua's suffixes, which are critical for mastery of the language. My one complaint is the pronunciation guide, which describes as 'plosives' sounds which are properly called 'ejectives'. I grant you these are arcane linguistic terms, but they are meaningful to a few of us....
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, covers a lot of material, inexpensive 21 April 2002
By lynn98109 - Published on Amazon.com
This easy-to-use reference shows how the words are built, with things like verb endings, infixes, suffixes. It's small, but it has a lot of useful material; for the price it's OUTSTANDING.
The SECOND edition is completely revised, by a different author (excellent teaching credentials), vastly more material -- both more gramatical info, and a wealth of additional vocabulary, plus there is also a Quechua-English section as well as English-Quechua, making it an even more valuable reference.
Some things are perhaps because Lonely Planet has standardized them -- I doubt you'll be asking anyone for a date in Quechua -- but it's still material to practice breaking apart the pieces.
I love the illustrations!
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good short introduction to Basic Quechua for Tourists 21 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Teaches the phrases a tourist would use to travel in the Andes. You won't be able to carry on much of a conversation, But the natives will warm up to you for trying.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the only Quechua books out there........ 11 Nov 2007
By Brian Kerecz - Published on Amazon.com
This book is an absolute must-have if going to the highlands of Peru where Spanish is not the primary language, but Quechua is. Quechua was the language of the Incas and is still spoken by approximately 10 million people in the mountains of South America, many of them in Peru. Quechua has only three vowels: a, i, and u. Additionally, the languages' large number of suffixes changes the actual meaning and implication of words, hence the need for something other than a Spanish phrasebook.

And because there are very few written materials in terms of newspapers, books, or magazines in the Quechua language, Quechua remains largely an oral language, making this book all the more valuable a resource.

If you will be trekking or going off the beaten path, this phrase book is a must have to gain a better understanding of the local people, their customs, and ways. While a Spanish phrase book will help to some extent, it's usability will diminish the farther off the beaten path one goes, as Quechua is the lingua franca of the Andes.

If there is any downside to this book, I guess it would be the fact that Lonely Planet did not make this one color coded by subject (Social, Food etc.) as they do with their Latin American Spanish phrase book. But that is a very minor detail.

Again, this is probably not necessary if you will be simply going to the cities of Lima or Cuzco, but if you plan on going off the beaten path in the highlands of Peru, this little book will come in very handy. It should be noted that because of the esoteric nature of the book (it can take several weeks to fill an order and virtually no bookstores carry this), it may take some time to arrive, so if you have a trip planned and want to take this book with you, it would be advised to order this well in advance of your leaving.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could be better 25 Aug 2008
By Robert Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
I found the booklet difficult to use. It may be a good start, but clearer instruction needs to be presented up front. For example, it needs to be plainly stated that pronunciation is as in Spanish. Also, instead of dribbling out the suffixes throughout the book, a simple suffix conjugation table that hit the main suffix uses would be much more helpful. I can use the book, but I'll be looking for better one.
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