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Samoan Dictionary: Samoan-English-Samoan: Samoan-English, English-Samoan [Paperback]

G.B. Milner

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  • Paperback: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Pasifika Press; Rep Sub edition (31 Oct 1992)
  • Language: Samoan, English
  • ISBN-10: 0908597126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0908597123
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.9 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,840,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 23 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is the best Samoan dictionary I've used! Besides its qualities already mentioned, it also has sample sentences for each word. It gives all definitions for the words, and definitions are precise. Don't settle for anything less!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dear friend to the adult Samoan language learner 25 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
25 years ago, I arrived at my school site as a Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa. I soon figured out that the key to having a good experience was to learn Samoan. This dictionary was a dear friend in that process. While I was immersed in Samoan every day, I used this dictionary and whatever written matter I could find for a couple of hours every day to supplement the spoken Samoan I was learning. My Samoan eventually got to be pretty good for a Palagi, and this dictionary was a great help. Faafetai tele lava ia G. B. Milner.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Check it out! 15 April 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I have personally used this book many times at work to find the meaning of Samoan words. It is written very well, with all of the diacritical marks - including the ˙okina (glottal stop) and kahako (macron), to allow for correct pronounciation. The book is beautifully bound in a neat hard cover, with burgundy red as the main colour, and with a yellow flower motif running down the side, and a yellow title line, "Samoan Dictionary".
Go check it out! It˙s worth the price. Soifua!
-Kaliko Trapp, Hilo, Hawai˙i
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Availability 26 Oct 2010
By J. Leigh - Published on Amazon.com
Everyone has already raved about this in their reviews. So as not to be redundant I want to address the issue of how to get a copy of this at an affordable price since it appears to be out of print, and copies that are in good condition seem to be really expensive.

While it is out of print in the US, it is readily available in New Zealand- from Wheeler Books. They can be ordered online (just google for the company) and will ship to the US. Amazon doesn't allow me to quote prices but I can safely say you can get a fresh new copy of the book for at least 1/3 the price of the equivalent sold by the other Amazon resellers.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As Good as my Pukui (Hawaiian-English Dictionary) 31 May 2013
By jh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Alofa tatou. Aloha e kakou. Hello to all of us.

Just received it. Gagana Samoa course starting soon, so need it now. It looks as thorough and useful as Mary Pukui's legendary dictionary. Besides hoping to learn enough to decipher what my German-Samoan homies are saying, visit family, and maybe get a teaching assignment there someday, I especially like comparing similarities between gagana Samoa and 'olelo Hawai'i, and all the major Polynesian languages. This dictionary should help immensely.

But my Pukui is a hardcover and cost about half the price. Was a bit surprised to see Milner's dictionary was not only paperback but bound with a plastic spine. Wonder how long that will last. The photo does not accurately depict the appearance of the version received. For some unknown reason, I missed [Paperback] in the title; my bad for not noticing. Also, Kaliko in Hilo mentioned getting the hardcover version, but way back in 1997. So I was surprised to see it was a paperback.

For $80, though, guess I was expecting leather-bound with gold engraving! As recommended by J. Leigh, tried to get it for less from Wheeler Books in NZ, but their website said it was unavailable. Could never find it or anything similar in book sales or used [pre-owned?] book shops. No doubt its rarity is the reason for the extreme price.

Well, it's here now, and since the initial shock wore off, I welcome it to my collection of language books. Talofa lava, e komo mai, tusi lomifefeloi. I look forward to using it in class but might need a magnifying glass to distinguish between some of the teeny font italicized letters. Tofa soifua, a hui hou.


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