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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books Inc.,U.S. (1 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781804809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781804806
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 10.9 x 3.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Swahili is one of the Bantu languages, which form the branch of the Niger-Congo family. Its vocabulary is basically Bantu, but many words are borrowed from Arabic.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By VENTURINI VIVIANA on 11 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
This Swahili/English - English/Swahili pocket dictionary is very handy. Its 596 pages cover over 35,000 entries in both languages. The English words have the phonetic transcriptions, whereas the Swahili nouns have their plurals shown in brackets.
As it is written in the foreword, this practical dictionary proves to be "an aid in navigating the growing global vocabulary of politics, telecommunications, computers, the Internet, tourism, business and travel."
At the end of the book there are some useful pages on English irregular verbs (infinitive Swahili verbs are given in brackets), Swahili noun classes, useful phrases and vocabulary, cardinal numbers, ordinal numbers, weighs and measures, time, days of the week, months, star signs.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on 17 Mar. 2004
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This dictionary is ideal for students travelling to Swahili-speaking countries for elective placements. It has all the usual vocabulary, but also has a lot of medical terminology that will be useful in speaking with patients.
It's a similar size to the ubiquitous Oxford Handbooks, so it fits nicely into the pocket of a white coat.
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This excellent dictionary is clear and simple to use with all words you need as beginner and intermediate/advanced.
excellent value for money
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By peterwoodruff on 8 Feb. 2015
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Practical indeed, and very handy! 11 Dec. 2004
By VENTURINI VIVIANA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This Swahili-English / English-Swahili pocket dictionary is very handy. Its 596 pages cover over 35,000 entries in both languages. The English words have the phonetic transcriptions, whereas the Swahili nouns have their plurals shown in brackets.

As it is written in the foreword, this practical dictionary proves to be "an aid in navigating the growing global vocabulary of politics, telecommunications, computers, the Internet, tourism, business and travel."

At the end of the book there are some useful pages on English irregular verbs (infinitive Swahili verbs are given in brackets), Swahili noun classes, useful phrases and vocabulary, cardinal numbers, ordinal numbers, weighs and measures, time, days of the week, months, star signs.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A must-have for the traveling physician or medical student 25 May 2003
By Kathleen M. Berchelmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This small dictionary and phrase book fits easily into your lab coat pocket and will prove to be infinately helpful for physicians and students traveling among Swahili speaking populations. There is a small but comprehensive medical section in the back that outlines body parts and useful questions like, "are you having diarrhea".
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Not so very good 7 Jun. 2005
By Katya - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Yes, this dictionary has lots of words (as another reviewer states), but that doesn't make it great. It does not tell you the most important thing about Swahili nouns - what class they are in. This means that for the learner, the dictionary is pretty useless if you're trying to construct a decent sentence!

Unfortunately it's pretty much the only big dictionary available so you probably have to buy it, but don't expect too much from it.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Lots of words, somewhat less actual help 7 July 2006
By R. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the biggest English-Swahili/Swahili-English dictionary I've seen, but it doesn't offer much beyond the words. I have had some success using it in conjunction with the Pimsleur audio course, which I think is really good, but on it's own I don't believe this item would be much help. I'd love to see some usage notes or idiomatic translations.

If all you need are the words themselves, this is the dictionary for you. On the other hand, if you want to learn to use the words conversationally, this is at best one tool you'll want in your toolkit.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Good Basic Dictionary 6 July 2007
By R. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As someone who has studied -- and speaks-- other languages, I was a little skeptical about buying this book. However, after using it to get through my Swahili classes, I would say that this is a good dictionary. Its greatest failing is that you really can't STUDY Swahili with the book (for example, it is crucial that you understand how Swahili noun classes, causative, and relatives function-- and none of this is covered in the book). However, if you really want to go wrong with almost any language, start by using a dictionary as a study tool! If you are trying to learn Swahili on your own, try Joan Russell's Teach Yourself Swahili. If you have a good teacher--which I would highly recommend--then this is a great source to organize and build vocabulary. Bahati nzuri!
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