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Swahili (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) [Paperback]

Robert Leonard , Martin Benjamin , etc.
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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31 July 1998 Lonely Planet Phrasebook
Contains a comprehensive two-way dictionary with grammar and pronunciation sections; key language for any situation; conversation topics such as sport, current issues and romance; and cultural tips throughout.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (31 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864425090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864425096
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 9.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,128,609 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 alternate Paperback edition.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book provides an excellent background to the derevation of Swahili as a written language having been a spoken language for generations. There are some excellent phrases for everyday greetings, shopping and a detailed section on the grammatical intricacies for those who strive continuously to improve their swahili. However quite a lot of the phrases are irrelevant. If one needs to ask for an air-conditioned room or car rental in Swahili, then it is likely that one is in a part of East Africa where these services are unavailable. There is an easy to use English-Swahili and Swahili-English dictionary. Finally this book includes some of the latest slang terms, which are good fun to use and really impress the locals.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Not at all what I expected, much much better, I am in close contact with a Kenyan family so this book with all its details will prevent me making language and social mistakes. Since receiving book have learnt a little swahili to be able to translate. Excellent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful little book 19 Mar 2011
By SarahB
Format:Paperback
Compact and comprehensive phrase book which also contains interesting facts, cultural information and language guidance should you wish to advance your knowledge. A must for your rucksack if travelling in East Africa.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dipping your toe in ! 10 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
If you are taking a safari or beach hotel in East Africa this is a compact useful guide to allow you
a couple of local words/phrases to try out in Kiswahili. Don't expect grammar tables etc as it is aimed at the tourist
but it is accessible, lightweight and quite colourful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars making sense of swahili 4 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was an amazingly useful little book which helped to make sense of swahili and I would recommend it to anyone travelling into Kenya. You cannot beat being able to name animals in Swahili! and is amazing to be able to chat even if you pronounce things wrong with local people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swahili - Lonely Planet Phrasebook 19 July 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A great little book. Fitted easily into the side pocket of a rucksack (or handbag). Vital poiltenesses inside front cover made for quick and easy reference. Well set out with a wealth of info and detail that I wasn't in East africa long enough to get to grips with. We enjoyed speaking a few simple words and phrases and received a lot of appreciative smiles from Africans at the effort we made to speak a little of their language. All in all, I was very pleased that I took this little book along with me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, quick delivery 14 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
Very useful and up to date phrase book - son going on 2month med student placement. Delivered quickly so he could learn some before he went.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful little book 12 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I work with a couple of Swahili speakers and got this book as a bit of a joke, so I could swap phrases with them. For a small book it's very comprehensive and current. The pronunciation guidance is excellent too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just what is needed. fast delivery too.
Published 1 month ago by Nella
5.0 out of 5 stars great conpamion
Found this useful at Airport and border ASLO GREAT TO INTERPRET EXPRESSIONS,and common sayings
Would have liked a Christian section on words used in church
Published 6 months ago by lesleywilliams
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but a bit overwhelming
I cheekily got this a few days before traveling. Covers everything you need to know in an easy order and structure. Good for laid back as well as on the go learning.
Published 9 months ago by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars barabara
excellent little book, easy to use, perfect to pack and keep in your pocket.

use for language and practical info
Published 13 months ago by W. Dewberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
Excellent little book with all the phrases you might need to say in Swahili in a variety of contexts. Nice size to carry around too, could fit into a handbag or small bag. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lucy Simon
4.0 out of 5 stars good pocket guide.
If you are going to Tanzinia or where they speak Swahili, then this is a really concise and informative phrase guide. Well laid out/
Published 16 months ago by dai73
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful book
Had an English speaking guide and found lots of people who spoke English so did not use as much as I expected.
Published 16 months ago by Lotli
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little resource
The reviews about this product suggested strongly it was worth trying for my stay in Tanzania this year. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. M. Cornish
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful phrasebook
I've used Berlitz before, but this is much better and up to date for my use in Tanzania. Small and fits into the riucksack or poket very easily. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My elder grandson took charge of thus book and I never got it back...
I did start to study this book in order to use some of the phrases that it recommended. Unfortunately my elder grandson who
also came with us took a shine to it and I never... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mary, Mary Eileen
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