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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Holidays not study, 13 April 2008
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This review is from: Basque-English, English-Basque Dictionary and Phrasebook: Spoken in France and Spain (Hippocrene Dictionary & Phrasebook) (Paperback)
Although I disagree with the other reviewer about " the little use of Basque when all Basque people speak Spanish ", I agree when said, this is a phrase book mainly for holidays, and , I add, to get on better with, and surprise / delight the Basque speakers; or to get a taste of the language, but not really for a deeper study of the Basque language or literature: The dictionary section is much too thin. I would advise to get for that the other dictionary by Gorka Aulestia.
The other Hippocrene book, " Beginner's Basque ", I found more substancial and it also includes a fair Glossary at the end of the book.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No in-depth coverage, but good for what it is., 10 Jun 2005
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This review is from: Basque-English, English-Basque Dictionary and Phrasebook: Spoken in France and Spain (Hippocrene Dictionary & Phrasebook) (Paperback)
Seeing as only 25% of the Basque Country speak Basque, and all Basque speakers population also speak Spanish, I personally don't see the point in learning a few set phrases of Basque for holiday usage. However, if one wants to do that and nothing more, this could be the right book.
The English-Basque-English dictionary hovers between basic and sufficient, the "holiday phrases" section is extensive. The grammar section is so basic that I fail to see the point of it.
The book could be useful on short trips/holidays to the Basque Country, but if you want to learn the language seriously, look elsewhere.
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