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This easy to use book facilitates learning Swahili.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Swahili (Lonely Planet Phrasebook) (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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Initial post: 4 Jun 2009 23:13:40 BDT
A Passer By says:
Sounds good! Thanks for your review!
Posted on 9 May 2013 19:49:40 BDT
Mrs G says:
You've persuaded me to buy it. :)
Posted on 31 Jan 2014 19:04:28 GMT
S. L. Nicholls says:
"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."
That just doesn't make sense..these services are widely available so why not use Swahili?
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