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The Rough Guide to Spanish (A Dictionary Phrasebook) Paperback – 6 May 1999
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The Rough Guide Spanish dictionary phrasebook is a highly practical introduction to the contemporary language. Laid out in clear A-Z style, it uses key-word referencing to lead you straight to the words and phrases you want - so if you need to book a room, just look up 'room'. The Rough Guide gets straight to the point in every situation, in bars and shops, on trains and buses, and in hotels and banks.
The main part of the Rough Guide is a double dictionary: English-Spanish then Spanish-English. Before that, there's a page explaining the pronunciation system we've used, then a section called The Basics, which sets out the fundamental rules of the language, with plenty of practical examples. You'll also find here other essentials like numbers, dates and telling the time.
Forming the heart of the guide, the English-Spanish section gives easy-to-use transliterations of the Spanish words wherever pronunciation might be a problem, and to get you involved quickly in two-way communication, the Rough Guide includes dialogues featuring typical responses on key topics - such as renting a car and asking directions. Feature boxes fill you in on cultural pitfalls as well as the simple mechanics of how to make a phone call, what to do in an emergency, where to change money, and more. Throughout this section, cross-references enable you to pinpoint key facts and phrases, while asterisked words indicate where further information can be found in the Basics.
In the Spanish-English dictionary, we've given not just the phrases you're likely to hear, but also all the signs, labels, instructions and other basic words you might come across in print or in public places.
Finally the Rough Guide rounds off with an extensive Menu Reader, giving a run-down of food and drink terms that you'll find indispensable whether you're eating out, stopping for a quick drink, or browsing through a local food market. Abuen viaje! have a good trip!
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The phrases that are provided in the 'Basics' section are there to illustrate grammar points and are therefore mostly irrelevant for a phrase book buyer, but great for the beginner student in Spanish.
Typical 'Rough Guide' up-to-date points of interest to the traveller to Spain are interspersed in the dictionary:
'in summer banks don't open on Saturdays'
The handy little hints and tips interspersed with the dictionary saved us from all sorts of faux pas and helped us make sense of signs, opening times and customs.
My copy is now very dog eared and grubby - always a good recommendation.
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