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Somali-English, English-Somali Dictionary and Phrasebook (Hippocrene Dictionary & Phrasebook) Paperback – June, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0781806213 ISBN-10: 0781806216

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  • Series: Hippocrene Dictionary & Phrasebook
  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781806216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781806213
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nicholas Awde is an author and linguist specializing in the Caucasus, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He has authored more than 25 titles.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Wolven on January 15, 2007
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I'm learning Somali in order to better communicate with recently arrived refugees in the US, most of whom are from southern Somalia. Many of the entries in this dictionary are words used in the north of Somalia and are not understood by many from the south. People from Mogadishu, Kismayo, Jilib, and Galkaayo have told me this. That said, I have found the dictionary to be useful at times and is just about the only printed Somali-English/Eng-Som dictionary I have found.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alies on February 12, 2007
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As an English teacher for Somali refugees this has been of great help. It doesn't always have all the words that we use in the US, but it does help me get the message accross. It has also has helped me understand their problems without having to always go to an interperter. It has alowed me to teach some difficult concepts when you are only panamiming. The students have really enjoyed me learnign their language. It gets me close enough to the correct pronunciation that they can correct me.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kat on August 11, 2005
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I purchased this small book for a refugee I am sponsering from Somalia. He was very excited to get this book and told me this is an excellent reference he can keep with him in his pocket while he is learning english and starting to work in america.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Sullivan on October 17, 2010
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Of course, when I bought this dictionary, there were no others on the market at all. There are still only a few Somali language resources, but this one packs a punch. For a small book (176 pages), it covers a lot of ground. The first 80 pages are straight dictionary pages. (English to Somali and Somali to English). The remaining pages are organized like a phrase book, ordered by category. The book also covers how to read and pronounce Somali. (Though it's written in Roman characters, there are some pronunciation guidelines, like Pinyin for Mandarin).

I'm just a Somali language enthusiast and not fluent by any stretch, but this book is great. I've worked with and been around a lot of Somalis (in the Minneapolis area) and they are always shocked and thrilled to encounter a non-Somali speaking Somali.

I bought two copies of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue on February 10, 2010
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I work with children from all over the world, and I've encountered many speakers of Somali. They love that I'm attempting to speak their language, and I've been told this is the very same book that some parents are using to improve their English. It's extremely useful, but the pronunciation guide is a little cryptic, and it lacks the international phonetic spelling. That would be a 5-star improvement, but I'm giving it 4 stars because it's a great introduction to the Somali language, and I'm learning. Thanks for reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wilken on December 29, 2008
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This dictionary was written for the tourist rather than for a culturist but contains a good introduction to Somalian grammer, prounciation, travel phrases.
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This is a great book, nicely divided into sections like Introductions, Shopping, and Food and Drink that make it seem like it would be a good book for tourism or a pocket guide when communicating with Somali speakers. However in order to use it, an English speaker would have to first spend considerable time developing a basic understanding for the letters and sounds of the Somali alphabet. There are a few pages dedicated to teaching this pronunciation in the beginning, as well as sections that go over the word order of sentences and questions and other grammar points. It was a little more work than I had anticipated. Occasionally I have the opportunity to have a Somali speaker help me, but things are slow going when I am on my own.
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Really good for Somali or American reader to help with typical translations. Not a comprehensive resource by any means but it is a good thing for Somali refugees/travelers coming here or for an american going to Somalia.
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