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Swahili (Lonely Planet Phrasebooks) 4th Edition
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I loved this guide so much I am buying copies for the members of my family who will be joining me for a holiday in Kenya this coming year.
It's an absolute must for any traveler!
This is one of them.
On page 11, it says:
"There are no diphthongs in Swahili (i.e. vowel sound combinations, like in English 'day'.)"
Then, in chart below (paraphrasing), book instructs:
"Symbol 'ay' will be pronounced like 'may,' so 'wewe' will be pronounced 'wayway.'"
BUT WAIT, you just said there were NO DIPHTHONGS as in "day."
Now you're going to have us pronounce EVERY "E" as an incorrect DIPHTHONG?
("Wewe" is pronounced like "e" in English "leg." It rhymes with "heh heh," not "hey-hey". Why? Because it's not a diphthong!)
This might not be a big deal, except every time I read, I now have to "auto-correct" myself for the book's mistake ("ay" is pronounced "e" as in "leg"), every time.
And readers who don't catch the book's error will be pronouncing with an unmistakable accent.
Seems like someone there just turned off their thinking cap for a moment, and steered the whole book in a decidedly less useful direction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worked great while I was in Tanzania! I was able to carry it and pick words out quickly to help me communicate with the locals.Published 7 days ago by Jamie
Perfect to "get you by." This will offer great basic information. A perfect pocket book.Published 20 months ago by S Beery
I would expect a phrasebook to provide phrases that are useful in tourist type conversations. However, the word for hello (jambo) is nowhere to be found in this book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mike Vaughn
Pretty good! Learned a lot from this book, but the locals tools me many times that I was using the wrong terms so don't be surprised if you come across some confused individuals. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Andi G. Noakes
Easy to read and to understand, just not sure how good my pronunciation is going to be.Published on July 17, 2014 by Karen A. Snooks
This was very useful during several trips, for work and leisure, in East Africa. It's very basic, and not sufficient to carry on a conversation, but useful for common phrases. Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by Shakes