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Teach Yourself Swahili Dictionary

3.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 063-9785413936
ISBN-10: 0844238384
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Product Details

  • Series: Teach Yourself (McGraw-Hill)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary (January 11, 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844238384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844238388
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,273,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is a reprint of Perrott's dictionary that was first published in 1965 but based on much much earlier lexicographical work. It is a simple glossary with mostly single equivalencies given. The Swahili-English section is adequate for simple, basic sorts of vocabulary, but it contains none of the new terminology and vocabulary that has entered the language since the original lexicographical research was done. So, for instance, it would be inadequate for reading a modern Swahili newspaper, let alone a novel or modern play. Many of my students over the years have used this book and it was a useful tool given a lack of a pocket-sized Swahili dictionary that a student could easily carry around. But students had a lot of problems using the English-Swahili section of the book. Many times the gloss given for a particular English word, is not the correct one, or does not reflect modern meanings or usage.
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Format: Paperback
Next to my mefloquine tablets, this was the next-most-used resource the PC gave me. "Short" and "comprehensive" are generally mutually exclusive, but this dictionary managed to strike a good balance. If you're looking for a desk reference, there are more comprehensive dictionaries around. But if you're looking for something that doubles as a portable language reference and something to throw at black mambas, this is it.
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Format: Paperback
I am a novice Swahili speaker (knowing only that "uhuru" means freedeom and credit for even that goes to Star Trek). This book allowed me to pick up the rudiments of the language well enough that I could converse with a teacher who had spent some time in Uganda before coming to Hong Kong. I would recommend this book highly to those in education circles who have a hard time when confronted by colleagues with superior Swahili skills.
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Format: Paperback
I was perfectly content with this Swahili dictionary as a desktop reference ... until I noticed that it doesn't include some very obvious nouns, such as cheetah (duma), ruby (yakuti), or tarantula (bui). It also neglects to mention that many of these words will only be understood by 'formal' Swahili speakers on the coast and in Nairobi. Inland speakers use a related, but less complex, form of the language.
Still, this works for a basic at-home reference, especially if combined with an online Swahili translation reference such as the Living Swahili Dictionary (...)
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By A Customer on September 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is useful in that it is simple and caters for the beginner however in a predominantly spoken language like Kiswahili there are usually multiple translations for each word. As this book only gives one or two translations for each word then it can be misleading at times.
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