"...Lonely Planet phrase books have long taken a hip, streetwise approach." --
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 27, 2004
"Lonely Planet Phrasebooks. Portable, pocket-size, cheap, and available for
almost any country you might want to visit..." -- National Geographic
Traveler, September 2006
"This dictionary of words and phrases will be much more thorough than the
glossary in your guidebook. It'll get you through the food market, shop, or
tour." -- Cottage Living, February 2006
National Geographic Traveler, September 2006
'Lonely Planet Phrasebooks. Portable, pocket-size, cheap, and available for
almost any country you might want to visit...'
Speak the right lingo in country after country, for over 5,000 miles! This
book covers the local Spanish of: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba,
Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua,
Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela.
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet; 4 edition (October 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1740591704
- ISBN-13: 978-1740591706
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.4 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review:
I took this book with me to El Salvador this summer, and a friend I made down
there told me it was the best Spanish-English phrase book he'd seen (and he's
seen many Americans' phrase books, he says). Just a few words here and there
that he said were either antiquated, overly formal, or used in other parts of
Latin America, but not El Salvador.
Good size for carrying in your pocket or passport bag. Came in handy when I was
without my native Spanish-speaking friends.
This was a great compliment to my spanish skills. I am not fluent, and
therefore, this resource was a huge help. I would not count on just this, as we
were in many areas with no english speakers. It was a great supplement to my
Spanish I level of speaking.
I love that there were 3 dictationaries: english to spanish, spanish to english,
and restaurant terms in spanish to english. All came in very handy.
Highly recommend this pocket reference!
I've kept this little baby in my back pocket for two weeks in Peru and it has
been invaluable. Simple phrases have allowed me to catch the local buses, order
food etc. and generally come across as not a complete gringo.
I bought this for an upcoming trip to South America. It seems like it will serve
its purpose, size is just right. But since I don't know any Spanish, I'm not
sure about accuracy although the choices of words and phrases seems appropriate.
This is not a Latin American Spanish course or a full dictionary as some seem to
think it should be. It contains many useful words and phrases that are helpful
for travellers and for those taking a comprehensive language course and want to
be able to speak the language quickly. I found it quite helpful.
FOr most situations, you will find the exact phrase. For a more substantive
discussions, the dictionary is weak-ish, but it will get you through. It's a
useful accessory for any Latin American travel in case you're a total Spanish
dumm, like me. :)
I thought this was basically alright. We liked DK much better, and found
ourselves using it a lot more. DK was better at grammar and pronunciation as
well. The layout was good and easy to follow (Lonely Planet). However, a word of
caution,there is a whole social section of phrases that you will want to keep
away from the kids! This is clearly an adults only phrase book!
This book has worked out great for me. I bought it for my trip to the climbing
area, El Potrero Chico, in Mexico. Lucky for me, English will get you by around
the climbing area. However, when I wander into town, Spanish is a necessity.
This book is by no means comprehensive, but it's great for a book that fits in
your pocket. If I knew nothing about the language, it might not be enough.
However, since I took Spanish 10 years ago in High School and remember the
basics, it is perfect. I only have one small complaint...I know it is not meant
as a 2-way dictionary, but it does have a small one with important words in it.
I would prefer it if that section was larger.
I originally picked up the 3rd edition some time ago, and found it to be a
wonderful reference. The layout was easy to follow, and the dictionary had most
of the words that I would use in brief conversations. The grammar section also
helped me pick up the lttle differences that seperated Spanish form Portuguese.
Because it was so pratical and user friendly I decided to pick up a set of these
books for a brief Spanish course I was going to teach. Unfortunately the 4th
edition almost entirely left out any talk on grammar. While not much of an issue
if the book is used exclusively as a phrasebook, it is extremely limiting in
what this book can teach you. Lists of common verbs are absent. List of
conjugations are also absent. Unbelievable! While the layout has improved, and
the food dictionary is nice, I can't beleive they would voluntarily leave out
any discussion of verb conjugation! For this reason I really can't recommend
buying this book. Look for the 3rd edition. The breif information on grammar
there makes the two books worlds apart in how far they will take you in picking
up the language.