[ Prime ] Duramazwi. A Shona-English DictionaryAuthor D. Dale – Z55z.co

The companion volume to A Basic English Shona Dictionary is now widely available for the first time outside Africa It contains some , main entries, and an additionalwords, derived or borrowed from other languages For each entry, definitions in Shona and English translations are given Some introduction on the structure of the Shona language is provided


3 thoughts on “Duramazwi. A Shona-English Dictionary

  1. R. F. Stevens R. F. Stevens says:

    Having spent my childhood in the Rhodesias I picked up a lot of what was called Basic Bantu, which was then mainly Shona So coming across this neat little book, with the illustrations for many of the key words, was a happy reminder of how many delights I had forgotten in forty years.It is clear the author has learnt from his previous book, the English Shona dictionary, since the presentation and illustrations here are comprehensive The one item missing here, to do with the complex Shona grammatical structure simple, logical and obvious to a Shona speaker , requires a native English speaker to buy the other two books I mention below.If you are a native Shona speaker then this book goes a long way to helping you understand how better to use the language and vocabulary as well as learn what it means in English Each word has a Shona definition, and many have Shona sentence examples, and finally there will be the English meaning.However, English speakers still need two books to be able to use Shona to any extent A Basic English Shona Dictionary, also by Dale but written earlier and a usage book, such as Beginner s Shona Chishona Hippocrene Beginner s Series by Aquilina Mawadza Both are available from .


  2. Brent W. Brent W. says:

    This has been an exciting opportunity for me and my girlfriend She is from Zimbabwe and I am from the United States This gives us an opportunity to learn about each other s native languages Thanks Brent Only thing is this item is a little over priced.


  3. Tyrell Chibvongodze Tyrell Chibvongodze says:

    I had struggled to find a Shona dictionary in bookshops in Zimbabwe when i found this one on A very useful book, i use it everyday since i am busy researching and writing stories of olden days of Shona life as part of my Paivepo Heritage Institute initiative info paivepo.org I absolutely love the illustrations which help a lot in recalling and identifying specific things, especially animals.There are however, quite a few words that i could not find in the dictionary so i have started building my own excel dictionary of extra words.