books Shona-English/English-Shona Dictionary and Phrasebook (Dictionary and Phrasebooks) –

Shona, or ChiShona, a Bantu language spoken by eight million people in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, is the official and most widely spoken language of Zimbabwe Designed for the traveler, this compact guide provides the means for basic communication in Shona, featuring a two way dictionary and phrasebook with practical and cultural information , dictionary entries Pronunciation guide A basic grammar Essential phrases Ideal for the traveler and student In general, this is a decent book considering the general availability and quality of books for Shona , but there are some serious problems with the general structure and pedagogical approach, in my opinion For instance, one section discusses the fact that certain letter combinations in Shona have a very non intuitive pronunciation, and lists some examples but it doesn t provide an actual pronunciation So all you can learn is that your intuition will be wrong, but not what is correct Omissions like this make the book nice for a Shona book, but quite poor for a language learning resource in general. Provides the need for reference translation in the lack of an online utility but does not address shona urban slang Easy to use and to understand, excellent 2 part dictionary section and then a series of everyday situations and the likely phrases needed. I find this book very handy and helpful.It contains many translations and useful phrases and I definitely recommend this book if you want to learn improve your shona Also,I like how it has a variety of different sections e.g travel,communicating, food and drink, shopping, health etc Also, within the sections it tells you different phrases and words and how to use them in a particular context.Overall this book is very good