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Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean Spanish phrase book

1. Posted by El Boot (Full Member 106 posts) 9y


Im goin to south america in 6 weeks and im wondering if anyone cann recommend a useful phrase book that will help me deal with situations i may directions, booking tickets/hotels, ordering food/drinks or things like this,....

I went for some lessons but i felt a lot of the things i was being taught was irrelevant and i also cant really afford them...

Thanks in advance

2. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 9y

Hi Butts,

The Lonely Planet S\Latin American Phrase book is very good and very small and easy to use.

Most importantly it's LAtin American and not Spanish (which as you'll soon find out are two different things!)

That's what we've got anyway :)


3. Posted by johnstar (Budding Member 53 posts) 9y

hola butts,

I have a few guides and one is a lonely planet Peru guidebook which has most of the phrases that you would need and also in brackets how you would pronounce them too which is really helpful too.

Other than that i picked up a Latin American guide book (pocket size) at Gatwick Airport last year for five pound so it might pay you to have a look in a bookstore close by or at the airport.

Buena Suerte!

4. Posted by Macachae (Full Member 240 posts) 9y

The real usuful book is a good pocket dictionary (many of them has a section of phrases), with the time you'll increase your vocabulary while you try to talk with patient locals.
And i know a little bit ;)

5. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 9y

The book Taffski mentioned has a very funny sex section.
It translates thing like 'Is it in yet', 'I will finish myself off'

Whichever book you get certainly get the Latin America version.So many people in South America speak English now especially Argentina and everyone was so helpful.Although it is good to practise the language.

6. Posted by Macachae (Full Member 240 posts) 9y

I would like to know wich did you take??? and in the future tell us your experience.... Thanks