Chilenismos : A Dictionary and Phrasebook for Chilean Spanish : Chilenismos-English, English-Chilenismos

Chilenismos : A Dictionary and Phrasebook for Chilean Spanish : Chilenismos-English, English-Chilenismos

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Perseus Publishing
Chile is known for having created an enormous amount of distinct words and expressions. Consequently, the Spanish spoken in Chile is frequently indiscernible to gringos and native Spanish speakers alike. This dictionary and phrasebook collects over 1,500 of these terms and idioms, known as "Chilenismos," and expresses them in simple English. The book also explores the roots of Chilenismos and explains the grammatical constructions and idiosyncratic speech patterns particular to Chileans. This is an ideal guide for tourists, businesspeople, and anyone who plans to spend time in Chile.

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Is perfecto all that perfecto in Chile? When you "throw out the chicken" are you sorting house pets or leaving town? Castilian Spanish may be the official language of Chile, but daily life is served with such a rich brew of idioms that even native Spanish speakers have difficulties. Journalist Joelson gives gringos a chance to communicate by describing local terms and applying them to a range of social situations, including holidays, dining out, gossiping about people and their moods, and even dealing with illicit activities, violence and death. Joelson includes guides on grammar, Chilean pronunciation, and adopted English words, which take on a new meaning and a new music in Chile. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Hippocrene Books, c2005
ISBN: 9780781810623
Branch Call Number: 467.0983 J591c 2005
Characteristics: xii, 185 p. ; 19 cm


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