Friday, 21 March 2008

The Reed Samoan Picture Dictionary

The Reed Samoan Picture Dictionary ill Dale Tutill, Reed, 75 pages, paperback, NZ$29.99
ISBN 1-86948-107-0

This large format well-illustrated dictionary follows the popular format pioneered by The Reed Maori Picture Dictionary (2002). It offers more than a thousand commonly-used Samoan words, each accompanied by a pictorial explanation: Push: tulei; pushchair: nofoa tulei. The arrangement is by the alphabetical order of the English equivalent, which makes this dictionary particularly useful for English-speaking readers seeking Samoan equivalents. Some words also have sentences to make their meaning clear: Grow: toto . We grow watercress at school. E matou te toto ina kapisis vai I le a’oga.

Also listed are terms for relatives (parents:matua), everyday speech (thank you: fa’afetai), days, seasons, months, colours and parts of the body (knee:tuli). Ideal for classroom or library use, this dictionary will also be helpful in many homes. The clear layout and design is complemented by Dale Tutill’s helpful illustrations

Trevor Agnew

This review appeared in The Press, Christchurch, on 11th November 2006.

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