Item description for Berlitz Hide This Spanish Book (Berlitz Hide This Book) (Spanish Edition) by Berlitz Publishing...
This isn't your parents' language book! It's not the French and Spanish you learned in school. This uncensored language guide has everything you need to speak real French or Spanish, from cool lingo to hard-core insults. Whether you're a student who's eager to learn street speak, a lover of French or Spanish who wants to talk the language of love, or a traveler ready to really hang out with natives, you'll be up-to-date on the expressions used by the masses.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Berlitz Hide This Spanish Book (Berlitz Hide This Book) (Spanish Edition)?
It's ok Nov 10, 2007
I thought this book was more about dirty language, instead it's pickup lines and slang. Although it does teach a few of the four letter words, there's no actual section that just lists those words. It has helped me though getting a better understanding of what some of my fellow spanish speaking employees are talking about.
Comprehensive Review Oct 28, 2007
This book is great -- it thoroughly addresses the different slang words you would want to know. It doesn't give every word, and some of the translations are a teensy bit off ("tengo un sed" instead of "tengo sed" for "I am thirsty") but nothing's perfect. A great buy!
If you really want to know what's being said. . . Mar 26, 2005
you've got to get this book.
Whenever a guy wants to learn a foreign language, he wants to learn the "dirty" words. This books deals with those words, but it's NOT limited to just "dirty" words. Instead, it's more of an updated and real world Spanish phrase / slang book that covers the following subjects:
1. Basic Expressions or "How to say hello without sounding geeky"
2. from Hooking Up to Breaking Up
3. Love and Sex
4. Gay and Lesbian Life
5. Sports and Games
If you travel to different Spanish speaking countries, the book identifies the words and phrases / slangs that have unique meaning in certain countries, e.g. the word "coger."
If you're a sports fan and you like to attend sporting events, this book explains what the fans are chanting. Words that you won't find in any Spanish dictionary or phrase book.
If you're a female, I strongly recommend this book. When I was traveling through Peru, I meet a woman from Switzerland who was backpacking alone through South America for 6 months. Being alone, she was being harassed by men. A Peruvian woman took pity on her and helped her develop a list of words and phrases to tell guys to leave her alone. She showed me that list. Many of the words and phrases on that list can be found in this book. I think she would have benefited from having this book in her travel.
If you need to know how to pronounce the words and phrases in this book, Berlitz has a website where you can hear it so you can pronounce it correctly:
I personally refrain from using foul language and I'm not impressed with those that do, but the use of foul language is a fact of life even in Spanish speaking countries. You don't have to use it, but you should be able to recognize it especially if it's being directed at you. In the case of the Swiss woman who was traveling alone, her usage of insult and profanity to ward off unwanted attention may have been her only defense when confronted with a harasser.
One final thing. . . this is not a comprehensive book. I'm familiar with a few common Mexican slang / insult words and those words aren't found in this book. Perhaps Berlitz is going to come out with a "Hide This Mexican Spanish Book"?