Jamaicasaurus: Complete Edition - Full Color PDF e-book

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This is an e-book with over 160 pages of English-to-Jamaican translations and synonyms. For a sample of what the pages look like, click on the text images (below the main product image). You will notice that the book has text in three colors. The second-to-last paragraph below explains why.

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The Jamaicasaurus is the only translation dictionary to go from English to Jamaican Patois and the only Jamaican thesaurus in existence. It is therefore an essential resource for anyone interested in the Jamaican language. This book marks a new milestone for Jamaican as a language of increasing global interest while also serving native speakers searching for alternate words and expressions, recent slang, and older terms.  

With 3,278 entries and over 13,500 translations and synonyms, the Jamaicasaurus functions as a thesaurus by giving as many Jamaican synonyms as possible for each English word or term. One needs only to look up a Jamaican word's equivalent in English to see all the Jamaican synonyms for that word. The appendix at the back of the book additionally features extensive lists of Jamaican expletives and exclamations, odd curiosities, and the local Jamaican names for 278 species of plants and trees used in Jamaica for food, medicine, etc (listed by scientific name first). 

Sold here as a downloadable PDF e-book with a convenient clickable table of contents, this edition of the Jamaicasaurus displays Jamaican words in two different spelling formats side by side. Black text is used for English-based spellings, and green text is used for a version of the Cassidy-JLU or "Jamiekan" spelling system increasingly favoured by linguists and educators in Jamaica. The intro of the book explains how to read this Jamiekan format. It is simple to learn. But readers can also choose to read only the words in black, or only the words in green. Purple text is used for example sentences (also written in the modified Jamiekan format). 

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