While ordering my pages, I suddenly realised that a fairly large proportion of my site is connected in some way with my life in Chile. For those of my visitors who have a particular interest in Chile, I thought I would put together a list of all my internal links, as well as a few useful links to external Chilean pages.
I cannot tell you how much this little book helped me in my first visit to Chile and my first months after I settled here in 1998. I have never thought of myself as the 'phrasebook' type, and would probably never have bought it myself, but Roberto sent it to me in South Africa along with the Lonely Planet Guide to Chile and Easter Island (another GREAT book), and it got me through transits in Argentina, basic purchases and necessary conversations, in a time when the only Spanish I knew was some words I had picked up from really bad westerns as a kid, and Hola, tu cara es como de monito, gracias, adios!(long story).
It amazed me how many useful phrases and words were included in such a small, easy to carry book. And how spot on the compilers were! For my first visit and about two months of my living here, there wasn't a single word which I needed and could not find. Words typical to particular countries are included. In fact, I actually managed to teach myself a fair amount from this little book.
As well as the more usual type of words and phrases, it includes a number of useful sections, designed for handicapped travellers, travellers for small children, gay travellers, people looking for work, encounters with the police, and a great deal more. One thing I had to laugh at was the section entitled Dating and Romance. It includes such pertinent phrases as Por favor, no pare ("Please, don't stop") and Dame un beso ("Kiss me!") as well as a handy section called Afterwards with phrases like No puedes quedarte aqui esta noche ("You can't sleep here tonight").