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author of the
best-selling books "World Cruising Destinations "
"World Cruising Routes"
" [FRENCH FOR CRUISERS] is particularly helpful for sailors cruising the Caribbean where French is widely spoken from Haiti in the west to Martinique in the east, but just as useful for anyone heading for the South Pacific, to French Polynesia and beyond.
Personne ne doit partir en voyage sans ce livre !... (No one should leave on a voyage without this book)."
The Cruising Guide to the Windward
Martinique, the language is French. And though an increasing number
of people speak English, it is by no means a bilingual society.
Some knowledge of French is very helpful.
book is also of great help. It is called FRENCH FOR CRUISERS by
Kathy Parsons, and unlike most phrase books, it is thoroughly researched,
beautifully laid out and comprehensive – it even includes
boat and engine parts.”
This Old Boat
"Kathy Parsons' FRENCH FOR CRUISERS and SPANISH FOR CRUISERS
are not just seemed-like-a-good-idea books that relieve you of a
few dollars only to fill up the bookshelf.
Tightly focused on the communication needs of the cruising sailor,
these books are the next best thing to having a bilingual companion
when you go ashore.
some ways they are better because they include hundreds of technical
and local words that are likely to be unknown even to someone conversationally
A well-found cruising boat
has aboard all the tools necessary to maintain the boat. FRENCH
FOR CRUISERS and SPANISH FOR CRUISERS belong in this category."
The Gentleman's Guide to Passages South, Tricks of the Trade and
Guide to Spanish Virgin Islands
"With SPANISH FOR CRUISERS Kathy blasted through the language
barrier. Now she does French! -- ordering the chaotic in cruiser-friendly
easy look-up format.
out and meet the world while cruising. Wiggle your eyebrows, wave
your arms, point to things and words and have fun, but do it with
Kathy's single source for communicating cruisers."
“For cruisers sailing in foreign-speaking countries, Parsons’
language guides to boat gear, maintenance, repairs and getting around
safely are the equivalent of linguistic ground tackle: absolutely
book is simply the finest resource for English speakers who are
muddling along in French-speaking waters.”
S/V Tackless II
"The Admiral's Angle" - Latitudes and Attitudes - July 2009
"Today’s cruisers are very lucky. In additional to all the primers, language programs and Lonely Planet phrase books, we have Kathy Parsons’ SPANISH FOR CRUISERS and FRENCH FOR CRUISERS.
... What makes her books so special is that she gives us strategies for jumping right in, for making the most of what little we may have, and then she provides the vocabulary that applies to our very particular lifestyle, words that are rarely in regular dictionaries and certainly not in tourist phrase books."
Seven Seas Cruising Association Bulletin
in Iles de Saintes (Guadeloupe - FWI)
starter has to be fixed, and Tony Bullard needs to surrender
it to a guy on a small cargo boat who will take it over to the
mainland to get it fixed.]
I figured out I should go to the commercial
dock and find a ... cargo ship named "La Parisienne" and
ask for a crew man by the name of Maxou. ... Maxou came onto
the pier and I quickly learnt he could not speak a word of English.
So I pulled out my communications life saver, Kathy Parsons's
FRENCH FOR CRUISERS.
... I pointed at phrases in the FRENCH FOR
CRUISERS book. By pointing at the mechanic section of the book
and pointing at the starter and saying "démarreur" which
means "starter" and "réparer" which
means "to repair". I got the point across to Maxou.
[Next day] we biked over to the commercial
docks at 1400 and waited ... There was no sign of "La Parisienne" ...
Using my copy of FRENCH FOR CRUISERS again I learned that the
boat was due in shortly.
... Maxou jumped off the boat and communicating
with FRENCH FOR CRUISERS he quickly told (showed) me that the
starter was not fixed and that the mechanics had not even seen
it yet, but that he would call him. On Friday ... another crew
... told me the mechanics was fixing the starter and it would
be ready for Monday. I asked (pointed) how much it was going
to cost me ...
On Monday afternoon the "La Parisienne" showed up
at 1500 and my starter was on board and repaired."
French for Cruisers
have for cruising French Islands
has got it all. We used this guide in the French islands in the
Caribbean and we knew what we were ordering, could ask for certain
foods or products at the market, find the boat parts we need
replacements for, and explain what the engine was doing.
Kathy's pages help to make complete sentences. Nouns are nice but who wants
to go into a market and just say "ham". How about "I would
like twelve thin slices of ham"?
Didn't need to know all the names for the pastries (although many are in
the book). With Kathy's help I could point to the case and say "this
one, no the one behind it, yes, that one"!
Asking directions was possible. Understanding them wasn't a bad experience
either! grin. Occasionally we would find detailed weather reports posted
on land. Hoorah! We could read them.
Not a bad book for landlubbers visiting the French islands either."
at West Marine
FOR CRUISERS and SPANISH FOR CRUISERS] have everything a sailor
needs to communicate in a Spanish or French-speaking country.
are not only easy to understand, but they give us sailors all
the vital words we NEED to know for our boats !
They are just as important as any spare part, electronics, or
cruising guide. "
The Sailor's Guide to Martinique / Le
Guide du Plaisancier en Martinique
practical and easy to use phrasebook, nautical dictionary, and
conversation guide very helpful for anyone cruising the French
- Guadeloupe - FWI)
our new FRENCH FOR CRUISERS really helped us navigate in restaurants
and with marine businesses.
Lisa worked with the local
canvas shop to design a sun awning system that works great, but
she was nervous when placing the order which was entirely in French.
She also took a walk-in appointment to get her haircut and ended
up with one of the best haircuts she had ever had.
food and asked for the bill like an old pro. We rented a car for
a day, and he found the way to several rum distilleries without
any problems! "
Books & Charts
SSCA Annual Gathering: A Success
Kathy Parsons was there, discussing cruising the French Canals.
Her books, FRENCH FOR CRUISERS and SPANISH FOR CRUISERS, are
wonderful--we can't keep them on the shelf."
Alliance Française de la Grenade
(Grenada - West Indies)
the author's method of representing French phonetics does not conform
to the scientific standard (which would require previous knowledge
of the International Phonetic Alphabet), the method invented by
the author is certainly substantive, rigorous and effective."
Parsons’ FRENCH FOR CRUISERS will have you ordering that
tilt friction nut for your outboard in Martinique or asking the
fisherman in Les Saintes to gut that snapper for you, at the flip
of a page.
book is a must-have tool for any Caribbean or world cruiser."
really like the French island supermarkets. They have a good selection
of all foods, although all the labels are in French.
... I have been cooking for my family since
1971 and can recognize cuts of meat easily. However, in a French
grocery store where meat is prepackaged and frozen into individual
cutlet size steaks and then again wrapped in another layer of
packaging with a label, I need to take the FRENCH FOR CRUISERS
guide with me! ... "
French for Cruisers
FOR CRUISERS, Kathy's newly completed follow-up to SPANISH FOR
CRUISERS, is at the top of my list of books I wish I'd had when
I began my first circumnavigation.
The numerous silent letters in French words makes their pronunciation
exasperatingly difficult for English speakers. Kathy solved this
problem better than other phrase books I've used, by arranging
columns with the English subject on the left, French spelling
in the center with silent letters in light gray color, and a
easy to understand phonetic pronunciation column on the right. "