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    1. Newton's Telecom Dictionary, 21st Edition: Covering Telecommunications, Networking, Information Technology, The Internet, Fiber Optics, RFID, Wireless, and VoIP
    by Harry Newton
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    Asin: 1578203155
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-22)
    Publisher: CMP Books
    Sales Rank: 1375
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    Book Description

    This is the world's bestselling and most comprehensive reference book on telecom, data communications, networking, computing and the Internet, with over 675,000 copies sold. Featuring 500 new terms plus hundreds more updated and expanded entries, the 21st edition of Newton's Telecom Dictionary weighs in at over four times larger than any other telecom and IT dictionary, and includes wireless, broadband, VoIP, RFID, and fiber optics terms.

    Packed with over 22,400 definitions, it explains technical concepts in non-technical language that anyone can understand. It's used by more leading technology companies for training and employee orientation than any other text.

    Four bonus sections include: Harry Newton's favorite money-saving tips for telecom, computing, and more; what happens when telecom services are suddenly free?—a vision for this business in the 21st century; how you should orient your precious telecom budget in today's tight times; disaster recovery planning to protect your computing and telecom resources.

    Most dictionaries are updated every ten to twenty years. Not this one. Newton updates this dictionary every day and issues a new, expanded, improved and updated edition every ear. This edition is current as of Spring 2005.
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    2. Webster's New World(tm) Dictionary and Thesaurus, Second Edition
    by CharltonLaird, The Editors of Webster's New World
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    Asin: 0764565451
    Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
    Publisher: Webster's New World
    Sales Rank: 28089
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    * Completely revised from the previous edition.
    * Increased page count
    * More dictionary entries - 61,000 total
    * 13,000 thesaurus entries
    * 3,000 new dictionary terms, such as biscotti,, gene therapy, home page, no-brainer, portobello mushroom, skybox, surgicenter, veggie
    * Revised design affords greater readability, with use of custom fonts
    * Based on the authoritative Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A College Need!!!!!
    Since my classes require lots of in class papers I found this book to be quite helpful. It is not very large and heavy and also includes a thesaurus! I am very glade with my choice!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Thesaurus is a thesaurus
    This thesaurus was very good. I liked it a lot and found it to be good. The layout was nice. The cover looked pretty. Overall, the whole book was very good.

    4-0 out of 5 stars NOT "5 CDs", but one Windows CD-ROM with limits
    Was looking for a good unabridged dictionary in electronic format, but few have reviews/details. Am an old DOS dog who'd like to find a working copy of RHUD-DOS, so thought WNW Dict & Thesaurus might offer multiple formats in its "five CDs" ... not so. It is a standard Win 3.x/95/98 compatible reference with several limitations, such as not working well with WordPerfect or Word6. Full installation needs 100MB, and the short-cut does NOT automatically or optionally appear on desktop (either create one, or use Program subdirectory menu). Supplemental and instructional information is very sparse, and no print "manual" or "quick teach" is included ... further the Macmillan Digital website address on box/registration card is wrong (could change again, so will not cite; use browser search to find them). Thankfully, WNW does NOT have voice-over headword pronunciations, like newer dictionaries ... it assumes you can read! I have to use it in multitasking mode, which limits its versatility, but it is otherwise a good standard reference book at a reasonable price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for students and writers- very concise but thorough.
    Readable and useful. I have used this with my own children and students - It is nice having a hardbound book with all that is needed in it rather than using 2 volumes. Clear Print and up-to- date ... Read more

    3. Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish (Student Edition)
    by BillVanPatten, Martha Alford Marks, Richard V.Teschner
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    Asin: 0070020698
    Catlog: Book (1991-12-01)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
    Sales Rank: 164304
    Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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    DESTINOS is an innovative beginning Spanish program based on a 26-week television series premiering on PBS in the fall of 1992. The 52 half-hour shows of the series use the powerful appeal of a uniquely Hispanic genre -- the telenovela (soap opera) -- to make language and culture come alive. The situation and context of each episode introduce students to the basic structures, language functions and vocabulary groups of Spanish that are then presented in the print materials. (Most grammar explanations and exercises are in the workbook/study guides.) This complete one-year course is designed to help students develop communicative proficiency -- listening, speaking, reading, and writing -- as well as cultural awareness in Spanish. The plot of DESTINOS is designed to engage student viewers from the very beginning. A wealthy Mexican patriarch, nearing the end of his life, reveals a secret he has kept from his family for many years. His revelation leads to some important questions that must be answered before he dies. Raquel Rodríguez, a Mexican-American lawyer, embarks on a search for those answers, a search that takes her to Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and back to Mexico. Students and viewers can join in the search -- learning Spanish and about the rich and diversified cultural context in which it is spoken throughout the world. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars ¡Destinos es muy fantastico!
    I'm using Destinos in a telecourse, and am having lots of fun with it, and even learning some Spanish. My listening skills have improved dramatically, since the video is the main learning tool, which forces one to sharpen up and really listen to what's going on. The workbook that accompanies Destinos is really detailed, making it possible to learn a considerable amount of Spanish grammar on one's own. Overall, the best Spanish textbook I've used yet! ¡Adiós!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Destinos rules!
    okay, if you don't like Destinos, then you just aren't with the picture. Its the best, its the bomb, and if you don't like it, don't diss it! Go back and do your own little fancy thing! Forget the world around you and sit on your couch!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Encorages Bilingualism and Culture
    Last May (1999) I finished my fifth year of Spanish. For two and a half years my class used Destinos. After the AP exam, of the 7 Students who took this years exam, 4 non-native "4's" and one non-native "5". I myself and a much stonger speaker now that I am in college. Destinos promoted speaking from day one and it gave real results. I am exceling in my cuture classes and also with different Spanishes (mex, castilano, argentinian) Destinos gives a well rounded look on the Hispanic Culture. I enjoyed following the charaters through their journeys (video series). I highly recommend this text/video series too all.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A fun way to learn Spanish
    Destinos is a set of materials (books, videos, audio cassettes) that function together. The primary learning tool is the video. It allows the learner to listen to conversations in Spanish, but unlike audio cassettes, you have the aid of contextual clues provided by the scenes acted out on the video to help you understand the dialog. I found that to be an excellent learning tool. The chapters are designed to start with a basic vocabulary and add more with each chapter. Each chapter incorporates new vocabulary, and that vocabulary is tailored to include what a visitor to a Spanish-speaking country is most likely to use. The video is written in a soap-opera format, which "hooks" you into the story and characters, thus helping you to maintain interest and not quit the learning process. And the story introduces you to several different Spanish-speaking countries. The audio cassettes provide further listening practice, and the book provides the core of the grammatical curriculum.

    I think it's better for an intermediate student rather than a complete beginner.

    All in all a good way to improve listening comprehension and learn travelers vocabulary. For speaking, there's no substitute for live practice with a fluent teacher.

    1-0 out of 5 stars NOT INTERESTING
    The plot itself was not interesting at all, the characters seem to have been doing the same thing for a long time! I really didn't like Raquel's character and the ending was a great dissapointment! ... Read more

    4. Mosaicos: Spanish as a World Language with CD-ROM (3rd Edition)
    by Matilde Olivella Castells, Elizabeth Guzmán, Paloma Lapuerta, Carmen García, Matilde Olivella de Castells
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    Asin: 0130314803
    Catlog: Book (2001-07-13)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 43769
    Average Customer Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Mosaicos Spanish
    Worst book I have ever used to learn a language. Who ever wrote the book was into a lot more than teaching. You need to use this disc or that disc or use the internet. The Prenhall is not very user friendly either. The book is very confusing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lovely
    This is everything I could have hoped for in a foreign language textbook; it is an instructor's dream. Now...if they only designed a text of equal quality for Portuguese!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Mosaicos: Spanish as a World Language
    Mosaicos is a complete and well-written language program. The material in the textbook is presented logically and in a practical manner. Additionally, the workbook, audiocassettes, and lab manual reinforce the textbook lessons while improving interpretation skills. The benefits of having various, native Spanish speakers on the lab cassettes are immeasurable. I found this package set to be not only effective but also enjoyable.

    1-0 out of 5 stars REVIEW
    I have this book to be very confussing. It is not clearly writen to teach one to speach or write the spanish language. ... Read more

    5. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition
    by Merriam-Webster
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    Asin: 0877798087
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
    Publisher: Merriam-Webster
    Sales Rank: 330
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This hardcover version of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, is jacketed, has a navy kivar binding, and is plain-edged (no thumb indexing).For this new edition, America's largest staff of lexicographers made more than 100,000 changes and added more than 10,000 new words and senses, such as 'convergence', 'Frankenfood', 'phat', 'psyops, and 'vermiculture'.The Eleventh Edition also features over 40,000 usage examples - more than ever before - which clarify confused or disputed terms.Aditionally, thousands of phrases and idioms help distinguish vocabulary for language learners.Special sections include A Handbook of Style, An Essay on the English Language, and Signs and Symbols.Over 55 million copies of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary have been sold, spanning a time period of over 100 years. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars superb reference tool
    This is a fine dictionary. It even smells good. Too hefty to be portable, it is nevertheless a perfect desk dictionary, starting with a seventeen-page explanatory chart and notes, an essay on the English language, and a guide to pronunciation. te volume continues with excellent definitions that are sometimes accompanied by b&w line drawings, and finishes with sections on foreign words & phrases, biographical names, geographical names, signs & symbols in various fields of endeavo, punctuation, capitals & italics, documenting sources, forms of address and an index. In addition there is a Win/Mac CD-ROM disk of the dictionary that features a number of search options.

    This is the most comprehensive collegiate dictionary to date, with many new entries since 1996's tenth edition, and it is well organized wih a nice clean font (though it may be a bit troublesome for those who are far-sighted). It always amazes me that we can purchase so much information so inexpensively. This is a terrific resource -- it's time to update your dictionary!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book has it all !
    It's a tour de force ! Action packed, yet subtle. A worldly globe trotting romp, yet somber and full of useful trivia ! Something for everyone ! This book is for you when the the unabridged version gets too heavy to lift ! Enjoy !

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's got all the other books in it!
    This is the only printed book you'll ever need! ... Read more

    6. Arabic-English Dictionary: The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic
    by Hans Wehr
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    Asin: 0879500034
    Catlog: Book (1993-05-01)
    Publisher: Spoken Language Services Inc
    Sales Rank: 12730
    Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
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    Its scholarship, accuracy and reliability make it one of the most significant contributions to Arabic lexicography. It is hoped that this masterpiece will point the way ot wider use of modern lexicographical principles in the compilation of dictionaries for earlier periods of the Arabic language. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The only Arabic-English Dictionary You'll Ever Need
    Anyone half-way serious about the Arabic language is already familiar with the Hans Wehr. For anyone just beginning their study of Arabic, this review is for you.

    Before being able to use this dictionary you have to know a few rudiments of the Arabic language: the alphabet, obviously, but more importantly the verb structure. There are 10-12 measures (awzan in Arabic) of most Arabic verbs, from which nearly all nouns are derived. Once you've learned this, you'll never need to look anywhere but the Hans Wehr for any word ever again.

    The book is arranged by two or three-letter verb root. Under each verb you'll find the applicable measures and all common noun derivations of each.

    As a professional translator, the Hans Wehr is always at my side. It's good to see the 4th edition is finally available in paperback. It's an improvement over the 3rd edition, and the old hardback 4th edition weighs about 15 pounds!

    Buy this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best Arabic dictionary I've ever used
    I'm pretty damn serious. I have found rare words and rare synonyms of good words. If a word can not be found in the Oxford Arabic-English dictionary, or any other dictionary I've used, at least 50% of the time I found it in the Hans Wehr. This is an excellent resource for Arabic speakers and non-indigenous speakers who are learning or learned Arabic. A life-saver in many take-home essay exams.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The only essential Arabic dictionary for English speakers
    First, I must say this is the only Modern Written Arabic (MWA) - English dictionary that the student of Arabic has to have. Others, Al-Mawrid, for example, are useful as supplements, and contain new vocabulary, and there is a more recent German edition (5th edition) of Wehr published by Harrassowitz, but this book has a standard of scholarship unrivalled by any other MWA-English dictionary. Middle Eastern published MWA-English dictionaries like Mawrid, for example, don't give the grammatical information learners of Arabic need, such as broken plurals, verbal vowelling, verbal nouns (masdars), let alone how verbs are used with prepositions, all of which Wehr tells the user.

    Words are in root order, so maktaba (desk) and kaatib (writer) both are found under the verb kataba (to write) . This really is the easiest way of ordering Arabic dictionaries once you've mastered grammar, though an alphabetic order dictionary is a help when you're starting and occasionally even when you're expert.

    This dictionary is NOT a dictionary of Classical Arabic (although Beeston in his anthology of Bassar bin Burd reckoned that Wehr covered the vast majority of the vocabulary of this poet of the 8th Century AD). For Classical Arabic, Lane (perhaps supplemented by Hava's Faraid) is essential. But Lane is useless for modern Arabic. And if you're reading mediaeval Arabic, you will find Wehr fills in some of the gaps in Lane.

    This dictionary is NOT a dialect dictionary, though it contains many dialect words that have found their way into the written Arabic of Egypt, Iraq, etc. Arabs don't write colloquial Arabic (at least not in formal contexts) and dialect dictionaries are specialized (dialect-English dictionaries are often written in transliteration rather than in the Arabic script). If you need a dialect dictionary, get one. This isn't one.

    Other reviewers have rightly commented on the size of this dictionary, but some have confused editions. The 3rd (paperback) edition was 114 x 162 x 45mm (4.5" x 6.4" x 1.75") in size, weighed 0.65 kg and had tiny 5.5 pt print. The 4th (paperback) edition is larger: 216 x 130 x 40mm (5.2" x 8.5" x 1.5"), weighs 0.8 kg and has 7.5 pt print. This makes the 4th edition's print much more readable than the 3rd edition's.

    The 4th edition which is sewn-bound is also more robust than the 3rd edition which was perfect-bound - I'm on my 3rd copy of the 3rd edition while my 4th edition soldiers on after 7 years. However, the book is not really pocket sized any more (I still keep using my last copy of the 3rd edition as a pocket copy).

    The 4th edition isn't cheap (it's much more in England than in the US, though). If you're in the Middle East, you can pick up Librarie du Liban hardback copies of the 3rd edition (they have larger print than either of the two paperbacks - about 8 pt) for a little less. But I'd advise students to get the 4th if they can afford it. If they've lots of money, perhaps get the Harrassowitz hardback - I've not done so. And if they have money and German, get the 5th edition (Arabisches Wörterbuch für die Schriftsprache der Gegenwart).

    1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS VERSION - GET THE BIGGER ONE.
    I had to buy this book twice, the second time I bought the normal sized version (which is about 6" x 9"). This particular version being reviewed here is just TOO small and you will need to invest in a magnifying glass just to attempt to read the script - and then you'll not be able to anyway because the ink is too thick. You are better off not getting this version in the first place and buying the larger version - believe me you will not regret that decision. BTW, I have totally normal vision, no glasses, no sight problems (in case you are wondering !!!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars For the beginner and the expert
    I've used many Arabic - English dictionaries and none were ever able to match the quality of the Hans Wehr, which was my first. My searches for other dictionaries were prompted by laziness, I wanted less and not more definitions, which can complicate matetrs when you're just staring to learn a language as complicated as Arabic. Moreover, the dictionary is arranged according to root, so it requires a good understanding of how to derive roots form words - Muhammad, for instance, is under H not M as the root is HMD.Once you have grasped this concept, so target your early lessons to that end you will enjoy the Hans Wehr and use it anytime you want to trasnalte written text from Arabic to English. I stress the 'written' part, as this dictionary is not very useful in conversations and does not intend to be. So if communicating in the Suq of Amman or the bazaar in Damascus is what you want, I would recommend anything but Hans Wehr. If you want to read "Al-AHram" on ther other hand, this is the dictionary for you ... Read more

    7. Oxford Latin Dictionary
    by P. G. W. Glare
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    Asin: 0198642245
    Catlog: Book (1983-03-01)
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Sales Rank: 60091
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Fifty years in the making, the Oxford Latin Dictionary is the first Latin-English dictionary based on a fresh reading of original sources. The Dictionary was published in eight fascicles between 1968 and 1982 and is now available in a single bound volume.

    Features of the Oxford Latin Dictionary

    *First Latin-English dictionary composed directly from original sources

    *Comprehensive coverage of classical Latin with entries for approximately 40,000 words *Based on a collection of over one million quotations that illustrate the meaning and use of Latin words from the earliest known instance

    *Definitions are in modern English and based on modern lexicographical principles

    *Up-to-date with the inclusion of better texts as well as epigraphical material that was previously unavailable

    The Oxford Latin Dictionary is a comprehensive and authoritative reference work for students, teachers, professionals, and general readers interested in classical languages and literature, ancient history, medieval studies, languages, art history, ancient philosophy, religion, archaeology, law, medicine, and natural science. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A dictionary one actually can read!
    At last! A Latin Dictionary with print big enough to read using bifocals!!! The scholarship of this work is unquestioned, as is its comprehensive character. No more looking in vain for some elusive term. Others have commented fully on the substantive wonders of this magnificent dictionary. I write only to add that this work is very accessible--even to those of us with tired old eyes. I know it is costly, but it is well worth the price!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love using this dictionary
    The Oxford Latin Dictionary is a very special dictionary.

    Yes, it is expensive.

    But I have found no ancient language dicitonary which can compare to it in terms of organization, clarity and fullness of example sentences. This dictionary has a format almost identical to "The Shorter Oxford ENGLISH Dictionary". In other words, it is organized like the very best of modern dictionaries. The meanings given are very good (like in the Shorter Oxford). I almost never refer to my "Lewis and Short" now that I have this -- there is NO comparision.

    If you consider yourself a serious student of the language, I strongly suggest you get this dictionary. I refered to it often, even during my first semester of Latin. But if you consider yourself a lover of Latin, you simply MUST do yourself the favor of owning this beautiful work. (Buy it for yourself at Christmas! You deserve it!)

    The other dictionary I use and recommend (and which I can carry around) is Cassel's Latin Dictionary.

    It may be relevent (in a good or bad way) that I am a true aficionado of dictionaries. I own about 25 dictionaries (most of them english) and use them regularly. Also, I use dictionaries to find the meanings of words I don't know or don't fully know; I don't look in dictionaries "for fun". My favorite english dictionary is The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (That's the "Shorter" two-volume Oxford, not the "Compact" two-volume OED that requires a magnifying glass).


    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent text but extremely overpriced
    This is the definitive Latn resource for classic Latin. The book itself has become like the classics it seeks to enlighten. HOwever, Oxford Press can hardly justify the price. $300 is had to swallow for any book, no matter how comprehensive. Oxford press has always offered high quality, hard to find texts, yet not many are at the price this Latin dictionary is. I would implore Oxford to bring the price down so that students and researchers alike could have access to this fine work.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Superb, but.....
    This tome (and it indeed _is_ a tome!) is a fine investment for those who are really, really deep into Latin (i.e., *very* serious scholars, translators, those pursuing a college degree in Latin, etc, etc.). For the majority of us mortals and casual dilettantes, the fabulous Oxford Latin Dictionary is superfluous and overkill (especially considering its price), in my opinion.

    Other publications, such as Cassell's Latin Dictionary, are excellent and are a very sufficient Latin reference for most. The latter features a great _English-Latin_ section as well! Of course, one might also consider various other volumes (for instance, Oxford's Elementary Latin Dictionary, and any number of abridged/condensed references..).

    If you insist on a Latin dictionary much more comprehensive than Cassell's, I suggest Oxford's "Lewis & Short" Latin dictionary. The latter has a broader scope than the OLD and is a hundred dollars cheaper, as well as being slightly more compact.

    Again, the great Oxford Latin Dictionary is a classic work and a wonderful accomplishment but is simply not the best choice for everyone, especially Latin neophytes and those merely desiring a handy and economical home library reference.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent source for Classical Latin
    This dictionary is an excellent dictionary for classical Latin. Lewis & Shorts dictionary has a wider range of entries, but this one provides a more accurate explanation of works until about 200 AD. The text is easy to read and formed well. Some people may complain about the modern correction of j--> i and v --> u, but these are not obstacles to common sense in terms of pronunciation. If this acts as an obstacle, then you probably have not a need yet for this work; you may want to use Lewis' Elementary Latin Dictionary. That book doesn't have the modern vowel correction and has common and general definitions for most words that would be needed for most cases. The O.L.D. will list all those words and the less common and more case specific functions as well as more references to the sources from the original text. All in all, an excellent book if you have need for such specificity and have a few hundred bucks to spare. ... Read more

    8. 501 Spanish Verbs: Fully Conjugated in All the Tenses in A New Easy-To-Learn Format Alphabetically Arranged
    by Christopher Kendris, Theodore N. Kendris
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    Asin: 0764124285
    Catlog: Book (2003-06)
    Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
    Sales Rank: 675
    Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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    With more than 1 million copies in print, the new, updated edition of this all-time best selling language book of Spanish verbs is now printed in two colors for increased ease of reference. The most important and most commonly used Spanish verbs are presented alphabetically in chart form, one verb per page, and conjugated in all persons and tenses, both active and passive. This thorough guide to the use of verbs features many additional references and tips, including a bilingual list of more than 1,250 additional Spanish verbs, helpful expressions and idioms for travelers, and verb drills and tests with answers explained at the back of the book. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Spanish Verb Conjugation Made Easy
    Whether a student or traveler, "501 Spanish Verbs" will make it easier for you to conjugate the many verbs associated with this Romance language. Just like many Romance languages, there are many tenses to memorize, however with the alphabetical, easy-to-use style author Christopher Kendris has used, conjugating Spanish verbs is as easy as 1-2-3.

    Similar to "501 Portuguese Verbs," the book also contains short phrases commonly used in Spanish-speaking countries such as Spain and Mexico. The reader needs to be aware of the differences between Castilian Spanish and Latin American Spanish. Latin American usage eliminates the "vosotros" tense, and dialects among the many Spanish-speaking nations can often have words that mean one thing in one country, and something else in another. Keep an eye out for regional dialects (e.g., Castilian, Mexican, Antillean/Caribbean, Central American, etc..).

    Overall, a must have for those wanting to brush up on their language skills. It's a great reference book to have in your collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars No frills - just an awesome quick reference
    There are other Spanish verb books out there that claim to be better, or have more verbs written out in their full conjugations, or give you better insight to their usage in different countries, etc., but Christopher Kendris's book is the fastest to look up verbs, and the easiest to use. There are no fancy boxes with a lot of small print inside, or so many explanations that you can't find the verb. This is a no-frill, look-em-up, you-got-it kind of reference. It is extensive enough to satisfy most students (and even some native speaking professors!) Yet it does not go so deep that you have to finish the novel before you get the conjugation that you only have 10 seconds to look up for your work.

    Contrary to the opinion that the work is only good for people who need to see a few hundred AR verbs fully conjugated, most students learn faster and retain the knowledge better when they hear, SEE, and write the information they are learning. It IS important to see the verbs conjugated because then they are reatined better in your memory. What would you remember better, a description of a beach in Hawaii, or a picture of it? This book is not just for slow students, it's for every learner or reviewer. If you have outgrown the need for this book, don't buy it, or get one that goes more deeply into the subject. But let's not confuse our own needs with the value of this book. By the way, this one can still fit into your purse or briefcase.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Important Book For Spanish Students And Teachers
    Without a doubt, 501 Spanish Verbs is the most useful book available to a student of the Spanish language. It is not just for students, however. I have heard that even fluent professors have had to consult this book at one time or another because they were confused about how a word was conjugated. Verbs are the backbone of the Spanish language, and if you don't know how to conjugate them, people won't understand you. I take this book with me whenever I go on vacation to Spanish speaking countries, and it has proved infinitely useful during conversations where I didn't know how to say a verb. Spanish speakers are incredibly patient if you don't understand them and need to look something up, and this book is definitely the most helpful.

    I should also add one thing: This book unfortunately does not distinguish between verbs commonly used in Spain, and other verbs used in Latin America that mean the same thing. An example is abrasar (to burn or light) and abrazar (to hug). I was telling a Colombian security guard that I was lighting fireworks, and he was confused. Turns out I was saying that I was hugging fireworks. Abrasar is only used in Spain. In Latin America the word for lighting or burning something is Encender. I hope this book helps you as much as it did for me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable!
    Every Spanish language student needs to have this book in their reference collection. It's an extremely accessible guide to verb conjugation and a great vocabulary builder. Great for all levels and ages of langauge learner. I can even think of some native speakers who could use it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 501 Spanish Verbs
    501 Spanish Verbs was extremely helpful in my Spanish class. I use it all the time because it is very easy to understand and very well put together. Each verb has a page with conjugations in all tenses from the present to the future subjuctive. It is extremely easy to nagvigate and has helped me with all of my verbs. ... Read more

    9. Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, Fifth Edition (Thumb Indexed, 2 Volumes)
    by William R. Trumble, Lesley Brown, Angus Stevenson, Judith Siefring
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    Asin: 0198604572
    Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
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    Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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    Now updated with more than 3,000 new words and meanings,The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary manages more than one third of the coverage of the OED in one-tenth the size. More than 500,000 definitions grace its 3,984 pages, and its innovative, open design makes this vast amount of information easily navigable and identifiable. The Shorter covers virtually every word or phrase in use in English--worldwide--since 1700. Drawing on the continuous research for The Oxford English Dictionary, each definition's changing meanings are followed throughout history and are illustrated by more than 83,000 quotations from some 7,000 authors. The world's most comprehensive, thorough, and up-to-date unabridged dictionary, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionaryis an essential resource for every library. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference
    This two-volume dictionary is a perfect choice for most people. Single volume dictionaries, such as the American Heritage and New Oxford American English, pale in comparison.

    There are no pictures and very few biographical entries. I find this a plus as it allows for more headwords.

    The layout is very clean and easy on the eyes. Judicious spacing makes the bold headwords easy to find.

    It should be noted that this edition replaces the fourth edition New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The dictionary most enjoyable to use.
    The clarity of the typeface and page design of this, the 2002 edition, is beyond compare. It is by far the most enjoyable dictionary to view, in my experience at least, and a great improvement over the previous edition.
    Prior to purchase, I borrowed a friend's Compact Oxford English Dictionary with magnifying glass, thinking this might be preferable. While incredibly entertaining, with its extensive historical quotations, the format ultimately defeated me. In natural light, I could read the microtype with the nude eye, however this was a strain. This made it difficult to search within an entry for the particular sub-definition pertinent to my needs, and it discouraged incidental exploration of surrounding words (one of the great joys of a dictionary, for me) - the magnifier, with its limited field, does not rectify these problems - if anything it exacerbates them.
    In contrast, this edition of the Shorter Oxford makes it a pleasure to browse adjacent words - the main words, in startlingly clear bold type, leap off the page and tickle one's interest; and within an entry orientation is easy.
    This is a very comprehensive dictionary in its own right. Initially I was concerned that it comes billed as featuring only a third of the entries of the full (or Compact) OED. The concerns were unwarranted - the Shorter contains every word used by Shakespeare, the standard version of the Bible, and a host of arcane usages - with this on the bookshelf, one can read Cormac McCarthy and feel safe.
    All in all, if the aesthetics of using a dictionary matter to you, as they do for me, then this must come close to being the perfect edition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
    There is really no substitute for the 20 volume OED, but this 2 volume Shorter OED, 5th edition is the next best thing. With approximately one-third of the entries of the 20 volume set for a fraction of the price, this dictionary is a practical alternative.

    There are several nice features, including a clear, accessible layout with an elegant use of bold, bullets, and shading to promote clarity and ease of reading. I very much enjoy this dictionary and highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Writer's Resource (But, Watch Out ...)
    I'll agree with everything that most reviewers have to say about the Shorter OED. If you're a serious writer, it's a valuable resource, since it includes all of the words in common English use since 1700, plus words included in earlier major writers such as Shakespeare. It's particularly useful if you're interested in the history of words and how definitions or spellings may have changed over time. In my own writing, I deal with material that spans different eras that may be in a document or part of an era I'm writing about. If the historical aspect is less important to you than just getting a reference for spelling, pronunciation and meaning, I'd recommend Merrium Webster's or American Heritage.

    Although a great resource, I did find a printing defect in my copy -- pages 3704-3693 are bound upside down.

    4-0 out of 5 stars big, bulky, and a heck of a lot of words
    This dictionary maybe the second best one there is, second to the real thing, the multi-volume OED. The only problem I have with these are that the books themselves - there being only two - they are so bulky and heavy that you can't easily handle them without laying the book flat on a table. The content is great and plentiful, but the physical reality of using such large, heavy books is something to consider. ... Read more

    10. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition
    by Merriam-Webster
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    Asin: 0877798079
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
    Publisher: Merriam-Webster
    Sales Rank: 10114
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This version of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (print only), has a laminated hardcover. For this new edition, America’s largest staff of lexicographers made more than 100,000 changes and added more than 10,000 new words and senses, such as 'convergence', 'Frankenfood', 'phat', 'psyops', and 'vermiculture'. The Eleventh Edition also features over 40,000 usage examples — more than ever before — which clarify confused or disputed terms. Additionally, thousands of phrases and idioms help distinguish vocabulary for language learners. Special sections include A Handbook of Style, An Essay on the English Language, and Signs and Symbols. Over 55 million copies of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary have been sold, spanning a time period of over 100 years. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Find the Words You Need
    The eleventh edition of the Collegiate Dictionary merges print, CD-ROM and internet formats into a single package.

    The new format provides definitions to more than 10,000 new words and sense from many fields of knowledge. There are 165,000 entries and 225,000 definitions in an accessible and flexible desktop package.

    There are more than 40,000 usage examples, coverage of 7,500 phrases and idioms and more than 700 illustrations. It offers word guidance by providing synonym paragraphs that differentiate between shades of meaning. Best of all, the eleventh edition comes with a free one-year subscription to Merriam-Webster's premium web site.

    Everyone who works with words needs a great dictionary. This package is hard to beat.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition
    At first glance the eleventh edition does not differ much from the tenth (CH, Oct'93): definitions and derivations are nearly identical to those in the tenth. However, this is no mindless reissue, and where new information has surfaced, it is included. The 225,000 headwords include 10,000 new words and meanings, and the volume includes 40,000 usage examples. The considerable encyclopedic elements include 12,000 geographical and 6,000 biographical names, as well as brief sections of foreign words and phrases, signs and symbols, and a handbook of style. Abbreviations and symbols for chemical elements, a separate section in the previous edition, are alphabetized with the main entries. This is a serious dictionary, not unabridged but very serviceable for both student and scholar. Unfortunately the format is crowded and the font uncomfortably small. The price is favorable, however, especially since the volume includes a CD-ROM of the contents and also offers a one-year free subscription to the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Web site.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The New Standard for American Dictionaries
    This edition of the M-W's Collegiate Dictionary sets a completely new high standard for American dictionaries and in fact -- for any reference book anywhere. This dictionary is everything that a good reference book should be -- self-contained, complete, easy-to-use, extremely well printed, and perfectly consistent. The abbreviations are not overused, the definitions are clear and exhaustive. Inflected forms and alternate spellings are easy to locate and identify. The usage and synonyms notes are of an enormous value for anyone who reads or writes English, and for me it clarified many meanings and different usages (i am not a native English speaker). Another great thing is that the editors treated the etimologies with due respect, so even though this dictionary is supposed to be "abridged", it is very complete. And the quality of printing is so wonderful, that i enjoy reading this dictionary just for fun.

    Although it is called "Collegiate" it is useful to any person of any age and background, not just for college students. Needless to say, it never disappoints when i'm looking for words.

    To put it short -- i don't have enough words of praise for this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS GREAT
    This item was wicked awesome. It covered all the words I was looking for. Also, when I was watching the Scripps Spelling Bee Championships I could easily find the words. If there were more stars allowed to be given I'd give 10 stars.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
    great buy for the price. the book itself is the normal run-of-the-mill merriam-webster. best of all dictionaries. the real treat is the disc it comes with. very helpful when a word is quickly needed. ... Read more

    11. Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary -Thumb-Indexed Version
    by Donald Venes, Clayton L. Thomas, Clarence Wilbur Taber
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    Asin: 0803606540
    Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
    Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
    Sales Rank: 866
    Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for any Nursing student
    I can't tell you how invaluable this book is to me. It is safe to say I would be lost without it. I am in a bridge nursing program (RN-Masters) and have never worked in the medical feild before. Upper division textbooks are usually unhelpful because they contain no glossary at the back of the book. If your books are the same way this book is a necessity!

    Definitions are in plain english rather than crazy medical jargon so you rarely have to filp pages to define words in the definition of the original word in question. Even better are the multitude of pictures and diagrams that really solidify your understanding of select terms.

    There are some additional niceties specifially for nurses or nursing students. The appendix is filled with useful nursing guides such as:
    1. Nutrition and dietary refrence values
    2. Herbal medicines and their uses
    3. Normal refrence laboratory values
    4. Prefixes and suffixes
    5. Latin and Greek nomenclature
    6. Medical abbreviations
    7. Units of measurement
    8. Mini English-Spanish-French dictionary inclusive of specific medical phrases that may be used on the job
    9. Classification of poisons and poisoning, including pathology, symptoms, and medical treatment
    10. Addresses for health care resources and organizations, and nursing organizations
    11. NIC and NOC lists
    12. Nursing diagnosis
    13. Conceptual models and theories of nursing

    Those additional resources alone are worth the price of this book. You may be on a tight budget, but this is one book you cannot afford to be without.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable for Professionals, Students, & Laypeople
    This dictionary has enough information to be useful for even the most learned medical professional and is still simple enough to use to be accessible to any mildly educated member of society. The dictionary is much more than simply a dictionary. Consisting of the vocabulary section and then some appendices, this 2270-page godsend is chockfull of definitions, examples, full-color diagrams, charts, diagnoses, and more. The preface to the dictionary actually lists all of the features of this cyclopedic dictionary, so I will regurgitate it here:
    1. Vocabulary
    2. Easy-to-Use Entry Format
    3. Alphabetization
    4. Eponyms (including biographies of those after whom things were named)
    5. Definitions
    6. Pronunciations
    7. Singular/Plural Forms
    8. Etymologies
    9. Abbreviations
    10. Encyclopedic Entries
    11. Illustrations
    12. Tables
    13. Adjective Forms of Words
    14. Cautionary Statements
    15. Synonyms (Very helpful!)
    16. Cross-References
    17. Appendices (Basically all the stuff that doesn't fit well within the dictionary, like medical terminology prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms as well as lots of various classification schemes)
    18. Nursing Diagnoses Appendix

    The book comes with a trial subscription to Taber's Online. This is my only complaint. Taber's Online does not appear to have received the thorough thought that the printed version did. I found that it was generally unhelpful, but you don't have to pay any extra for it, so I'm not complaining, just commenting. Overall, I would strongly recommend buying the Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary.

    2-0 out of 5 stars who needs a dictionary

    4-0 out of 5 stars A useful and comprehensive resource
    I used this dictionary for many courses in the allied health discipline. I especially liked the way the dictionary categorized diseases by etiology, symptoms, course, and treatment. The appendices and illustrations were useful as well. One drawback to the dictionary is that some of the terms are hard to find; sometimes, one must flip back and forth while it leads you on a wild goose chase. As a whole, Taber's is an excellent pick for anyone choosing health as a clinical practice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be better
    This book is a must have for new medical students. In the first 2 yrs of nedical school you will be hit with zillions of new tems and this dictionary is small and complete. You can easily take it to class with you and use it for a quick reference. PDA version is nice too (no pictures though). ... Read more

    12. American Medical Association Manual of Style : A Guide for Authors and Editors (AMA)
    by Cheryl Iverson, Annette Flanagin, Phil B., Md. Fontanarosa, Richard M., Md. Glass, Paula Giltman, Jane C. Lantz, Harriet S., Md. Meyer, Jeanette M., Md. Smith, Margaret A., Md. Winker, Roxanne K. Young
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    Asin: 0683402064
    Catlog: Book (1997-12-01)
    Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
    Sales Rank: 15244
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A style manual you will rarely close
    The specific goal of the American Medical Association Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors is to codify and collect the myriad instructions, rules, and dictums that AMA applies to the many journals, books, and other publications that are printed under its imprint. The more general goal, perhaps not stated, is to broaden the influence of those standards so they encompass more of the medical publishing community.

    The book, developed by a committee of writers, editors, and publishers, is organized around five major categories, Preparing an Article for Publication, Style, Terminology, Measurement and Quantitation, and Technical Information. Each of these categories is, in turn, broken down into chapters that probe various aspects of each category. Finding information is easy, and the writers have used examples generously to make the points clear.

    The first section, Preparing an Article for Publication, is, naturally slanted more toward authors and those who toil to prepare author's manuscripts for publication. There are many guidelines offering advice that ranges from preparing the abstract to preparing any of six different types of acknowledgments. Editors and copy editors would do well to review this chapter as well. The section on citing Web sites alone is crucial reading.

    I suspect, but cannot prove, that many researchers will not read deeply beyond the opening chapter, feeling that the remaining sections are more the province of copy editors and journal editors. Perhaps there is some merit to that line of thinking, but all authors in the medical sciences would benefit from the copious advice here, and the better writers, I'm sure, do follow the principles of grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and usage set forth in the section on style. Common mistakes, such as confusing case and patient, redundancies, and the ever so ticklish topic of race/ethnicity are some of the many points discussed thoroughly.

    The section on terminology is so mind-bogglingly detailed that all one can hope to do is remember that the AMA Style Guide will almost always have the answer if you have a question about an abbreviation (how many times is something mistakenly called an acronym instead of an initialism?), medical nomenclature (a huge chapter that is the heart of the book), or eponyms (which, thanks to this guide may now be a topic we can quit haggling over).

    Measurement and Quantitation continue to be a bane for many writers and editors, though without delving too much into specifics, let's say that this section will answer most questions but not without careful reading and perhaps a look at the Chicago Manual of Style for a bit clearer presentation on this topic. The chapter on statistics, unique to this guide, notes how to express confidence intervals, confirms that the word Student in Student t test is capitalized (sorry, but this text editor on does not display the italic t), provides a list of statistical symbols and abbreviations, and offers valuable tips about displaying equations. And those examples barely hint at the wealth of information here.

    A final section on technical information provides a thumbnail guide to good layout and design of printed materials, worthy sets both of copyediting marks and proofreading marks (which are no doubt often photocopied and posted in a visible location), an excellent primer on how to edit hard copy, and a glossary of publishing terms.

    If you are a medical writer or editor, odds are that you already either have a copy of this guide or you borrow one from a colleague. If you are an aspiring medical communicator, you will need your own copy so you can mark in it, attach tabs, and leave open on your desk.

    5-0 out of 5 stars thank you cheryl ýverson for that work
    I read the book , I feel that work is very nice ,and I give that 5 star ,

    4-0 out of 5 stars I recommend it for all medical writers
    I really liked this book. I was searching for such a useful manual for a long time, and at last found it! It is not only helpful and authorative but also written in a very user-friendly fashion. All those who are involved in medical writing can learn from (and perhaps enjoy) this book. Go on and take a look at it before starting to write your next piece! ... Read more

    13. Merriam Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus
    by Merriam-Webster
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    Asin: 0877791694
    Catlog: Book (1994-01-01)
    Publisher: Merriam-Webster
    Sales Rank: 2849
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Find the right word to enrich communication. Alphabetical lists include more than 340,000 synonyms, antonyms, related and contrasted words, and idioms. Brief definitions describe the meaning shared by synonyms. Thumb-notched, and jacketed. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Meets my needs
    I imagine there may be a better thesaurus out there somewhere, but this one meets my everyday needs just fine.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Merriam-Webster disappoints for once
    This will do if you only use a thesaurus occasionally but it won't do for the rest of us. The usually superlative Merriam-Webster product line missed the beat with this one. Although Roget's is a bit more time consuming to use, it is infinitely more rewarding than this volume. I was very disappointed at the small number of synonyms found for each entry in Merriam. In Roget, you can easily find many words that differ by only the slightest and most subtle shade of meaning. In this book, if it isn't an exact match, you won't know about it. I also saw no point to including antonyms in a thesaurus. I would have preferred many more synonyms included in the space used for antonyms.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE single best tool to improve your writing
    Most other dictionary-format thesauri (Roget’s II, for instance) simply won’t give you what you want on the first try. If, for instance, you want a more decorous word for “smelly” you’re brusquely told to “see MALODOROUS”. This means that most of the words you are likely to be looking up require a time-wasting two step process: first find the word you want to replace, then find the main entry for that concept. By the time you’ve finished flipping back and forth through the pages you’ve forgotten what it is your looking for.

    The Webster’s version is a thousand times more convenient. If you look up a specific word you’re guaranteed to find about a dozen or so of the most common synonyms right there (funky, stinky, rank, etc.). This first entry is probably all you’ll need and it constitutes the main time-saving benefit of this edition. But there’s more. The real verbomaniacs among us get referred to the main entry of the concept. Here you’ll find the mother lode of words, often numbering into the dozens and ranging from the most commonplace to the ridiculously obscure (e.g. mephitic, olid, or stenchful). You’ll also find related terms (vile, rotten, pestilential), contrasting terms (deoderized, fresh, clean), and antonyms (fragrent, sweet) all in the same place, just as you would in Roget’s conceptually arranged International edition. Like I said, most writers are sure to find what they need on the first try.

    The only other thesaurus that approaches this one is the Random House Collegiate, but I don’t think that one has definitions; this one does. I’m also pretty sure this one has more words than Random House, Roget’s 21st Century, or any other.

    (I’m glad the guy below got to know thesaurus.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars good material for GRE
    If you want to take GRE GMAT or want to know thesaurus, it is.

    AND It is cheaper than other books ... Read more

    14. Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary (14th Edition)
    by Richard J.Lewis, Richard J. Lewis
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    Asin: 0471387355
    Catlog: Book (2001-09-10)
    Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
    Sales Rank: 67238
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    For eighty-two years, this authoritative reference has been the bedrock volume for professionals worldwide involved with chemicals – from scientific and technical staff, to sales and marketing personnel, to managers and administrators. This resource remains unrivaled in totality, easy accessibility, and conciseness of data for common chemical substances and phenomena.
    In its fourteenth edition, Hawley’s Condensed Chemical Dictionary once again establishes itself as the world’s principal lexicon of industrial chemicals, nomenclature, processes, reactions, products, and related terminology. Scrutinized and extensively revised by internationally renowned chemist and reference author, Richard J. Lewis Sr., this newest edition features updated information on production, usage, and regulatory trends. In addition, the dictionary contains:

    - Up-to-date chemical entries, definitions, and cross references
    - Web links to new, as well as established, manufacturers and associations
    - To-the-point information on natural products, manufacturing processes, and equipment

    This latest edition of the Condensed Chemical Dictionary has retained all the essential characteristics that have made it a bestseller by providing identification of chemical substances by name, physical properties, source of occurrence, CAS number, chemical formula, potential hazards, derivations, synonyms, and applications. It continues to be an essential tool for chemists and chemical engineers, environmental professionals, industrial hygienists, toxicologists, police and firefighters, EMTs, emergency clean-up technicians, and managers of toxicological and chemical information systems. ... Read more

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    Also available in CD-ROM, this all-in-one resource is an authoritative reference which many scientists and learners can count on. Since its first appearance some eighty years ago, this dictionary has established itself as the ultimate tool of choice for researchers.
    Its extensive coverage of chemicals and pharmaceuticals is hard to rival. Users of this dictionary appreciate its concise definition of both terms and phenomena. Anybody who seeks a solid all-encompassing chemical lexicon will get the ultimate satisfaction here. Its 1300 pages are filled with the most up-to-date definitions.
    The only sour point, though, is that its price is on the high side. Still, it is not a bad investment.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellant book for practical chemists, researches, students.
    This book provides condensed and prompt information not only on chemistry related subjects, but biology, biochemistry, and many more. It has very good cross referances. I think anybody who decided to buy Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary would not regret it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WANT TO REVIEW LATEST EDITION.


    VIRAT LALANI. ... Read more

    15. 1001 Most Useful Spanish Words (Beginners' Guides)
    by Seymour Resnick
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    Asin: 0486291138
    Catlog: Book (1996-06-01)
    Publisher: Dover Publications
    Sales Rank: 577
    Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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    Indispensable learning aid includes definitions of common Spanish words arranged by such categories as foods, numbers, days of the week, months, colors, seasons and family. The heart of the book is a dictionary, from a to zapato, in which each word is used in a Spanish sentence (with English translation) demonstrating its proper use.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Useful on a small scale
    This book has about 50 pages of dictionary, followed by word lists by category (such as the family, days, months, numbers, colors, foods, and animals, among others), and finally a page of "vocabulary tips," which are things like "English -ous is often Spanish -oso."

    One major disadvantage of this book is that the dictionary section is Spanish-English and there is no English-Spanish section. Obviously, with only a little over a thousand words, the book is not meant to be an exhaustive dictionary, and it does not really function as one. I was surprised at how useful I found one part of the book- the list of foods (Spanish-English, like the dictionary section). There were many words on this list that I did not know but felt I should, such as "almond" and "celery."

    I went through the dictionary section and found that each page (with about 22 words) had an average of 4 words I didn't know. (To give background on my Spanish knowledge, I have taken 4 years of high school Spanish, plus a lot of reading and studying in my spare time). I happily highlighted those words and began studying them, since they are, as the title claims, very useful. I think that this book might be most helpful for someone who has taken around 2 years of high school Spanish, as that person would know far fewer of the words. On the other hand, it might be an overwhelming amount to memorize, so maybe not.

    Here is an example entry taken from the book (I think this falls under fair use...):
    "arrojar to throw Se prohibe arrojar objetos por la ventanilla. It is forbidden to throw things out of the window." At times the entry will also specify that the word is used in a certain country or region, which is very helpful considering the variation in the language in different Spanish-speaking countries.

    All in all, a useful little book, and a good resource for learning Spanish. Its scope is small, but it achieves what it aims for very well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another incredible value from Dover
    I love Dover's various works of classic literature available at a fraction of what you would expect to pay. Here, in this short volume, is another category offering a great value ... foreign language study. This is certainly anoher unbelievable value. Dollar for dollar, you can't go wrong with this book. The words are listed with an English definition followed by the use of the word in a sentence in Spanish. You need, perhaps, only a very rudimentary knowledge of Spanish to find this book useful. I am using this book to build my vocabulary and the use of each word in a sentence helps me to put the definition in it's proper context. I highly recommend it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Beginner's Spanish
    Earlier I done Basic French through 'French in Three Months' by Hugo and covered up all excercises in detail. However speech was a flaw and so now being an Enrique fan, clicked to Spanish Learning. The local course was a costly affair and so I sorted Learning Spanish in a simplified language course Book, a truly beginner's guide by Seymour.The Book teaches the basics of Spanish and in a very nice manner, the words sorted out under categories that make self learning easier. Spanish sentences have the English translations like in French Book and this makes easy speaking in sentences. Unfortunately, the pronunciation guide is missing. Grammar is made clear with the Dictionary words. It is like learning little a time but learning thoroughly as a beginner and knowing Spanish basics is just fun. Afterall, an alien language do take time to perfect anyways! A good Beginner's Guide.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!!!
    I found this book to be an awesome help in learning Spanish words. Through using this book, I have been able to correspond with my Latini American friends and actually make sense!!! I have used this book so much I am buying another one as my first one is starting to fall apart!!! I would definitely give this book 5 stars.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Nah....
    Cheap! That is the first thing that will stand out to you when you see the price of this book. Definately a great price. But is the book really worth spending your change on?
    In my opinion: no. This book does contain some useful words, but come on! If you are an advanced Spanish speaker, than you don't need this book. It has all elementry words in it. And if you are a beginning Spanish learner it doesn't contain enough words to make it worth your while.
    I know! I know! It is extremely cheap. But even with as cheap as it is it would probably be better for you to save your money toward a better book. Maybe a good Spanish dictionary. Or if you are really interested in learning, go for Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish. And if you want to know how to pronounce all the words here, (A flaw in the book. No pronounciation guide!) buy Learn Spanish in Your Car. It has 9 cd's with it.
    But what if that 2 bucks is burning a hole in your pocket and you have to spend it now? Well Taco Bell has some great burritos that will take care of your money and fill you up too. ... Read more

    16. Advanced Grammar in Use With answers
    by Martin Hewings
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    Asin: 0521498686
    Catlog: Book (1999-04-01)
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Sales Rank: 103018
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    Advanced Grammar in Use contains 120 units of grammar explanation and practice exercises. The book provides coverage of those language areas advanced-level students will find most rewarding to study. The book retains the clarity of presentation of other books in the 'in Use' family. Two-page units present grammar explanation and examples, including typical student mistakes, on left-hand pages, and useful and varied practice on right-hand pages. Extra practice exercises at the back of the book provide further challenging and contrastive practice of grammar points from different units. A study guide helps students find those areas most appropriate for their study.Grammar areas are cross-referenced throughout the book. There are useful appendices dealing with verb forms, and a glossary and all answers are given at the back of the book. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    Improving your grammatical skills may be very important for several reasons, one of which is to foster your overall language competence. The primary strength of this book is the fact it cotains both lucid explanations and numerous exercises to check your comprehension. In order to ensure understanding, simple explanations of rather advanced elements of grammar have been provided. By the time you master this book, you will have dramatically improved your grammatical skills. I guarantee that! Are you unsure when to use the past perfect vs past simple? What about the proper use of auxiliaries and modal verbs? Pronouns and prepositions? Gerunds and participles? Word order? Definitely a valuable book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it for elementary or intermediate level
    As a reference for thorny grammar questions from advanced students, it's fine but as a classroom book, it's too detailed and too advanced. I have a copy but I rarely use it - the Intermediate and my ol' favorite, Beginning Grammar in Use are usually better suited for my lessons.

    5-0 out of 5 stars what a book!
    it is just very very useful book for people who study english as a second languge. perfect , orgnized , and useful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Book to Compliment the Series
    As an EFL teacher this is a book that finally compliments the 'Grammar in Use' series. A book not only useful to advanced students but to EFL / ESL teachers alike. The content and style remains the same as Raymond Murphey's books in the series, but introduces and practises a higher level of grammar that students using this book have found challenging and has taught them the complexities of the language at higher levels.I strongly recommend to students and teachers to buy this book as it is an invaluable purchase for EFL/ESL classes and self help to advanced students. Your collection should not be without this book. ... Read more

    17. Plazas : Lugar de encuentros (with Audio CD's)
    by Robert Hershberger, Susan Navey-Davis, Guiomar Borrás A.
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    Asin: 0838408524
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-23)
    Publisher: Heinle
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    Each chapter of this successful beginning Spanish program weaves together solid language instruction and opportunities for real-life communication with the rich and colorful threads of Spanish-speaking cultures. ... Read more

    18. Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 30th Edition
    by W. A. Newman Dorland
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    Asin: 0721601464
    Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
    Publisher: W.B. Saunders Company
    Sales Rank: 6127
    Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best medical dictionary.
    Dorland's and Stedman's are the two premier medical dictionaries. Any physician or other person who requires frequent reference to medical definitions should probably own both (I do). Both books have occasional errors; each book has terms that the other lacks; and each book has some definitions that are superior to the those in the other. However, if you purchase only one, I recommend Dorland's. In my opinion, Dorland's has definitions for more terms, better definitions and fewer errors.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Dorland's: a big disappointment
    As a medical textbook author, I felt a need to add Dorland's to my increasing collection of medical dictionaries, so I ordered a copy from Now that I have used it for a couple of weeks, I can remember why I chose Stedman's back when my budget was more limited and I compared the two dictionaries with an eye to buying just one of them. I am repeatedly disappointed when I look up terms in Dorland's. Pronunciations are often lacking (e.g., for the cranial foramina and skeletal muscles), the illustrations are meager and inferior to Stedman's, and many terms are missing. Dorland's doesn't even define first-, second-, and third-degree burns, for example, and the levator labii superioris muscle and levator labii superioris alaeque nasi are completely missing from both the body of the dictionary and the appendix of muscle tables. Such omissions reflect either inexcusable carelessness or inexplicable editorial caprice. A professional writer or physician should have Dorland's on hand as a backup source. I find it useful for corroborating some facts and getting alternative meanings of words. But I still go to Stedman's as my first resort; it does a far better job. For a student or professional person with budget for just one good medical dictionary, I recommend Stedman's or the more economical but very good Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The 30th edition of Dorland's is a real delight.
    I'm not in a position to criticize anyone who prefers Mosby's or Stedman's dictionaries; however I have used all three and found the 30th ed. of Dorland's to be my personal favorite.

    1. Anyone who uses books regularly knows the importance of a dictionary's binding and printing. Dorland's has a beautiful layout, easy-to-read font, and subtle and effective illustrations. The paper is top quality, and few books these days are so well bound. The book stays open at any page and when shut feels like a brick. The binding doesn't flex and the pages don't sag.

    2. I am not a specialist, but I haven't found any word from a medical textbook that wasn't easy to locate and very well defined. The quality of the illustrations is really striking--particularly for anatomical terms. I find an excess of pictures and photographs distracting in a dictionary, and Dorland's are always well-chosen and relevant.

    3. The CD-ROM/registration code is a nice plus. I can't comment on the PDA feature, but the access to the internet version of Dorland's is an incredible time saver if one happens to be working at the computer.

    I love this dictionary. If I had time I'd read it cover to cover. The only downside is the size. There's definitely a place for Taber's or some other compact dictionary for travel, etc.

    P.S.-- Thanks to Ken Saladin for his excellent critical review. The editors at Dorland's must have been listening too, since the 30th edition has all the terms he listed as missing (and hopefully others as well!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have Reference
    This dictionary is a must have reference for anybody working in a health profession or related field. I've been using it since I began medical school, and there have been extremely few occasions when a word that I don't know or need to spell has not been listed. It's thorough, concise, and easy to use. Highly reccomended for beginners and experts alike.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dorland's - Keystone for transcription!
    If you are a medical transcriptionist or just a family looking for ONE good medical journal to keep in your house (that is IF you have at least a nursing or transcription background) the Dorland's is your book! While all the other books go out of date every year to year and a half, the Dorland's is the Standard that DOESN'T! Buy it and see why even though they update the Dorland's every few years, even doctors keep their old Dorland's from medical school for years and years without updating! It's the best around! I'm a nurse and transcriptionist and I should know!!!! ... Read more

    19. The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary (Third Edition)
    by Merriam-Webster
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    Asin: 0877799156
    Catlog: Book (1996-04-01)
    Publisher: Merriam-Webster
    Sales Rank: 126
    Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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    If you're using the 1991 edition or the 1978 original, you're woefully behind the Scrabble-playing times. With more than 100,000 2- to 8-letter words, there are some interesting additions ("aargh," "aarrgh," and "aarrghh" are all legitimate now), while words they consider offensive are no longer kosher. Why subscribe to the Scrabble dictionary's changeable lexicon? Well, it ends the argument of whose dictionary to use, but the main reason is that it's the winner's dictionary, and why play Scrabble if not to win? Memorize those 2- and 3-letter words, and your Scrabble game becomes lethal. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Toss up but go for it
    First off, if you don't have a Scrabble dictionary and play Scrabble, you NEED TO buy this book. But let's say that you're like me and you have an older edition. Well the older editions had separate sections that listed all those nifty two letter words that can rack up big points (ex: aa, ae, xi, em, jo, etc). But you can find all of those words in the new one, just not listed separately. However, if you're like me and want to use all the new-fangled words like zit then you won't find them in any edition but the new one. I'm sure that there are many other new words in this edition, zit is just the only one that I've noticed so far. It's a trade-off, yoúr choice: the convenience of common-word lists in the older editions or the proff that newer words exist in the new version. I have both; maybe that's your best bet.

    4-0 out of 5 stars How Do YOU Spell Scrabble?
    Here is an interesting book. It has listed legal words for the American favorite game named Scrabble (and similar word-building, letter-based games.) The third edition has dropped some perfectly legal words which would otherwise be considered vulgar. I suppose I can understand a parent's objection to inclusion of such words. I believe the Anti-Defamation League was responsible for the removal of "offensive" words. While no one should promote the use of epithets and derogatory terms, they are still useful as reference material. This dictionary lists definitions, so it can be used as a stand-in for a standard dictionary, if needed. The "Player's" dictionary cannot replace a true English Language dictionary (Mr. Webster has nothing to fear. Then again, Merriam-Webster is the publisher, so you know it IS a dictionary.) This book is geared toward the game. Words which could not possibly be used in the game are not in the dictionary (pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, for example.) Bottom line? Buy this or the "Official" word list.
    While the dictionary lacks a number of words appearing in the word list, those who want to learn more than just a use for the tiles currently in their rack will appreciate the dictionary. A good educational tool and useful to decide the fate of challenges. (Then again, so is the official word list.) If you want to know what the words mean, this is the book of choice.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful, but technically not official
    If you play scrabble around the home, this is a fun, helpful book to have around.

    The National Scrabble Association web page on May 2004, has a tournament rules list that is dated May 2002. In these tournament rules, the reference section is as follows:

    a) Official Tournament & Club Word List

    Official Tournament & Club Word List (OWL) contains the only 2- to 9-letter words acceptable for club and tournament play, published by Merriam-Webster, Inc.

    b) Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition (MW10)
    For words of more than nine letters, the OWL is consulted first. If a longer word (more than nine letters) is not listed in the OWL, to be judged acceptable it must appear as a main entry or inflected form or alternate spelling in bold print in (MW10). It must not be capitalized, hyphenated, contracted, foreign or listed only as part of a multi-word phrase.

    Words of fewer than 10 letters listed in MW10 but not in the OWL are not acceptable, nor are inflections of main entries of fewer than 10 letters. Any word used in the definition of another word but not listed itself is not acceptable.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Serious Scrabble players: Use it along with the 2nd edition
    The 3rd edition of the Scrabble Dictionary, the newest edition as of this writing, will give you the most up-to-date listing of acceptable words to use in Scrabble.

    However, many people don't realize that the Scrabble Dictionary went PC in this edition by removing all "offensive" or "vulger" terms. It appears that they wanted to make Scrabble a more family game and thus believed the removal of the bad words was necessary.

    Obviously, you don't want your kid using certain four letter words on the board. However, removing these words is rather dishonest. They're words, period, and you can't place a value judgement on whether they're acceptable or not to include in a dictionary. It's like removing certain portions of a science or literature book because someone might be offended. As a result, many hardcore Scrabble players have refused to use the 3rd edition.

    I'm sure many people, especially parents, will have no trouble with any of this. But for serious Scrabble players it's necessary to have a dictionary that determines all acceptable words. So what to do? Use both the 2nd and 3rd editions. While it's no longer being published, you can find the 2nd edition in either soft or hardcover on auction sites and at used book stores for a reasonable price.

    1-0 out of 5 stars For cheaters only
    That's right, suckaz, if you use this book you are a cheater! You should only be allowed to play words you can actually use in a sentence without consulting a reference. The proliferation of Scrabble dictionaries turns the game into a memory game...who can remember the most bogus two-letter words that are in the Scrabble dictionary?

    Pick a real dictionary instead, and then only use it when someone is challenging a word. Keep it real, yo. ... Read more

    20. Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day
    by Kristine K. Kershul
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    Asin: 0944502598
    Catlog: Book (2001-11)
    Publisher: Bilingual Books (WA)
    Sales Rank: 9955
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not Next to Awful
    I used this series to start my German learning experience. Although one reviewer seemed to think cute pictures mean this book is for childern or is educationally bad, it actually works. I used this book for 10-20 minutes a day and I immediately could talk German! I went on with other courses, and the last time I was in Germany, I spoke in German and was understood! An excellent series for a jumpstart that primes your mind for further, more "intellectual" learning. I am starting the Spanish now with the hope for the same results. Sometimes simple and cute is more powerful than dull and dry.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Este libro esta muy bien!
    I've never tried to learn Spanish, however, living in Southern California, it is now a necessity. Therefore, I wanted a book to give me the basics so that I could have an immediate ability to speak Spanish. This book has given me a very good basic foundation.
    The only way to make this book better would be to include CDs with pronunciation so that you knew you were pronouncing them correctly (although it does have the phenetics for the words). For me, this is a good way to "get my feet wet" and begin the learning process. I do 5 chapters a week, then use the weekend to review, and I also make practice tests to test myself. This works really well for me and really enables me to drill the information.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Useful for Some; But Not the Best
    I found this book to be useful at first, but I later changed to "Spanish Made Simple" (Jackson, Rubio revised by Nemethy; make sure you get the 2004 edition). The latter book is not nearly as "simplified" as "Spanish in 10 Minutes", but I found the more methodical approach, reviews, and review tests to be more conducive to study. Make sure you also get some means of audio instruction to get the pronouciation right. I used the Pimsleur CD's which are very expensive but easily the best. (Look for them in your library first.)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good as a supplement
    (By Edward Trimnell, author of "Why You Need a Foreign Language & How to Learn One," ISBN:1591133343)

    As several reviewers have pointed out, this book is not exactly equivalent to a university textbook in Spanish. It is indeed quite simple, and filled with lots of pictures.

    Some people have difficulty getting motivated with the more advanced texts, and this book can convince the beginner that learning a foreign language really won't be as painful as a root canal.

    If you already know some Spanish, then your money would best be spent elsewhere. However, this book will be helpful if you have found yourself intimidated by past Spanish courses, or by foreign language study in general.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Pretty close to awful
    I have passed this book up numerous times at the bookstore because of its obvious oversimplicity. Imagine my surprise when I enrolled in an "advanced" Spanish class given by a local organization, and I was given this book!

    I've been studying Spanish on my own for about a year, so I'm hardly an expert. But I found that this book is meandering, condescending and may even be crippling to the readers. Why? Because in its effort to avoid traditional teaching patterns, it does not give a language learner the vocabulary they need to further their studies. I'm not even referring to Spanish vocabulary -- I mean English! Never once does it mention "conjugation" or "tenses" or "subjunctive" (even though it uses the subjunctive at times, which could confuse the learner). What's wrong with that is it denies the learner the opportunity to use outside materials to augment their learning. There are myriads of books and websites about verb conjugations, but how can someone look them up if all they know is "the plug-in method" or "word patterns?"

    The book requires the reader to write everything three times. Three is not a "magic number." Some words can be learned immediately. Some words have to be repeated 20-30 times to sink in. The book begins by teaching you to ask questions, and I can practically guarantee that even those who finish the book will not be prepared to parse the answers if given by a real Spanish speaker.

    The artwork is childish and universally bad. The writing style is condescending. The concept that someone can learn a language in 10 minutes a day is so fallacious it is ludicrous.

    My pet peeve is in the English text, peppered with Spanish words. In most cases this is fine, but it gives the false impression that one can get by merely substituting Spanish words for English. Also, I've studied enough Spanish to think of the pronoun "Usted" in the third person (because that's how it's conjugated), yet they use it to replace "you" in most circumstances. It grates on me like fingernails on a chalkboard to read things like "When usted go," "if usted do" and "Usted have learned..."

    The only thing which has prevented me from giving this book a one-star rating is the inclusion of those cute little labels which can be very useful for building vocabulary. The flashcards are a good idea, but there are far too few of them.

    Maybe this book is good for little children or for people who have practically no language aptitude, no intention of being conversational someday or those having no previous exposure to the langage, but the adult learner with some language skills (even in English) and a curious mind might want to pass on this book. You can get a lot more bang for the buck elsewhere. ... Read more

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