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121. The American Heritage Dictionary
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121. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition : Print and CD-ROM Edition
by American Heritage Dictionaries, Editors of the American Heritage Diction
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Asin: 0618082301
Catlog: Book (2000-09-14)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Sales Rank: 39582
Average Customer Review: 3.45 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Discover the richness of the English language in ways you never have before, with The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, available in a book and CD-ROM package.

The all-new, full color Fourth Edition includes:

· over 10,000 new words and senses
· 4,000 photographs, illustrations, and maps
· full etymologies
· a revised Appendix of Indo-European Roots
· an all-new Appendix of Semitic Roots
· over 450 new and revised Usage Notes
· 100 Regional Notes
· a new Note feature: Our Living Language

The CD-ROM combines the innovation of the Fourth Edition print dictionary with the ease and accessibility of an electronic format.Features of the CD-ROM include:

· Over 1,000 color photographs, illustrations, and maps from the print edition

· Nearly 70,000 spoken pronunciations

· Definitions and usage information can be obtained instantly by highlighting and right-clicking on words in any Microsoft Office application

· A simple search feature finds the word you want, even if you don't know how to spell it

· Separately searchable indexes of all images and note features


The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language will meet all your dictionary needs-whether at work, at school, or at home.

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· PC with Pentium® 200 or higher processor
· Windows® 95, Windows® 98, Windows NT®, or Windows® 2000
· 32 megabytes of RAM
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· CD-ROM drive (or DVD-ROM drive)
· Multimedia system with Microsoft Media Player for sound
· SVGA 800 x 600 or higher resolution monitor
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5-0 out of 5 stars Mac Available?
The printed dictionary is more up to date than anything I've seen yet, this side of the Oxford Shorter, and I'm glad I bought it, even if the advertising didn't make it clear that it was for Windows only. The customer review by the person who worked on development of the CD said a Mac version was being prepared. When will this version become available, and what Windows to Mac (iMac 350) conversion software, currently available, would he recommend? I especially like the expanded word list, and above all the etymological information.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Illustrations Bad Software
This new edition is better than the 3rd edition, especially the illustrations, and my favorite dictionary in print form. However, the CD has very limited search capabilites and it is difficult to set it up to work without the CD in the CD drive. And, contrary to their advertisment, it is not easy to coordinated with Microsoft products. I prefer the electronic format to the printed format, hence, the poor software and installation instructions is a great limitation. What a shame. I would rate the print version as five stars, but, for me the version I use most, the electronic, is problematic.

2-0 out of 5 stars BOOK OKAY.. CD A FAILURE
The book is all right but bought the package based on my experience with the earlier CD version for my computer.... someone really messed that up..... if you can find the earlier version, it is great but not this later version. Why they took away all the great features of earlier CD is one of life's mysteries...I went back to the first version, even though it is out of date.... if you want the book... buy it separately....

2-0 out of 5 stars AHD takes big step backwards!
The CD of the Third Edition was superb, especially Calvert Watkin's etymology. The CD worked in MAC systems and included the IndoEuropean roots in the first click. I wonder if the editors of the fourth were editors or censors. Why else would they have ruined such a comprehensive product in an age of political spin and doublespeak?

3-0 out of 5 stars AHD4 CDROM criticisms
The design of the CDROM provided with American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Edition, has been deeply revised from that of the 3rd edition. A number of features I valued greatly in the AHD3 CDROM, are MISSING in this edition. These DISAPPOINTMENTS include:
1. The ability in AHD3 is missing in AHD4 to move - using the arrow keys - backward and forward through all the words looked up since the application was last started, e.g., during the current session, and in the same sequence they were originally explored. Each word must now be re-searched from scratch, by retyping or pasting it in.
2. Instantaneous lookup in AHD3 of any word displayed within the text of a definition, just by clicking anywhere on the word, is not available in AHD4. In AHD4 CD you must cut the word (exactly), from the definition and paste it into the search window - or type it in - and then click "find" or press return. This was so sweet. What a setback. That AHD3 click-and-define feature allowed movement throughout the entire dictionary at the speed of light, on (literally) meaningful trajectories - a genuinely heady learning experience!
[Note: AHD4 CD advertises links to text in MS Office applications: by highlighting a word and right-clicking it you activate AHD4 somehow. This function, a nice addition, is not working for me, probably because I installed AHD4 before MS Office XP Pro. This kind of MS Office link installed neatly with my OED CDROM, and worked well.]
3. In the AHD3 CD but not the AHD4, the Indo-European Roots references were automatically appended to every definition recalled! While a difficult read and sometimes longer by far than the definition recalled, they never got in the way of study. They are illuminating, interesting, even entertaining. You could ignore them simply by not scrolling down to them. In AHD4 CD you must instead select "Indo-European Roots" from the Options menu and then do a manual look-up to find the reference! It's a sad loss to me. I'm no scholar but they enjoyed poking around in them - and learned from it. We can all benefit from a little such poking around. I doubt they'll be encountered by most users of AHD4.
4. In AHD3 CD the definitions data could be loaded with the application (without the pronunciation audio files), making the definitions and spellings always accessible even without the CD, just by starting AHD3. Calling up a definition in AHD4 requires the (single) CD to be loaded into a drive. Getting reference CD's onto my hard drive for fast access without having to dangle multiple CD drives from my laptop, is a major, major value to me. I'd like to have 5-6 reference works at immediate call, any time, some of them duplicating or overlapping each other.
The AHD4 paper/hardcover volume itself is pretty, with nice color thumbnails throughout - probably a step ahead in printing and content. But as a highly accessible dictionary in electronic format for lively users, the AHD4 on CD-ROM is a disappointing giant step backward in usefulness from AHD3, for me.
I will probably reinstall my AHD 3rd edition CDROM if I can find it, and run it in Windows 95 mode under Windows XP. Maybe I'll run them both. It's only disk space.
Disclaimer: This is not an exhaustive review of the AHD4 features - just the ones I had come to depend upon. And I am its new user. I might be in error, or missing things. ... Read more


122. Vis-a-vis: Beginning French (Student Edition)
by Evelyne Amon, Judith A. Muyskens, Alice C. Omaggio Hadley, Judith Muyskens
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Asin: 0072560320
Catlog: Book (2003-07-04)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Langua
Sales Rank: 97618
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123. Say It in Portuguese (Brazilian)
by Alexander R. Prista
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Asin: 0486208095
Catlog: Book (1955-06-01)
Publisher: Dover Publications
Sales Rank: 9983
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Contains over 1,000 useful sentences and phrases for travel or everyday living abroad: food, shopping, medical aid, courtesy, hotels, travel, and other situations. Gives the English phrase, the foreign equivalent, and a transliteration that can be read right off. Also includes many supplementary lists, signs, and aids. All words are indexed. 128 to 190pp
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2-0 out of 5 stars Limited, but good for tourists
Very small, both size and number of pages, so it fits in your pocket. It offers a very limited set of phrases, geared to the tourist seeking help with finding their way around. If you are looking to actually learn Portuguese, you may want to pass on this book. At $1.95 it would be a nice pocket phrase book for tourists to Brasil.

1-0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money
Sadly, everyone using this book as a pronunciation guide will show themselves a "tourist" within about two syllables. The authors' pronunciations are closer to Spanish than they are to Portuguese. I lived in the Sao Paulo area for a year, and my wife and daughter are both native Brasilians (no spelling error; they spell it with an "s", not a "z"). The pronunciations used by these authors are akin to a deaf-mute person judging American Idol competition! For example, most of the time, the letters "r' and "rr"are pronounced like "h"! They are very seldom "trilled", as the authors claim. The words Rebecca and Marriot, are pronounced "Hey-BEK-kuh" and "MAH-he-yo". The word "desculpe" (I'm sorry) is a word they mispronounce AND misuse! The "d" is almost always "dj" blend. Thus, "desculpe" is pronounced "djes-COOL-puh". The correct phrase for "excuse me" (such as getting past someone blocking a door) is "Com licença", pron: "KONE leh-SEN-suh", NOT "desculpe" You will also hear this shortened to just "licença" Then there are the "t"s, which are almost always pronounced like "tch", as in "itch" Even "th" gets pronounced "tch". For example, Beth is pronounced "Betch". Portuguese and Spanish have many similarities, but they ARE DIFFERENT! If you want to practice PORTUGUESE, get a good English-Portuguese / Portuguese-English dictionary. The Collins-Gem dictionary is a good one; it served me well while I lived and worked there. It still serves me whenever I go back because my in-laws speak no English at all. Don't waste your money on this book. One important thing more: the word "obrigado" is spoken ONLY by males. Females will say "obrigada", with an "a" on the end, not an "o".

5-0 out of 5 stars PRICELESS!
A must have for any visit to Brazil. I travelled to southern Brazil in April. It was my first trip to a portuguese speaking nation. I thought my many years of spanish would get me through(Big mistake!!). This phrase book was with me all the time. It became as essential as my toothbrush. It really saved the day for me. It's also very compact in size and easy to carry on your person..

4-0 out of 5 stars Anything You Would Ever Need to Say
This Portuguese phrasebook is a little gem! It is filled with over 1100 phrases translated into Portuguese with their pronunciations included. Anything you could possibly ever need to say during your stay in Brazil can be found here, and you'll know exactly how to say it. Phrases are easy to find with their clear classifications, and the book is so compact you can take it anywhere. Recommended for people of all language abilities since it is so easy to use. ... Read more


124. Dictionary of Legal Terms: A Simplified Guide to the Language of Law
by Steven H. Gifis, Barrons Educational Series Inc
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Asin: 0764102869
Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Sales Rank: 27700
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Way too general
This dictionary may be good for the layman, but it is far too general for a law student or lawyer. Only the most common legal words are included, so most of the words are familiar to lawyers. Those words that are obscure enough to require a dictionary are not included. I would recommend this dictionary to a layman who wants to understand simple legal terms, but not to a lawyer or law student.

5-0 out of 5 stars Legal Terms Defined in Everyday Language
This book defines legal terms in easily understood English. In some cases, it gives an example of a situation to which the legal term might apply in order to help illustrate the meaning. It would be a very useful addition to anyone's reference library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Legal Terms
This book is a must for those with no legal background, but don't want to be intimidated by legal "jargon." I found it an easy reference guide to common and not so common legal words used every day. I work in a courtroom, and found the book helpful in understanding the judicial process. ... Read more


125. Spanish the Easy Way (Spanish the Easy Way)
by Ruth J. Silverstein, Allen Pomerantz, Heywood Wald
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Asin: 0764119745
Catlog: Book (2003-03)
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Sales Rank: 20940
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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Here is a fundamental introduction to speaking, understanding, and writing in Spanish, with emphasis on oral proficiency. This new edition presents 70 additional pages covering new work units and enlarged grammar sections. Over the years, Barron’s popular and widely used Easy Way books have proven themselves to be accessible self-teaching manuals. They have also found their way into many classrooms as valuable and easy-to-use textbook supplements. The titles cover a wide variety of practical and academic topics, presenting fundamental subject matter so that it can be clearly understood and providing a foundation for more advanced study. Easy Way books fulfill many purposes: they help students improve their grades, serve as good test preparation review books, and provide readers working outside classroom settings with practical information on subjects that relate to their occupations and careers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars If you are a self-starter and motivated, this is for you!
I had four years of high school Spanish back in the 1970's and to this day I am sorry that I did not keep up on learning this wonderful languge.

Although skeptical about the title "Easy Way," I bought this book anyway, and I am glad I did. If you are a self-starter who is just learning the language, or someone like me who wants to get back into it, this is your book.

Logical, methodical, and, at times, entertaining, Spanish the Easy Way will have you well on your way to getting a fairly good handle on this wonderful language. The author introduces a lot of vocabulary, along with logical grammar and sentence structure exercises in order to facilitate a practical understanding of the language.

This book gets 6 stars!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great workbook for beginners in Spanish.
"Spanish the Easy Way" is an excellent workbook for those who are truly beginners or those who are restarting again in the Spanish language. I used this book when I was teaching elementary school Spanish, grades 1-5 to Hispanic and non-hispanic children and the short stories, practice exercises, crossword puzzles and additional vocabulary really enhanced the students comprehension of the language without overburdening them with grammar and other language technicalities that are more suitable for advanced learners. You will gain a good base in Spanish and have some competent communications skills if you study the book sequentially without jumping ahead because the verbs are taught in a logical pattern which is the most important concept to grasp when learning any language not only Spanish. The book covers the present tense and the simple past tense of "ar", "er", "ir" and irregular verbs that must be learnt immediately to be able to converse even at the most basic level. The rest of the book covers grammar topics appropriate for beginners along with the formation of short but correct grammatical phrases. Another bonus is that an answer key is provided at the back of the book which will enable to check your answers as you progress through the lessons. The two downfalls of this workbook include: 1) it does not include cassette tapes and if you are a beginner and embarking upon self taught study correct pronunciation and phonetics will be challenge so it would be best use this book as a complement to classroom instruction 2) it could have been organized more logically because the current format is not easy for a beginner to follow. However, this is truly a good starter workbook in Spanish. Just be patient with yourself since language learning is a challenge and most of all enjoy the lessons and the short stories as they are quite entertaining. All the best!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good practice for reading in Spanish
I like this book for its many Spanish short stories. The stories are written starting on a very simple level and becoming progressively challenging as you move on through the book. After each story there are exercises that support the new vocabulary and grammer that are introduced in that story. It is a good way to expose yourself to Spanish at your own pace. I think that this book is a good tool for you to self-teach yourself (only if you are already familiar with the Spanish language) and a good supplement for those learning Spanish at a school. I can see how this book could be confusing for someone who is not at all familiar with Spanish. I would say that the typesetting of this book could be improved but I think that the reading practice this book offers far outweighs any design flaws.

5-0 out of 5 stars 4th Edition is a huge upgrade from the 3d.
This edition of Spanish the Easy way is a tremendous improvement over it's predecessor. 432pgs. chock-full of upgraded grammar instruction, excercises, and new stories/dialogues that adds more material.

This work by Silverstein, et.al. continues to be the gold standard for Spanish instruction at the novice level. You hit the ground running with this resource; there are not any baby steps. For the fast learner as well as the learner who has had previous experience/exposure to Spanish. Will definitely prepare you for the intermediate level, which is covered very nicely by Spanish Now! Level 2.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Learning on your own!
This is a great book to learn spanish. Check it out!.

NOTE: The publishers has another book named Spanish Now 1 by the same author. IT'S THE SAME BOOK!.

The only diference is that SPANISH THE EASY WAY has the answers to the exersises in the same book. SPANISH NOW 1, does not, you need to buy another booklet that has the answers ???.

But, there are SPANISH NOW 1 TAPES that you can buy and use with the SPANISH THE EASY WAY BOOK, for listening and pronunciation. ... Read more


126. Nakama 2: Japanese Communication, Culture, Context
by Hatasa Nakama
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Asin: 0669285048
Catlog: Book (1999-07-01)
Publisher: Not Avail
Sales Rank: 373012
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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For a full description, see entry for Makino et al., Nakama 1: Japanese Communication, Culture, Context.

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3-0 out of 5 stars After Nakama I, a bit disappointing...
I used both Nakama I and Nakama II for the first four semesters of university Japanese classes, and Nakama I was brilliant--the early introductions to hiragana and katakana, the mnemonic devices, the themed vocabulary lists. I felt that it gave us a great start, but Nakama II went downhill.

I have two main gripes with this book: the bizarre choices for kanji in each chapter and the selective information given about grammatical structures. Nakama II does not teach the most common kanji or kanji with common elements that will be more useful with further study; it takes the idea of "themed" learning and creates situations where, say, you can write all of the kanji in yuubinkyoku (post office) before you can write "migi" (right) and "hidari" (left). This problem extends to the vocabulary lessons as well--light on basic everyday-use verbs, for example, but heavy on less-necessary words.

Frankly, I also didn't get the approach Nakama II takes to grammar--the idea that "here is a grammatical structure, usable only in the narrow context it's presented as a part of, with no further explanation." We learned the "nakereba naranai" construction a good two chapters, I believe, before we learned what the "ba" form was at all. When the more complete explanation is given, it's treated like an entirely new concept.

Nakama II is not all bad, by any means; in fact, it's superior to other textbooks I've purchased, and I'm not quite sure if there is any one Japanese textbook helpful in all areas. But if you attend a school that uses Nakama, keep your fingers crossed that you get as lucky as we were to have a teacher who was intelligent and helpful, or that you can be extremely diligent in filling in the gaps left by this text.

And if you have decided to study Japanese, I wish you the best of luck. ^_^ ... Read more


127. Webster's 3rd New International Dictionary: Of the English Language/Indexed/Imperial Buckram/Unabridged
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Asin: 0877792062
Catlog: Book (1993-06-01)
Publisher: Merriam Webster
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars what a piece of junk!
Something tells me you wouldn't be on this page, reading these reviews, unless you shared an acute and probably pedantic interest in words and their meanings.I ain't no different.

For about a decade now, I have been using Random House's Unabridged, which is equally weighty and was minted in 1987. I've been looking for something newer, and I thought the time had come when Webster's came out with this monster, late in the fall of 2000.

Although I was intent on buying the book, standing in the checkout line, I asked if I might not be permitted to open and examine it, just for larks.

Imagine my suprise on discovering that this book was actually printed in 1961, and is in fact almost entirely the same text! The typeset hasn't been touched since then! Folks, it's merely a re-issue of their 1961 edition.

Yes, they did add an absorbing "Special Addenda Section of New Words" toward the front of the dictionary (80-100pp, I'm guessing), but they couldn't be bothered to include these neologisms in the main text, presumably because resetting the 1961 proofs would have been too much work for Webster & co . . . ?

And if Webster & Co. couldn't be bothered to alphabetize these news words into the main body of this dictionary, I'm guessing the poor overworked editors were too busy to correct errors and typos in the main text either! Why? What is Webster's doing now? Have they started a chain of hotels or something?

I SOOOOO wanted to buy and love this book, and was SOOOOO angry to find it a con. I couldn't believe it!

Admittedly, the neologism section was VERY interesting, but you're basically paying all that moolah for that, you should understand. Perhaps you should buy the book, photocopy this section, then return the book for a full refund the next day.

Although this would be unethical, it was equally unethical, I feel, for Webster's to have grandly let on like they had drafted a completely new dictionary, when in fact they had done nothing of the kind.

Another consideration for the prospective buyer is that ideas about readability (i.e. the use of fonts, boldface, and italics to make the text more negotiable) were a lot more primitive in 1961, and, naturally, nothing has been done about that, either. In other words, the columns are very hard on the eye.

Until somebody comes along with another giant dictionary like this, but one that reflects true work and revision, I'm sticking with my old Random House.

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic: treat it as one
All dictionaries are out of date when they are published.

This is a flaw to some, and a delight to others.

Despite what some reviewers here claim, no dictionary in the last 100 years set out to be prescriptive, that is, to include the words considered good and exclude the words considered bad. Prescriptive lexicography went to its grave about the same time as Queen Victoria did (in 1901).

People _believe_ that dictionaries are prescriptive, because (despite the inconvenient stuff in the preface that says otherwise) generations of English teachers have browbeaten their charges into writing they way their parents would have done, by saying "That's not a word, it's not in The Dictionary."

False, on two counts. False first, because the teacher should have said (with a glance at the title verso), not "That's not a word", but "That wasn't a word in 1961." No teacher today would ever say that, of course. Most of them weren't born in 1961. False second, because it is an _argumentum e silentio_, an argument from silence. This is a fallacy because you are assuming the compilers of the dictionary omitted the word on purpose, when in fact, if you read what they said in the preface, they probably omitted it through lack of evidence, or lack of time, or -- most likely -- lack of opportunity.

People believe that Websters Second (W2) was prescriptive (=good) and Websters Third (W3) was descriptive (=bad) because W2 more or less ignores informal English, and W3 covers it in detail. But this is not the dictionaries' doing. Lexicographers describe the language they see. And lexicographers glean much of their contemporary language citations from newspapers.

What many people do not take into account is the revolution in journalism that took place in the 30s, when the "write as you speak" movement swept away a whole formal style of writing that now seems to us quaint and stilted. If you turn up a leader column or opinion piece from 75 years ago, you may well find it nearly unreadable. Even many of Ambrose Bierce's funny columns from 100 years ago can now seem as hard to read as something written in 1750.

Several reviewers have noted that a Merriam-Webster 4 is long overdue. That is true. If you went around speaking the English that is described in W3, very shortly there would be soft-spoken but burly men in white coats coming to take you away. That dictionary says "a video" means "a tv set".That dictionary says that "email" is "a kind of enamel".

There is no news of a W4, and I believe the publishers are hesitant to spend the vast amounts of money required to produce a modern dictionary. Why should they? Much of Middle America wants a prescriptive dictionary, but no lexicographer of any standing would produce one. Considering the scorn, much of it ignorant, that was heaped on W3 in 1961 (a much more liberal time), it would be a brave, perhaps even foolhardy publisher that would launch a new dictionary on the US market now.

W3 is a fine dictionary. Its style of definition writing (consistent throughout) is exemplary, though today it sounds a little stiff. It swept away rubbish contributed by the technical advisers to W2 (such as "dord"). It is the first dictionary I consult about food (next stop: Larousse Gastronomique).

But it does describe American English of 1959, because in those days of manual typesetting and galley proofs it took about 2 years for a dictionary to get from manuscript to book. That makes it a museum-piece. It does not describe the English you speak. It describes the English your parents (or maybe grandparents) were speaking on their first date. That is, of course, what makes it valuable to teachers. If they say "Don't say that, it's a horrible slangy word", that is a 'value-judgement', which is of course not allowed. But they can say, "Don't say that, it's not a word, it's not in the dictionary." That is not a value-judgement, it's an objective criticism, which is allowed. There is slang in W3, but it is 50s slang, and has now entered the standard language or is forgotten, so it doesn't matter.

In the absence of a scholarly modern American dictionary, you may have to content yourself with a European one. Europeans tend to complain about contemporary words and senses being left out, whereas Americans almost invariably complain about them being put in. And, despite what you may think, we do know about American spelling. How could we not? it is the majority dialect.

4-0 out of 5 stars Missing pages
I love my Webster's and have used it for several years. However, my eleven year old just discovered I'm missing 19 pages -pages 1353-1372. Don't know if that's just my volume or if anyone else discovered a similar problem. I plan to buy the 2 vol Oxford English Dictionary set to compliment my Webster's; however, one OED reviewer mentioned he found several pages printed upside down!

3-0 out of 5 stars An old friend past but well past it's prime
The Merriam-Webster's dictionaries are supposed to reflect the language as it is not the language as is might be or should be.At least that was what Noah Webster's intentions were.This sequence of dictionaries has gone through 4 major editions: 1890, 1909, 1934 and 1961. (I am excluding the earlier editions which are really quite different than those versions called "international".) As you can see every 20 years or so, G.C Merriam published a major update.We should have seen the Fourth edition sometime in the Reagan administration.Dictionary enthusiasts would already be saving their pennies for the fifth edition.The main body of the dictionary is out of date. Unlike the 20 vol. OED, this was never meant to be a scholar's dictionary.It is meant to be current.The editions since the late 1960's have all included addenda, but that section does not address the problems with existing entries.It is also quite cumbersome to use.

If one wants to see what a well done modern dictionary looks like that does not need a bookcase of it's own, one need only look to the recent editions of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

2-0 out of 5 stars Dictionaries are supposed to settle arguemnts, not start 'em
W2 has been controvercial since the day it came out.It makes no distinction between correct and non-standard words, it's pronuciation guide is non-standard, it's emphasis marks are in the wrong place .. it even includes "ain't" without comment.The truth is W3 was really a cost cutting measure.The larger W2 (with it's "Reference History" and other extra material) cost so much to produce that Merriam set about to size the thing down.The result, I am afraid is not as good as where they stared.The old W2, even badly dated as it is, really remains the best dictionary by far.It's all there, but it puts non-standard words below a line across the page.As far as questions about words go, The 2nd settles the matter; the 3rd leaves us wondering. In my opinion, the Merriam 2nd is still the best.Second place goes to the OED, (too big, too expencive, and reaaly just a list of examples anyway) then maybe in 3rd place, the old New World Unabridged.Merriam, (now part of Britanica) really should just bight the bullet, retire the W3 and set about updating W2.CD's and the net have taken away the original arguement that the W2 was just too expensive to print and bind.And the few hard copies made could be a little pricey.. they usually go to intitutions, not indviduals anyway. ... Read more


128. DK Children's Illustrated Dictionary
by John McIlwain
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Catlog: Book (1994-08-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE BOOK
Great gift from Grandmother. Children love this book. It's a great book for anybody learning the English language. EVERY class should have this book. This is a gift that everybody appreciates. Get the book down for the child to look at and learn. Great teaching tool! Exceptional pictures! I always buy two--one for the new grandchild, and a copy goes to the school, when they start school. You have my vote for the VERY BEST.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eye-catching dictionary that promotes learning
Learning should be an interesting and fun-filled exercise be it at home or at school. This excellent dictionary promotes that. It serves as a good resource not only for children, parents and new learners of English but also for adults that need reinforcement. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best for Second Graders
We needed a good dictionary for our second-grader. This fit the bill. Our cover looks slightly different (e.g., "DK" instead of "Darling Kindersley"), but it is the same ISBN. I looked at ALL the appropriate dictionaries, probably 40 in total, and this was the best. There are 5,000 main entries (related words bring the total to 12,000 words), including most of the ones that our child uses in class -- he wanted to make sure they were there. The alphabet runs down each page with the current letter highlighted in color. Each word tells what type it is (noun, adverb, etc.), but it is unobtrusive. There are 2,500 pictures, which many of them being incredibly descriptive -- good pictures for words like "lose", "guess", "shrug", "zigzag". Many of the words not only have the definitions, but a sample sentence that uses the word clearly. This is definitely a best-buy for our second-grader.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why can't all dictionaries be this much fun?
Young readers will not only love the 2,500 full-color photographs and illustrations, they will find this dictionary easy to understand. When you look up the word "wave" you not only find the description, you will also find a picture of the wave.

Not all the words have pictorial explanations, but in many cases the word is used in a sentence. For example, "every" would have a sentence using the word and state: "Every" space in the parking lot was full.

The 12,000 word entries are explained through clean definitions, examples and usage. This is an invaluable reference book for young readers and writers. It was developed in consultation with experts in the teaching field. The vocabulary lists are up-to-date and includes entries such as compact disc, biodegradable and word processor.

The introductory section encourages dictionary skill. This book will help to build a child's understanding of language and will help them to improve spelling and grammar skills.

Now, could they please make a dictionary for adults that is this fun! :)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Dorling Kindersley Children's Illustrated Dictionary
The DK Children's Dictionary is the best dictionary I have used in working with students in our school's ESL (English Second Language) program. Often, in working with ESL kids, word explainations are not enough, you need a picture. This dictionary provides quality pictures and lots of them. This is a great resource! ... Read more


129. Larousse Concise Dictionary: Spanish-English/English-Spanish
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Offering extensive, up-to-date coverage of general and professional Spanish, this newly revised edition includes more than 90,000 entries and 120,000 translations to help nonnative speakers express themselves clearly and accurately. A clean layout and detailed treatment of words ensure accurate translation and allow the user to grasp the important nuances of the language quickly.

This newest edition includes
• 90,000 words and phrases
• 120,000 translations
• updated vocabulary in all subject areas
• idioms and grammatical constructions
• abbreviations, acronyms, and proper nouns
• generous coverage of Latin American terms
• regional Latin American labels
• an extended supplement on life and culture in Latin America
— 20 percent larger than in the previous edition.
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130. Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms
by Marvin Terban, John Devore
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Catlog: Book (1998-02-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This guide to idioms provides the student with an opportunity to bring color to their speech every day. Included are idioms from Native American and African American speech as well as the Bible, Aesop, and Shakespeare. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I LUV THIS BOOK!!!!
Back in around 97 or 98, I was crazy about these two guys in a movie and started setting up funny situations in a roleplay where one guy would use idioms and the other would take them all literally. I was sooo happy to find this book to use as an idiom reference!!! I tried a couple of other idiom books, but this one is by far the best! ^_^ So warm and friendly, and I luv the cartoon kids who host the thing :) I am totally hooked on this book! ^_^ Buy it, BUY IT!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!
Finally, a book that explains idioms in a way my son can understand-clearly and unambiguously. Because he has an autistic spectrum disorder, he tends to be very literal. He has read this book from cover to cover and is starting to incorporate idioms, usually correctly, into conversation. In addition, the author presents the history (if known) of each idiom, something children(mine) who enjoy factoids love.

This book should be required reading for speech therapists, teachers, the language-delayed, and those learning English as a second language.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to aid kids understand grown-up talk!
My husband and I often unconsciously speak in idioms to our kids. Now, when we say things like "don't burn your bridges"; "I'm tickled pink"; or "snug as a bug in a rug", and the kids can find out what we are talking about! ... Read more


131. Elementary Korean (Tuttle Language Library)
by Ross, Ph.D. King, Jae-Hoon, Ph.D. Yeon
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Asin: 0804836140
Catlog: Book (2004-07-15)
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This textbook offers a complete first year course for learning Korean. Loosely based on Beginning Korean by Martin and Lee,it includes updated dialogues, grammar notes, and transcription in the Han'gul character system.The main objective of this book iscompetence in spoken Korean through a streamlined introduction to the fundamental patterns of the language.Based on the ACTFL Proficiencyguidelines, this book will provides students with an Intermediate-Low to Intermediate-Mid proficiency level.Reading passages enhance thelessons. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars One of the best
For those of you who have tried to study Korean using the books available in the marketplace you already understand there is a dearth of good learning materials. I think the reason why so many people give this book 5 stars is it is a relative value compared to other textbooks available.

Pros:
The grammar explanations of this book are fantastic as are the vocabulary building sections in the beginning of each chapter.

Cons:
As others have mentioned the dialogues on the CD are are difficult to comprehend for a beginning speaker. More exercises and examples would help to illustrate various uses of phrases and expressions.

I personally think a better series of books for the comprehensive study of Korean is the Integrated Korean series published by Hawaii University Press. The Integrated series stretches the language over a five-level, ten-volume series of books rather than trying to compact the entire language into two textbooks.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great first book
I've just started studying Korean and this book, so I can't review it in depth.I mostly wanted to pass on some info to fellow Korean students.I will say that I was impressed enough to buy the 2nd volume which also includes a CD.Yes, the CD contains fast speech, but stick with it.You might only be able to repeat part of the phrase the first times through, but eventually you can catch up.Pronunciation is the first threshhold to cross whenever starting another language.

I live in the USA, but I ordered my copies from Amazon Canada.You might wish to look it up there yourself.As of this time they list a new edition coming out.I saved a few bucks and also ordered Assimil Coreen.If you can at least read French well, Assimil has a great course in Coreen (Korean) with tapes or CDs. (Check the Assimil site for ISBN numbers so you can order the version you prefer from Amazon--Amazon has all too brief descriptions, but does include ISBN).Also check out The Sounds of Korean: A Pronunciation Guide--another great CD/book combination with in depth pronunciation exercises.
For less than the cost of Pimsleur Comprehensive you can buy all 4 books.You would then have nearly 5 hours of recorded Korean instead of Pimsleur's 15 hours of WAY too much recorded English and repetitious bits of Korean.Plus, you would learn Hangul and have books full of info!

5-0 out of 5 stars Elementary Korean is the best
After studying Korean (on my own using internet sources etc etc) I have decided that this book is definately by far one of the best books you can get for korean.It contains an incredible amount of information.Most courses are quite small for Korean and do not contain a great deal, or are hard to manage.I have looked at the Rosetta Stone series for Korean (costing $300) and this $50 book is by far better than that whole program.It is better than any books I have seen in book stores.I have done the Pimsleur course which is a little strange in my opinion.Pimsleur does help with pronunciation a little bit but some of the language structure is a bit weird and not natural for the Korean Language.I feel that ever since I bought this book a couple weeks ago (I am on lesson 6 out of 15 I believe) I am learning at a much faster pace than I ever was before.

1) The grammer in this is excellent.It contains many many grammer points for every chapter and introduces them in a nice order (meaning you get important stuff first unlike some other courses I have looked at where you have to wait till near the end of the course to really dig into some good grammer).
2) The vocabulary consists of a surplus of words that anyone could ever want to learn as they are starting Korean.

I admit, this course is really hard and does contain a lot of information right from the start and might be hard on someone who does not know anything about Korean, but if you have already begun looking into the Korean Language, I highly recommend this.I do not know how good of a job it does teaching hangul as I already knew most hangul when beginning this book, but I do know it covered some points and specific irregulars and pronunciation rules that I had not previously known so it probably is very good at hangul as well.Others have said to do the 2 hangul chapters first, which might be a good idea to someone who does not know it.It should be a pretty good book for teaching hangul but I am not entirely sure if it teaches well and easy to understand for someone who does not know hangul, but it seems to do a good job.The first two chapters on just basic sentences and sayings people should know were alright in my opinion.Chapter 1 is good because it deals with just simple things like yes, no, nice to meet you, thank you, etc...But honestly, the romanization confuses me very very much so I would learn hangul first (it has both romanization and hangul in the chapters 1 and 2 because they do not introduce hangul until chapter 3).The romanization has a chart for how to pronounce all the strange letters they use for romanization and all, and I honestly think hangul would be much easier to learn than learning romanization used in these two chapters.But if you know the hangul (which is covered in the book) then chapter 1 is very good.Chapter 2 covers basic information on what a teacher might say in the classroom or the students, which didnt do much for me as I am learning completely on my own.3 and 4 is hangul.Chapter 5 is where this book finally really kicks in.Starting with Chapter 5 you have all your lists of vocabulary, your dialogues, and many explanations on grammer.Chapter 5 is where it gets intense.

People have mentioned the audio cd is not very good.I disagree.I think it is excellent.Even though it is just one 74 minute cd (seemed like it wouldnt last very long) it has most anything on the cd you would want being pronounced.It does not give you time to repeat after them or does not say words twice, but it fits a lot of words and spoken korean on the one cd.You can listen to it and figure out how the word should be said.The woman speaker speaks at a nice pace, while the male speaker is a little faster but still a nice pace in my opinion.Listening to the male speaker helps build your listening comprehension because when speaking with a real korean it will be just as hard if not harder to understand.The cd is excellent in my opinion.

Lastly, I want to mention the exercises.There are exercises at the ends of the chapters (mainly beginning with Chapter 5 when the real lessons begin) which I highly recommend you doing.Luckily I am highly interested in the Korean language and find it very fun to learn so I can make myself do them.Some may seem a bit dull or long or pointless at first but I know thats not the case.When it says figure out what this is in Korean and write out the WHOLE sentence for each one, I highly recommend doing that.It will greatly help, even if it is a lot of work.It has all the answers (or answers that work - for example if it says translate this sentence into Korean, it will give a correct translation, when there are a couple different ways to translate it.That is the only problem I have found so far.Sometimes its hard to check your answers if your working on your own and they only give one possible solution...but, they do cover an answer for every exercise in the book.).

Overall, I like everything about this book.It covers everything very well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginers
This is a great book, it is not the classical phrase book (although it gives you many phrases!), but is a combination of a grammar book with a small dictionary and a phrase book.

It is written in a clear way, it's easy to understand every lesson, and it helps you to build a vocabulary wide enough. Besides, the small dicctionary at the end of the book makes easy to search for many words. Contains exercises at the end of every lesson, with their answers.

The cd is a great tool for you to hear the pronunciation and how korean is actually spoken.

The only problem is romanization, it's a little complicated, but as soon as you learn hangeul (by the third lesson), you'll never have to worry about it.

The conclusion: If you wanna learn korean in an easy way, this book is an option.

5-0 out of 5 stars There couldn't be a better Korean text in English
Firstly, I have found the accompanying CD excellent from the 1st chapter.If anything, the female could speak more rapidly.If either of the speakers had spoken slower, the phrases wouldn't have sounded natural or fluid.
Secondly, I agree with other reviewers that Hangul should be taught and/or used in chapters one and two.Those who aren't familiar with Hangul basically must wait until the third and forth chapters before learning and exploring it.The first two chapters are to familiarize the learner with sentence structure (SOV patterned) and Korean sounds.The lessons proper begin with lesson five.I recommend starting with lessons 3 and 4 if you are 1. not familiar with Hangul or 2. in need of a refresher on pronunciation guidelines and rules.
I really think this is a best for learning Korean!
For those of you who speak Japanese, I recommend "Shikkari Manabu Kankokugo, Bunpou to Renshuu Mondai," 2003, by Bere Shuppan.It comes with a CD, and the ISBN is 4-939076-27-X C2087.If you are interested, I recommend ordering this from Kinokuniya.The first 15 chapters cover in depth Hangul rules (with ample examples).
Lastly, enjoy your studies and enjoy this book!! ... Read more


132. Webster's II New College Dictionary
by Webster
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Catlog: Book (1999-07-01)
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A revision of the best-selling, lower-priced dictionary. Contains more than 200,000 definitions, including numerous words and senses in the areas of science, technology, and computer science; updated biographical and geographical sections. ... Read more


133. A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language
by Randolph Quirk, Jan Svartvik, Geoffry Leech, Sidney Greenbaum
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Asin: 0582517346
Catlog: Book (1985-05-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Varieties of English Experience
I first encountered (and purchased) this book while teaching English in Germany. It is the finest grammar of English in all its flavors that I have ever seen. The index is non-traditional, but I found its apparatus far more efficient than most indices I have worked with. I do not recall ever not being able to find something in this exemplary work.

4-0 out of 5 stars A perfect grammar book with slight imperfection
I have had the book for years. The book is among the best of the same kind. However, I don't have much opportunity to make the most use of it because of its improper arragement of index. The book is too comprehensive to be read chapter by chapter. Instead, it is recommended to be used as a tool for English learners to consult. However, it is a pity that the contents of the index are not clearly classified. Under an entry are section numbers shown without detailed sub-entries. It is therefore difficult for a reader to find what he wants by looking in the index. I strongly recommend that the index be re-arranged according to the method as adopted by Oxford's "Practical English Usage." I believe most readers who have the book will agree with me.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of all reference grammars
This book is undoubtedly the most comprehensive grammar of the English language ever written. It is an absolute 'must have' for any non-native English speaker who wishes to use the language competently. It will even make an excellent textbook for ambitious intermediate and advanced students.

4-0 out of 5 stars Still Useful, but...
As the title and price suggest, this is a reference grammar of English, not a textbook. It's written for people who already have a grasp of basic grammatical principles. This is the sort of book that you pick up when you want to look up patterns of verb complementation, etc. Only a masochist would try to read it straight through, or to learn grammar from it.

The _Comprehensive Grammar_ is an expanded and revised version of a series of grammars first published in 1972 (starting with _A Grammar of Contemporary English_.) Since its publication, this book has been *the* standard reference work used by professional grammarians. It is a scholarly, descriptive account of English based on extensive analysis of real usage. It is particularly strong in the way that it stresses the communicative functions of English. It tries to present material without being bound to a specific theoretical position. In many ways, this was a wise idea, since it has allowed the book to remain useful over the years while syntactic theories have changed drastically.

If you come to this book from traditional, schoolbook grammars, this work will seem quite modern, especially in its treatment of tense and with some word categories like determiners.

On the other hand, since the basic framework for this book was laid down in the 1960s, it does not reflect much of the research that has occurred since.

I have used this book for years now, and until recently, I would have recommended it without reservation as the best reference grammar available and given it five stars, despite the fact that it was beginning to get a bit long in the tooth. In 2002, however, Huddleston and Pullum brought out their _Cambridge Grammar of the English Language_, which is destined to supplant Quirk, et al. as the standard reference.

Huddleston and Pullum challenge the analysis of the _Comprehensive Grammar_ in many places, and (from the parts that I've read, at least) they make a compelling case.

The _Comprehensive Grammar_ remains very useful if you need to see examples of various structures, and to provide a complementary view to Huddleston and Pullum. But since most people can't afford two books of this size, I would go with the newer one, and go to the library if you need to check something in Quirk.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best and most complete english grammar ever!
It may be expensive but it covers almost everything you would ever like to know about English Grammar presented in an scientifical but very understandable language. Regional forms are also dealt with like American, Australian or South African English! Clearly the best book in the field! ... Read more


134. Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary: French-English English-French
by Marie-Helene Correard, Valerie Grundy
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Asin: 0198603630
Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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The Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary is the first bilingual dictionary to be compiled entirely from electronic databases of current language, making it the most comprehensive, reliable, and up-to-date reference available. The new edition provides the most recent vocabulary for both French and English, as well as additional new supplementary material, most notably, a new encyclopedic supplement that provides a wealth of information on French society and culture, including famous places, regions, acronyms, institutions, film, politics, much more.

Of course, the Hachette still provides the most comprehensive coverage available of the general, scientific, and technical vocabulary of contemporary French and English--with 355,000 words and phrases and over 540,000 translations. As an aid to students of French literature, the dictionary provides excellent coverage of vocabulary used by writers such as Zola, Dumas, Proust, and Hugo. There is also over 90 pages of practical guidance for those who plan to reside in France, including over 100 model letters and postcards, help in writing job applications and CVs, and a completely new section on using the telephone in France.

With more words and phrases than any other single-volume French dictionary, plus special features designed to help both students and travelers, the new edition of The Oxford Hachette French Dictionary remains the first choice in bilingual dictionaries. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive
More definitions than you will ever need. Many examples so that you can understand how each word is used. The examples also bring out subtleties of meaning that should help you avoid making a fool of yourself. Many insets and extras. So thorough that you won't have to spend money on an army of books for conjugations, idioms etc. Don't get me wrong, this is not a complete stand-alone guide to the French language (who could lift it), but it is a damned good start.

Five stars means that I don't see how this could be any better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding reference work
This is everything a bilingual dictionary should be. Simply the best French/English dictionary out there. I'm really impressed.

5-0 out of 5 stars AN ABSOLUTE MUST-HAVE!
This is the only French dictionary you will ever need. It is so thorough, it's unbelievable. I found words that I couldn't even find in my English Random House or Merriam Webster dictionary - amazing! Including a plethora of slang expressions, as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars A SUPERLATIVE DICTIONARY
The OXFORD HACHETTE bilingual dictionary is a superlative work. I am using the 1997 edition and it serves me well as a language enthusiast and a translator. It provides many, many different examples of translations, always easy to find and in the idiomatic language. In the French-English section for instance, the development given under the word TEMPS is just oustanding. One learns new ways of saying things: "Ils sont cruels, témoin le massacre de tout un village." - "They are cruel, as evidenced by the massacre of an entire village." This was interesting: "They have been badly serviced by their advisors" -"Les conseillers ne leur ont pas été très utiles." The various encyclopedic features such as the subject and grammar boxes are very useful. One would have liked a more North American approach, or even Canadian, but that does not distract from the overall quality. It is interesting to find a word such as DÉPANNEUR (convenience store), while one cannot find GUIGNOLÉE or BANC DE NEIGE. It is a modern dictionary, with equivalents given for email (one slight mistake there... MESSAGE PRÉCÉDENT given as NEXT) and such things. Verbs, model letters, etc. One would have liked the use of colour, but the dictionary is still well presented. I have used the Harrap's Shorter and I have the Collins Robert on CD-ROM. This is equal to any of them, it is perhaps even superior. Do not hesitate to buy it.

4-0 out of 5 stars A writer's dictionary
As a practical guide to modern usage, this dictionary can't be beat, even though because it was written by British and French editors with an eye toward the American market as well, there is a good deal of duplication, marked "GB" and "US" respectively, that can be a little awkward. For a francophone contemplating a piece of writing in English this would be immensely useful; in the opposite direction it is a little less so. On the other hand, because it doesn't limit itself to words approved by the Académie, it will resolve many a doubt caused by slang or franglais. Though le footing comes from English, not every English user would know that faire un footing means go for a jog. it seems a little silly to define le football as "American football GB, football US," but it is precise. Very well done and useful are the guides to drafting every imaginable kind of business correspondence in French, preparing a résumé, and other supplmenary materials. I admit that if I'd had my druthers I'd have bought a French dictionary with the definitions in French and some etymological information, but couldn't find good advice on which to choose on the web. Perhaps no other language has the equivalent of the Merriam Webster Tenth Collegiate. But I would like to know, for example, how croquer and les croquants became le croque-mort and croque-monsieur/dame. It is a grownup dictionary, giving full definitions for words such as tringler, apt to be missing or Bowdlerized elsewhere. thoughts bulk and style can make it a trifle slow in checking a word quickly enough not to lose the sense of the paragraph you are reading, but that's in the nature of the beast. For what it is--a writer's and translator's dictionary more than a reader's or a traveller's--it is first-rate. ... Read more


135. Larousse Pocket Dictionary: Spanish-English / English-Spanish (Larousse Dictionary)
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Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
Publisher: Larousse
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The Larousse Pocket Dictionary: Spanish-English / English-Spanish is the
perfect companion for those who wish to understand and speak everyday Spanish. Its handy paperback format, great price, and clear, easy-to-use layout make it great for travelers and students.

This essential reference includes
• 55,000 words and phrases with 80,000 translations
• updated vocabulary in all subject areas
• generous coverage of Latin American Spanish
• hundreds of usage examples
• abbreviations, acronyms, and proper nouns
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136. Medical Terminology with Human Anatomy (5th Edition)
by Jane Rice
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-12)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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0F-6, 0-13-048706-6, Rice, Jane, Medical Terminology with Human Anatomy, 5/e* Providing comprehensive coverage of all aspects of medical terminology, this popular volume is arranged by body systems and specialty areas. Using a unique building block approach, it makes learning easy and interesting by presenting important prefixes, roots, and suffixes as they relate to each specialty or system. Readers' vocabulary and knowledge develop in a systematic way. User-friendly in format, it includes full-color illustrations, Chapter Outlines and Objectives, Terminology Spotlights, etc. The package also includes audiocassettes, a CD-ROM, and flashcards that aid in the pronunciation and understanding of medical terms.The volume addresses fundamental word structure, the organization of the body, body systems including: integumentary; skeletal; muscular; digestive; cardiovascular, blood and the lymphatic; respiratory; urinary; endocrine; nervous system; the ear and eye; the female and male reproductive systems; oncology and radiology and nuclear medicine.For healthcare professionals and others needing a comprehensive volume of medical terminology. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Textbook for Medical Transcriptionists!
This was the required text for my second subject in Medical Transcription. It was very good and detailed enough for the beginning transcriptionist to understand where everything is, and to familiarize yourself with more medical terminology. This one seems to assume you already have a beginning foundation in basic medical terminology and how to form medical words using word parts, combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes. I say this because the first chapter immediately launches into a LOT of these word parts with very little discussion on what they are, how to do them, etc. The book has a detailed glossary of medical words, though, and it has these little cardboard cutouts that look like miniature index cards (flash cards) that will aid you in memorizing basic word parts. The book has very long and detailed exercises at the end of each chapter that builds on what you have already learned and strengthens your medical terminology foundation. It also comes with a CD-ROM that has exercises relevant to each chapter. WHen you complete a chapter exercise, the software evaluates your performance and tells you where your mistakes are, then prints out a study plan for you where you can bone up and read about your mistakes. An over-all good book! ... Read more


137. 501 German Verbs
by Henry Strutz
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Catlog: Book (1998-04-01)
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Sales Rank: 18809
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A simple concept - but an essential book
(By Edward Trimnell, author of "Why You Need a Foreign Language & How to Learn One," ISBN:1591133343)

Barron's 501 Verbs books have been around for years - long before there was language-learning software, or even audio CDs. Although these books are based on a very simple concept, you should own one for every language you study.

Master the verbs, and you master the language. The problem is that for most languages - mastering all the verbs takes considerable time and effort. This book makes the task easier.

Of all European languages, German is perhaps the most challenging from the verb perspective. Therefore 501 German Verbs is a particularly important edition to your language library.

This book will serve you as a reference as well as an active study tool. You can page through it while you watch television, ride the bus, or eat lunch. I have yet to find a better book for absorbing the German verb tenses.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good book for the beginner as well as reference
I was starting to learn the different conjugations of verbs when I discovered it was not so easy to just open up a PONS or DUDAN dictionary to help you out. Not knowing all the time if what I was constructing was correct I broke down and bought this book. It helps a lot.

There is one full page dedicated to each verb with all the tenses you could imagine. Supplementary information then justifies a book that is 585 pages fat. A pocket guide it is not.

If I had to say something bad about this book it would be that I would much rather see them shrink the printing (in half) and give me 1001 verbs instead. Maybe somebody who has bought the competing book "750 German verbs" which has only 416 pages could tell us if it a better deal or not? I have already noted that there are a few common verbs that are not in this book. That's bad for a beginner. So if I had to do it all over again I would buy the "750" book instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars Achtung!
Henry Strutz was an associate professor of languages at State University of New York in Alfred, New York, when he put this book together. The volume I have has a publication date of 1972 - this is, however, the kind of book that doesn't really go out of date. Language does change, but the basics of languages remain steady over several generations in general, and German is no exception. The basic core of the language remains constant, so this book holds up over time. Subsequent printings of this book may add a verb here and drop a verb there (given the title, it will always try to stay at 501 verbs), but the vast majority will remain the same.

I studied German at university almost 25 years ago, and first purchased this book to go along with my studies. While German is fairly standard in the patterns of conjugations for most verbs, German like most languages has exceptions to many rules, including exceptions to some of the most frequently used verbs, such as the verb constructions for to be (English is the same, with this being one of the most difficult verb constructions for non-English speakers to learn). The verb sein (bin, bist, ist, sind, seid, sind) is one of the most important verbs; haben is another important verb, given its 'helping verb' status (true also in English), as it occurs in constructions with other verbs.

There are 501 verbs here, one each to a page, arranged in alphabetical order. From achten (to pay attention to) to zwingen (to force, compel), most of the verbs found in eighty percent or more of regular conversation and general writing are to be found here. Each page is laid out in a logical order, with indicative forms (the most common and simple forms) on the left, and subjunctive forms (primary and secondary, as appropriate) on the right. It steps through the various verb tenses: present, past (imperfect, perfect, and pluperfect), future and future perfect. Rare is the verb that doesn't follow these patterns - some verbs, such as geschehen (to happen, to take place, to come to pass) have simplified patterns given the use in parts of speech (rare is the sentence in English or in German where someone would say, 'I have come to pass...').

Strutz has an introduction of 45 pages (not numbered along with the verbs, but rather using Roman numerals, so that the 501 verbs can correspond to 501 text pages). This introduces a very basic grammar, a discussion of the verb tenses and their uses, different kinds of conjugations, and sets out a pattern page in English to aid users in following the German pages of verbs.

In discussing word order, Strutz quotes Mark Twain, who once said of the German language, 'The German goes to bed with his subject and wakes up with his verb.' According to Strutz, Twain is once supposed to have refused to leave a play, despite its being dreadful, because he was waiting for the verb. Strutz injects humour into the serious aspect of language study such as he can (how much can one do with a simple listing of verbs?), particularly in the early pages with grammar discussion. He also addresses pronunciation issues, and looks at particular forms that are regionally different. Knowing his audience is largely academic/student readers, he draws examples from literature, philosophy (Nietzsche), and music.

Despite this good introduction, this book should not be confused with being a German grammar or language study. This introductory material is but the briefest of introductions, intended primarily as a refresher for those who have studied German before, or are studying German concurrently with using this text.

Strutz has several indexes. There is an English-to-German index of words represented in the text; there is a German-to-English index in the same pattern. Many 'prefix verbs' are conjugated on the primary pages - words like ankommen (to arrive) and bekommen (to receive); however, there are others for which only the basic verb is conjugated - prefix formations are included in the index in parenthetical form. Finally, there is a brief index of verbs identified by infinitive form, given that some verbs change sufficiently in various conjugate forms to not be intuitively obvious for the beginner to understand which word it is.

I'm trying to recapture my reading German this summer, so that I can do some theological research using various German texts in the coming academic year. I find this book invaluable - it is perhaps of more value when one is trying to write than when one is trying to read, but it is still very useful, so much so that the binding on my copy has cracked from use.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It has helped me a lot. Specially the examples section at the foot of pages.

4-0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about the verbs contained
What can one say about a book that is a collection of verbs. Certainly it covers all the forms a verb can take, including some I still have never heard of after more than a year of self study. My only negative comment is that it seems so often that common verbs are omitted while unusual ones are included. Perhaps this is to keep the gramatical variety high, covering as many verb forms as possible. I'm not sure. But if you need more than the dictionary provides, and it's in here, you'll get everything you need to know about a verb. ... Read more


138. McGraw-Hill's Spanish and English Legal Dictionary : Diccionario Juridico Ingles-Espanol
by HenrySaint Dahl
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McGraw-Hill's Spanish and English Legal Dictionary defines hundreds of words in business law, civil and criminal law, contracts and torts, constitutional law, family law, labor law, liability, probate, property law, and international trade agreements. It includes more than 13,000 entries in Spanish and in English.

One feature that distinguishes this fully bilingual dictionary from the competition is its extensive collection of encyclopedic entries, including citations of judgments, torts and contracts, swell as civil, penal and commercial codes from the United States, Spain, and Spanish-speaking nations worldwide. It also features dozens of side-by-side sample claims, invoices, another legal documents.

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139. Spanish Now: Level 1
by Ruth J. Silverstein, Allen Pomerantz, Heywood Wald, Nathan Quinones
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Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fun to learn Spanish
As a Spanish teacher I have used this book to teach Spanish to adults. For those with no prior Spanish it can be challenging, but with guidance it can be quite fun and interesting. I especially like its format, with each unit beginning with a short story that contains the lesson's vocabulary and grammatical forms. The story is followed by several pages of a variety of exercises that can be written in the book, and grammar explanations. Each unit is packed with new vocabulary, which takes the learner quite beyond travel phrase books. This is a nice, fat book that really gives the truly motivated a lot to learn. The monotony of typical practice books is broken up with fun illustrations and two colors of ink for the text. For anyone studying without a teacher, I'd recommend contacting the publisher for a teacher's manual in order to obtain the answers to the exercises and check your work.

4-0 out of 5 stars A generally excellent textbook for beginners.
I am a professional tutor of college-level Spanish and use this book with almost all my private beginning students (i.e., those not enrolled in a first-semester college course). They appreciate the book's low price, humor, useful vocabulary, clear grammar explanations, logical organization, extensive cultural information, and the textbook/workbook format: being able to write the answers to the exercises on the lines in the book. Working with this book and a good tutor, the diligent student can get a terrific combination of basic grammar plus considerable practice reading, writing, speaking, and listening, all while having a lot of fun. The book is marred by some typos, but I don't know any foreign-language textbook that isn't -- and I speak four languages. I simply correct the typos for my students as we go along. In sum, it's a very good book for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars comprehensive and fun
I am not a disciplined person and find it difficult to buckle down and study. With this book, I found myself studying and completing the lessons on my own on a regular basis. The lessons are entertaining and fun too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it, easy and fun
I've tried to learn Spanish about three times and so have three books. I think this is the one to get me over the edge. It's very clear and fun.

4-0 out of 5 stars spanish now!
... I love this spanish study book because I find it challenging but fun and entertaining and it's a nice book if you already know some spanish and I am glad I bought it, so maybe if you have a teacher to help you out or maybe when you learn more spanish come back to this and then get it and also there is a bonus that comes with it you learn spanish culture because if your like me you'll find it interesting and if your not you still really need to know the culture your speaking in to learn it so happy learning! ... Read more


140. Reading Japanese (Yale Linguistic Series)
by Eleanor Harz Jorden
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Catlog: Book (1976-06-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Honestly, the best book for learning kanji.
In common with other reviewers ot this book, I have a great collection of books for learning Japanese, and this is simply the best for learning (reading, writing, and remembering) Kanji.

Of course, it was of great help that I had already a previous knowledge of the language (vocabulary, grammar, hiragana, katakana, etc.), so I just could focus in learning kanji.

The advantages of this book are: 1) there is a constant repetition of the kanji already learned and 2) what is much more important: only kanji that have been dealt with are used in the examples and the reading material (and this feature, believe me, is unique to this book and makes it stand above the rest of the books for learning kanji, where the example sentences use kanji that you do not know how to read or their meaning, rendering these books unusable for the proposed task).

So, if you want to avoid for yourself the suffering that others (including myself) have gone through, buy this book and forget about the rest.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best $30 spent on a Japanese text yet
Of all the Kanji related books I've purchased over the last four years since I began studying Japanese, this book is without question the single, most useful reference I've come across. The Kanji are presented one at a time, with its reading and its meaning, and then example phrases and sentences are given. Most importantly, these Kanji resurface over and over again as you progress through the book, making you learn through repetition. If you're looking for a firm foothold on the slippery slope of learning Kanji, start with this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The single best Japanese text
In all my years of studying Japanese, this is easily the best text I came across. If you are interested in learning how to read the language my advice is very simple: digest this book completely and utterly! The methodology - introducing kanji and then reviewing them periodically - is outstanding. I used this book fully 11 years ago and remember it like it was yesterday!

5-0 out of 5 stars absolutely the best!
Having just purchased and started on KANJI FROM THE START I am once again reminded of how lacking so many other kanji books are, and I own quite a few! There is nothing like READING JAPANESE out there. There really should be, and like other reviewers note, why there isn't a volume 2 and 3 etc., is beyond imagination!
I enjoy studying RJ but keep my eyes out for other books to get a little variety. Nothing else comes close. I studied Heisig's READING THE KANJI before beginning RJ (with great success, also a must!), hence know all the kanji by keyword meaning. If only the readings could be so easy! Well RJ is definately the biggest help so far.
RJ is meant to be studied as a companion text to BEGINNING JAPANESE I&II. These are both excellent books (and audio) and you would NOT be wasting your time studying them either.BUT, as educational as they are... they're not too exciting. To be honest, I don't know how long I would have lasted if I didn't already know most of the material in BJ I&II, good luck with that anyway.
So, I am very thankful that I was convinced (by AMAZON.com reveiwers, thank YOU!) to purchase both REMEMBERING THE KANJI and READING JAPANESE. However, having to do over again, I think that RJ is more valuable, at least in the short term. What the hay? Just study them both! They are the only kanji books you will need for a good 6 months. (And I do mean good!).

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best book for beginning kanji
Although there are plenty of mnemonic systems to learn kanji, such as Heisig's "Remembering the Kanji" and Rowley's excellent "Kanji Pict-o-grafix", this is by far the best way to RETAIN the characters, and to actually read - instead of visually decode them. The examples following each kanji are numerous and include varying levels of formality, and are mixed male and female responses. This makes for excellent cross-study, and further reinforces the varietous ways in which kanji are used in Japanese writing. I would suggest the Heisig or Rowley to supplement this book, as both of those two employ a system which breaks down kanji into its 'radicals', which is very useful for trying to visually decipher new characters, but for sheer drills and practice, this is the only way to go. I am on my second copy of this text, as the first one was totally worn out, which by itself makes quite a strong statement - that didn't even happen to my school-assigned Japanese textbooks! ... Read more


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