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4. Mosaicos: Spanish as a World Language
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5. Arabic-English Dictionary: The
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6. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary,
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1. Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament (Set)
by G. Johannes Botterweck, Helmer Ringgren
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Asin: 0802823386
Catlog: Book (1978-06-01)
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 148004
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2. 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


3. 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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* 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, dot.com, 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


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. 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


6. 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


7. 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


8. 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
THIS DICTIONARY WAS OKAY. I BOUGHT IT AS A MEDICAL STUDENT THINKING IT WOULD BE USEFUL, IT WAS NOT. I GUESS IT WOULD BE USEFUL FOR PEOPLE OUT OF THE MEDICAL FIELD WHO WANT TO LOOK SOMETHING UP BUT WAS NOT USEFUL FOR ME.

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


9. 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.

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10. Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, Fifth Edition (Thumb Indexed, 2 Volumes)
by William R. Trumble, Lesley Brown, Angus Stevenson, Judith Siefring
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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.
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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


11. Oxford Latin Dictionary
by P. G. W. Glare
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Catlog: Book (1983-03-01)
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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).

Enjoy!

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


12. Advanced Grammar in Use With answers
by Martin Hewings
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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


13. Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day
by Kristine K. Kershul
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Catlog: Book (2001-11)
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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


14. Reading, Writing and Learning in ESL : A Resource Book for K-12 Teachers (4th Edition)
by Suzanne F. Peregoy, Owen F. Boyle
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Unlike many texts in this field, Reading, Writing and Learning In ESL (K-12) takes a unique approach by exploring contemporary language acquisition theory as it relates to instruction and providing suggestions and methods for motivating and involving ELL students.Oral language, reading, and writing development in English for K-12 students. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This book is great!!
I am currently studying to be a teacher and taking a course in teaching ESOL.Our class uses this book and believe or not, it's actually one of this textbooks you can't put down!The authors keep the audience interested by giving examples of real-life scenarios.I highly recommend this book to get a better view of how to make ESL students adapt to a new environment.Very beneficial!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Supporting English Language Learners
Peregoy and Boyle have written an outstanding resource book for elementary and secondary school teachers who work with English Language Learners (ELLs).This book focuses on the literacy development for ELL studentswhich is so critical to their success in education and in life.The bookincludes relevant research information pertaining to second languageaquisition, literacy development, and cultural issues.Theory istransformed into practice with solid guidance for teachers working withELLs in process writing, literature study, and content area studies. Background information, scaffolding techniques, in-depth teacheingstrategies, and activity examples are seamlessly merged into a tremendouslyhelpful resource guide which enables teachers to truly employ "bestpractices" in classrooms with ELLs.I first used this book whileobtaining a Master's degree in education, and as a classroom teacher, havefound it to be an invaluable resource.It is well worth the (relativelysmall) monetary and time investment for any teacher who cares aboutoffering ELL students the bast instruction possible. ... Read more


15. Plazas : Lugar de encuentros (with Audio CD's)
by Robert Hershberger, Susan Navey-Davis, Guiomar Borrás A.
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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


16. Common Errors in English Usage
by Paul Brians, Franklin Beedle and Associates
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Catlog: Book (2003-03)
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Mixed-up, mangled expressions; foreign-language faux pas; confused and confusing terms; commonly mispronounced words—they’re all explained in this useful and entertaining guide. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wildly Entertaining and Easy To Use
The interesting oddities and nuances of the English language are explained in an informal, chatty tone with loads of humor.

Much easier to use and certainly more fun than others in its class.

Example: foul/fowl - A chicken is a fowl. A poke in the eye is a foul.

I called the publisher (18003222665) to order one and they offered free shipping. :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars Gets to the Point
This is a great book to flip through while waiting for the bus, the doctor, etc. Because humor and anecdotes are used, the explanations are more likely to be remembered than if one used a dry style manual. Well done!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fine nuances of the English language
Common Errors In English Usage puts the wisdom of author and English professor Paul Brians' web site, "Common Errors in English," into print. Offering essential information concerning commonly misused words and phrases, from a scholar whose web site has been endorsed by BBC Online, Life magazine, USA Today, Yahoo! Internet (among others), Common Errors In English Usage is a practical, sensible, and very highly recommended "reader friendly" educational resource and reference for anyone seeking to improve their personal command of the fine nuances of the English language.

4-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining!
More than mere common errors, Brians' compilation explains some cleverly deceptive mistakes as well. His analysis is clear and - I admit - entertaining reading for a lover of words. ... Read more


17. Diccionario inglés/español: The Oxford Picture Dictionary
by Norma Shapiro, Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Inc. Techno-Graphics & Translations
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5-0 out of 5 stars Niece and Her Mom Loves It!
I bought this for my ten year old niece who takes Spanish in her fifth grade class. She loves it, and I know this will make all the difference in her ability to access the language and learn. Her mom said the book is really great, and I wouldn't be surprised if my three-year old nephew makes some use of it too.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best ever...you can find it here!
I am buying 3 more copies of this book for fellow teachers in my building.

I find the book easy to use, up-to-date, and a handy reference on any spanish word.

The picture are real life situations from computer usage, to apartment rentals, to a visit to the beauty shop..all in pictures and the Spanish work for everying associated with the picture.

An invaluable guide for the classroom or any one who want the Spanish word for an every day item or life experience.

I'm trying to get the district to order them for all the teachers in my school as well as all schools in the district.

I'm sold.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Resource!
I teach an adult ESL class and have discovered that this book is a resource I really cannot do without! In combination with the teacher's manual, it has become a valuable resource for teaching new vocabulary to my students. When I first started using it in my lessons, the students skimmed through it and were very impressed with the variety of pictures arranged by themes. After using it at home, they have ALL told me that it is a wonderful book and are so thankful they have it!

5-0 out of 5 stars good, clear, colorful pictures for beginner or advanced
I use with a multi-level class and everyone likes it. Pictures and definitions can spark discussions. Divided into sections which are color-coded by topic. Very full resource for the price. ... Read more


18. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
by Merriam Webster
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A completely revised and updated edition of this best-selling language reference is now available.Covers the core vocabulary of everyday life with over 75,000 clear, concise definitions.Includes pronunciations, word origins and synonym lists.Special sections and tables. ... Read more


19. English-Russian, Russian-English Dictionary
by KennethKatzner
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Based on American rather than British English, this is among the first Russian dictionaries revised for the post-Soviet era. Includes new political terminology, new Russian institutions, new countries and republics and new city names. Contains 26,000 entries in the English-Russian section and 40,000 words in the Russian-English section. Irregularities in Russian declensions and conjugations appear at the beginning of each entry. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Dictionary
I've read all the reviews here and I will aprroach mine by commenting on some of the negative remarks.
A few of the negatives were in regard to poor binding of the hardback edition. These are fair remarks, indeed my copy has worn very quickly as well. However, the softcover edition does not have this problem and it is also easier to transport around.
The other negatives seemed to be by advanced students of the Russian language. I would certainly expect a linguist to have some quibbles and also to have other books they would use and recommend (such as one reviewer's endorsement of the, indeed, outstanding Daum/Schenk Russian verb dictionary). But for most users this book will be outstanding. For American English speakers of Russian I would say it is a must.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great American English, shoddy binding
I have to agree with those who enthuse about this dictionary's idiomatic, American English translations. This is the only dictionary to use for Americans who are dealing with contemporary Russian usage, though it is less useful for those who are dealing with historical or literary translation.

However, I also share the dismay of the reviewer whose dictionary fell to pieces after a year. Mine has been in this sorry state for years and I've actually lost a few pages of words beginning with "ka"! Kak im ne stydno?? Even a paperback can be sewn into its binding rather than glued.

Unfortunately, I have no suggestions. I don't recommend Oxford for the type of translation I do but the Katzner hardcover is apparently out of print. Pomogite nam! Give us a new hardcover edition!

5-0 out of 5 stars Issued by the US military...
This is the dictionary the US military issued to its Russian language-studying soldiers at DLI in Monterey. It has excellent coverage of most basic and general vocabularies, and goes into depth on many other subjects (including military jargon). It is far easier to use than the Oxford Dictionary, as it lists each verb (glogol) with the prefix and/or suffix as an individual entry. Words are extremely easy to find here--unlike in many dictionaries of this type. Of course, there are some very specific Russian-English dictionaries out there that specialize in specific categories of the language. (Such as dictionaries of slang, or of obscenities) If you're a a generalist OR specialist who doesn't have a copy of this book, it is recommended. My copy is dog-eared and I did have to tape the cover (the paperback), due to frequent use.
Many of my Russian friends have used it to find the "right" word in English, and it has proven to be an exceptional resource in both directions. A must have for any student of Russian.

5-0 out of 5 stars Russian teacher's review
This is a marvelous dictionary!!!! I teach Russian to High School graduates and I have investigated many different dictionaries to find the best. Kenneth Katzner's dictionary is head and shoulders above any other dictionary I have seen. The entries are not as vast as, say, the Oxford Russian-English, but it is very user-friendly and the author does a very good job of making exceptions and irregularities very clear. He also makes particular effort to differentiate between homonyms (something that other dictionaries frequently lack). The binding is a little fragile and requires some TLC (especially at first. I recommend storing the dictionary open on a table when not in use to train the binding to stay open. Never push hard to keep it open to the page you need; it can break).

Another review complains that this dictionary lacks a pronunciation guide. He clearly has not understood that Russian pronunciation is absolutely consistent almost without exception. The alphabet is phonetic and there are no pronunciation dilemmas as in English, e.g. though, through, rough. The student is much better off learning the rules and not relying on any extraneous pronunciation guide.

This is not a good translator's dictionary because it is incomplete. But for the student, even into the fifth or sixth year, this dictionary is not only a reference, but an outstanding learning tool. I recommend it to any student of Russian. You won't find better!

3-0 out of 5 stars no pronunciation guide
This dictionary is very comprehensive but it has no guide whatsoever to pronunciation. It utilizes the IPA after each English entry without any explanation of the IPA symbols and their sounds. There is nothing at all on the Russian side. This may be a great dictionary for those who already speak Russian but it is unhelpful for those of us just starting out. I was very disappointed with it and am now back to using my Collins Gem Russian dictionary which has little vocab but a pronunciation guide at least. ... Read more


20. Italian for Dummies (With CD-ROM)
by Francesca RomanaOnofri, Karen AntjeMöller
list price: $24.99
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Asin: 0764551965
Catlog: Book (2000-05-15)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 6985
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

As society becomes more international in nature, knowing a few words in other languages has become more useful. Perhaps you travel frequently abroad, or your business requires you to travel overseas. Perhaps you have friends and neighbors who speak other languages, or you want to find out more about your heritage by learning a little bit of the language your ancestors spoke.

Whatever your reason for wanting to learn some Italian, Italian For Dummies is the right book for you. Written in partnership with Berlitz – experts in helping people learn foreign languages – this book gives you the skills you need for basic communication in Italian, and it will get you well on your way to becoming fluent. Just think what you're family and friends will think when you order off the menu at your favorite Italian restaurant!

Italian For Dummies covers not only ordering at an Italian restaurant, but also these topics:

  • Basic spelling, grammar, and numbers
  • Meeting and greeting, and making small talk
  • Shopping, shopping, and even more shopping
  • Going out on the town
  • Business situations
  • Traveling, checking into a hotel, and planning a trip
  • Handling emergencies
  • Top Ten lists with advice on how to pick up Italian quickly, things you should never say in Italian, and favorite Italian expressions

The best thing about this book is that you can learn at your own pace; for example, if you're planning a trip to Italy next year, sit down once or twice a week with this book and go through the chapters that you'll think you need for your trip. That's a lot easier than dragging yourself to a class twice a week – not to mention a lot more fun, too! ... Read more

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars disappointing
After reading the great reviews of this book, I was eager to start learning Italian in anticipation of a trip to Italy. What a disappointment this book is. In the introduction of this book it says, "You don't want to have to memorize long lists of vocabulary words or a bunch of boring grammar rules." It then goes on to do just that: lists and rules to memorize from pages 9 to 40. It is indeed boring. If you have to buy this book for some reason, skip these pages, and go back after you've read Chapter 3: Bongiorno! Meeting and Greeting.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for limited long-term study
This is way to deep for those who wish to learn a little Italian for that one-week vacation, but for those of you who have an extended opportunities for limited interaction, this is the book for you.

Just like other books in the series, Dummies successfully "dumbs down" Italian as much as possible, which is pretty hard to do with an entire language. Although it is billed as being a Berlitz-written text, the focus is primarily on grammar and pronunciation. There are some entertaining dialogs, too.

It's easy to follow...much easier than comparable (an much more expensive) text and CD combinations.

However, if you are just going on vacation, I recommend Fydor's Italian Phrasebook. On the other hand, if you are really serious about beginning Italian, or any other language, I strongly recommend the Triple Play Plus series software. Together with the "Dummies" series, you should be functional in no time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Italian for Students of Italian
Italian For Dummies is for the serious student who wishes to learn the language. I didn't feel as if this book would help the traveler who wishes to learn only a few "get by" lines. I am going through Italian language lessons right now and I have purchased many many Italian books and I still keep referring back to this Italian For Dummies. It is very useful and very easy to use. Which is what the "For Dummies" series is all about. If you want a start-up book which will help you learn the language this is the one. If you are looking for a traveler's guide to Italian I would suggest another book. Berlitz makes a nice Italian phrase book if you just need to learn a little Italian.

5-0 out of 5 stars Italian for Travelers
I really like the set up of this book. I have been listening to Italian audio tapes and that has helped with my Italian accent but I did not know how the words were spelled. In some cases, I was mispronouncing the words because I did not hear them correctly. Also, the tapes did not deal with all of the things that I will have to know when I travel to Italy next spring.

This book addresses the topics that I think I should know - how to check into a hotel, order food, ask for directions, make a phone call, go to the bank, go shopping, use a credit card, deal with an emergency, talk to a doctor, etc.

The CD is a great bonus because you can listen to the conversations along with the book. Overall, I did not feel overwhelmed because I can look at a section at a time before my trip. Learning a foreign language without attending a formal class is very difficult so I will be using this book to supplement my audio tapes. ... Read more


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