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1. Diccionario inglés/español: The
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2. The New Oxford Picture Dictionary:
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3. DK Merriam-Webster Children's
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4. A Visual Dictionary of Architecture
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5. The Oxford Picture Dictionary:
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6. DK Children's Illustrated Dictionary
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7. The Oxford Picture Dictionary:
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8. Oxford Illustrated Dictionary
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9. Word By Word Dictionary
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12. The Macmillan Visual Dictionary
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14. The Oxford-Duden Pictorial Spanish
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15. The New Oxford Picture Dictionary
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16. The Oxford Picture Dictionary:
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18. Ultimate Visual Dictionary of
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19. The Oxford Picture Dictionary:
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1. Diccionario inglés/español: The Oxford Picture Dictionary
by Norma Shapiro, Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Inc. Techno-Graphics & Translations
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Asin: 0194351882
Catlog: Book (1998-04-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 14141
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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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


2. The New Oxford Picture Dictionary: English/Spanish
by E. C. Parnwell, E. C. Oxford Picture Dictionary of American English Parnwell, Raymond Burns
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Asin: 0194343553
Catlog: Book (1989-03-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 41921
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A "Must" For ESL Classes
I'm relatively new at teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to Spanish speaking adults. Over the past year I've learned that this book is the first one I reach for when having trouble communicating with my students. Better yet, it is the first book the students reach for when trying to understand or with communicate with me.

This book addresses conversational English giving the student a way to communicate in an English speaking country. The words and pictures are pertinent to everyday living and very descriptive.

I have researched other books, but have not found anything which comes close -- at any price! -- to this picture dictionary.

If you only purchase one book of this type, this is the one to buy. If you are going to buy mulitple books on this subject, this should be the first one!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
If, like me, you came here looking for a child's spanish word book then look no further.

This book is fantastic for adults as it has a lot more detail than other spanish word books.I have a couple of similar books but this one is definitely the best. Each item is clearly numbered and includes both the Spanish/English translation. Great pictures too !

mejor comprar para tu !!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent simple approach for the very busy person teaching
The BEST feature of the New Oxford Picture Dictionary is that the workbook and textbook pages are correlated. It is SO much easier to teach a class of non-English speaking clients and SO much easier for them to experience success. They LOVE the format and the information is pertinent, with necessary language skills taught first. The pictures are EXCELLENT, and the content superb. Because I teach for 8 hours a day before teaching an English as Second Lang. class, I have little time to prepare. This series offers a simple, direct approach that is easy to reference, and easy to work with independently for the novice English speaker. BEST picture dictionary/workbook on the market. Please publish one in Norwegian! I will buy it!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The New Oxford Picture Dictionary: English/Spanish
It's impossible to overstate how useful this book is to students struggling to learn English. Although many entry-level learners have no patience with using a standard bilingual dictionary, they are reluctant to put this book down.

The scenes from daily life (with the possible exception of outer space) are extremely helpful, particularly those dealing with work situations and vehicles.

I have only two criticisms of this book: 1) Adding relevant verbs to the actions in each scene would be very useful (granted, this is asking a lot from a dictionary); 2) Phonetic transcriptions, particularly of the English words, would help enormously in pronunciation.

For someone able to buy only one self-study book, I would say, "This is the one!"

5-0 out of 5 stars The new Oxford Picture Dictionary
The book is very helpful in teaching beginning non-English speaking students. The teacher's guide is a useful tool with the Dictionary.

My wife and I are volunteer teachers in a program for Latino workers in the Santa Ynez Valley Calif., We give these books out without charge to the students, can you do any better on the price in quantity? Your response and consideration would be appreciated. Thanks, Robert E. Weiss ... Read more


3. DK Merriam-Webster Children's Dictionary
by Merriam-Webster
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Asin: 0789452383
Catlog: Book (2000-06-01)
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
Sales Rank: 783
Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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In evaluating a children's dictionary, there are two test words wealways check first: "e-mail" and "iguana." After all, if "e-mail" doesn't appearin a dictionary, how up-to-date can it be? And iguanas, well, what kid doesn'twant to read all about this "very large tropical American lizard with a ridge oftall scales along its back"? We are happy to report that this fine dictionary isabove and beyond our gold standard. Not only are there definitions for each ofthe test words, there are illustrations for each, as well! This 912-pageillustrated dictionary is packed with great information, including world maps onthe inside covers, an easy-to-use how-to guide, and a reference section withfacts and maps of the continents, pictures of flags from countries around theworld, U.S. presidents and vice presidents, pronunciation guides, signs andsymbols, and lots more. Sandwiched between this wealth of facts and figures are846 pages of definitions with DK's trademark crisp, clear photographsillustrating many of the words. One of the handiest features in this volume isthe multicolored alphabet running down the outer edges of every single page,with the featured letter highlighted for easy reference when flipping through.So get out there and e-mail all your iguana friends about this terrificreference guide! (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for kids of all ages
This is a great addition to any child's library. It's packed with pictures and simple definitions. It give enough information to be very helpful but not so much detail for one word that the child's eye's glaze over! The most amazing thing to me is the number of times that my daughter has picked it up for casual reading! The pictures are that engaging!

This dictionary is a great value and a wonderful tool.

5-0 out of 5 stars must have
I have a 6 and 8 year old who love this book! My boys are able to look up words and understand the definitions without it being "too easy". The illustrations are great too!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Illustrated Dictionary for children
I bought the second copy in 6 months a week ago and gave it to a friend as a gift to their children. And they really loved it.

Its DK! Yes that matters. DK has mastered the art of making dictionaries. I have used DK Oxford American Illustrated dictionary. Dk made it so wonderful that when I sit with it I spend atleast 15 minutes. Wesbter knows how to convey the meaning of a word.

So you combine the best of DK and Webster you get this masterpiece. The salesrank for this book is less than 2000 and that tells you how popular this book is. I would just go ahead and buy it if I am thinking of buying 'a' book for children.

For children this book is a treasure from which they can learn new words seeing lots of pictures. If a kid wants to know what a fruit is he looks at fruit here he will also be able to learn all about fruits and types of fruits like dry fruits, etc. he turns the pages to fruit and finds the pictures of all kinds of fruits and that makes him recognise what a fruit is and what all fruits he eats.

There are 4000 pictures. Other books boast of 2000 pictures but they arent even close and all they got are bad and small pictures. All they carry is a small picture of an apple or something while explaining fruit. Also if you see letters XYZ alone you will see lot of pictures in this book. Its the best book rated in America and I have seen all children's dictionaries recently.

I had an option of choosing between this one and World children's dictionary which costs less. But I realised that a bad dictionary is no better than not having one. So I chose this one and its a perfect gift for my cousins. So if you are looking for a book to gift some kids, grab this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars High Quality Children's Dictionary
Comprehensive, well illustrated, and written to be understood by children aged 9 - 12. The definitions of most words searched have been easily understood by my nine year old son. Some definitions have necessitated my participation to provide a more simplified explanation. A further noted weakness of the dictionary is that a significant number of words fail to provide an example of its use in a sentence. A more consistent usage of this feature would have resulted in a 5 star rating. These faults, however, are minor and should not deter the reader from purchasing this dictionary. Some noteworthy unexpected strengths of the dictionary was the inclusion of a reference section containing maps of the world and seven continents, illustrations of the flags of the world, a list of the 50 states and their capitals, and a listing of the Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the United States. A recommended companion to the dictionary is The American Heritage Children Thesaurus.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome picture and Lots
Very good book with lot of pictures.
Buy it asap. ... Read more


4. A Visual Dictionary of Architecture
by Francis D. K.Ching
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Asin: 0471288217
Catlog: Book (1996-11-14)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 11572
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This book defines over 5,000 terms relating to architectural design, history, and technology. It is the only dictionary that provides concise, accurate definitions illustrated with finely detailed, hand-rendered drawings, each executed in Mr. Ching's signature style. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Tidbits Galore
If your a hobbyist architect like me you will find hundreds of tidbits of info on all aspects of building construction, and architecture in this book, all illustrated in superb pencil drawings.

5-0 out of 5 stars puts all the elements in your hand
a comprehensive collection of elements and discriptions for whatever peice of idea that has been thought of, a must have for those who really want to understand the details of the profession. Very well organized chapters, and i liked specially the coverage of nearlly all the styles old and new with nearly all the elements included in each style. Photoes are generously included but they could use some color to make them more appealing. it is nice i think if it was available on CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fundamental
As with most of Francis D.K. Ching's publications, this is a fundamental resource to the student of architecture, as well as the practicing professional. The practice of architecture is intrinscially tied to the ability of the Architect to communicate complex ideas to a myriad of persons. To be succesful at this communication, one needs to be conversant in both the written/spoken language of architecture as well as the illustrative language of drawing. The Visual Dictionary exemplifies this concept. Organized around 68 essential concepts of design and construction - concisely written and beautifully illustrated - Francis Ching brings forth clarity in communication rarely experienced in the world of design and construction. I use this book in teaching, in practice, in reference, and in simple enjoyment. Again, a fundamental resource for the reference shelf - although it rarely sits on the shelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars The utmost thought-provoking and excellent graphics therin
I find Ching to be an artful genius. The sketches ideas and text in this book all conform in such a way to inspire and train the eye. He gives so much information on each page. You must look, read and study each page several times before you realize all they convey. Truly remarkable and architecturally-speaking, to-the-point in this age of "abstract", "didactic" architectonic psychobabble. Cheers to you Francis D.K. Ching

5-0 out of 5 stars I want to read this book, but in spanish version
I saw this book in spanish version in the Casa Viva magazine, please what do I do to have this book in spanish version? ... Read more


5. The Oxford Picture Dictionary: Monolingual
by Norma Shapiro, Jayme Adelson-Goldstein
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Asin: 0194700593
Catlog: Book (1998-02-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 27492
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best ESL Picture Dictionary
I have found that even bilingual people with excellent articulation skills and few pronunciation problems nevertheless suffer from a limited vocabulary, especially for daily activity. So I recommend ESL students and teachers start with a picture dictionary. I recommend the Oxford Picture Dictionary because it is the most comprehensive. The New Oxford Picture Dictionary is also on my recommended list, but the original is much better. For travelers, bilingual editions double as survival kits.

5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect pictorial dictionary, except for advanced speakers
The Oxford Picture Dictionary is one of the best books I have ever seen. The authors classify their book to be based on beginning and lower intermediate level English. If you have studied English as a foreign language for several years, and put a mentionable number of words and verbs in your vocabulary in the fields that are related with your job and hobbies, you might at first think that this book will be too easy for you. However, I believe this is not the real case.

Imagine yourself in a hairdresser in America. How would you describe the way you want your hair to be cut or arranged. Or suppose you need to stay in America for sometime and you have some household problems, for example the roof is leaking, or the wall is cracked, or the faucet is dripping... How will you describe the problem on the phone to the related companies? You will find the way in the corresponding topics.

Some of the topics might be really very easy. But they just collect the related nouns and verbs together and give you a good chance to refresh your mind by seeing them all together. Especially the verbs, for each topic, are generally organised in a very logical manner and they describe most actions you might need to take in such a situation. Do this, and that, and then those...

As the easiest example, of which we are all familiar, I will give the topic 'A classrom'. On a very nice colorful picture which illustrates everything exeptionally well, you will see a number of 'numbers', which number the nouns, and below the picture you will see the corresponding names including: chalkboard, screen, student, overhead projector, teacher, desk, chair/seat, bookcase, globe, clock, cassette player, map, pencil sharpener, bulletin board, computer, chalk, pen, marker, pencil, textbook, workbook, binder/notebook, ruler, dictionary. On other pictures you will find the illustration of a list of verbs which are 'lettered' instead of numbered. And the corresponding explanations, with the verb in bold typeface, raise your hand, talk to the teacher, listen to a cassette, stand up, sit down/take a seat, point to the picture, write on the board, erase the board, open your book, close your book, take out your pencil, put away your pencil. This is only topic one, and there are 139 more topics.

Another topic which is about shoes and accessories, lists a number of words that might sound less familiar to a foreigner, for example sole, pumps, loafers, oxfords. But a picture is worth a thousand words! Now, I know what they mean.

Yet another topic, 'Symptoms and Injuries', besides many words which I already knew, like headache, toothache, etc, contains some others that I heard for the first time. For example: chills, bruise, blister. The related verbs were the things I learned once, but since I have not used them at all, I just forgot. I had the chance to see them all together and refresh my mind very easily. I can not find any words to explain how much I like the graphical illustrations in this book!

In my opinion, in this dictionary each picture has just enough number of items to be explained. If much more details are tried to be given, you might easily be overwhelmed. As an example I can give The Oxford-Duden Pictorial English Dictionary, which I bought some time ago, and which now I completely regret. It might be suitable for an extra-advanced native English speaker, I don't know. But I know quite well that it is not for an intermediate speaker for whom English is a foreign language. It contains many words which I don't know even in my native language and I don't think I will ever need to learn them.

As a conclusion, after these very long comments, I can say in short, "If you were searching for a very nice pictorial dictionary, you have already found one, just buy it and you will not regret. If somehow you find it very easy for yourself, or if you finish it in a very short time, give it to your children or your friends' children. They will 'enjoy' learning English with this book..."

As a last comment, this is a monolingual edition, so it is completely in English. If you are interested with other foreign languages, like Spanish, Polish, Chinese, etc, this series has bilingual editions, too. Therefore, I don't think it will be necessary to buy this monolingual edition, if you will buy one of those bilingual editions, which as far as I understand contain and teach both the corresponding language and English... Besides, the prices are very close to each other. So, think twice...

Even though I give this advice, I, myself, have already bought the monolingual edition and now, having realized the presence of the bilingual editions 'a little bit' late, am thinking about buying the Polish edition also. After buying it I will see if it really teaches English also, or what... You might find the answer to this question in my future comments for that book...

Aren't there any drawbacks of this book? Well, until now I could not find anything very important. Just as a small note I can mention the mistake on page 144, where item number one was called as CPU even though it is the computer case, not the CPU. The inside of the case is not seen in the picture and a CPU is for sure only one of the components inside a case. However I guess just one mistake in some thousands of words is not that important...

5-0 out of 5 stars Latest version is incredible - - Its not the old OPD ! ! !
There was a time when I wasn't very impressed by the Oxford Picture Dictionary, especially compared to the WORD BY WORD Picture Dictionary. As an English teacher I used to get free copies of it, but I'd actually go out and buy other versions because it wasn't as topical as Word By Word. Suddenly however, they seem to have caught on. My students LOVE this latest version (which has a black not blue cover and is much thicker.) In smaller less structured classes, I'll actually let them pick out chapters then base the grammar lesson I was going to teach on that theme and topic, that way insuring personal relevence. It also helps keep the classes in English... dictionaries can be valuable tools, but often they keep students from communicating with each other - - they sort of burry their heads in the dictionaries and the safety of their own langauge, but with the latest version of the Oxford Picture Dictionary, I'll find students of different nationalities hudling over the book, trying to get the point across. The pictures serve as a universal langauge that induces communication across cultures.

For this reason, I have to rank the latest version of the OPD as one of the greatest learning sources as an English teacher I've ever encountered. Its popular among the students, activity friendly and you can transfer the lesson objectives over from almost any book to meet the needs of your students.

As a word of advice, be sure to get the MONOLINGUAL version regardless of where you're teaching. This is a PICTURE dictionary. Have your student's native language in the book sabotages the purpose of getting them to think in English !

5-0 out of 5 stars an amazing picture dictionary for EFL teachers
The book has wonderful illustrative pictures and is very good for teachers of English as a foreign language. I have used it in my class and the students were very interested and have enjoyed their vocabulary lessons ever since. ... Read more


6. DK Children's Illustrated Dictionary
by John McIlwain
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Asin: 1564586251
Catlog: Book (1994-08-01)
Publisher: DK Publishing Inc
Sales Rank: 3746
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


7. The Oxford Picture Dictionary: Teacher's Book
by Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Norma Shapiro, Renee Weiss
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Asin: 0194700607
Catlog: Book (1998-02-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 615069
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8. Oxford Illustrated Dictionary (Dk Illustrated Oxford Dictionary, 2003)
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Asin: 0789493594
Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
Sales Rank: 31690
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Combining the expertise of Oxford University Press with DK's genius in illustrated home reference, we have produced the Illustrated Oxford Dictionary a dictionary brimming with information. First published in 1998, this edition has been fully revised and updated to include 187,000 entries and definitions, 4,500 illustrations, as well as 600 illustrated feature panels on everything from cnidarians to woodwind instruments. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fun!
I have to agree wholeheartedly with a previous reviewer that this book is a lot of fun for both kids and adults.

The union of DK and Oxford. is certainly a winning combination.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent dictionary gets a minor update
As a dictionary junkie, I've used a lot of dictionaries. By far, the Oxford Illlustrated is most enjoyable to use. I could even use the word fun.

Unfortunately, many professional book reviewers state that this dictionary is used primarily for a home with children or a classroom. While it is a great book for that demographic, it's a also a sheer pleasure for any adult.

Gone are the days of simplistic pencil drawings and flat lifeless paper. This dictionary has thousands of interesting illustrations and glossy paper. It's about as multi-media a book can get without being a computer program. Perhaps this does sound like it's only for kids. But it's not. It's truly a dictionary that almost anyone can open up and actually just enjoy looking at and reading - on almost any given page. This isn't something one can say about any dictionary before DK and Oxford got together to publish this book.

Obviously, if you're looking primarily for word history and extensive multipe definitions this dictionary isn't for you.

The original version of the Illustrated Oxford English Dictionary was published in 1998 at 1008 pages. This new edition, published in 2003, is described on the DK web site as "completely updated." I haven't been able to do direct comparisons, but given the fact that this edition is also 1008 pages the update couldn't have been too substantial. However, given that there were errors in the earlier edition and certain ommitted current words, it's best to go with this most recent edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Oxford Ilustrated Dictionary
This dictionary is top of the line. The pictures are bright and brilliant with color. I absolutely love this dictionary. The colorful pictures,informative detail, and charts will draw kids in with curiosity. This is a keeper for any growing family with children.

I bought it online in a "Used" category for $15.00 but I received it Brand New/Mint condition. It retails for $50 and is definitely worth every penny. ... Read more


9. Word By Word Dictionary
by Steven J. Molinsky, Bill Bliss
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Asin: 0132782359
Catlog: Book (1993-10-12)
Publisher: Pearson ESL
Sales Rank: 221308
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Highly Recommended
One of my specialties is vocabulary, so I'm always looking good visual dictionaries. I've bought half I've found, and most of the rest are on my shopping list. This is a very close second to the Oxford Picture Dictionary as my favorite. It's not as comprehensive and the illustrations are not as good, but the topical arrangement is better and it's easier on your budget. The authors have written several other excellent ESL books. Two of their vocabular books include a basic version of this one and Day By Day: English For Employment Communication. Their Foundations is a conversation book but is also a good vocabulary builder.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ultimate ESL Resource - - I Love It, My Students Love It ! !
By the authors of SIDE BY SIDE this is a much more colorful and better organized picture dictionary than the formerly more popular OXFORD PICTURE DICTIONARY. Whenever I bring it to class, if the students don't have it, the first thing atleast 70% will ask me is "Where can I get it ?" - - used with the accompanying flash cards (not included) you can teach entire (and substantive) lessons with just those two things alone... and even without it, you can use it to expand amply from whatever text book you're using. The chapters on the household, occupations, places around town, work activities are especially useful. In my begining classes we learn how to ask each other questions about these subjects, and begin all our classes discussing what we did over the weekend, what we did at work etc. etc. We talk about our house, our family... and all these topics are with Level 1 students, eye to eye (pair work, group work, class discussion)and facilitated by lessons from this book. - - Pictures get students talking and open them up and this is the ultimate resource ! ! !

As a tip, the students love looking at the pictures and discussing them, so to keep activities interactive, have students share books... or make worksheets where the students have to exchange information ! ! !

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference book!
Illustrations are somewhat dated and the colors on some pages need to be sharper but the book is quite thorough and a great pictionary overall.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Classroom References
If I could have only one ESL reference tool in my classroom, it would be the Word by Word Picture Dictionary. This book is an invaluable resource in all ESL/EFL settings--from beginning to advanced, from pre-school through adult, in the U.S. and abroad.

We have placed a copy of this book in every classroom. I also encourage all incoming students to make this one of their first purchases. Indeed, Word by Word Picture Dictionary has quickly become the core of our curriculum. ... Read more


10. The New Oxford Picture Dictionary: Monolingual English Edition (Monolingual)
by E. C. Parnwell
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Catlog: Book (1988-03-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
I still like the original better, but the New Oxford Picture Dictionary is a good resource and is on my list of recommended visual dictionaries.

4-0 out of 5 stars The new oxford picture dictionary
I have been teaching ESL to Spanish-speaking people for over 6 years and this has been a very useful aid in teaching. Now that I am teaching Spanish to English-speakers it is not as useful as it is when I teach English. Spanish words are not updated and I always have to change at least three words per page.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for teaching English!
I just returned from Mongolia, where a group was teaching English to the Mongolian children. This was a very valuable tool both for both in-class instruction and indepenent study. The real test is that the New Oxford Picture Dictionary (Monolingual version) was a real hit with the kids! ... Read more


11. The Oxford Picture Dictionary: English/Polish
by Norma Shapiro, Jayme Adelson-Goldstein
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Catlog: Book (1998-09-01)
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12. The Macmillan Visual Dictionary : 3,500 Color Illustrations, 25,000 Terms, 600 Subjects
by Jean-ClaudeCorbeil, ArianeArchambault
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Asin: 0025281607
Catlog: Book (1992-10-14)
Publisher: Webster's New World
Sales Rank: 264159
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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From a castle to a cathedral, from a socket wrench to a telephone, from a working farm to a grapevine, from human anatomy to human ornamentation, unlock the entire universe in a single volume. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tool For Fiction Writers
This book has over 800 pages of visual items and then arrows that point to them and tell you what they're called. For example, on one two page spread an entire passenger liner ship is drawn with all the names of all the rooms and terraces and parts and compenents. just looking at the drawing inspires a mystery set aboard a cruise ship! Chapter Headings include "Astronomy" "Geography" "Farming" "Architecture" "House" "House Furniture" "Gardening" "Clothing" "Communications" "Road Transport" "Rail Transport" "Air Transport" "Weapons", and many, many more.

This an excellent tool and I'd recommend it for anyone who wants to know their way around places you might not already know your way around!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous and entertaining reference material
This fabulous book serves as an instant vocabulary enhancer and is packed with finely illustrated pictures that not only widen one's knowledge but also make for hours of wholesome entertainment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Whatchamacallitt on the thingamajig.
I used to design publications and what I love about this book is the amazing quality of the color illustrations. There are thousands of them and they have all been computer generated so the style and quality is uniform. Looking at the spreads, for example, on Airport, Downtown or Wind Instruments and the time and creativity involved must have been tremendous. The design and printing of the book is excellent.

The authors want this book to be as practical as possible, Indoor Games includes a page on hands of cards, a House Furniture page shows six different spoons.

Another reviewer has noted that this lovely book would seem ideal for those learning American English and also for anyone who is just interested in finding out the name of everyday items.

A similar treatment to words can be seen in the Dorling Kindersley 'Visual Encyclopedia' (at a very much cheaper price) here the images are mostly photos and as the name implies there is a lot more information about each subject.

Both books are a joy to look at and unfortunately this only points up the bland design and production of most other highly visual books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bought it the first time I saw it...it's that good
Enlarge your vocabulary instantly.

This resource saves you a lot of time and hassle when you want to describe a tangible noun but are at a lost for words.

5-0 out of 5 stars quite a valuable resource!
This past summer, I worked as a private tutor of English as a Second Language for students from Burma. While their English was rapidly improving, there still remained items which were virtually indescribable--it was difficult to match exactly their Burmese language with its English equivalents. We worked extensively on all aspects of the English language--from grammar, to comprehension, to writing and reading--yet a gap between our understandings of each other was still unfilled. I searched, desperately, for some educational tool or text which could facilitate our mutual learning; and to my relief, I discovered The MacMillan Visual Dictionary. I purchased it for my students as a gift, yet I found myself--a speaker of English for all my life--entirely fascinated and curious to discover the vast array of terms and items of which I had previously been ignorant! From all of the minute parts of an oceanliner, to styles of clothing, to biological terms of plants and animals, this book contained huge quantities of information which I had once known but had forgotten--or of which I was previously unaware. My students were thrilled with their present--to see their smiles when they discovered how easily this reference tool facilitated their acquisition of English vocabulary was extremely rewarding. I must emphasize, though, that this text is not simply--in the least--for those to whom English is a second language; there is something here for everyone. All those little nuances and intricacies of life, which we would always like to describe or identify but are unable--here they are named; here they are defined. This book is an invaluable tool for everyone to use; whether it be to learn more about the complex parts of the automobile, to identify weather systems, to describe a style of scarf or name the coating of a crayfish's body--for anyone who is a lover of language, words, and naming, this book provides endless amounts of knowledge. ... Read more


13. Visual Dictionary (Ultimate Visual Dictionary)
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A revised and updated version of the DK classic.

Explaining the world around us with a unique marriage of words and pictures, the Ultimate Visual Dictionary is a treasure trove of knowledge for the entire family. Cutaways and exploded views provide new perspectives on everything from the inside of a volcano to the inner working of a computer. Using more than 6,000 full-color photographs and illustrations, this easy-to-use reference covers everything from prehistoric Earth and science, to sports, art, and music. Now updated and expanded for 2002! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Visual Learning Experience
I've been a fan of the DK Oxford Illustrated American Dictionary for a few years now. The DK Ultimate Visual Dictionary is the next step. It is not a dictionary in which the words are organized with pictures in alphabetical order. However, you can look up the words and find the corresponding page numbers, so finding words is relatively easy.

This is a book in which 14 sections explain everything from The Universe to Calligraphy. This book doesn't include individual sentences using the words. "It shows you what each word means!" There are detailed illustrations and gorgeous photographs in rich color. Annotations surround the pictures.

In the introduction, they explain how if you wanted to know what the bone at the end of your little finger was called, a normal dictionary would leave you still wondering. With this dictionary, all you have to do is look up "hand" and you find your way to page 211. This is the section on the human body. Turn a few pages and you start to see amazingly detailed information. By page 230, you will see the hand in full detail and find a picture with the annotation reading: "Distal phalanx." The "Visual Dictionary" gives you access to thousands of words used by architects, musicians, doctors, scientists, sportspeople, astronomers and mechanics.

The 14 Sections include:

The Universe - This book explains why the Milky Way appears brighter in the southern sky than in the northern sky. There are pictures of everything from the solar system to the individual planets, stars and black holes.

Prehistoric Earth - Kids will love the pictures of the dinosaurs and the constant movement of the earth's crustal plates shows how the continents have moved across the earth's surface.

Plants - This book contains perhaps the most interesting explanation of photosynthesis and pollination I've seen yet. Kids will enjoy reading about the Venus Flytrap or how a seed germinates.

Animals -The skeletal structures and internal organs (mostly drawings) of a wide variety of animals are all shown in pictures. I loved the part where they show the hatching of a quail's egg. The rabbits and rodents section will be of interest to anyone who has these cute animals as pets.

The Human Body - If you want to know where the organs in your body are located or are even just trying to name various parts of a body, this section is essential for writing, research and home study projects. You can grab this book and see what an instructor is talking about when she says "deltoid" or "external oblique." The section on the development of jaw and teeth was very helpful in understanding how you eventually get your set of 32 permanent teeth. You see it all in a series of pictures. The Development of a baby will fascinate children.

Geology, Geography, and Meteorology - There is a section devoted to minerals. Kids will also enjoy the section on volcanoes and fossils. I always wondered how caves form.

Physics and Chemistry - A full periodic table and visual explanation of chemical reactions, light, electricity, atoms and force and motion are given here.

Rail and Road -A Volkswagen Beetle is disassembled, modern engines are shown in sectioned view and the mechanical components of a typical car are shown with all the parts spread out across the page. The section on "Bicycle Anatomy" will be of use to anyone who loves to ride and fix their own bikes.

Sea and Air - Everything from Viking Ships to the anatomy of an iron ship, jet engines and helicopters.

The Visual Arts - Finally an explanation on how mosaics are created. The budding artist will also enjoy the section on painting.

Architecture - I was fascinated by the Medieval castles and churches. Someone spent a lot of time tracking down the models for buildings from Ancient Rome to modern times. What a collection!

Music - Trying to learn how to read notes or interested in the names of all the instruments in an orchestra? They even take a guitar apart and sow you a variety of acoustic guitars.

Sports - An extremely detailed section on every main sport you can think of. The playing field, rules, equipment, everything is shown. They even have pictures of each type of swimming stroke. I'm impressed! The authors thought of everything.

The Modern World -Ever wonder what the internal components of your Cell phone, PDA, or even vacuum cleaner looks like? The section describing the Internet was in itself worth the price of this book. Information on cloning technology, political maps of the world, time zones and metric-imperial conversions makes this very useful.

Each sections starts with a table of contents and then every entry has introductions that explain the purpose of the illustrations and annotations.

Since I am presently reading a book about health and the function of our cells, page 216-217 was very helpful. I first looked up "Mitochondrion" and was sent to page 217 and 239. There before my eyes was a cell in full detail. There is also a series of microscopic pictures of a wide variety of cells on the right hand side. The actual cell takes up most of the two pages.

In fact, this dictionary has more than 31,500 terms and 6,000 color photographs and illustrations. This is the dictionary I would have loved to have had as a teenager. It would have made all my classes at school much more interesting.

Highly recommended for teachers, libraries and families with inquiring minds.

One of the most useful and beautiful books I've ever read. Put a copy on your coffee table and enter the world of knowledge once a day. Soon, the world will just be far more interesting. You will feel that X-ray vision when you look at normal objects in your home and environment. ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't Stop Reading It!
Not just a dictionary with pictures, and not a dry encyclopedia. The visual layouts and the text are fascinating, and the range of topics is amazing. This is one of those rare books that could be placed on the coffee table or on the reference shelf - and in the bathroom, too, if you get the compact version. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this book is worth a thousand textbooks. ... Read more


14. The Oxford-Duden Pictorial Spanish and English Dictionary
by Oxford University Press, Oxford
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Catlog: Book (1995-04-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 36033
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The second edition of this pictorial dictionary, with more than 1,500 new items, follows in thetradition of previously published Oxford-Duden dictionaries with its comprehensive range of areasrepresented. Here a reader will find the easily recognized--the basic translation and drawing of a bicycle,la bicicleta--to the more specialized: the hula girl at a masked ball, la hawaiana. Each wordor phrase is given first in precise Spanish, with the corresponding English in italics directly below, a systemwhich gives non-Spanish speakers an easy entry into a new language. The book more deeply details other,more complex aspects of the language to provide easy access to more demanding new words for those whoare partially bilingual--including the correct ways to pronounce complex and intricate phrasings. While thecorresponding illustrations for the more than 28,000 objects represented here are basic in design, they areall clearly labeled and presented, providing the reader with the visual connection so necessary for learning aforeign language and culture. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb reference
A great noun builder for intermediate to advanced students of Spanish (or Spanish-speaking students of English), this book will help you attain a degree of precision in your vocabulary that would be difficult to achieve any other way without a substantial investment of time. The dictionary is arranged by subject areas varying from the highly technical (e.g. precision instrument parts) to the everyday (e.g. tableware). About one-fourth of the volume is taken up by the index which is eminently helpful if you want to quickly find the translation of a particular word without having to wade through the many subject areas. The book identifies occasional word differences between Castillian Spanish and other idioms (e.g. Mexican Spanish) as well as between British and American English. Well-suited for browsing (a rare quality for a dictionary) and very different from most other language learning resources, consider this book a must-have for the serious language student or professional working abroad.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive!
The Oxford-Duden Pictorial Spanish and English Dictionary is a must for any person who conducts business and personal events in both English and Spanish. As a manger in construction, I have found the listings for heavy, commercial and residental construction VERY helpful. Due to the detailed drawings, it is extremely easy to find not only the name of a specific item, but also the components of that item. It has even helped me find the correct word for objects in my native language!

I would be willing to pay more for the same book with a sturdier cover and binding. This book is going to get a lot of use! In addition to my book on 501 Spanish Verbs, I consider this pictorial dictionary worth it's weight in gold.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional wide coverage and translation of technical terms
I found this book to be an excellent resource to help me understand and explain many different technical terms used in engineering, construction, trades, crafts, art, and agricultural. The numerous number illustrations have helped me explain these technical terms to nontechnical persons. I have had difficulty keeping this book in my hands. Everytime, I get a copy, one of my friends will buy it off of me before I get a chance to mark in it! I higly recommend this dictionary to anyone who needs a good dictionary of technical terms. ... Read more


15. The New Oxford Picture Dictionary English Russian (Oxford American English)
by E.C. Parnwell
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Asin: 019434651X
Catlog: Book (1994-02-01)
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Sales Rank: 89700
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, this book is good for English speakers
As a department of defense trained russian linguist, i can tell you that this book is useful for english speakers learning russian. Russian pronunciation is fairly straightforward, and should only take a couple of days to learn. (if you don't have a source for listening, you don't have any business trying to learn a language like russian anyhow) After pronunciation is learned, this book is an excellent learning tool, because it is far more useful to learn the language using the cyrillic. This helps both russian language reading skills, and sight retention of foreign words, one of the hardest and most useful things to learn.No, it's not an easy book to learn with, so some might be turned off, but if you're truly committed to working hard at learning russian, than this book will teach valuable skills and vocabulary.

5-0 out of 5 stars For learning English, not Russian
This is a very good book, but the online information failed to show that it is meant for Russians learning English (such as the ESL students mentioned in another review), not for English-speakers learning Russian. So, I was disappointed to get a book with no pronunciation help for the Russian words, when that is what I had expected.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for ESL tutoring - wish they could show a page
If only they could show a sample page - it would give all the lowdown a prospective purchaser would need. Most of the caveats I saw in the other reviews are true enough, but this is still the best basic ESL resource I've come across (both the monolingual and the English/Russian version). My only negative is that a few items are a bit dated (or maybe that's the book's British roots and it's an item common across the pond but not here). But the thematic approach works great and I'd give this a slight edge over the line of also worthy Bill Bliss illustrated dictionaries.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not very useful for English students of Russian language
The Oxford Picture Dictionary for Russian seems geared toward Russian students of English. It would be more useful for this if it included International Phonetic Alphabet beside the English words on the picture pages. Instead, non-IPA pronunciation guides are buried in an index. For the student of Russian, it's almost useless. Russian is fairly phonetic--if you know where the accent falls. Unfortunately, accent marks are completely absent, and the two dots of letter are never shown, confusing it with . (While standard written Russian omits these marks, pedagogical texts should include them.) A student who learned the word for "bill, receipt" from this book would mispronounce as , eliciting great confusion and then laughter from his Russian friends. Also, when the book gives a plural noun, you can't always predict the singular form. For other nouns irregular plural forms aren't given. Noun gender is never given and sometimes can't be predicted. The only way to make this book useful for correctly acquiring Russian vocabulary is to look up all 2400+ words, a daunting task!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for U.S. people adopting Russian children!
We got this book to assist us with teaching our soon to be adopted 14 year old daughter English. The pictures are all coded with a number, and at the base of each page, there is a Russian and English word for what the numbered item is, in the picture. The dictionary shows various situations as one large picture: For example, each room of the house, and each item in each room is labeled. Also, school rooms, bus stops, all kinds of foods and "things". Airports, relationships (family tree), body parts, clothes, feelings, situations and so much! This is an awesome tool to use in communicating with someone of any age who speaks Russian and needs to communicate to you in English. (Or vice versa). I will also know by our daughter pointing to a picture and then the number associated with it, that we are talking about the exact same thing. She can read the Russian word, and I will tell her (pronounce) the English word. So, we are sure to be talking about the same exact thing. Paperback and easy to carry around. Very clever! ... Read more


16. The Oxford Picture Dictionary: English/Chinese
by Norma Shapiro, Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Inc. Techno-Graphics & Translations
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Asin: 0194351890
Catlog: Book (1998-02-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars NOT for people trying to learn Chinese
I am trying to learn Chinese, and in seeing my toddler learn English by repeatedly looking at picturebooks, I thought a picture dictionary in Chinese would be a good way to learn every day objects in Chinese. Unfortunately, this book has the English word and the Chinese IN CHINESE CHARACTERS. NO pinyin, no bopomofo pronounciation. For the non-Chinese reader, you'll have to look up every single word. So, though this book may be good for Chinese students learning English, it is of limited usefulness to students learning Chinese. Frankly, I think this is an extremely stupid mistake by the publishers of this book. The editors should be flogged!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for Teaching EFL
I used this book extensively while teaching college level EFL in the Peoples Republic of China. It was very helpful in identifying words like "blender"; the pictures taught a lot about how a house actually looked in the USA. Students poured over the book before and after class. Ah -- but I wish it contained the pinyin so I could have used it to learn Chinese!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for ESL students, Bad for Chinese students
This is a bad thing for anyone learning Chinese because IT DOESNT HAVE PINYIN. BE WARNED.

However, ESL students will love this thing because of the pictures and the English.

However, IT IS WORTHLESS for AMERICANS LEARNING CHINESE.

5-0 out of 5 stars A rich visual dictionary
It really surprised me! Great ! If I only could have the CD Rom, it would be Hiper! Because as there is no pronouncing with the ideograms, it sometimes lack the native sound. But, still is a formidable tool for chinese-english study. I would buy not only the Cd as would buy a CHINESE/English version!! Really helpfull!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best for Chinese-speaking Students
It's an excellent dictionary for Chinese-speaking student. It's better than the book "The New Oxford Picture Dictionary". It's best for beginner. There are a lot of examples,illustrations,& pictures in this dictionary. Unfortunately, it's out of stock at Amazon.com at this moment(June'99). ... Read more


17. The New Oxford Picture Dictionary/English-Chinese Edition (Oxford American English)
by E.C. Parnwell, Sergio Gaitan, Raymond Burns
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Catlog: Book (1989-06-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great for lower level students.
I use multiple versions of this book to help my students (mostly beginning and intermediate) enlarge their English vocabulary. I am currently using the Spanish-English, Chinese-English and Korean-English versions. I believe that they are good books, and very useful as supplements to ESL classes. THE GOOD: 1) The book is organized nicely for teaching beginning level students. It is organized into 12 units, such as: people, housing and recreation. This makes it easy to find a good vocabulary list for students to concentrate on. 2) The full color illustrations are nice, and make it easy for students to understand the word, even if they are using the monolingual edition. It is nice for students to try to figure out or learn the word without depending on the written translation. 3) Each page has some teaching suggestions at the bottom. While I don't always use them, they have come in handy for giving my students extra practice at using the new vocabulary. 4) There are some nice indices at the back of the book. These cover everything from irregular verbs to geography to alphabetical listings of the vocabulary. THE BAD: 1) While there are many good words, there are also a lot of common words missing. I find myself using a regular English-language dictionary to explain some words to my students. 2) Some of the translations aren't that great. My students have found errors (or just an outdated word) in both the Spanish-English and Korean-English versions. 3) This dictionary really is for beginning or intermediate users. My advanced students don't really like using it, as they already know most of the words in it. OVERALL: The Oxford Picture Dictionaries are great tools when used to supplement a lower level class. But if you are teaching more advanced students, maybe some other language-English dictionary would be better.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not useful for English-speaking students of Chinese
The New Oxford Pciture Dictionary (English/Chinese) is not useful for English-speaking students of Chinese. There is no transliteration for the Chinese characters, which are printed in a very hard-to-read light blue ink. This dictionary could be useful to Chinese-speaking students of English. However, they would need a good knowledge of the Western alphabet and sound system to use it. ... Read more


18. Ultimate Visual Dictionary of Science (Ultimate Visual Dictionary)
by Dorling Kindersley Publishing
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Asin: 0789435128
Catlog: Book (1998-08-01)
Publisher: DK Publishing Inc
Sales Rank: 34437
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Here's a science dictionary worth poring over for hours. The concise, well-written text and amazing photos and drawings in The Ultimate Visual Dictionary of Science provide an overview of science, from physics to biology, astronomy to mathematics--nine major fields in all. Within the larger sections, each fairly broad subtopic (such as "Reptiles," "Catalysts," and "Medical Imaging") gets a two-page spread. A brief beginning section introduces science as a concept and the work of scientists, while a useful section in the back bolsters the dictionary material with tables of measurements and data. The real strength of a visual dictionary is its images, and this one doesn't disappoint. The illustrations, including intricate cross sections, explanatory diagrams, and fascinating photos, are topnotch. This edition is up-to-date, with information on computer networks and mammalian cloning--a great family science reference. --Therese Littleton ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference for Kids and Adults
I purchased this book for my 4 year old son who keeps asking lots of questions. While the book may be a bit advanced and he is just learning to read, he enjoys my explaining the various topics within. This books is not for kids only and is an excellent reference to have in the home as adults can gain as much from this excellent reference. Also a great book and companion volume is the Ultimate Visual Dictionary. DK books really puts out great books and this one is tops on my list.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource!
A superb resource for children and adults! Excellent photos, experiment descriptions, and drawings. Covers every major science field. I use it to learn about new areas and to refresh my college level subjects such as physics and chemistry. It is simple enough for children, but includes advanced information, such as physics formulas, that makes it wonderful for adults as well. I can't say enough good things about this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible!
I bought this for my nephew, and was so interested by it I spent half the night reading it!

My wife finaly started looking through it and liked it so much she wanted it for Christmas for herself!

It covers anatomy, biology, chemstry, earth science, physics, astronomy, computers & electronics - and much more - everything!!

5-0 out of 5 stars This Book Will Make You Smarter
If you have read my other reviews you know I don't give out five stars very readily. This is a five-star book.

There are about 170 two-page, profusely illustrated spreads that give you the basic background on practically every topic in modern science.

Read one of these two-page spreads every other day. It will take you ten minutes or so. In less than a year you will be dramatically better informed about science. There isn't a more pleasant way to get so much smarter, so quickly.

This is a book every home should have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exquisite reference.
The "Ultimate Visual Dictionary of Science" may well be just that. For this exquisite reference brims with 1,600 color photos, 200 illustrations, and 15,000 completely accessible terms. This mammoth work covers everything from Physics and Chemistry to Ecology and Computer Science, and it "allows you to browse the thematic sections at your leisure or to use it as a quick-reference visual dictionary." Everyone will have a favorite section. I particularly enjoyed the Earth Sciences, with its stunningly-clear iilustrations of coastlines and the ocean floor. And in the Astronomy and Astrophysics chapter, you'll find remarkable slice-away graphics that show, say, the planet Jupiter, with its hydrogen and helium atmosphere covering not a rocky surface, but a mantle of liquid hydrogen and helium! The book's layout is superb. Indeed, every page dazzles with a wealth of color and information. This is a must-purchase. ... Read more


19. The Oxford Picture Dictionary: English/Arabic
by Norma Shapiro, Jayme Adelson-Goldstein
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Asin: 0194361977
Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.17 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good but...
This book is very beautifully illustrated and has a great range of vocabulary. However, like some other reviewers have mentioned, it is definitely not directed towards beginning arabic students. While it is true that most arabic texts do not have the vowel markings (fatha, damma, etc) they are necessary when first learning the word in the absence of hearing someone actually pronounce the word. My suggestion to the company if they want to exclude the vowels would be to include a cd. This book is very useful for everyday vocab however there is always the risk of mispronunciation with the lack of markings. I would recommend the Milet Bilingual Picture dictionary instead or in addition to this one as it has the vowel markings and is more useful for students of Arabic.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not for Beginning Arabic speakers
For someone who has been studying Arabic for several years now, I find this book extremely useful. It presents indispensable everyday words that I don't think I would have learned as quickly without this book. And I love having an excuse to pore through a book with lots of pictures....they offer a unique visual tool that helps me remember the words even better. The fact that the vowels are absent is a good thing for the intermediate learner because you can test yourself by voweling them and check your work in the Hans Wehr. One caution for the beginning Arabic speaker...if you don't have a good grasp of Arabic grammar and can't recognize when the authors are using the Arabic term as an imperative, present tense, noun, adjective, etc. and don't understand how to change from their tense to the tense you want for speaking or writing, you'll probably be saying a lot of things wrong. But you'll encounter this problem with any Arabic text.

3-0 out of 5 stars Primarily for Arabs learning English (ESL) NOT FOR KIDS!!!
As others have noticed, this book seems largely geared toward Arabic speakers seeking to learn English and seems especially great for those trying to get practice reading English. The exercises on the bottom of the pages, for example, seem geared toward practicing English rather than practicing Arabic. The index lists both words in English and Arabic but only gives a pronunciation guide for the English words, not the Arabic words which are not, so far as I can tell, transliterated into English anywhere in this book or even voweled.

If you are English speaker studying Arabic, however, this book is of unique value in one respect. Most written Arabic language methods that I've seen put English transliterations very close to words in Arabic script which means you tend to memorize the transliterated sounds with the definition rather than learning to recognize the word as written in Arabic. This book really allows for the kind of visual memorization that seems central to learning to read Arabic. That makes this book a good addition to Mace's TEACH YOURSELF BEGINNING ARABIC SCRIPT which tries to teach "whole word recognition" Arabic (rather than just sounding out) but doesn't lay out its pages or present its material in a way that really supports that.

Even so, it would have been better in this book if the pronunciations- or even just the voweled versions of the words- were given some place. A simple modification like that would make the book of nearly equal value to English speakers.

Another beef I have with this book is the 4-8 age group recomendation. The book is of limited usefulness to adult English speakers seeking to learn Arabic. English speaking children would just be lost. And unless the Arabic speaking child in question is a little genius with good reading skills in his or her own language and some proficiency in basic English alphabet and phonetics, this is probably better for junior high level practice or perhaps as a guide to parents seeking to tutor their children in English as a second language.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for the serious Arabic student
While many of the observations of the other reviewers are valid, their conclusions are not. Yes, the print may seem small, but as an old man, all arabic print seems small to me. It is not any smaller than other texts. The words are not fully voweled, but neither is most arabic text. If you are a serious student and have to speak and write arabic, this is a fast and painless reference to keep your conversation or flow of thought moving.

1-0 out of 5 stars FORGET ABOUT IT!
Not one pronounciation given - just Arabic characters, which, if you don't already know them, you will have no idea how to say them. I returned this book. If you don't already speak Arabic, it's useless. ... Read more


20. Italian Picture Dictionary (Let's Learn...Picture Dictionary)
by Marlene Goodman
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Catlog: Book (1991-01-01)
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Created by leading educators, these colorful, large-size dictionaries introduce beginning language learners to more than 1,550 commonly taught basic words. Each Let's Learn Language Picture Dictionary in the series boasts 30 delightful two-page spreads that vividly illustrate the meanings of words. Fun-filled panoramas focus on scenes familiar to children aged three through eight, such as home life, the classroom, city life, sports, the zoo, and even outer space! Learners will love to revisit these detailed depictions of people, places, actions, and objects, each time improving their recall. Featured words are set off with individual illustrations and definitions to help learners at various levels build vocabulary. Includes an index and glossary of all the individually illustrated words. An ideal selection of first word books for parents and teachers who want to encourage second language acquisition.

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