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Oxford Picture Dictionary, Second Edition: English-Spanish Paperback – Jul 19 2008

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (July 19 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0194740099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0194740098
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jayme Adelson-Goldstein is an ESL teacher-trainer, consultant, and author living in Northridge, California. Norma Shapiro has been involved with language teaching since 1982. She has conducted many workshops on vocabulary development, communicative activities, and using visuals in the classroom.

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As a teacher of ESL, this is one of the best reference books for learning for teachers and students. Good purchase.
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By Lastro on June 22 2013
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Excellent pour les gens de langue espagnole. On devrait publier une version inverse pour les anglophones qui veulent apprendre l'espagnol. They should publish a version for English speaking people who wish to learn Spanish.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Spanish learners still enjoy most of book's value May 18 2009
By T. Fisher - Published on
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I am learning Spanish. I had read that this book was primarily intended for Spanish speakers learning English, but I didn't understand what that really meant. I had taken a quick look at a classmate's copy of the book and it seemed great to me, so I bought one too.

The heart of this book is a set of vocabulary in both English and Spanish on each page, illustrated by pictures. This feature is equally useful for people learning Spanish or English.

Then at the bottom or side of each page there are points for further practice, questions for discussion, and the like. There are also occasional stories followed by questions on comprehension. These are all in English, and are really useful only for Spanish speakers learning English.

I'm a lot more interested in the vocabulary than the exercises anyway. The exercises may be useful in a classroom setting, and I'm sure they do add some value for English learners. But my personal finger-in-the-wind estimate is that I can still enjoy about 75-80% of the functionality of the book.

I'm sure this book will help me learn a ton of new Spanish vocabulary in a relatively easy and painless way. I'd say I'm going to get more than my 15 dollars' worth out of this book.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Primarily meant for those learning English Aug. 1 2008
By BB - Published on
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This well-structured and nicely illustrated English/Spanish dictionary is a good resource which could easily have been made excellent. Where it comes up short is the lack of bilingual coverage for many entries.

Though the product description does flag the fact that the dictionary's purpose is to "meet the needs of today's English language learners," the layout of the dictionary gives the impression that it is for English speakers learning Spanish as the initial entries are given in English. However, many examples -- most notably the practice exercises -- are given in English only. This could prove frustrating for those wanting learn or expand their Spanish with it or vice versa.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Sept. 9 2011
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I am trying to learn a bit of Spanish and from the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon this book looked an excellent quick visual reference to learn Spanish words. It definitely is, and the visual descriptions are really helpful and well-organized. For instance one can look at specific pages to learn useful words if you have to go to a bank, or you have to deal with common emergencies, or you are dealing with a contractor, or you want to go shopping for groceries etc.

Overall, I am happy I purchased this book and I highly recommended it. You do want to keep two issues in mind, though. First, being a visual guide, this book teaches you very little about grammar. Second, this book is ideal if you are a Spanish-speaking person trying to learn English, while it is not designed for folks like me who are learning Spanish. Mind you, it's still a great resource, but while all words in the pictures are listed in English and Spanish, all the extra material is in English and about English (e.g. suggested conversations, the little grammar there is, useful sentences). Also, at the end of the book there is one index of the Spanish words, and one index for the English words, but only the latter indicates the pronunciation.

So, if you are looking for something to learn new words in Spanish and you speak English, this book is great, but if you are looking for a book that will teach you how to form sentences in Spanish you may want to look (also or exclusively) for something else.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent resource Feb. 15 2011
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The OPD is an excellent resource for English Language Learners. I've used it for years with much success in my adult classes. The second edition is updated well with contemporary pictures and words. My students rely on it as they learn vocabulary and conversation style.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
excellent teaching or self-learning tool Nov. 24 2010
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I had the English-only version of this book, but when I realized how useful it was for my English adult class I ordered the English/Spanish for me to relearn Spanish. Also all of my students are Spanish speakers, so instead of making copies in English only, I started making them in the E/S version. It saved me the effort of trying to translate. Besides all that I love the thematic approach of the book. The possibilities of working on each of its pages are unlimited for classroom activities. It is really a classroom life-saver if the teacher is creative and knows how to plan activities around each page. For example I used 2 verb pages for practicing pres. continuous, then pr. simple, and other verb tenses, making questions etc. I used the same copies for practicing what students do in the course of a day, and much more.
Anna, presently in Texas