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Oxford Picture Dictionary, Second Edition: English-Spanish [Paperback]

Jayme Adelson-Goldstein , Norma Shapiro
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July 19 2008 0194740099 978-0194740098 2nd Revised edition
These remarkable new editions of the bestselling bilingual Oxford Picture Dictionary feature over 4,000 words and phrases illustrated with all new vibrant, crystal-clear artwork. The topics, based on extensive input from teachers and students, have been thoroughly updated to meet the needs of today's English language learners. Colour coding and topic icons make finding words easier than ever, and practice activities at the foot of each page ensure accurate and effective use of words.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Picture Dictionary Dec 23 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Bonne idée June 22 2013
By Lastro
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Primarily meant for those learning English Aug. 1 2008
By Everyday Joe - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spanish learners still enjoy most of book's value May 18 2009
By T. Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource Feb. 15 2011
By B. Oakland - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for ESL students! Aug. 27 2012
By la maestra - Published on Amazon.com
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The Oxford Picture Dictionary is the perfect resource for students studying English and Spanish, and teachers teaching ESL and Spanish! This book is chockablock with all those vocabulary words that sometimes stump even the best bilingual teacher. What a joy to simply whip out the Oxford Picture Dictionary and look up the specific vocabulary theme and then the word you want to share with your students. The Oxford is not called a Picture Dictionary for nothing, it has wonderful colorful and realistic, sometimes humorous illustrations. Students and teachers of ESL and Spanish must add this book to their resource library today.
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