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

Jayme Adelson-Goldstein , Norma Shapiro
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Sept. 14 2008 0194740137 978-0194740135 Second 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars good idea, poorly executed July 3 2011
By smunti
Format:Paperback
I really like the idea of the book, it teaches you important vocabulary for every day use, devided into useful chapters like "at the restaurant", "household problems and repairs", "the workplace", "tools" and many more. But nonetheless, I think it is not very useful as it only lists the French word and does not give the articles. As everyone who learns French knows, in order to build a sentence, you need to know if it's "le" or "la". I really don't understand what the makers were thinking. You have to look up the articles somewhere else and therefore I can only give this book 2 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter likes it April 21 2009
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful book with both English and French words naming the items on a given picture. It is also a good review for adults trying to hone their French (in my case) skills.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good March 29 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Nothing else to say, a picture dictionary is a picture dictionary. The images are ok, the book is well done.

Martin
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3.0 out of 5 stars I had a different Idea Feb. 4 2014
By Lili
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It's a good book and I recommend for ESL students. I just had a different idea of what I wanted for a picture dictionary. Good buy though.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware - this is written with ESL students in mind ~ May 9 2012
By Christopher Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you want a proper French-English picture dictionary, then go with: Frenchâ English Bilingual Visual Dictionary (DK Visual Dictionaries).

Here is why this book is virtually useless: The actual French terms are formatted so that they are less noticeable than the English language terms. In reality that makes this book better for French speakers trying to learn English! Check the look inside tab on the book to see what I am talking about. But for proper language learning, without relying on the translation, it makes little sense to show something and have a bold and large English term with a faint and small French term underneath. Your eyes will automatically focus on the English term instead of the French, thereby causing your brain to link the picture to the English word translated to the French word... The proper way to learn a language is to at some point skip the translation step and look at a picture of, say an apple and know "pomme" without looking at the apple, thinking "apple" then translating it in your head into "pomme".

The other issue is with the formatting of the book. Often it makes if very hard to read the way the terms are listed. And the dialogue in the pictures is in English. You would think that this is in fact a book for French speakers to learn English, except that everything in the forward, table of contents, index, etc... is in English. This is a book being targeted to English speakers learning French. So then why do I need to see a picture of somebody saying "Hello" instead of them saying "Bonjour" or "Salut" ?

I hate to give it one star, but when I compare this next to the DK book, the choice is obvious. Though the DK book is smaller, it does make it more portable. So please at least check out the DK version before purchasing. It is cheaper, formatted better, portable, and packed with as much or more content than this version. Happy learning!

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Update: I did discover that this is just a US version of an French to English text. So it is perfect for native French speakers trying to learn English, but it seems Oxford got lazy and just but a slightly different binding on the book and made it more ambiguous so that English speakers that are learning French would buy it also. The DK version is just easier to use.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, comprehensive way to learn vocabulary, business writing, etc. June 28 2010
By D. Blietz-Hertberg - Published on Amazon.com
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This revised edition is even better than the first one, which I have used since the 90s. My students/clients really like this book and it is totally in sync, page by page, with the workbook. The bilingual editions are so nice to have--a bonus of this great resource.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Useless without gender of nouns Jan. 2 2013
By P. Atwood Fenner - Published on Amazon.com
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This reference book is surely beautiful and seems to be well organized and complete EXCEPT THAT ROMANCE LANGUAGES ASSIGN A GENDER TO NOUNS, and THIS BOOK DOESN'T INCLUDE THEM! This makes it possible to use the words in a sentence especially when an adjective (which has to agree in form with the gender of the noun) is to be used.
Had I actually previewed a page before buying it for my French class, I wouldn't have purchased it. Oxford is a good name, and I can't imagine what possessed them to put out a picture dictionary without the gender of the nouns!
5.0 out of 5 stars very good Dec 13 2013
By Jessie Jiang - Published on Amazon.com
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the book is very good,useful,especially for those new learners. I like it and I will recommend it to my friends .
5.0 out of 5 stars Oxford Picture Dictionary English-French Oct. 14 2013
By Marie Jose Perodin - Published on Amazon.com
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The Oxford Picture Dictionary English-French is a very useful instructional book. I would recommend it to both French instructors and students.
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