- Vinyl Bound: 650 pages
- Publisher: Larousse Bilingual/French; Bilingual edition (Sept. 26 2003)
- Language: English, Spanish
- ISBN-10: 2035420652
- ISBN-13: 978-2035420657
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.2 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 658 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,468,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Larousse Student Dictionary Spanish-English / English-Spanish Vinyl Bound – Sep 26 2003
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That's where this new little dictionary can help you out. It does not have the breadth of the Oxford Concise dictionary (I highly recommend an Oxford desk dictionary if you're serious about learning Spanish!), but almost every word in the dictionary has an example sentence to describe it. For example: you've looked up "to place" and are pretty sure "colocar" is the translation you want (you want to place something someplace). You then look up "colocar" in the Spanish section and find this sentence: "Coloca este florero arriba de la mesa". Now you know for sure.
The layout is also very nice. The main entries are all highlighted in yellow, making it much easier to find words. Plus, there are lots of cultural and grammatical notes dispersed throughout the book: for example, under "comida" you can find the following explanation: "In some Spanish-speaking countries (Bolivia, Uruguay, and Venezuela) comida can refer to lunch or dinner, while in other places (Chile, Colombia, and Perú) it only refers to dinner....".
Finally, in the middle of the dictionary there are about 20 pages of two page illustrated vocabulary spread--parts of the body, foods, etc.
The negative aspect of the book is that it does not have word pronunciation with the Spanish words. However, Spanish being relatively predictable in its pronunciation, this is not a huge detraction in my mind.
I recommend this book to all my Spanish 1- Spanish 3 high school students, and beginnign college students. After Spanish 3, I think it would be a great additional resource, but would not serve as your ONLY dictionary.
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It contains a mini visual dictionary in the center, between the Spanish->English and English->Spanish sections and provides some basic tips on grammar in both languages, tastefully writing the instructions for Spanish Grammar in English and those for English Grammar in Spanish.
The actual translation sections employ multiple colors, with keywords in yellow, and tactful layout to make it not only easy to navigate, but pleasurable to use. The reasonably small size and stiff turtleback cover make this dictionary just a little too large to fit in a pocket, but still readily portable.
More advanced students of Spanish may also want to add a pure Spanish-only dictionary to their war chest. I suggest that they start with Diccionario Practico del Estudiante, which includes a broader explanation of grammar and more detailed verb conjugations than the Larousse, in addition to being a quality dictionary:
Diccionario Practico del Estudiante/ Student Dictionary
and helps her vocabulary building.