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Cassell's Spanish-English, English-Spanish Dictionary Hardcover – September 1, 1978

ISBN-13: 002-1898229106 ISBN-10: 0025229109 Edition: 19th

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Cassell's Spanish Dictionary This is the thoroughly revised and updated edition of Cassell's internationally known Spanish dictionary. The two scholars responsible for this undertaking are Anthony Gooch, the Director of Hispanic Studies at the London School of Economics, and Angel García de Paredes, a former lecturer at Birkbeck College, London, and the Language Research Centre at the Polytechnic of Central London, who now heads the translation department of the International Sugar Organization. Special features of this new edition include
  • New socio-political, economic and colloquial Spanish vocabulary brought into use by recent changes
  • New comprehensive verb tables
  • New bibliography of Spanish and English dictionaries
  • Latin-American usage as well as Castilian and regional dialects of Spain.
Cassell's Famous Dictionaries French-English, English-French Standard and Concise Editions German-English, English-German Standard and Concise Editions Spanish-English, English-Spanish Standard and Concise Editions Italian-English, English-Italian Standard Edition English-Dutch, Dutch-English Standard Edition Latin-English, English-Latin Standard and Concise Editions A series of companion volumes showing the peculiarities of meaning and usage in colloquial speech, the intricacies of which cannot be adequately explained in a standard dictionary. Cassell's Colloquial French Cassell's Colloquial German Cassell's Colloquial Italian Cassell's Colloquial Spanish

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Cassell's Bilingual Dictionaries Acclaimed Worldwide Since 1854
  • New-wave socio-political, economic and colloquial Spanish vocabulary brought into use by recent changes.
  • New comprehensive verb tables, bibliography of Spanish and English dictionaries.
  • Incorporates modern scientific, technical, political and industrial terms.
  • Embodies Latin-American terms with local usages in South and Central America as well as the Castilian and regional dialects of Spain.
  • Contains proper names, grammatical information and irregular plural forms.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell's; 19 edition (September 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0025229109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0025229105
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Doug Rice on August 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A dictionary should demonstrate good lexicographic technique and have an up-to-date-vocabulary. The Cassell's dictionary does neither.

Take a word with multiple meanings each of which which has a different translation, for example, the English word "loop. Cassells gives, "lazo, gaza, nudo; ojal, presilla, alamar; anillo; recodo, comba, curva, vuelta," etc. For the English reader writing in Spanish, this is hopelessly inadequate, as the dictionary provides no clue as to which translation to use in which situation. For a Spanish speaker reading in English, this is enough, as the reader can look over the potential translations and choose the one which fits the context. But for the English reader writing in Spanish, this is hopelessly inadequate, as the dictionary gives no clue as to which translation to use in which situation.

Compare the treatment of such a word, loop, for example, in the far superior American Heritage Spanish Dictionary. "(length of line) lazo; (coil) vuelta; (bend) curva; (circular path) vuelta, circuito; (fastener) presilla" etc. Here, the user is given glosses in the native language to assist in identifying the right word for the context. Example sentences are also a tremendous help.

Adequate treatment of words takes a tremendous amount of space. For example, in the Collins Spanish dictionary, a complex word like "get" takes up 730 lines. But in the Cassell's, the same word receives a mere 55 lines.

A good dictionary should maintain an up-to-date lexicon, including such cultural and technological additions to the language as "baby sitter," "hostile takeover," "software," "hard drive." But the compilers of the Cassell's have totally neglected this aspect; the lexicon of the work is even more outdated than its ancient publishing date in the 1970s would suggest.

Based on the research I did for my Master's thesis, I would recommend Oxford, Larousse, and HarperCollins instead.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Cassell's Spanish Dictionary has been a tremendous resource for me throughout my years of studying the Spanish language. It has suited me perfectly from middle school all the way through high school. With a variety of conjugations and a list of common expressions provided for each entry word, the dictionary is very easy to use. It is particularly important that the Spanish-English and English-Spanish portions are equally detailed. This dictionary is a wonderful tool for anyone involved with the Spanish language in any way. ¡Buena suerte!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Freed on October 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was browsing a copy of Cassells in a book store when trying to decide which Spanish Dict. to buy. This one came recommened to me, but the type is so blurry and badly printed--at least in the copy I was looking at--it was pretty much unuseable. Don't know if this is true for all copies of this book however.
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An excellent spanish-english dictionary. Includes many spanish phrases which helps alot with understanding. This hardbound edition is easier to use and read than paperback. Came at a very good price. (Un diccionario espanol-ingles excelente. Incluye muchas frases espanoles que se da ayuda mucha de la comprension. Esta edicion de dura es mas facil para usar y leer que "paperback". Es de buen precio.)
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Newboy on May 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This dictionary has a pretty limited vocabulary, in both Sp-Eng and Eng-Sp. Good enough for the first year student who dutifully sticks to the prescribed texts, as most Am students do. However, if you're aiming to read anything interesting or go anywhere other than a northern Spanish (Spain) MacDonalds, you'll find it lacking. Will have to get another dictionary, in fact.

Particularly irritating are the faux amis, words that resemble English Latinate words but really mean something quite different. This is a problem with lazy lexicography between Eng and all Romance languages. This Cassell's is BAAD in this respect. Look for Anglosaxon when you choose an Eng word for a plain Sp word. But in this book you'll find a lot pale Latinate. That is NOT what the Sp means or feels like.

Fortunately, I got mine when a lazy Spanish college student just abandoned it in a cloak room. Maybe you didn't need a dictionary for that class anyway! You know how it goes. Look at the immigration debate - speaking Spanish is a real outrage, you know. People should speak English, including in Spanish class.
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