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Collins French to English (One Way) Dictionary & Grammar (Collins Dictionary and Grammar) (French Edition) Kindle Edition

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Length: 1152 pages Language: French

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  • File Size: 3550 KB
  • Print Length: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 7th Revised edition edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: French
  • ASIN: B008ZUDXXS
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I purchased the Kindle version of this one, because I have a number of French books on my kindle and the dictionary that came with is is mono-lingual and therefore not of much use for me and my rather basic French skills. Most of the other dictionaries out there were criticized for not finding conjugated verbs, etc, and therefore deemed useless, so I decided to pre-order this one and wait.

And it was worth it. I tested it on a page of one of my French (fictional) books. It found all of the words, even complex conjugated forms of "etre". It gave me the correct infinitive and told me what form it was, and then gave me the translation. This is the first useful French dictionaly I have found out there, and it is going to make learning French through reading French books much more enjoyable for me!

Really great! I recommend this dictionary as the default dictionary for every person interested in reading French books on their kindle!
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BEWARE: There are 2 one-way versions of this dictionary (1) Collins French-English and (2) Collins English-French. I assumed there was one version (a two-way dictionary) and bought the English-French by mistake, and then my Kindle wouldn't code the dictionary under French (to link it to French). I spent 45 minutes with Kindle Customer Service trying to get this fixed.

The other problem is that reviews are combined for both editions (16 reviews at the time I'm writing) - but they are not the same book! Reviewers talk about how this book helps them read French novels - but this is only true for the French-English version!

If you want to read books in French and quickly look up the English definition, buy the French-English edition.
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Very difficult to use. I'm not using this as a dictionary to link to French texts, I wanted a simple French-English dictionary to help learn French. I tried to look up bateau (boat) to find out its gender and the search function showed me 89 results ... every place in the dictionary that the word is used in sample sentences. Trying to flip through the (290,000+) pages isn't much more convenient, you can flip for a very long time. The slider function is too coarse to narrow down a search much. In addition, if you type gateau the search function doesn't find the correct spelling with the circumflex over the a. This dictionary really needs a Settings or Preferences menu to make it useable.
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I just tried it out, and it is so good. Like the other guy who reviewed this (so far), I've found it really good. Like the other guy I decided to wait, and I'm glad I did. It finds plural words no problem (was problem with other french-english kindle dictionaries apparently. Makes reading French books a piece of cake. I'm starting with Madame Bovary (for which I have 2 translations - the free one by Karl Marx's daughter, and one I ordered through Amazon and I can also compare with those as I read, so since both those are excellent translations, I really get the idea of the book. Next I want to read a detective novel I'd tried before, I can't remember the name, which didn't have so good a translation in English, and try my hand at reading that one (it's free on librivox in voice and on gutenberg, though I can't right now recall what it's called. I've tried 4 or 5 verb words now, and it's gotten all but one. You still need to be familiar with a little grammar and sentence structure, and it helps to have a small paperback verb conjugation book, but other than that I think I'm pretty good to go to read Flaubert's Madame Bovary. I'll listen to it (the free download on librivox - beautiful reading by the way by a woman in Denmark), and hopefull sometime in the next 100 years I'll be fluent in French. Oh yea, that detective novel is [French] Gaboriau, Emile. "Monsieur Lecoq" on librivox and on gutenberg.org is free.
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I bought this dictionary to compare it to the "Merriam-Webster's French-English Translation Dictionary, Kindle Edition (French Edition)", and I will be returning it. I have been reading kindle books in french on my kindle paper white to improve my french, and the M-W dictionary quickly became the obvious choice.

In looking through my existing vocabulary list, I quickly found words in the M-W dictionary that this Collins dictionary does not have. I also discovered that the definitions don't include the reflexive version of verbs (the "se" version)!

Examples:

Se charger de - no 'se' version in Collins
S'averer - not found in Collins at all!
s'evanouir - not found in Collins at all!

These are certainly not unusual or obscure words (get the M-W dict and look them up! :) ). Having fewer words was disappointing, but not calling out the reflexive definitions was a deal breaker. While I could probably figure it out from the provided definition, it would be far less straightforward. And in general, the M-W definitions are more to-the-point.

Back to the M-W…
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The real help of this dictionary is seen when learning french on Kindle device where this can become the default dictionary .On kindle apps on android and Ipad this appears as a book limiting its utility.
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