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Collins Gem Russian Dictionary (Collins Gem Series) [Paperback]

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May 24, 1996 0004586522 978-0004586526 2nd
More than 40,000 references and 70,000 translations.

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Text: English, Russian

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More than 40,000 references and 70,000 translations.

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  • Series: Collins Gem Series
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference; 2nd edition (May 24, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0004586522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0004586526
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 3.1 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hand-sized book, Russian is in Cyrillic, good value. February 20, 1999
By A Customer
It is extremely difficult to find English/Russian/English dictionaries that help with pronunciation by also providing Russian words in non-Cyrillic text. Therefore, this dictionary is as good as any. It is small, however, and hard to read without strong magnification.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but not the best December 7, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As an English speaker learning Russian, it is hard to find bi-lingual materials that don't assume knowledge of Russian, the lack of stress marks being the most common offense. This dictionary is almost completely even-handed.

The definitions are reasonably authoritative and the compact plastic binding durable and portable. I found it immensely useful when in Russia. The entries are fastidiously symmetric: I never found an instance where a Russian word was defined but not listed in the corresponding English entry. The Langenscheidt has some gaps in this regard.

It has some shortcomings compared to Langenscheidt. The print is too small to read under less than ideal light; it was impossible to look up something in a car at night. Perfective verbs are not cross-referenced to their imperfective complements. The thick-but-not-broad shape is not as back-pocket friendly as the Langenscheidt.

You must learn Cyrillic. It is *impossible* to represent Russian accurately in the Latin alphabet. If you can't memorize 33 letters then you are beyond anyone's help.

The Langenscheidt is better for my needs, and this dictionary was displaced from my pants pocket by it. But, given the price, I recommend buying both. The Collins is worth carrying around in your bag as a second opinion on definitions and for covering gaps in the Langenscheidt. And as a spare: don't think for a minute you can find a replacement while in Russia.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars let's take a second look July 28, 2002
I own at least 8 Collins Gem Dictionaries for various languages. This product is a fine dictionary. I have always been pleased with Collins Gem language products, and their pocket dictionaries are indeed very mobile and durable. About the lack of Russian pronunciation - I'm not an expert in Russian, and of course there are exceptions and dipthongs that one must learn - but Russian IS A PHONETIC LANGUAGE! Why would you need a pronunciation guide? Learn the sounds of the Alphabet and you'll be able to pronounce it fine! It's not a difficult alphabet - try learning arabic and you'll appreciate the Cyrillic alphabet. Indeed!
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable at all, No Phonetic pronunciations June 17, 1999
By A Customer
The English to Russian section is not useful at all unless you are already familiar with the Russian alphabet and it's pronunciations.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for non-Russian speakers February 27, 2000
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If you don't already speak/read Russian don't waste your money. This has no Russian to English pronunciations, yet it has them for English to Russian (in other words if you are Russian you will be able to pronounce the word in English, otherwise you are SOL).
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