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Harper Collins Spanish Pocket Dictionary 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0060956608
ISBN-10: 0060956607
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HarperCollins Publishers is one of the world's leading English-language publishers with headquarters in New York. The company is part of News America Publishing Group, a division of News Corporation. The house of Mark Twain, The Brontë sisters, Thackeray, Dickens, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Maurice Sendak, HarperCollins was founded in New York City in 1817 by the brothers James and John Harper. The worldwide book group, which was formed following News Corporation's acquisition of the British publisher William Collins in January 1990, has significant publishing interests in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia.

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  • Series: Harpercollins Pocket Dictionaries
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference; 1st edition (January 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060956607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060956608
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 4.2 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,233,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My Master's thesis was a review and rating of Spanish-English dictionaries. I find this dictionary, like all the other Collins dictionaries, to be a good choice.

Here are a few of the factors which distinguish a good bilingual dictionary from a bad one.

To begin with, ignore certain publishers' marketing ploys such as entry and translation counts. They say nothing about the value of the words chosen.

The first valid factor to consider is lexicographic technique. A bad dictionary simply lists translations. Take, for example, the entry in the Cassell's Spanish Dictionary under the English headword loop: "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.

Compare the treatment of the same word 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. Collins is excellent in this respect, presenting good information to guide users through the semantic and syntactic complexities.

Second, 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," "flash drive." Collins is a leader in this respect; its frequent revisions are more than mere window dressing and do a creditable job of covering the most recent additions to the language.
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This is a good dictionary, consisting of over 70,000 translations, with an interesting game section in the middle to hone your skills. More geared towards the beginning Spanish person.
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I have a copy of this dictionary but it has been used so much it is falling apart. I needed a replacement. I teach ESL to mostly to Spanish-speakers so this book is invaluable.
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By Manuela on October 12, 2009
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The spanish dictionary does help a lot to translate from english to spanish. I use a lot at work.
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GOOD TO DO BUSINESS WITH THIS COMPANY. RECEIVED BOOK IN A TIMELY MANNER AND IN GREAT CONDITION.
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