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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2012
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I bought this book after I decided to study abroad in Germany. I got it to replace my 1992 Langenscheidt German "Compact Dictionary". After 20 good years of use (both in a high school for quite some time and some several months abroad), my old book is finally going into retirement. Even with the grammar shift in 1996, most of the entries in my old book were still pretty accurate, and I loved the old entry system, but that rugged little thing needs to be put to rest.

I was apprehensive at first with my new one. I'd never looked inside the version meant for the native English speaker before, and while one might not think there's a big difference, I found some important distinctions:

1. The ones they sell in Germany, while containing identical dictionary sections, have conversions for all sorts of measurements *from* metric *to* U.S. Standard, whereas the English version has the opposite. Especially important for people who like to bake and people who aren't familiar with how long a kilometer (or a meter, for that matter) is.
2. The German version contains a list of all of the irregular English verbs, whereas the English version contains a list of all the irregular German verbs
3. The "how to use this book" section in the German version is naturally in German. While it isn't rocket science, I like knowing all the nuances of the dictionary because it contains some helpful grammar info that might go unnoticed if the "how to use" section is skipped.
4. The English version also contains various tidbits like basic mathematical phrases (eg how to say 1/3 or 6 x 7) and German counting terms (1st, 2nd, so on)
5. The German version in most bookstores I've been to (in Germany) and on Amazon.de cost around 25 Euros. That's roughly twice as expensive as the English version if you ship it for free.

My apprehensions over the English version were misplaced, however, and I was overjoyed to find that those wise and reasonable people at Langenscheidt had largely stuck with their very functional format from the 90s. This bad boy contains just about every word you're going to need, provided you're not a chemical engineer or biologist lecturing in German. It has the plural and genitive forms for most of the nouns, classifies the verbs in a pretty useful manner, and contains a pretty intuitive layout. It also has a nice phonetic chart comparing the sounds between the two languages, and has pronunciation breakdowns for the "harder-to-say" words. I wasn't keen on the blue Headwords (in the old version they were just black and bold), but that's personal preference. The best things in this little monster, however, are the example sentences contained in some of the definitions. While you're not going to learn German grammar from this book, the examples are simple, relevant, and most importantly, accurate.

My only complaints are that this edition of the book is about twice as large as my old pocket dictionary, with only a couple thousand more entries. Same thickness, but basically doubled in page size. The upshot here is that it is much easier to read, but unless you're packing it around in your backpack, this isn't a pocket dictionary anymore.

In short: If you're only going to be passing through, this book might be a bit much for you. It's big, powerful, and means business! If you're going to be spending an extended period of time in Germany, or if you're studying anything from beginner to advanced German, you won't find a better book. Especially for the price. Under $15 for this thing is absolutely insane.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2013
Format: Vinyl BoundVerified Purchase
After using Harper-Collins and some other German-English dictionaries for German language courses, Langensheidt is a breath of fresh air. The operative terms being defined are in a hot blue color, so they jump of the page at you, and the variants of the words within the entry for a root word are also highlighted. I can't tell you how much time this has saved me. As anyone who has studied a bit of German knows, the words we encounter are often not the basic form of the words that we are actually looking for, so, without such highlighting, looking things up in other dictionaries becomes even more time consuming. Each entry has all of the information you could want, or, at least, that I have needed in my current intensive German reading course. Such banal information, such as articles, pronunciation keys, and plurals, is included; but one of the nice things about this dictionary is that separable prefixes are indicated, which many dictionaries, for whatever reason, do not include. Entries, where appropriate, contain common idiomatic expressions, which are essential to reading German. There are also some helpful indices containing information regarding such things as weak verbs.

Among the most popular fairly portable German-English dictionaries I have found, this one has the biggest bang for buck. The only kind of dictionary that is going to be significantly better than this one will probably be an unabridged German-English dictionary, and even many of those don't contain information like the separability of prefixes. I think this one covers just about all the bases, insofar as my experience is concerned.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2009
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Daughter is taking German III in college, so I bought this for her. Her prof said the students needed to buy a dictionary. Her German fiance recommended this. There are so many terms in this dictionary! Yet it's lightweight. She is pleased with it.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2011
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The Langensheidt Dictionary is a great resource. The blue highlighted words make it super easy to use and the information is very thorough.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2011
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This dictionary is perfect for my needs. It has all standard translations. The only thing I wish it had were verb conjugations but other than that it is a good tool.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2011
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This dictionary is by far the best German-English dictionary that I have used. It was recommended by a German translator (He is German) in our office. He said if you want to get the correct and complete translations to get a Langensscheidt. I have been using this for 6 months and it has not failed yet to have the word I was looking for.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2014
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Imagine my disappointment while visiting Germany to find that my newly purchased dictionary was bound incorrectly. The English "B" section starts on page 809 and ends on page 816. The following page then starts at page 661 in German through page 720. From that point, the dictionary returns to English, starting at page 877 in the "C" section. I was so astounded while seeking the guide words to find the page needed to realize my brand new dictionary is missing a rather large section of "B" and "C". It has been thirty days, so I cannot return the item, so I suggest you do not waste your money. My suggestion is purchase your dictionary at one of your local book stores to check immediately if it is usable. This useless dictionary will end up in the garbage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2012
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This is an excellent dictionary! I love the blue headwords which makes it easy to find entries. Also, the great amount of idiomatic expressions is very helpful. I'm translating a book from German to English as part of my learning German, and this has been perfect.

I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2014
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As an, ahem, older user, the use of blue and bold lettering makes it much easier for me to find and read words. My old Pons was really an eye chart. I use the dictionary several times a day, so the ease of reading is great. Nice size, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2014
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This German - English dictionary seems arranged more practically than the one I used in high school. Easy to read and quick to locate words. I'd recommend this version.
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