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Merriam-Webster's French-English Dictionary Hardcover – January 1, 2000
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One really nice feature that this book has (this feature being one of the reasons I bought it in the first place) is their use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) for each word. For those who don't know what that is, that is THE standard way of representing sounds, particularly between languages. Each symbol corresponds exactly to one sound, regardless of what language is being spoken. If you know IPA, that is a TREMENDOUSLY useful feature of this dictionary. If you don't know IPA, I'd recommend learning it, it's not that hard to do (I think they even have an IPA guide in the dictionary) and you won't regret it.
This dictionary is very well done. Its definitions are clear and concise and it gives good examples of actual usage.
To resume learning French, I am reading Harry Potter A L'Ecole Des Sorciers (the Sorcerer's Stone book) and this dictionary is always at hand. The dictionary includes a surprising number of idiomatic phrases, a handy verb conjugation section, pronunciation and grammar sections. It is also handy that it includes words such as "eu", which is the past participle for avoir, and references one back to the infinitive form of the verb -- very useful when one hasn't yet mastered the past participles that are essential to the passe compose (a common past tense).
For just a few bucks, this is an amazing trove of information.
One thing I like about this dictionary (and why I bought it over others) is I like the extra grammar and verb conjugation information provided at the beginning of the French half. This won't replace a true grammar book, but it is nice to have the quick information when looking up a word, whether deconjugating (not a real word, I looked it up ;))a verb or when needing to conjugate one from English to French.
Overall, if you want a dictionary, this is one of the better ones.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was very old. The pages fall out when I use it. It was not worth the postage..Published 2 days ago by Anne Banet
Bought as required for my kid's French class. This edition seems to meet all of her needs since they aren't allowed to use electronics in school.Published 1 month ago by NightOwl
Will be using it while I'm teaching English in France. I have looked through it and it will definitely be quite helpful.Published 1 month ago by Frank
I like the dictionary. I wish that I would have gotten a hard bound copy too.Published 1 month ago by Kanudawg