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Merriam-Webster's French-English Dictionary [Paperback]

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Book Description

2000 0877799172 978-0877799177 Rei Blg
Merriam-Webster's French-English Dictionary is a completely new dictionary designed to meet the needs of English and French speakers throughout the world. It is intended for language learners, teachers, office workers, tourists, business travelers -- anyone who needs to communicate effectively in the French and English languages as they are spoken and written today. This dictionary provides up-to-date coverage of French words and phrases as they are spoken in France and in other European countries, and special care has been taken to include the unique terminology of French-speaking Canada as well. The English vocabulary and spellings included here reflect North American usage and are primarily those of American English, but British terms and spellings commonly used in Canada are also included.

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Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

For more than 150 years, in print and now online, Merriam-Webster has been America's leading and most-trusted provider of language information. All Merriam-Webster products and services are backed by the largest team of professional dictionary editors and writers in America, and one of the largest in the world.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 804 pages
  • Publisher: Merriam-Webster; Rei Blg edition (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877799172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877799177
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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122 of 124 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The Merriam-Webster's French-English Dictionary was a great buy for my husband and I. My husband who is American wanted to be able to communicate with my family overseas. So I started to look for a Dictionary in order to help me teach. What I was finding is that alot of the Dictionary's where to complicated for someone who was starting to learn the lanquage. Then I found the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, and was very impressed on how simple and helpful this Dictionary is. With the help of the Dictionary my husband has greatly progressed in his french. I recommend this Dictionary for anyone who is trying to learn the lanquage or who just needs a good Dictonary to help them translate words. You will find the Merriam Webster's French-English Dictionary simple to use and each word comes with a clear and helpful pronunciation. The purchase of this Dictionary is a buy you will not regret.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't recommend it strongly enough April 5, 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my French class in college. I can't recommend it strongly enough! If you are taking French in high school or college, be sure to get this book; it has helped me tremendously. The only thing I regret about buying this book is that I didn't do it sooner.

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.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely handy size and excellent depth October 24, 2006
Format:Paperback
I studied French in high school 30+ years ago and hated it. Then I took four semesters in a community college 20 years ago (after learning Spanish) and loved it, but had little use for the language in any daily use. However, in planning to spend a month in France next year, I decided that I should study French again. This dictionary has been a wonderful aid in my studies. Although there are better, more expensive dictionaries (I personally own Petit Larousse Illustre and Harper Collins French College Dictionary), this one has an amazing amount of information and is so small and light that it can be easily referenced where a large bulky dictionary will be left on the shelf as an impediment to reading.

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.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for students September 1, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This dictionary goes both ways, French to English and English to French. The dimensions are 7" x 4" x 1.5", fairly compact and light, and easy to carry in a backpack. My daughter is taking French, and she's found this a perfect companion for her.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Offers more than 80,000 entry words and phrases March 18, 2001
Format:Hardcover
The Merriam-Webster French-English Dictionary offers more than 80,000 entry words and phrases organized with clear, concise definitions. Of special interest are the sections on "Nations of the World", "Metric Conversions", and "Sample Correspondence" (including email) that will prove invaluable for business travelers and vacationers. International Phonetic Alphabet pronunciations are providers, as are introductions to french and English grammar, tables of regular and irregular verbs, French and English abbreviations. The Merriam-Webster French-English Dictionary is an indispensable aid for traveling through France, as well as a core reference title for personal and school French language reference collections.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really extensive coverage Canadian terms November 12, 2006
By Patrick
Format:Paperback
Although this is not a large scholarly Larousse, it serves as a great "pocket" dictionary--good for carrying to/from school. It also has the most extensive coverage of Québécois vocabulary that I have seen in a standard dictionary. This is a very useful tool for a student or traveller who is concerned about knowing Canadian terms and needs a portable dictionary.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Je recommande ce livre! May 18, 2007
By John K
Format:Paperback
Translates French words to English, and English words to French. Awesome. It also has Canadian terms for the Québécois! Merci!

For those complaining about the binding and calling it flimsy -- let's remind ourselves that it's a six dollar *pocket* dictionary. It's going to get torn to pieces eventually with heavy use. If you're using this for other than a trip overseas, or your kid's 8th grade foreign language requirement, then purchase the hardcover -- you linguophile you!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good dictionary with some extras July 31, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I own the Spanish/English version of this book so knew what I would be getting with the French one. Like most language dictionaries, half the book has French words translated to English and half has English words translated to French. I am just getting into learning French and so far I have not run into any words I could not find. The both halves of the dictionary will let you know if a words is male or female in French, which is helpful.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with purchase
Bought for a gift. Very happy with purchase.
Published 2 days ago by Snuffy
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of vocabulary in a relatively small package
Good size and covers a lot of material.
Published 14 days ago by JAD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for learning French
Layout and words I found are helpful. Great for learning French!
Published 18 days ago by Midsummer Night
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginner French-English Dictionary
This dictionary is the perfect size for students. Its big enough that most words you encounter and don't know the meaning of will be in this dictionary. Read more
Published 27 days ago by K. McKeown
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
GOOD PURCHASE!.... VERY USEFUL FOR MIDDLE STUDENTS
Published 28 days ago by Elsa E Velasquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Dictionary!
Portable, easy-to-use, always has what I'm looking for. Highly recommend!
Published 1 month ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Product is new and in excellent condition as advertised
Product is new and in excellent condition as advertised, but nothing said or showed anywhere the fact that it's a pocket-size book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Francis Tchikaya
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
great book
Published 2 months ago by Abimael
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect. This was a gift for my grand daughter ...
Perfect. This was a gift for my grand daughter and she absolutely loves it!
Published 2 months ago by Jeanine Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice size
I like the size of this dictionary. I use the dictionary while tutoring an ESL student. Very rarely have I tried to look up a word in English that's not included in the dictionary.
Published 2 months ago by Nemily
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