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

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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.

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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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140 of 143 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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76 of 77 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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41 of 41 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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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for students September 1, 2010
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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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38 of 42 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good dictionary with some extras July 31, 2012
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This was a gift and I know it was appreciated and is being of help.
Published 2 days ago by Barbara L. Chine
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Perfect for my purposes!
Published 15 days ago by Hamden reader
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as expected
Published 19 days ago by Grace M. A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Convenient
I got this for my daughter who is taking French. She has went on and on about the helpfulness.
Published 23 days ago by Toni FGMAMTC
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Published 24 days ago by Timothy J. Hardesty
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I think an app on my phone would have been more convient
Published 1 month ago by Razl
5.0 out of 5 stars Merriam-Webster's French-English Dictionary
I purchased this dictionary about 2 years ago when I wanted to learn French badly. In the end, I didn't learn French because it's extremely difficult even if I already speak... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eduardo Melendez Ruiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent dictionary, as is the standard for Merriam-Webster. Pronunciation is explained simply, definitions are in both languages as expected.
Published 1 month ago by Rob Mackrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great!! Good response time. Will recommend!
Published 2 months ago by Saber
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for learning French
Very nice dictionary. Easy to use and navigate through. Great size too. Not too big or small. The price was great.
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