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The Oxford English-Hebrew Dictionary Paperback – May 28, 1998

ISBN-13: 080-5289418238 ISBN-10: 0198601727 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 1120 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (May 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198601727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198601722
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 2.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A. Kahane is at Northwestern University.

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It gives examples of useage.
Jacob E. Ecker
It has all the many types of reference I want; it's a great reading crib which is what I use it for.
Marie Sharon
This is a fairly large Book.
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111 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Kevin B. Cohen on April 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a phenomenal dictionary. Some things that make it so great:
1) Huge numbers of usage examples, at a wide range of levels of
formality. The examples give information that's lacking in most dictionaries, such as which preposition(s) to use with a given verb. They also contain a wealth of idiomatic constructions. I'm amazed at how much time I've spent just browsing through the examples in this book.
2) Excellent differentiation between multiple meanings of a word. If there are multiple Hebrew words that correspond to a given English word, they are very clearly differentiated, often with examples that further clarify when to use which (see above).
3) The vocabulary covered is VERY comprehensive and covers all ranges of style, from literary to colloquial (including, I was happy to discover, many obscenities).
This dictionary also is not necessarily for beginners. Some reasons that it's not necessarily for beginners:
1) It's English-to-Hebrew only; if you're looking for a very first dictionary, you might do better with a bilingual one.
2) It doesn't list the gender of nouns, nor does it list irregular plurals. (Gender and plurals can generally be figured out, if you know the rules, but it's nice to have them made explicit.)
Since this dictionary is published by Oxford, the English is overwhelmingly British. This is most obvious in the fact that many British idiomatic expressions are included, while American ones seem less well-represented...
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Alexis Rosoff Treeby on September 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
It has what is probably the most important feature of a foreign-language dictionary: it explains the different contexts of a word, idiomatic usages, and expressions containing the headwords, not just the quick one word definitions many pocket dictionaries offer. A dictionary that simply tells you that three words equate to one English word without telling you where which word should be used is useless, and the Oxford dictionary avoids that trap. It's a must-have for students of Hebrew. I wish the Hebrew-English side was available, though.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By somewhere on April 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a very comprehensive Engish-Hebrew dictionary which includes many slang and colloquial expressions. Many example sentences are provided. My main criticism of this book is that it does not provide the plural form of Hebrew nouns, and does not provide the masculine, feminine and plural forms of adjectives, but only gives the masculine form.
A note on the slang used in this book: there are loads of current and slang expressions in the book, which is great. As I am American, I noticed that quite a bit of the English slang is British -- not American slang, which is not necessarily a criticism but a comment. There were quite a few British slang expressions that I did not understand, but only understood from reading the Hebrew translation. Overall I think this is a wonderful reference tool, and I look forward to the release of the companion volume (Hebrew-English).
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Cassell on November 10, 2001
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The Oxford English-Hebrew Dictionary contains "Comprehensive coverage from slang and colloquialisms to technical and scientific terminology." This mammoth of a book contains over 1000 pages. However I was slightly disappointed by this English-Hebrew dictionary. Besides the fact that it is only English-Hebrew & not Hebrew-English this can be a hard to follow enigma. The words are so numerous the reader can spend hours searching for the correct word. Most every word has sub phrases e.g. at random I chose the word collaborate & below it I found "work together" & "work for the enemy." I also noticed as I was flipping through this book that it contains many curse words. Not only does this book contain a plethora of words but it contains associated phrases. Besides containing words that I never thought I'd hear & probably lay in the deep ravine of my mind this book doesn't contain much of anything. There is a short 3-page pronunciation guide & a 4-pages introduction. Overall if you're looking for an English-Hebrew dictionary that will contain almost any word you can think of then this is the dictionary for you. I believe this dictionary is for the advanced scholar & not for the average student. However in its field there is no better English-Hebrew dictionary, just beware that is for the advanced scholars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Plunk on April 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a huge dictionary. One of my favorite things about it is, you look up an English word and it gives you the Hebrew with the vowels. My other Hebrew-English,English-Hebrew dictionary, the red Zilberman one, gives you the Hebrew with no vowels. I don't know Hebrew well enough to not need the vowels. It is very complete and I like the usage examples it gives. It gives translations of English idioms. There are only 2 drawbacks, which is why I don't give it that 5th star... it uses British English, so if you're an American that might be confusing at times, just for those few things that are different in British and American English. Second drawback, it only goes English to Hebrew, not Hebrew to English. But the book is 2 and a quarter inches thick, if they'd put the reverse dictionary on there it would have been impossible to use. I still use it all the time, because at my level of Hebrew I need to go English to Hebrew 90% of the time anyway.
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