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Persian English Dictionary (Hippocrene Standard Dictionary) [Paperback]

S. Haim
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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December 1, 1992 0781800552 978-0781800556
Persian to English Dictionary

Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books (December 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781800552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781800556
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 5.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good dictionary for quick reference June 4, 2001
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This is a good dictionary for a beginning student of Persian language for the purposes of translating modern texts. It is not too daunting, avoids most of the archaic terms which make dictionaries like Steingass hard to use for a student of modern Persian and still manages to be relatively concise despite its small size. However, editor's claim that this book contains "hints for pronunciation" is almost entirely false - the author himself states in his foreword that this is a dictionary for writing, not speaking the words. There is no transliteration or vocalisation unless the word is considered tricky (unfortunately most are not) and so those intending to recite texts should consult a more through dictionary (possibly that of Lazard or even Haim's bigger dictionaries).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for advanced, not beginners August 2, 2005
This dictionary is thorough. A well-educated native-Persian-speaker tutoring me was amused to find the dictionary has words he doesn't even know. The book will be more useful for me when I'm further along in my study of Persian.

My two main frustrations: 1) Pronunciation help is the exception. Most words show the Persian without any vowel markings, followed by (sometimes cryptic) English explanations/equivalents. Not useful in learning to speak, but fine for reading. 2) The print is so small that some of the letters blur and are difficult to distinguish. A couple have actually been rubbed in the production process so I can't figure them out without the help of a native speaker.

Probably a good buy for a Persian speaker learning English. Less so for vice versa unless the English speaker is advanced.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad/ Handy September 21, 2002
Def. a good book to have. But it is missing a lot of everyday words and does not explain slang or expressions.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better. September 26, 2002
By Zeno
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a decent dictionary but very poorly made. I bought this dictionary only 2 months ago and the binding is falling apart. Unfortunately, there aren't many Persian dictionaries to choose from. The combined dictionay by Aryanpur-Kashani is the only other good bet even though the writing in it is very small and can strain your eyes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old, not for beginners November 17, 2007
Suleiman Haim published numerous Persian-English dictionaries from the 1930's to the 1950's. They were designed primarily for native speakers of Persian. This dictionary features a very small number of vowel signs in the Persian headwords, mainly to disambiguate words with the same consonants but different vowels. Its age, of course, limits the modernity of its vocabulary, and it definitely leans toward old-fashioned English renderings. This dictionary should be reasonably serviceable for an advanced student of Persian reading literature from the first half of the 20th century. For more recent literature, you should consider more recent dictionaries, such as The Combined New Persian-English and English-Persian Dictionary. Steingass (A Comprehensive Persian English Dictionary Including the Arabic Words and Phrases To Be Met Within Persian Literature) is undoubtedly the most comprehensive for classical Persian literature.
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