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Webster's New World German Dictionary: German/English English/German Paperback – September 29, 1992

ISBN-13: 078-5555033474 ISBN-10: 0139536213 Edition: Concise Edition

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Webster's New World German Dictionary: German/English - English/German Concise Edition

The combination of extensive coverage and outstanding clarity, simplicity and economy makes this dictionary ideal for home, school and office use.

  • Extensive Coverage?The most frequently used words in both languages are detailed, helping the user to understand and to translate idiomatically.
  • Examples of Usage?Thousands of phrases show how the meanings of words can vary in different contexts.
  • Special Features?Other aids include pronunciation guides comprehensive German verb tables and full treatment of English phrasal verbs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; Concise Edition edition (September 29, 1992)
  • Language: English, German
  • ISBN-10: 0139536213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0139536212
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have found this book a very satisfactory purchase.
Rhea J. Mcgehee
It provides nearly every possible meaning for a word and all the associated expressions in which it might appear.
L
As with any book by Webster, this is an excellent acquisition for any student of the German language.
Francisco Comelli

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a good beginner's dictionary. It covers a substantial part of the vocabulary and illustrates the entries by examples.
However, the text is based on the 1987 Collins/Klett edition, i.e. seventeen years old. The new German spelling system is completely missing, and some rather obsolete West/East German vocabulary is still in there.
The dictionary isn't perfect, but acceptable for the price.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Beckvonpeccoz on November 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have to agree with most of the other reviewers:

1. I own three different German-English dictionaries. This is the best one for carrying around and daily use.

2. It has great pronunciation guides and overall discussion at the beginning of the book. Also, the various definitions are extensive.

3. It was published in 1987, so it could use a bit of updating including the new rules for using ess-tset.

4. The big Oxford Duden is better for in-depth technical or literary use.

I am a language student learning German professionally for 20 hours/week. I first bought the Cassell's due to the recommendation of my teacher and the reviews online. However, while it is a newer publication, I find the Webster's New World MUCH more thorough and pleasant to use. It has over 100,000 words and is printed with crisp black type on bright white paper - easy on the eyes. Cassell's has fewer words and is printed with smudged newstype on low quality newsprint paper; I found it frustrating to physically read and use.

I use my German-English dictionary multiple times every day, so usability is a key factor for me. But I also like the detailed way the Webster's is organized and presented. Sure, I have the huge hardcover Oxford Duden for those really complicated cases, but it sits at home for occasional reference. Overall this is just the most pleasant, useful book for daily use.

Buy the Webster's: you'll be immediately attracted to it. You'll USE it and learn, which is the most important reason to buy it, right?
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By L on October 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have used this dictionary though four years of German study and it has taken me from near-beginner status to near-fluency. It provides nearly every possible meaning for a word and all the associated expressions in which it might appear. It has tables of irregular verbs in the back and notes on the formation of plurals in the front, and all irregularly pronounced German words are given pronunciation keys. It is not a dictionary for very advanced or specialized translators, nor is it for absolute beginners who have no grasp of the basics of German pronunciation or the ideas of declination and conjugation. Otherwise, it is a great and immensely useful general dictionary which I highly recommend.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. Owens on May 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a good German dictionary for beginner/intermediate students. However, if you are doing much heavy-duty translation (history, political, philosophical texts) and/or you plan on continuing your German studies for a number of years, I would recommend the Oxford-Duden, as it has a much clearer and easier to read format and has pretty much every word one can think of (it also makes a better doorstop).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian Wayne Grindle on March 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
This dictionary is perfect for those who are just beginning to learn German, and those who are more advanced. Almost any word you can think of, from standard vocabulary to slang and everything in between is in there. A great buy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Kellner on December 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm a native German speaker and have used this dictionary extensively for both English-German and German-English. I have tried countless others, but this is the best in terms of giving you an actual context in which to use the words correctly, so chances of producing sentences with random and totally inappropriate words in it are pretty slim. Very user friendly and pretty much every word you're looking for is in there.

Highly recommend this!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rhea J. Mcgehee on April 26, 2008
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I have found this book a very satisfactory purchase. I recently suscribed to a German edition of a periodical, as it was no longer available in English. Having only a very limited and rudimentary understanding of German (two semesters in college, long ago), I have found this book very useful indeed. I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OneEyedCat on November 28, 2008
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I have this dictionary in four languages, and it's absolutely my favorite in each! Apart from the excellent physical characteristics (size, paper quality, and font), what really makes this dictionary exceptional are the examples and suggestions.

Here's one, selected at random. I pick up my Italian dictionary and it falls open to the Italian word "moglie." First comes the English "wife," then the Italian expression for "to get married," and last but not least, the Italian proverb which translates "never interfere between husband and wife." Nice. I next thumb to the English-Italian, and look up "wife." First there's "moglie," then the Italian translation for "the wife," and finally there's the Italian for, "it's just an old wive's tale." I love it.

Are there judgment calls? Sure, thousands of 'em. What else? I've long held that translation of literature is itself an art-form, and I'm starting to think the same for dictionary-writing!

For my money, Webster's New World is head and shoulders. Try it, and you'll agree.
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