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4.0 out of 5 stars Cargo pocket, German's tricky, but an excellent buy, May 14, 2007
This review is from: Langenscheidt's Pocket Dictionary German: German-English/English-German (Langenscheidt's Pocket Dictionaries) (Paperback)
As many people have pointed out, the size of this dictionary will not fit easily in most pockets. If you're wearing cargo pants, it will fit quite comfortably, but other than that, chances are it's too big.

Carrying on, it's an excellent dictionary. Thousands and thousands of words are easily found and translated. The use of a bold blue for words and the solid white paper (meaning color doesn't leak through, which can be quite confusing when you see too MUCH) is very convenient. For extensions and different versions, they do a squiggly then bold, making it easier still to find exactly what you're looking for. Chances are, if it's a common word, it's there. You can translate from German to English, or from English to German, which is a great advantage and is both helpful and useful.

However, German is a language that loves to combine words. This is for simpler, more basic needs. Long, complex words need to be broken down, which means that it can take a very long time to translate. This is not a flaw regarding the dictionary (because there are countless possibilities, after all), but a comment. For long combo words, you just have to find the smaller words hidden in the line-long phrase.

All in all, this dictionary is incredibly useful. If you're looking for a practical, easy-to-use German-English/English-German dictionary, you're looking at the right book. Despite the little things that make the rating slightly lower (let's be fair, after all), this IS the best dictionary to buy. It's small, compact, easy to use, and wonderful!

Buy this now.
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