- Paperback: 1562 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st edition (April 21, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521531063
- ISBN-13: 978-0521531061
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,121,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary PB with CD-ROM 1st Edition
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The ideal dictionary for advanced EFL/ESL learners. Also available as book with CD-ROM.
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This dictionary also lacks some features other dictionaries have. For example, a Longman dictionary shows if a word is more likely to be used in spoken language than in writing, and if a word is more often used in writing, what word is used instead in spoken language. It also shows slight differences in meaning among similar words with examples. Of course, this dictionary has features other dictionaries do not have, such as mistakes English learners are likely to make when using the word.
Overall, I am satisfied with this dictionary and the CD that comes with it. I will continue to grab this one first whenever I need to look something up.
You can install the full version of the CD into HD. Very useful reference book for ESL sutdents and people who often have errors in English. This 2nd ed. CD has bigger and clearer layout than the previous version.
There are a few little annoyances about this CALD2, especially the about accompanied Quick Time Player. It cannot be shutted down and always sticked at the task bar. Also, it takes about a minute and half to start this CALD2. CALD1 is much faster to run. Well, these do not affect the definitions.
This is from the CALD2 for a common learner error:
fault or mistake/error?
Use fault when explaining who is responsible for something bad.
It's my fault that the car was stolen. I left the window open.
It's my mistake the car was stolen. I left the window open.
Use mistake or error for talking about something that you did or thought which was wrong. Error is slightly more formal than mistake.
We lost a week's work due to a computer error.
I still make lots of mistakes in my essays.
(((I still make lots of faults in my essays.)))
Guess what they've done? They removed the whole STUDY-GUIDE from the older version!! I was like "What?????"
However, when I started browsing the cd I discovered that, to my surprise, the study-guide was included in the CD-ROM!! At the same time, they included about 400 new pages in this (paper) dictionary amounting to 1800 pages. Smart manoeuvre from Cambridge mates!!
"What sets this dictionary apart from the others?"" you might be asking yourself... Now for the first time, the CD-ROM is what takes center stage! It is JAM PACKED with exercises, extras, tests for CAE, CPE, and so forth.
The layout of the 1st and 2nd editions (meaning colors) is better. This one looks more serious as it's mostly black bold font. The color of the software (background) is yelow/green something that I didn't undestand why, it looks like the Brazilian flag, lol. It's pretty weird that this dictionary actually looks thinner than the previous editions (at least in my opinion).
Cambridge has set the stage for a new model of dictionaries, soon others will follow suit, and Cambridge will have a harder mission of having to out-do themselves. It'll be a tough battle!
It was a dangerous move as you can probably find the cd on the net somewhere. Guys, BUY it, it's worth it, even if used, it doesn't matter as long as you buy it.
*GOSH, an even better dictionary has come! It's the longman contemporary english dictionary. It comes not with a cd but guess what? A DVD!! then? Then, it will have wayyyy more things on it. Actually, it's a monster tool once it has a kind of collocation dictionary, expressions dicionary, listening, tests and many other things at once! I think Cambridge has been left behind now. However, price wise, they "reach" different publics. I would strongly recommend the Longman one to teachers while the cambridge for students.