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Langenscheidt Standard Dictionary German: German - English/English - German. 130,000 references Paperback – April 1, 2011
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I was apprehensive at first with my new one. I'd never looked inside the version meant for the native English speaker before, and while one might not think there's a big difference, I found some important distinctions:
1. The ones they sell in Germany, while containing identical dictionary sections, have conversions for all sorts of measurements *from* metric *to* U.S. Standard, whereas the English version has the opposite. Especially important for people who like to bake and people who aren't familiar with how long a kilometer (or a meter, for that matter) is.
2. The German version contains a list of all of the irregular English verbs, whereas the English version contains a list of all the irregular German verbs
3. The "how to use this book" section in the German version is naturally in German. While it isn't rocket science, I like knowing all the nuances of the dictionary because it contains some helpful grammar info that might go unnoticed if the "how to use" section is skipped.
4. The English version also contains various tidbits like basic mathematical phrases (eg how to say 1/3 or 6 x 7) and German counting terms (1st, 2nd, so on)
5. The German version in most bookstores I've been to (in Germany) and on Amazon.de cost around 25 Euros. That's roughly twice as expensive as the English version if you ship it for free.
My apprehensions over the English version were misplaced, however, and I was overjoyed to find that those wise and reasonable people at Langenscheidt had largely stuck with their very functional format from the 90s. This bad boy contains just about every word you're going to need, provided you're not a chemical engineer or biologist lecturing in German. It has the plural and genitive forms for most of the nouns, classifies the verbs in a pretty useful manner, and contains a pretty intuitive layout. It also has a nice phonetic chart comparing the sounds between the two languages, and has pronunciation breakdowns for the "harder-to-say" words. I wasn't keen on the blue Headwords (in the old version they were just black and bold), but that's personal preference. The best things in this little monster, however, are the example sentences contained in some of the definitions. While you're not going to learn German grammar from this book, the examples are simple, relevant, and most importantly, accurate.
My only complaints are that this edition of the book is about twice as large as my old pocket dictionary, with only a couple thousand more entries. Same thickness, but basically doubled in page size. The upshot here is that it is much easier to read, but unless you're packing it around in your backpack, this isn't a pocket dictionary anymore.
In short: If you're only going to be passing through, this book might be a bit much for you. It's big, powerful, and means business! If you're going to be spending an extended period of time in Germany, or if you're studying anything from beginner to advanced German, you won't find a better book. Especially for the price. Under $15 for this thing is absolutely insane.
Among the most popular fairly portable German-English dictionaries I have found, this one has the biggest bang for buck. The only kind of dictionary that is going to be significantly better than this one will probably be an unabridged German-English dictionary, and even many of those don't contain information like the separability of prefixes. I think this one covers just about all the bases, insofar as my experience is concerned.
So, I purchased on of these because I remembered as a child my mother having a book that resembled this (the yellow with a big bluish green "L" on the front) and this being an updated version of it, and I knew her book was great... That, and I need it for not only class, but just my everyday life. This book is the real deal. I bought the soft cover for its ease of throwing it in my backpack or something and it molding to where it's in rather than creasing a hard cover. Right out the box I knew this book was the best. It's loaded with pages that are loaded with words, and it just excites me knowing I'll be increasing my vocabulary and fluency with the more professional words, and even everyday German words I used to use as a child.