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Arabic-English/English-Arabic Dictionary [Paperback]

Nicholas Awde , Kevin Smith
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3 Dec 2003
The most modern of its kind available, this new dictionary is an essential resource for students of Modern Standard Arabic and English alike. It is intended to cover their needs with the most up-to-date entries in handy reference form, and will especially prove to be an invaluable aid in navigating the growing global vocabulary of politics, telecommunications, technology, the Internet, tourism, business and travel. Compact and concise, the dictionary includes more than 16,000 entries in clear, easy-to-read format: the Arabic is provided with romanised transliterations and the English with phonetic pronunciations, while grammatical forms are given for each word in both languages. The selection of current words and expressions and their practical arrangement make this a comprehensive and reliable dictionary that is not only a principal tool for the study of Modern Standard Arabic but also the perfect two-way portal for Arabic and English.

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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Bennett & Bloom; 1st edition (3 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898948208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898948209
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 10.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pick of the bunch 13 July 2008
It's quite difficult to find a dictionary that does English to Arabic and vice versa, and this one seems to do a good job at it. I've not had any problem with the order of words, or with missing words (jameel, for example, is in there in both English and Arabic sections). There are a few useful lists at the back of the dictionary: days, months, countries, regions, etc.

A couple of minor criticisms though: firstly, the introduction to how the entries are set out could be better. Secondly, it's difficult to know the precise meaning of a word, because there are no example sentences. This can lead to some amusing word uses! However, for it's main use -- checking spellings and whatnot -- it serves me well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good pocket reference 4 April 2008
Reasonable little pocket dictionary. I use it with my Arabic course and when out and about. There are a few fairly common words (in English) that are missing but I still find it a good reference book. I am modifying this review as my Arabic has improved: I have found a number of words where the translation is not quite what you might expect and it is often unclear as to the exact meaning of the various translation options for particular words. This is in no small part due to the complexities of both Arabic and English with there frequently not being a 1:1 match between words. In addition, there are elements missing that I really would appreciate, such as the plural forms of adjectives. I still like the dictionary but do find it rather frustrating at times, I am not entirely clear on which market it is aimed at.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handles well 20 Oct 2007
as I haven't yet taken this abroad I can't give a fair review of the text, but I wanted to say that this dictionary is very well built for high-speed use. it is well bound and has just the right level of flexibility and spine strength to allow you to zip through the pages quickly when looking for the right word. While this is certainly not the most important characteristic of any dictionary I personally find it very handy when thrown in at the deep end of attempting conversation in a new language. Aside from that the layout is also very clear with bold headwords which stand out well. Nicholas Awde also seems to have quite a range of well-reviewed dictionaries in related languages which is always reassuring. Happy travels!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable when travelling 14 April 2005
I took this dictionary on holiday to Libya. It proved incredibly useful (so much so that I ended up giving my original copy to the gentleman who drove us around the desert, after he asked where he could buy one). My knowledge of spoken Arabic is sketchy at best, but with the help of the dictionary I was able to chat fairly extensively with people whose knowledge of spoken English was equally sketchy. An absolute must for any traveller to Arabic-speaking countries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handy dictionary 19 Mar 2009
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Arabic-English/English-Arabic Dictionary
This is an excellent work for general use. It has both Arabic English and English-Arabic in one volume, not always the case. The Arabic script is very clear.
It is fine for intermediate students who are already familiar with Arabic script and grammar. The vocabulary chosen is good for tourists (it is a good size, paperback and light),or speakers of the language brushing up their knowledge. Suitable for general conversation, it contains up-to-date technical vocabulary (eg relating to the internet, computers in general etc). Maybe not enough detail to accompany reading a book. A good work!
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