When it comes to foreign language learning materials, Berlitz got there first. The company's decades of experience show in this sturdy, pocket-sized (and that's important!) Spanish-English/English-Spanish dictionary. Though small, it far exceeds "word list"-type dictionaries you find travel guides and the backs of textbooks, expanding a main entry to show a few common idioms and usages (e.g "help" includes "help yourself" and "can't help it"). Berlitz uses italicized abbreviations to describe each word or usage, and (unlike a much larger Larousse dictionary I looked at) gives the gender for every noun. Entries are surprisingly up-to-date (e.g. "cell phone"); and purely Latin American usages are so marked. On the minus side, a few common words I wanted (such as "sword") were inexplicably omitted; there are no verb conjugation tables; and there are pronunciation tips for Spanish-speakers but none for us Anglos. This is certainly an excellent tool for travelers or casual users, but serious students should try a more extensive dictionary.