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Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary [Paperback]

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20 Feb 2003 0521531055 978-0521531054 New
The Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary gives the vital support which advanced students need, especially with the essential skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. In the book: * 170,000 words, phrases and examples * New words: so your English stays up-to-date * Colour headwords: so you can find the word you are looking for quickly * Idiom Finder * 200 'Common Learner Error' notes show how to avoid common mistakes * 25,000 collocations show the way words work together * Colour pictures: 16 full page colour pictures On the CD-ROM: * Sound: recordings in British and American English, plus practice tools to help improve pronunciation * UNIQUE! Smart Thesaurus helps you choose the right word * QUICKfind looks up words for you while you are working or reading on screen * UNIQUE! SUPERwrite gives on screen help with grammar, spelling and collocation when you are writing * Hundreds of interactive exercises


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  • Paperback: 1562 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; New edition (20 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521531055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521531054
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.7 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,981,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The ideal dictionary for advanced EFL/ESL learners. Also available as book with CD-ROM.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very clear dictionary with a fantastic CD-Rom! 31 Dec 2003
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I consider the CD-Rom you get with the dictionary the best on the market. Each entry has IPA symbols as well as two clickable loudspeakers, a red one for the English pronunciation and a blue one for the American. A microphone icon let you practice all the words. The feature I like using every day is the QUICKfind, with the automatic sound, for you just point the mouse at a word and the software speaks up its pronunciation for you. Just imagine all those foreign language university students preparing for an oral exam, having to read loads of poems aloud and explain the meanings of the words. With this feature they can open their Word documents or even surfing a website and hear and practice all the pronunciations, and also have their meanings on the QUICKfind window still present on their PC screens. What a lot of time saved!
The main window of the software has three other interesting icons, i.e. exercises, pictures and study pages.
Among the Exercises you have Word exercises (adjectives and adverbs, affixes, homophones, irregular and problem verbs, noun forms, suffixes, verbs meaning 'perform') and Picture exercises (animals, back, birds, body, car interior, car exterior, cars and trucks, clothes, flowers... till vegetables).
Among the Pictures you have around 100 different tables of content, just point the mouse at a drawing and you'll get its meaning.
Last but not least, you have the Study Pages, among which you can find useful explanations in PDF format (A. Vocabulary, Grammar and Pronunciation; B. General information).
I would give this product six stars if only I could! Highly recommended to everyone who uses a PC and wish to improve his English.
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I consider the CD-Rom you get with the book the best dictionary on the market. Each entry has IPA symbols and also a red loudspeaker icon for the British pronunciation and a blue one for the American. A microphone icon let you practise your pronunciation.
The feature I like using every day is the QUICKfind with the automatic sound. You just point the mouse at a Word document or at the text on a web page and the software speaks up the sound for you. While listening to the sound, the QUICKfind let you have a small dictionary window open on the screen with the meaning of each word you are pointing the mouse at, and the two loudspeakers with both English and American pronunciations are still there. Just imagine all those foreign languages and literatures university students who are going to prepare for their oral exams and have to be able to read aloud loads of poems with a perfect pronunciation and also explain the words’ meanings – what a lot of time saved with the aid of this software!
The main window has three other useful icons, i.e. Exercises, Pictures and Study pages.
Among the Exercises, you can find Word Exercises (adjectives and adverbs, affixes, homophones, irregular and problem verbs, noun forms, suffixes, verbs meaning ‘perform’) and Pictures Exercises (animals, back, birds, body, car exterior, car interior, cars and trucks, clothes, flowers, foot, fruit, hair, hand, hats, head, in the kitchen, in the office, kitchen equipment, office equipment, phrasal verbs, planes, ships and boats, skeleton, sports, vegetables).
Among the Pictures you can find about 100 tables of content with colourful drawings. If you point the mouse at a drawing, its word appears, whereas if you click on the drawing, its meaning appears.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous Postage & Packing 28 July 2012
By Calred2
Format:Paperback
Royal Mail left a card stating that a parcel they had for me did not have sufficient postage paid. I had to pay £6.30 to collect the book due to the fact it was posted with only a single first class stamp attached in an attempt to cover postage, it was also only wrapped in a single layer of newspaper. Royal Mail had placed the book in a plastic bag to try to prevent water damage. I would hesitate to purchase any second hand books again via Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Books sent from the States 4 Aug 2010
By Andy
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My wife is not a native English speaker and her Advanced English teacher suggested this as a good dictionary so we looked here an found this one at a great price. It did take about 3 weeks to arrive but it was shipped from the states. I was a bit concerned that it was taking a while as I didn't realise it was coming from so far away but I contacted the seller who told me where they were and that it had shipped. They were very prompt and polite and the book came in excellent condition for a second hand book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very clear dictionary with a fantastic CD-Rom! 1 Jan 2004
By VENTURINI VIVIANA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I consider the CD-Rom you get with the book the best dictionary on the market. Each entry has IPA symbols and also a red loudspeaker icon for the British pronunciation and a blue one for the American. A microphone icon lets you practise your pronunciation.
The feature I like using every day is the QUICKfind with the automatic sound. You just point the mouse at a Word document or at the text on a web page and the software speaks up the sound for you. While listening to the sound, the QUICKfind let you have a small dictionary window open on the screen with the meaning of each word you are pointing the mouse at, and the two loudspeakers with both English and American pronunciations are still there. Just imagine all those foreign languages and literatures university students who are going to prepare for their oral exams and have to be able to read aloud loads of poems with a perfect pronunciation and also explain the words' meanings - what a lot of time saved with the aid of this software!
The main window has three other useful icons, i.e. Exercises, Pictures and Study pages.
Among the Exercises, you can find Word Exercises (adjectives and adverbs, affixes, homophones, irregular and problem verbs, noun forms, suffixes, verbs meaning 'perform') and Pictures Exercises (animals, back, birds, body, car exterior, car interior, cars and trucks, clothes, flowers, foot, fruit, hair, hand, hats, head, in the kitchen, in the office, kitchen equipment, office equipment, phrasal verbs, planes, ships and boats, skeleton, sports, vegetables).
Among the Pictures you can find about 100 tables of content with colourful drawings. If you point the mouse at a drawing, its word appears, whereas if you click on the drawing, its meaning appears.
Among the Study pages you can find very useful documents in PDF format, divided into two categories, i.e. "Vocabulary, Grammar, Pronunciation" (a guide to pronunciation, determiners, homographs, homophones, irregular verbs, modal verbs, phrasal verbs, prefixes and suffixes, punctuation, regular inflections, regular verb tenses, relative clauses, word building) and "General Information" (common names, common symbols, computers, geographical names, letter writing, measurements and quantities, money, periods of time, relationships, sounds and smells, telephoning, varieties of English, work and jobs).
I would give this item six stars, if only I could! Highly recommended to all those who need a very fast desktop companion, for it's a real pleasure to work with, and once the software is saved into your hard disk, you won't need to run the CD any more.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the CD 9 Aug 2004
By S. Lam - Published on Amazon.com
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For non-native speakers this is a God send, the CD provides both British and American pronunciation and I consider this is the most useful feature for this dictionary.

Once you installed the CD to your hard drive in full installation mode, then store your CD in a safe place because you don't need it anymore.

I highly recommend this to anyone who have a hard time to find how to pronoun the English words.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb CD; Far superior to MS Encarta, Ameircan Heritage.. 20 Jan 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I had American Heritage dictionary CD and Microsoft Encarta Dictionary. Recently I discovered this and found it far superior to earlier mentioned products.
Almost every word contains usage examples and I found it extremely useful.
I feel unlucky for not being able find this earlier.
I would absolutely recommend this to anyone.
Excellent product for the price.
Kudos to whoever created this product.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good dictionary for esl students 2 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This dictionary provides clear definations of words and real-world examples to show how they are actually used by native speakers. The CD-ROM is easy to install and use. It pronounces each word in both British and American accent. I find this feature very helpful. At a click of a button, it also provides words related in meaning, a feature helpful for esl students to expand their vocabulary. It, however, doesn't replace a good thesaurus. Advanced students should also have an english dictionary for native speakers (for example, New Oxford American English Dictionary or Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary)handy, in case the word they are looking for cannot be found in this dictionary.
Overall, this is a very good reference for esl students. Its CD version is easier to use than those of some other recent learner's dictionary. Its paper edition has a clear layout and you can find the info you need quickly. I am currently using this dictionary with the Longman Dictionary of Contemparary Dictionary (4th edition).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Dictionary For Foreigners 19 Aug 2003
By Hasan Guclu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
For years people were saying the paper-ink dictionaries were going to extinct, everything will be digitalized. Apparently this is not completely wrong or true. In either way you are going to be happy when you buy Advanced Learners Dictionary since it gives both. The software it its CD is much more satisfying than other commercially available online dictionaries. QuickFind feature of the software shows the meanings and definitions without doing anything except you move the pointer to the word. Even now I'm using it to write this review. Although I am using computers all the time in the office I'm much more delighted with my paper-ink version dictionary. The definitions are very clear and concise. Especially guidewords technique are a very intelligent invention. Many times it happens that while I'm reading something with the help of my dictionary I stop reading the book and start reading the dictionary instead. I had the Cambridge International Dictionary of English before. But Advanced Learner's has much more for me. I gave my old dictionary to my cousin. I was so anxious I couldn't wait it in Amazon.com and ordered from England (amazon.co.uk). I highly recommend it especially to those learning English as a second language.
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