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Cassell's French & English Dictionary [Paperback]

J. H. Douglas , Denis Girard , W. Thompson


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1 Sep 1986 0020136803 978-0020136804 1st Collier Books Ed
The greatest name in foreign language dictionaries is Cassell, the preeminent publisher of dictionaries for over 120 years. For fast, easy reference and comprehensive coverage, Cassell′s is unbeatable. With entries covering daily conversation as well as technical and professional terms, this handy pocket–sized dictionary is the only reference you need while traveling, studying, or working. Cassell′s is portable, easy to read and full of helpful usage information that′s simple to access. This invaluable volume, backed by the world′s foremost language authority, is the best pocket guide available to the French language.

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From the greatest name in foreign language dictionaries Cassell's French & English Dictionary For fast, easy reference and comprehensive listings, Cassell's French & English Dictionary is unbeatable. With over 55,000 entries covering daily conversation as well as technical and professional terms, this handy pocket–sized dictionary is all you need while traveling, studying, or tracking down meanings. Thousands of words, phrases, and idioms in everyday usage are included for maximum up–to–date reference, along with tables of regular and irregular verbs and a pronunciation guide for flexible, correct communication. Cassell's French & English Dictionary is legible and easy to read. It provides faster references for meanings and spellings and simpler access to complete information. This invaluable volume backed by the world's foremost authorities is the best pocket–sized guide to the French language available.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great for quick reference -- needs updated! (details) 25 Sep 2009
By Patrick W. Crabtree - Published on Amazon.com
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I use this dictionary in reading European literature and upon encountering French phrases, (such as in War and Peace (Vintage Classics) and in Agatha Christie mysteries.) It's also useful during my intermittent trips to Canada.

Here's what you get:

-- 55,000 entries
-- different meanings of the same word (e.g., "lead") are separate and numbered
-- the verb guides are helpful
-- there are 658 pages in total
-- it's pretty easy and fast to find the word you're looking for

For me, here are the drawbacks:

-- while the publishers state, "legible and easy to read," I would challenge them on this point. I need a magnifying glass to clearly see the punctuation marks. The fonts are very small.
-- while this volume proclaims to be a "dictionary," don't expect any actual definitions... there are none. So I was lost on words such as "loggerhead" ("lourdaud"), "usurious" ("usurier") and, "affray" (bagarre). I still don't know what they mean.
-- this book contains no obscenities -- maybe that suits some folks but when I encounter such words in text or as people speak them (very common today), this book will not help me determine what was said. Merde!!!
-- Pocket-sized (as claimed)? Well... if you have really big military-type pockets.

And if you are expecting an up-to-date French-English dictionary, this isn't it. It was revised and subsequently published by Macmillan in 1966 from the original 1904 edition. As far as I could determine, it hasn't been revised since then -- just reprinted. This likely explains the total absence of obscene words which the publishers no doubt wanted to keep mum from curious high school French language students.

This book works okay for me, the casual user, but I suspect that you could find a better one out there given a little research.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Dictionary for Singers 8 July 2011
By Bryan - Published on Amazon.com
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As a Vocal Performance student, this resource is necessary for learning to pronounce the word properly as well as understanding the meaning of the word. The IPA is great. The definitions are concise. This is the Best all around dictionary with IPA that I've found. You can't go wrong with it!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cassell's French & English Dictionary 10 Nov 2006
By April J. Rosenthal - Published on Amazon.com
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This is very comprehensive and has helped enormously with my French studies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best 15 Aug 2012
By Colorado bookie - Published on Amazon.com
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Simply the best french/english "user friendly" dictionary on the market. These publishers have been in this business a very long time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Need a magnifying glass 27 Mar 2012
By Peggy Cliadakis - Published on Amazon.com
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As a dictionary, I would rate it 5. It has everything you want. BUT, it gets a 3 because it is very difficult to read without a magnifying glass (or perhaps strong reading glasses would help).
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