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Collins Robert Concise French to English (One Way) Dictionary (Collins Concise) (French Edition)

Collins Robert Concise French to English (One Way) Dictionary (Collins Concise) (French Edition) [Kindle Edition]

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Collins market-leading French to English Concise Dictionary is the perfect one-way Kindle dictionary for all advanced learners of French. It lets you look up the English translation of French words. To find out the French translation of English words you need to buy the Collins English to French Concise Dictionary.

Compatibility & Functionality

• Basic Text Search works on all Kindle devices
• Index lookup works on all Kindles except Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD
• Setting as Default Dictionary works on all Kindles except Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD and Kindle for Android
• Search across the full French to English to dictionary by headword.
• Show English translations in a pop-up window when reading French books.

This new edition has been fully revised and updated. Thousands of new words and updated supplements on communication, education systems and famous people of the French- and English-speaking worlds make this the perfect dictionary for use at college, home or work.
The Collins Robert Concise French to English Dictionary is designed for students and professionals using French in the course of their work. Drawing on Collins' unique multi-million word databases of French and English to ensure that the user has the most complete and accurate picture of real language available today.

• Updated with thousands of new words and phrases from a wide range of fields, including technology, media and the environment.

• Contains in-depth treatment of complex words.

• Practical tips on spoken and written French, including new features on spelling pitfalls, make this the ideal dictionary for intermediate and advanced learners.

• Revised supplement giving encyclopaedia-style information on famous historical people from the French-speaking world, now with timeline, giving you the background information you need to understand French culture.

• Revised real-world communication supplement, now with additional material on internet banking, social networking and mobile phones.

• New supplement detailing primary, secondary and higher education systems in French- and English-speaking countries.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Lucius
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Basically this is an excellent translation dictionary and I heartily recommend it to anyone with a Kindle Paperwhite as definitions for nearly all the words it fails to recognise will be painlessly provided by the monolingual French dictionary that comes free with all Kindles except the Kindle Keyboard. However, anyone using the basic Kindle, whose instant dictionary lookup feature consults only the default dictionary for a language, should consider this dictionary's limitations before buying it.

The first limitation is that it will fail to recognise a surprising number of words still common in French literature fifty years ago. This is partly a function of its limited size and partly of Collins's habitual emphasis on current vocabulary.

The second is that even when a verb appears in the underlying dictionary not all its conjugations will be recognised, and likewise for noun and adjective declensions. Collins Kindle dictionaries tend to be weak here, with honourable exceptions such as the Concise German Dictionary (prepared for the Kindle by Intangible Press).

Here are the 15 words the dictionary fails to recognise in the first 750 words of "Madame Bovary": étions, méritoires, était, habit-veste, n'eût, chapska, Ovoïde, polygone, soutache, croisillon, savait, bredouillante & bredouillement, s'élança, pensums, l'étant. All are recognised by the monolingual French dictionary.

One very nice feature I haven't seen before is a hyperlink from the definition of a verb to a table detailing how it is conjugated. I hope Collins will eventually add this to their other 'big' translation dictionaries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! 3 Aug 2013
By RaineR
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I can't recommend the kindle version of the Collins Robert Concise French-English dictionary enough. I bought this edition because my paper copy is enormous and heavy, and it can be time consuming when trying to translate a French text. I have not been disappointed; it is so much quicker to search for the word using the kindle (I have not experienced the problem mentioned by another reviewer of the search option listing every instance of the word - ?). The added bonus is that I have been able to set this dictionary as my default French dictionary on the kindle so now a definition in English is available immediately when I am trying to read a French text (the previous default provided a definition in French, which wasn't always helpful), and during a recent trip to France it proved invaluable for providing a quick translation when out and about. An example is the word 'compostage' at the train station. Having provided a definition there was an additional sentence explaining how, in France, it is necessary to stamp your ticket before you board the train. It was extremely useful. The only minor problem I did encounter was not being able to go straight to specific information listed at the beginning of the book, but this is easily overcome by 'bookmarking' the page or section on your kindle. One other point to keep in mind is that it is only French to English. If you require both, the English to French edition is available as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow to search 19 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thought it would be handy to have on holiday and easier to have on Kindle than lugging a book around. My one complaint, and it is really annoying is that the go to page option asks for a page number which is very logical for a normal book but for dictionaries would be much more helpful if it was the start of a letter of even a specific word. Repetitive strain injury from all that scrolling very likely!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great aid for intermediate French reader 12 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There were no reviews of this dictionary this Kindle dictionary, on Amazon or elsewhere when I bought it, and the publisher's information was lamentably cursory, so I wasn't entirely comfortable. But it all ended happily. I'm very pleased with it. To rectify the absence of reviews, I'm writing one an hour after purchase.

As a translation aid, it works as I hoped. It seems to recognise all the forms a verb can take. It seems to recognise elided articles, object pronouns etc: placing the cursor before l'argent opens a definition of argent, before d'insubordination opens insubordination, before qu'offrit opens offrire. It seems to recognise feminine and plural forms of nouns and adjectives.

The definitions provided are far better than the Kindle dictionary I used previously: fuller, typographically clearer, with usage examples, and with phrases defined (for example, under loin, de loin is defined). In fact the two are scarcely comparable.

I think it'll make a big difference to the ease with which I can read French on the Kindle. Previously I'd often resort to my big and heavy paper dictionary, but I doubt that I'll need to do that often now. (But it's early days. Time will tell.)

Three months on: I'm still pleased I bought it, but I quite often find a word in a book from which I can't jump to the dictionary. A lot of common words are in that category, which may be by design: comme and aussi, for example. It also seems a bit weak on pronomial verbs: se méfier. s'empressa, s'emparer, s'efforcait.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I thought I was getting a Harper Collins dictionary. More fool me.
Published 23 days ago by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent translation device. Has good word selection with many obscure examples.
Published 3 months ago by MR DAVID G WALLIS
2.0 out of 5 stars Think I'll stick to my good old fashioned dictionary with pages!
Plenty of definitions but a clumsy time-consuming method of finding words. Very frustrating to begin with! Not at all what I was hoping for.
Published 4 months ago by Fi
4.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive
The dictionary, although extremely large contains a wealth of information, not only on word meanings, but grammar and form of the French language.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Sally Barrett
3.0 out of 5 stars Complicated
rather difficult to use, I live in France and hoped it would be a speedy way to help my french, not so, very detailed if you have the time to read all the definitions, I just give... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs L Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful to have in Kindle format
Since getting this I have used it continually. I'm learning French and it is so much more convenient than a bulky dictionary to carry around. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Paulystrad
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but!
The contents of this dictionary are excellent, however, search for a word and you quickly realise that the publisher does not understand what a dictionary is used for. Read more
Published 19 months ago by D. J. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Collins Robert Concise French-English Dictionary
Very pleased. Although labelled 'concise' the dictionary contains a wide selection of usage and also financial vocabulary. An excellent buy!
Published 19 months ago by Moira McDowall
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful
I love not having to carry a weighty Robert around with me. I have been using this edition to help translate Boule De Suif and it has been excellent to use. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jean P Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
It is exactly like the book version, but a lot easier to carry when travelling
Better than other available dictionaries
Published 20 months ago by P R Hampshire
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