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  • Hardcover: 2208 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Ninth edition edition (3 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007382383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007382385
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 19.8 x 6.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Taitt on 17 April 2012
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This is a fantastic dictionary, which I would reccommend to anyone studying or referencing the Spanish language. It not only gives you the words Spanish to English and vice versa, but also a sentence as to how the word would be used. You wouldn't want to carry it around, but it is perfect for what I need doing an A-level course in spanish.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By hayfield35 on 31 July 2011
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I first encountered this dictionary in the 1970s, soon after the first edition, by Colin Smith, was published. It has served me well since but fell apart from long use. I was not disappointed by the ninth edition. now edited by a large team of experts and contributors. It gives up-to-date translations and examples from everyday modern usage. I particularly like the use of colour for headwords and the useful vocabulary in the centre section, dealing with many alternative ways of dealing with common situations. Samples of letters, invitations, essay writing and the like will prove helpful to students. It will probably serve me for another 30 years - if I'm still reading Spanish then. A must-have reference for all readers and students of Spanish and of English.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susil Gupta on 20 Dec. 2013
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The two most authoritative bilingual English-Spanish dictionaries are this one and the Oxford UP one of similar size. On the basis of use as a translator, I would say that the Collins is about 10%-15% better, and every translator I know regards it very highly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Language lover on 17 Nov. 2012
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This is a brilliant dictionary perfect for more advanced studies. Brilliant size and exactly what I was looking for. I am currently studying advice higher Spanish and French and have this dictionary in both languages. Highly recommend this dictionary :)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Deirdre Brown on 14 May 2011
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I have lost track of how many of these I have bought. I teach EFL and recommend it to all my Spanish students, but also to all my english-speaking friends.
I'm on my second personal copy, as the first one fell apart after so much use,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vitaly Ivanov on 29 July 2012
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Just great - utterly comprehensive, with lots of usage examples (not just translation), colloquial and swear words, extra learning material, etc. The only complain is huge size, not very convenient to use - it probably makes sense to buy two separate Spanish-English and English-Spanish dictionaries instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rabbit on 17 Dec. 2013
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This is much more than a dictionary as it has loads of grammar sections and is incredibly detailed. It's really great. The only problem, which was my mistake really, is that it is sooo...big and heavy and, therefore, difficult to use except at home. I should have realised but it would have been useful to have this brought to my attention when choosing.
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Deploying 201 abbreviations (listed inside both boards) this 2009, 40th anniversary edition of the Collins Spanish Dictionary packs an impressive variety of information into its individual entries. For 2 examples of its detail: in the 1101-page English-Spanish dictionary section, every English headword adjective listed has its comparative and superlative shown alongside it; and every Spanish headword verb in the 949-page Sp-Eng section has a reference to the relevant conjugation-variant among 62 verb tables listed in a later section.

Apart from the usual sections explaining how to use the dictionary, pronunciation, word formation, numerals, weights and measures, time and dates, there are two noteworthy sections. One is a set of lists referring to blue-background 'boxes' in both the Sp-Eng and Eng-Sp sections of the dictionary proper under the headings of 'complex entries', 'language notes' and 'cultural notes' - succinctly elucidating semantic difficulties with
some 191 lexical items. The other, an even more useful study- and translation-aid, is a superb 60-page bi-lingual 'Language in Use' section containing from about 5 to 20 examples of each of 58 different language-use subject areas, such as for expressing apologies, opinions, agreements, speaking on the phone, invitations, etc., using formulaic or set phrases or specialist vocabulary and syntax. This section even has a 6-page entry on essay writing.

On the manageability of the book: at about 2.3 kilos it's obviously more for the desk than the shoulder bag. Its pages are not as thin as those of a compact bible and not quite as thick as my old 1994 Oxford Spanish dictionary which had 200 pages less but occupied a bit more shelf-space.
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