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Collins Gem - Russian Dictionary (Collins Gems) Paperback – 7 Mar 1996

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  • Paperback: 735 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 2nd Revised edition edition (7 Mar 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0004586522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0004586526
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 7.6 x 11.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,954,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

From the Publisher

One sold every eight seconds! Over the last 100 years, Collins' renowned Gems have become the best-loved and best-selling small dictionaries in the UK. The Russian Gem contains all the basic terms you need to make yourself understood in Russian, and a great deal more - around 75,000 words in all.

The Gem has the twin benefits of being compact and portable - perfect for taking abroad with you or carrying round in your pocket! - yet easy to read, with a clear and distinctive layout. All the headwords appear in bold, making it simple to quickly scan a page for the word you are looking for, and the different senses of a word are marked by indicator labels to ensure that the correct translation is chosen every time.

Whether you intend using this dictionary for work, travel or study, it couldn't be easier to make yourself sound like a native!!

From the Back Cover

Fully revised and updated to cover all the essential vocabulary of current issues, the second edition of Collins Gem Russian Dictionary provides extensive coverage of all the important constructions and idioms, along with in-depth treatment of the most frequently-used words in Russian and English.

• Over 45,000 references
• Completely revised and updated coverage of contemporary vocabulary
• In-depth treatment of frequently-used words
• Helpful supplements on Russian grammar and pronunciation

768 pages 111x 76mm

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Hand-sized book, Russian is in Cyrillic, good value. 21 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is extremely difficult to find English/Russian/English dictionaries that help with pronunciation by also providing Russian words in non-Cyrillic text. Therefore, this dictionary is as good as any. It is small, however, and hard to read without strong magnification.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very good, but not the best 7 Dec 2007
By The Conductor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As an English speaker learning Russian, it is hard to find bi-lingual materials that don't assume knowledge of Russian, the lack of stress marks being the most common offense. This dictionary is almost completely even-handed.

The definitions are reasonably authoritative and the compact plastic binding durable and portable. I found it immensely useful when in Russia. The entries are fastidiously symmetric: I never found an instance where a Russian word was defined but not listed in the corresponding English entry. The Langenscheidt has some gaps in this regard.

It has some shortcomings compared to Langenscheidt. The print is too small to read under less than ideal light; it was impossible to look up something in a car at night. Perfective verbs are not cross-referenced to their imperfective complements. The thick-but-not-broad shape is not as back-pocket friendly as the Langenscheidt.

You must learn Cyrillic. It is *impossible* to represent Russian accurately in the Latin alphabet. If you can't memorize 33 letters then you are beyond anyone's help.

The Langenscheidt is better for my needs, and this dictionary was displaced from my pants pocket by it. But, given the price, I recommend buying both. The Collins is worth carrying around in your bag as a second opinion on definitions and for covering gaps in the Langenscheidt. And as a spare: don't think for a minute you can find a replacement while in Russia.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
let's take a second look 28 July 2002
By B. L. Adduci - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I own at least 8 Collins Gem Dictionaries for various languages. This product is a fine dictionary. I have always been pleased with Collins Gem language products, and their pocket dictionaries are indeed very mobile and durable. About the lack of Russian pronunciation - I'm not an expert in Russian, and of course there are exceptions and dipthongs that one must learn - but Russian IS A PHONETIC LANGUAGE! Why would you need a pronunciation guide? Learn the sounds of the Alphabet and you'll be able to pronounce it fine! It's not a difficult alphabet - try learning arabic and you'll appreciate the Cyrillic alphabet. Indeed!
8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Not suitable at all, No Phonetic pronunciations 17 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The English to Russian section is not useful at all unless you are already familiar with the Russian alphabet and it's pronunciations.
5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not for non-Russian speakers 27 Feb 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you don't already speak/read Russian don't waste your money. This has no Russian to English pronunciations, yet it has them for English to Russian (in other words if you are Russian you will be able to pronounce the word in English, otherwise you are SOL).
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