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Collins Robert French Dictionary (Collins Complete and Unabridged) [Hardcover]

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29 April 2010 000733155X 978-0007331550 Ninth edition

The world’s leading French/English dictionary, revised and updated to cover all the latest vocabulary in both languages. The perfect dictionary for advanced learners of French.

This ninth edition of the market-leading Collins Robert French dictionary uses Collins’ and Le Robert’s unique multi-million word databases of contemporary English and French to ensure that the user has the most complete and accurate picture of real language available today. The dictionary is ideal for advanced learners and professionals using French.

• This edition has been revised to include all the latest vocabulary from a wide range of fields, including new additions from the fields of the Internet, the environment and economics.

• New culture boxes explain the origins of phrases from literature, film and popular culture to aid translation and improve your understanding of French popular culture.

• New, clear, colour typeface and alphabet tabs guide you quickly and efficiently to the information you are looking for.

• Long and complex entries benefit from a clear structure and layout, with key phrases, idioms and set grammatical structures highlighted.

• Acclaimed “Language in Use” supplement contains hundreds of examples of usage in real-life contexts such as essay writing, email and telephone conversations to help you use French fluently and naturally.

• Includes detailed colour maps of the English and French-speaking worlds.

Also available in the Collins French Dictionary range are Collins Robert Concise French Dictionary and Collins Robert Comprehensive French Dictionary, Volumes 1 & 2.

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  • Hardcover: 2344 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Ninth edition edition (29 April 2010)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 000733155X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007331550
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely fantastic. 3 April 2011
Bought this after 'out-growing' my little pocket dictionary after GCSEs, to help with my AS french - and it has been incredibly useful. It gives excellent, clear and comprehensive translations, hints on usage, phrases/idioms that are hard to find elsewhere, HUGE section on verbs/grammar and an amazingly useful reference section on everyday french and even examples of letters of applications, CVs, etc,
It comes with a year's subscription of the online version which is handy.
MUST-HAVE for A level students, absolutely brilliant buy!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collins continues to impress 17 Oct 2011
Over thirty years after receiving Collins' complete and unabridged French dictionary, it was time to give my daughter a hand with her sixth-form French. The 1978 edition had helped me hugely with many a prose and translation exercise, so I had only the briefest flirtation with the Oxford before plumping for the 2010 Collins.
Layout, use of bold font and, of course, colour have moved dictionary accessibility light years ahead. The word/meaning you're looking for seems to jump out at you from the page, compared to the block of text in the dear old 1978 edition.
How comprehensive and user-friendly the 'Language in use' section has become, with nuances explored in detail and vital columns devoted to email and phone text French.
I know you can get a word, definition and even a translation (ha ha)online for free these days, and I use that method myself when the big book's not handy, but I'll always turn to a 'proper' dictionary as the final arbiter (showing my age!). I love books.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collins Robert English-French Dictionary 4 May 2011
An excellent edition - with the most comprehensive coverage, for professionals and translators. The "specialist usage" section in the middle is an added bonus.Recommended.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous dictionary 18 April 2011
I first used the Collins Robert Dictionary when I did A level French some *ahem* 22 years ago, it gave me a noticable advantage over fellow students who were using smaller dictionaries. The dictionary gives examples of the word in various contexts enabling a translation that better expresses the 'feel' of the original text. We are now about to move to France and I thought I should get the most recent version. I have not been disappointed. There is a new section on emails and a handy guide to correspondence, both formal and informal.

A brilliant dictionary for the serious French student.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mature Fench speaker speaks up 17 April 2012
By equitan
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The Collins Robert is the gold standard French dictionary. I t doesn't just translate words, it shows you how to use them in all the popular idioms of both languages. If you're serious about the language you need this great big wonderful book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really useful for A Level+ French. 7 Oct 2011
By Ktylntn
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Got this for my A level French, and wow - it has everything! Really useful for translating slang/informal language and pretty much essential for more advanced French learners. Not very portable, but then, no giant dictionary is going to be, so it's definitely more of a reference book to be kept at home rather than carried around!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars almost complete dictonary 23 Aug 2011
Bought this book because I couldn't get "Harrap's french dictionary" for 2010 or 2011. This is almost as good. but not of the same calibre. I recommend this none the less for ordinary translational usage. Lacks a little on the more eloquent strings of phrase and for the money represents good value.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought it! 29 Oct 2011
By Aimee19
I originally had a pocket french dictionary to take me through my GCSEs, however, I was told that I needed to get a thicker and bigger french dictionary to take me through my A-Levels; hence I bought one of amazon. When I recieved my dictionary, I opened it to find that it was in a great condition - it was new, but there were some pages in it, in which were folded and had not been cut correctly to the size of the dictionary itself. I had to cut the excess off because it would have caused problems when I was looking through it. Nevertheless, the dictionary is easy to use with detailed definitions and the words are in blue to stand out so it is easier to find the word you're looking for. I would definitely say it was a good buy, especially for the price I paid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best
This is the best dictionary you can get and replaces my old one which fell apart eventually. Brilliant.
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Does everything I want. Has everything I need. Good value
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Really really everything you could need in a dictionary of this kind, Will be a constant source of reference for years to come I believe - we move to France in two weeks - thought... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jacqui Purlan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but big!
I bought this for my teenager who is studying for exams. It's a great book and seems to have all the words needed. Be warned however, it's a huge book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
No dictionary is perfect or completely up-to-date, but this is certainly the best English-French dictionary I have seen. I much prefer it to anything I have found on-line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Professional standard bilingual dictionary!
I am a sucker for books. Especially reference ones. But my personal library is not restricted to English language ones. I find this offers greater insight. Read more
Published 7 months ago by G. Wylie
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Purchased for my daughter to help with her "A" level French. Good standard- Seems to be what she needs. Uses it all the time
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