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Collins Unabridged Italian to English (One Way) Dictionary: Complete & Unabridged (Collins Complete and Unabridged) (Italian Edition) [Kindle Edition]

HarperCollins Publishers
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Collins market-leading Italian to English Dictionary is the perfect one-way Kindle dictionary for all advanced students of the language. It lets you look up the English translation of Italian words. To find out the Italian translation of English words you need to buy the Collins English to Italian Dictionary.

This second edition of the acclaimed Collins Italian Dictionary uses the multi-million word language database, the Collins Word Web, to ensure that the user has the most complete and accurate picture of real language available today.

• This edition has been revised to include all the latest vocabulary from a wide range of fields, with special features about life and culture in Italy.

• The clear, easy to read layout, with special treatment of complex words ensures the user finds the right translation quickly and easily.

• The helpful Language in Use supplement gives real-life examples of how Italian is used in a variety of contexts, including letters, e-mails and text messages.

• This edition includes web addresses, giving further information about culture and life in Italy.

Also available in the Collins Italian Dictionary range is Collins Italian Dictionary and Grammar (due 2008), Collins Express Italian Dictionary and Collins Gem Italian Dictionary.

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Acclaimed for its comprehensive vocabulary coverage, Collins' top-of-the-range Italian Dictionary is the most authoritative and reliable Italian dictionary on the market. Drawing on the vast resources of Collins' multi-million-word language databanks, it provides the user with an incomparably accurate, up-to-date picture of how real Italian is used today.

While the specialised nature of some of the entries ensures that it will be the dictionary of choice for academics, university and higher level school students, and language professionals, there is much which any language learner will find accessible. The clear typography and uncluttered layout, for example, and the highlighted keyword features, provide the most user-friendly aid to translation possible. There is also help available for typical translation problems and detailed information about Italy and the Italian-speaking world in the form of extended cultural entries.

Complex entries and common lexical structures have been given in-depth treatment with special layouts, and pronunciation is clearly shown for both languages.

The Language In Use section shows hundreds of contemporary examples of how everyday Italian is used. It includes guidance on essay-writing and correspondence, and gives help in expressing yourself in a wide variety of situations, with categories such as "Likes, Dislikes and Preferences", "Comparisons" and "Obligation".

The combination of the Italian dictionary and the Language In Use supplement provides such a complete tool for language learning that satisfaction is guaranteed!

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'Collins Italian Dictionary'

'Collins Italian Dictionary' is the most up-to-date and easy-to-use single-volume Italian dictionary available today. The attractive layout leads the user quickly and easily to the word they want, while the clear differentiation of meanings and senses helps them choose the most appropriate translation. The guide to self-expression – covering topics from telephoning to essay-writing, expressing an opinion to general correspondence – is indispensable for anyone working with or studying Italian.

• Over 160,000 references and 230,000 translations
• Fully up-to-date
• Uniquely helpful 'Language in Use' supplement
• Sets a new standard in Italian-English dictionaries

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Oxford-Paravia Italian Dictionary
I bought the Collins dictionary a couple of years ago, shortly after starting to learn Italian. I assumed that bulk alone would ensure that it would meet pretty well all my requirements on the Italian front for, well, the rest of my life! And it was OK to start with, as long as there was the de Mauro online facility available to look up any Italian words not covered by the Collins. However, de Mauro disappeared last year and the shortcomings of the Collins have become increasingly evident. Too many words that appear in Italian books (e.g. by Ammaniti) that I try to read are simply not included. I have therefore had to buy the Oxford-Paravia dictionary, that is physically similar in size, but has a 1000 more pages - with better coverage to match. Apart from a wider vocabulary, one only has to compare the depth of treatment of a key Italian word like "avere" to see that the Oxford-Paravia book is on a different level to the Collins.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastico! 15 July 2002
This is a tome and a half - but then it does cater for Italian Translation, and then English Translation, so you can expect it to be quite fat! You won't ever need to buy another Italian dictionary again once you own this one. Content is excellent; each entry gives the word, A-Z, then provides several usages of the word, in different contexts, as a short phrase. Also included are colloquialisms, and the best part is the middle section with several pages of translated sentences, again in Italian then English, designed for conducting business, writing and replying to correspondance, and other useful categories. Overall I am extremely pleased with my copy of the Collins Italian Dictionary, and am confident it will help my studies no end....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment 1 Jan. 2013
By Lucius
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was eagerly awaiting the release of this dictionary, thinking a "Complete & Unabridged" Collins Italian-English dictionary would be at least as good as the superb Collins Concise German-English Dictionary. Sadly it's not a patch on it. If you want a dictionary for reading Italian literature, you're far better off with Lucio Nicolato's much cheaper offering.

When the Collins was finally released I happened to be reading Chapter 22 of Manzoni's "I promessi sposi". In the first passage I tried, a mere 35 words, the Collins failed on 5 that Nicolato recognised: lasciala, guarda, sveglierà, chiederti, dille. These failures look like poor Kindle implementation but the underlying dictionary seems also to have less coverage than Nicolato: a little later it failed with seco - OK, a literary word, but Nicolato had it, and it's just the sort of word I'm looking for from a "Complete & Unabridged" dictionary.

The Collins has the advantage that it gives pronunciation and examples of usage, though to my mind the latter manage to be both less comprehensive and less discriminating than those in the Concise German-English offering. It also gives a verb list and a "Language in use" section (both of limited use for a Kindle dictionary).

Overall, a big disappointment. Nicolato will continue as my default Italian dictionary and when it lets me down I'll turn to the excellent lo Zingarelli, free with the Kindle. If I use the Collins at all it will be rarely - perhaps to check the uses of a tricky preposition.

Update, 12 January 2013. Kindle implementation for the Collins Concise German-English was done by Intangible Press; Collins did it themselves for this Italian dictionary.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Although initially sceptical at the sheer size of the dictionary, it has become absolutely invaluable in assisting my wife and I in our quest to learn and understand Italian. The book is now, without doubt, the most thumbed book in our possession.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential aid to A-Level Italian! 31 Oct. 2004
When learning a foreign language it is essential that the reference material that you refer to contains words, phrases, sentences and language context so that you know what you are saying in which situation! This dictionary provides all of that ... and more!
In the centre section of this hardback edition is a great source of exam reference material and language examples dealing with all things from writing a letter of application to essential set phrases for essay writing! I am positive this book helped me achieve my B grade and would advise to those who are laeaning this particular language purchase this book from as it is a must buy item !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars most comprehensive 20 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't know why other reviewers gave this low marks - it's so much better than all the others available on kindle. It gives you much more information and idiomatic phrases. It may not be suitable for beginners as it does not include all verb conjugations so sometimes you have to work out what verb your word comes from but for more advanced learners it is excellent. I have been waiting ages for this to be available on kindle and I am not disappointed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Italian Dictionary 5 Oct. 2001
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Absolutely the best Italian - English Dictionary. You can always find what you are looking for, as far as no technical words are concerned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Italian Dictionary ! 31 July 2011
In the process of trying to teach myself Italian I became frustrated by the American English in the small Barron's pocket dictionary that I have. I needed a big desk dictionary with British English and ample examples for each word. This Collins Complete & Unabridged Dictionary is absolutely perfect! However, I should have bought a verb conjugation book to accompany it, as verbs are such an important part of learning Italian. But I do find that the internet facilities fill that gap quite adequately. Had this dictionary included the verb conjugations I would have awarded it the full 5 stars. It is a marvelous dictionary and I can recommend it to anyone who prefers the Queen's English while undertaking the task of learning Italian. The reasonable price was another important incentive.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Something of a disappointment -- might be fine with simple texts, but...
I bought this dictionary to help me with the Italian novels I love on my Kindle. Though I speak and read Italian somewhat poorly, I far prefer the original to translations. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Marius Gabriel
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good product
Published 1 month ago by Minesh Hansora
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very clear print and good entries, but its verb tables are not as good as other such dictionaries.
Published 3 months ago by BW Begley
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Published 4 months ago by snoopy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good, but I couldn't find the word "Glitch" !
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars unusable!
first of all, the starring rate I gave is due to the dictionary's "usability" and not "content".
I bought the dictionary to use on my Kindle when I read in Italian and need a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Useful book to have by the side of the computer.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Maria Austin
2.0 out of 5 stars I have a French and a Spanish one that work like a dream
There are soo many words that the dictionary doesn't recognise that serious reading is quite hard: I have a French and a Spanish one that work like a dream, but this is vastly... Read more
Published 7 months ago by relaxman
1.0 out of 5 stars it is not too bad, but it is virtually unusable on kindle as ...
Am I missing something here? I got this for my kindle but to search for a word takes forever on my Kindle Fire. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Limited & doesn't work with Kindle App
Doesn't work well with the Kindle App for IPad. The English-Italian section doesn't appear at all (yes I do mean half the book) and Collins' own search engine is unavailable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by La Studentessa
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