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  • Paperback: 1301 pages
  • Publisher: Spoken Language Services Inc.,U.S.; 4th Revised edition edition (1 Dec. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879500034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879500030
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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"It is a great pleasure to be able to recommend this dictionary wholeheartedly. Its scholarship, accuracy and reliability make it one of the most significant contributions to Arabic lexicography." --Language, The Linguistic Society of America Quarterly

"Its comprehensiveness and reliability as well as its clear presentation of the material have made it the principal aid for the study of written Arabic" --Journal of the American Oriental Society

"There can be no doubt that ... it will be a basic tool for all study of modern Arabic for some time to come" --Middle East Journal

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106 of 107 people found the following review helpful By J. E. S. Leake on 29 April 2004
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First, I must say this is the only Modern Written Arabic (MWA) - English dictionary that the student of Arabic has to have. Others, al-Mawrid, for example, are useful as supplements, and contain new vocabulary, and there is a more recent German edition (5th edition) of Wehr published by Harrassowitz, but this book, German or English, has a standard of scholarship unrivalled by any other MWA-English dictionary. Middle East-published MWA-English dictionaries like al-Mawrid don't give the grammatical information learners of Arabic need, such as broken plurals, verbal vowelling, verbal nouns (masdars), let alone how verbs are used with prepositions, all of which Wehr tells the user.

Words are in root order, so maktaba (desk) <mktbh> and kaatib (writer) <k'tb> both are found under the verb kataba (to write) <ktb>. This really is the easiest way of ordering Arabic dictionaries once you've mastered your grammar, though an alphabetic order dictionary is a help when you're starting and occasionally even when you're expert.

This dictionary is NOT a dictionary of Classical Arabic (although Beeston in his anthology of Bassar bin Burd reckoned that Wehr covered the vast majority of the vocabulary of this poet of the 8th Century AD). For Classical Arabic, Lane (perhaps supplemented by Hava's al-Faraid) is essential. But Lane is useless for modern Arabic. And if you're reading mediaeval Arabic, you will find Wehr fills in some of the gaps in Lane.

This dictionary is NOT a dialect dictionary, though it contains many dialect words that have found their way into the written Arabic of Egypt, Iraq, etc.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By mail@richard-harding.com on 7 Sept. 2001
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If you are serious about reading and writing Arabic properly, then Hans Wehr's dictionary is by far and away the best there is. I have been studying Arabic in various ways for the last 15 years and have yet to find anything better. Since this dictionary is organised according to the root of the word, rather than simply the letters, it gives you a far better understanding of its true meaning. Also, using it with an English-Arabic dictionary ensures that the word you have chosen is really the one you need. Although it is now a few years old, it contains virtually every word you might come across, and many more fascinating ones aswell!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jan. 1999
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I've been using this dictionary for four years and i've used other dictionaries as well. The Al-Mawrid Arabic-English dictionary may have just as many words in it or more, but the definitions are actually definitions in this dictionary (not just synonyms). I like the compactness of this dictionary, it's easy to carry around and store yet comprehensive enough to find virtually any Arabic word if you know the root. There has never been a word I couldn't find in it after I knew the proper root of an Arabic word.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Dec. 1998
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I'm pretty damn serious. I have found rare words and rare synonyms of good words. If a word can not be found in the Oxford Arabic-English dictionary, or any other dictionary I've used, at least 50% of the time I found it in the Hans Wehr. This is an excellent resource for Arabic speakers and non-indigenous speakers who are learning or learned Arabic. A life-saver in many take-home essay exams.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Alp-eater on 6 Oct. 2005
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I now have two copies of this gem of a dictionary. I've preserved my first paperback edition which I've had since 1984, even although it's nothing more now, than a sheaf of loose sheets. It served me with distinction during four years living in Sudan - unfortunately the desert sand finally dislodged most of the pages. I replaced it with a hardback copy bought in Cairo. If you're at all interested in learning modern Arabic and want a reliable reference book go no further than Hans Wehr. Such is the layout, that each time you use the dictionary it forces you to revise what you know about verb structures and the composition of complex word forms - so looking up a new word is also helping you consolidate and practise what you've learnt. It's one of the few genuinely indispensable books on my shelves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer_r on 5 July 2008
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I have used this book very much, and i wouldnt have done well without it. I am a translator with an Arabic mother tongue and very good knowledge and practice of English. Do not hesitate, go ahead and buy it, this book is excellent and you will love it.
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I am a native English speaker, fluent in Hebrew but just an intermediate student of Arabic. So I can't pass judgement on the accuracy of translation. But I can make some observations.

First the good points:
-There are many entries.
-Many nuances of the Arabic words are listed (in English) and explained. Although I'm far from an expert in Arabic, the sheer number of entries and sub-entries makes me think that the linguistic research was careful and exhaustive.
-The English transliteration is very helpful and readable.

Now the drawbacks, from my point of view:
-The entries progress alphabetically, of course, but in the opposite direction of Arabic text, which is RTL. This is disorienting for me.
-The font is very small, but this is a common problem with Arabic text, since the Arabic glyphs seem to have a large vertical range.
-I found an entry that is geographically incorrect: It lists Hebron (al khalil) as a town in Jordanian Palestine.
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