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An Electronic French Dictionary: An Essential Tool for the Advanced Learner (Electronic Dictionaries Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Lucas Nicolato
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Book Description

This dictionary (French-English only) is intended to help the student by providing short definitions for most words, even when found in inflected form. Some of the Dictionary's main features:

- Compatible with all Kindle e-readers and apps!
- More than 200,000 entries, including inflected forms.
- Promotional price: the best dictionary for the lowest price.
- Learn French while reading books in the original language.
- Perfect if you want to teach yourself French, and has already a good grasp of grammar and basic vocabulary.
- Great for use with easy reader texts.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for intermediate reader of French 11 Aug. 2011
By David
Format:Kindle Edition
My French is good enough to tackle the classic novels, but with frequent use of a dictionary, especially where there's an unknown word which is key to understanding. I've set this as my Kindle dictionary and can now get basic look up when I need it. It works pretty well, finding words like "chevalet", but not "paravent" and it spots verb forms, noun plurals etc pretty well too. It's good enough for me, and better than carrying around a small dictionary. It's not perfect, but at such a low price I don't see how anyone could complain too much.

But for the perfectionists:

It doesn't pick up words with apostrophes eg "s'occuper". It doesn't give noun genders. It tells you that eg "bottines" is the plural of "bottine" but to find what "bottine" means, you have to click down to the detail level (and in the case of verb forms you may then need to scroll through a page or two to get to the infinitive)

Some of this is because the initial pop up window in Kindle is small so it only displays the top level. And I suspect that other dictionaries may be similar in this respect.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surpisingly good - one or two minor errors 25 Aug. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First, I was pleased at the number of words this little dictionary offered: 200,000 isn't shabby even if some of the entries are conjugations of the same verb. (Compare this with the Collins Concise which for over £12 offers 24200 'references & entries'). It hasn't just kept to the most common words (my main criticism of Merriam-Webster's offering) making it a real help when reading French text. For instance, it contains the slightly archaic slang exclamation 'bath' (super, smashing!) something which my biggish Larousse also contains. It even contains the word as a noun meaning a particularly high quality letter paper. I had to resort to the French online Wiktionary for this translation which appeared in none of my French reference books.
It can be set as a primary Kindle dictionary so that the translation appears in your text when you set the cursor next to a word which is in the Dictionary.
It loses a star(and I would have preferred to have lost it only half a star) only because one or two translations could mislead a true beginner eg a 'sébile' is described as 'a round vessel made of wood or earth'. It is actually a bowl, such as a begging bowl, made of wood or clay. This leads me to believe that the writer may have English as a second (albeit well-mastered) language.
Like all the other translation dictionaries I've found so far, it lacks the ability to allow users to add their own entries. It will, at least, allow you to annotate. Like the Merriam dictionaries, it doesn't allow you to search the English text but I'd be happy to buy an English-French version.

Although I bought this only because of its cheap price, it has been a pleasant surprise. I would have happily paid more for a longer version. On the strength of this product, I have also bought Nicolato's Italian English dictionary.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really useful and very cheap 8 Dec. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As far as I can tell this is not meant to be an all-inclusive English-French dictionary. All it is, is a simple lookup dictionary for when you're reading a French text on your Kindle and you don't know what a word means so you need to look it up quickly. And it does that very well, particularly at the price. It's certainly a LOT quicker to find out what a word means than the traditional method of putting down my Kindle, picking up my weighty Collins/Robert, finding the word (assuming I've managed to work out the conjugation which is the bit that always gets me, I can spend a great deal of time trying to work out what the infinitive might be for the verb conjugation I am reading, and very often fail miserably), reading the translation, putting down the Collins/Robert, picking up the Kindle again. And none of that is possible on the Tube in the morning! Using this as the Kindle's internal dictionary rather than a separate dictionary means that the story flow is interrupted far less by your failure to know a particular word.

You already know if the word is masculine or feminine because the le/la will be there in the text before you. Yes when it says "plural of xxx" you have to delve a little further, but it's still nowhere near as time-consuming (or inconvenient on the Tube) as having a separate large dictionary at hand. Given its price I think it's a marvellous piece of kit for assisting with language learning. It's not meant to replace a big, inclusive English-French dictionary. If you want to know more about a word then jot it down and look it up in detail elsewhere.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does more than you would think 3 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I risked £1.32 on what I thought might be a pretty indifferent, but better than nothing, Kindle French English Dictionary. I was impressed; it's range is greater than I had expected and way better than the basic Collins which I also bought. It picks up pretty obscure words and "Verlain" well. Using it as the default dictionary on my Kindle has made reading French literature much faster and more seamless.

Some negative comments though, although it is claimed that it will identify words preceded by d' and l'. It doesn't. My version only works on words where you can position the highlight bar immediately before the word itself. This is a real disadvantage, as is the fact that it will often say plural of xxxxx without giving you a meaning for xxxxx, rather frustratiing.

Three stars on the basis of being ridiculously good value.

NB have now replaced it with the Collins French English as my native Dictionary (originally this was not available) and it is hugely better

But why don't Amazon make available the native French-English dictionary that is available in France??
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1.0 out of 5 stars BUY SOMETHING ELSE
This is hopeless. Since I acquired it I find there is a big gap in it. Unless it has been updated recently my version jumps from 'monstre' to 'nivologue' missing out all the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by DeeGee
3.0 out of 5 stars Good French to English
Once you get used to the search method it works well if you spell the French words correctly. It's a pity it does not have English to French and a French keyboard dictionary... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the worst dictionary I have seen
I do not think I have seen a dictionary that does not even tell you basic essentials such as gender of nouns. Definitions are so minimal that its use is equally minimal. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As described - excellent
Published 7 months ago by fletch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love the way these dictionaries kick in on the kindle. Much easier than a paper version.
Published 10 months ago by Linda Oliver
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well if you have relatively good French and read French texts on...
I think some of the negative reviews here are from people who are trying to use this dictionary in ways for which it wasn't designed: so it's not a French phrase book, it doesn't... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Roman Clodia
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't integrate with Kindle
I wanted this to translate the odd French word used within an English novel but it fails to work in this way
Published 14 months ago by pjcamera
5.0 out of 5 stars An Electronic French Dictionary [Electronic Dictionaries]
I chose this this rating because this dictionary is completely up-to-date and more than extensive for most purposes .And on my laptop as well.
Published 16 months ago by stephen Walsh
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh..
I got this for my kindle and after a lot of headaches, I was able to set it as a main dictionary - I had no idea kindle is missing this basic functionality. Read more
Published 18 months ago by AB
1.0 out of 5 stars It Doesn't Have The Words -It's Useless
Its quite simple . Why does one use a dictionary ? Answer for the more difficult words and this is specially true of an online dictionary . Read more
Published 18 months ago by Strider
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