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  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Wallenburg Press; 2nd edition (2 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843560070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843560074
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Luling on 15 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
I am afraid I don't find this dictionary very useful. The English - Somali section is not nearly as complete as the one by Ail Ali Hashi and Abdirahman A Hashi, published by Fiqi Press in Canada. The Somali- English section is simply the other one turned around, which means that it is of very limited use for looking things up, e.g. 'Ka xun dhibaato = aggrieve', or 'Nooc kalluuunka ka mid ah = bass'. Can you imagine looking either of these up ?
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This Dictionary firstly is a publication from the University of Mogadishu which in itself is impressive given the lack of government in the city. Hats off to the Somali scholars who can still do Academic, work amidst the chaos of our Country. I was happy to see a message from the President of the University in the Introductory pages.

I find it enjoyable to read the Dictionary on its own as I just love the language of my home country, It is quite useful for brushing up and testing my Somali and I keep it in the car to look words up while listening to tape lectures of Somali Scholars. There are other Somali Dictionaries but this seems to be the best I have seen.

I recommend anyone trying to learn our language to start with this one. It will also prove useful to you after you have learned Somali

The dictionary is similar to the very famous one by Said Warsame Hirsi and Abdirahman C. Oomar which is very sadly out of print. This Dictionary is a substitute as it has a large number of new words also the text on the definitions have been changed, This dictionary has also a Somali English section of two hundred pages.

The first edition was smaller, however since it has thousands of more definitions that the first edition I think I can find its more bulkier size it acceptable.

I was going to give this Somali Dictionary 4 stars because its not as good as dictionaries such as the Oxford Dictionary or some compiled in western universities but given the trouble in Somalia I think the University of Mogadishu has done an excellent job. And also since it's the best of the small number of Somali Dictionaries available I give it 5 Stars.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on 16 Feb. 2008
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I am a visiting lecturer in severl Universities in London. I have taught many Somali students who have praised this dictionary. The dictionary has been authorised by the University of Mogadishu and the School of Islamic Studies. My students tell me its one the best dictionaries. The Somali Qoomus is the one they all use.
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By Kedrh Haibeh on 9 Mar. 2015
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is the dictionary you to go for if you are in any way serious about learning the Somali language, But its not Perfect 17 April 2007
By Bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great dictionary and I find it very useful. I have had the first edition for about three years and carried it on my frequent trips to Ethiopia and Somalia.

This is a dictionary that fulfills its purposes. I have looked at the others and this one is not only cheaper but better.

The dictionary is not a exact copy but similar to the one by Said Warsame Hirsi and Abdirahman C. Oomar as it has a large number of new words also the text on the definitions have been changed but the look and feel is very similar, but I for one appreciate this as that was a very good dictionary which now is sadly out of print.

This dictionary has also a Somali English section of two hundred new pages which the old dictionary did not have.

One drawback of this dictionary is that its no longer so portable as the first edition was smaller, however since it has thousands of more definitions that the first edition I think compromises had to be made.

Anyway, this is the dictionary you must own if you are in any way serious about learning the Somali language.

Somalia has been without a government for many years and Hats Off! To the scholars at Mogadishu University who have amidst these troubled times brought out a dictionary for the benefit of all the people of Somalia. I believe that the teachers have not been paid for a number of years due to the wars but still continue to teach out of public service.

There are four dictionaries that you may encounter in your battle with the Somali language this one is the best so far.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An old favorite just got better, not to the standard of an Oxford dictionary but best of the bunch. 17 April 2007
By Book_lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is dictionary is the best of the three or four Somali dictionaries probably because it has been prepared by academics at Magadishu University, there is a message from the President of the University in the introductory pages.

My favorite dictionary from which I learned Somali used to be the Af-Garad by Saciid Warsame Xirsi but sadly this went out of print I was quite happy to see that half this dictionary about 250 pages is a revamped version of the Af-Garad

But this dictionary has been revised in that extant that two hundred new pages have been added in a new Somali English section.

As far as I am concerned an old favorite dictionary just got better as I can now do a lookup both ways instead of buying another dictionary. This is what makes it affordable.

This dictionary is not to the high standard of an Oxford dictionary but it is the best of the lot believe me. I have been teaching Somali refugees in New York and this is the one I would recommend for students.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A very rudimentary dictionary 14 July 2010
By Michelle Schumacher - Published on Amazon.com
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I live in Seattle where there is a large Somali community. I have been learning the Somali language because in my job I interact a lot with people in the Somali community. This dictionary is very rudimentary. I have read through both the newer edition and the older edition and other than the preface, introduction, and front matter, the editions are, from what I can tell, identical. The publication date of the older edition to which I refer is 1994. Star Publishing was the publisher and the author has used the English spelling of his name, Mohamud Korshel, on the cover of this older edition. The cover is either red or blue. This dictionary has a lot of vocabulary, but there is no context for the definitions nor a pronunciation guide. It is nice because it it English-Somali, Somali-English. Some other dictionaries are either Somali-English or English-Somali. I would recommend Fiqi's Somali English Dictionary, First Edition (Fiqi Educational Materials, 1995), by Awil Ali Hashi with Abdirahman A. Hashi as well as Essential English Somali Dictionary, Second Edition (Fiqi Publishers, 2004) by Awil Ali Hashi with Abdirahman A. Hashi. Combined, these two are much better than Korshel's/Qoorsheel's dictionaries.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Af-Garad by Saciid Warsame Xirsi & Cabdiraxmaan C. Oomaar 12 April 2007
By Khalid O. Ahmed - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm an English-Somali dictionaries' freak. As such, I can tell you with an absolute certainty that this dictionary is not a new one. It's the exact copy of another dictionary published in Somalia three decades ago. The authors are Said Warsame Hirsi and Abdirahman C. Oomar. The cover of the original dictionary was yellow and it contained allegedly 5000 words, but when I counted was much less than that.

What's more, this new edition doesn't show the pronounciation as it did in a middle column of the original dictionary. There are no new entries and it is an exact copy of the old dictionary. The only difference is that it has a Somali-English section.

In conclusion I was disappointed and I would advise anyone considering of buying this new edition to reconsider their decision.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
adequate 25 Feb. 2013
By AyrRifle - Published on Amazon.com
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While this book is adequate to perform its function, as a whole it was disappointing. It is not laid out very well and gives the bare minimum of information.
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