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Italian-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary (DK Bilingual Dictionaries) (Italian) Paperback – 4 Aug 2005

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: DK (4 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: Italian, English
  • ISBN-10: 1405311053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405311052
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.5 x 16.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fantastic way to learn Italian vocabulary. Instead of a tedious list of words, the clear and colourful pictures really bring the words to life and definitely aid the learning process. I am a graduate in Italian language, a fluent speaker for over 20 years, and yet this book has really helped me consolidate vocabulary on anything from the names of all the tools in my toolbox (I can never remember these well in Italian) to the names of different professions, different foods, clothing and architectural terminologies - it's filled in all the gaps when I normally say: come si dice? My wife is a beginner in Italian and we have both found it to be very helpful.
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We are an Italian family and we bought this visual dictionary last summer, when we had an aupair English girl looking after our children. This book was absolutely great for everyday communication. It's very reliable and precise and up to date. It contains an amazing amount of words, basically everything you could think of! Besides, it's just the right size and can be easily carried everywhere. We used it a lot, the kids loved it and they learned a lot from it. Obviously it's a visual dictionary so you will not find any grammar rules or verb tenses, but it's great for everyday communication.
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This is a simply great addition to your language learning library! Really, its a reference and vocabulary book presented in an incredibly fresh and accessible format. The quality is great and the images are super clear and bold. To the critics I think they are not using this book correctly or appreciating its uses and limits. I use this book as a way to expand my vocabulary in a pleasurable way, often browsing it in bed at night, on the train or when I skype with Italian friends to practice with. It really is a fun way to learn new words or revise those you know, as well as very obscure words that you will eventually have to learn, therefore useful both to the novice and more advanced student. There is something just innately fun and amusing about seeing an animal/fruit/rock/shape as a picture instead of just a boring word that helps you to remember it. For the price it is great value and will remain an important and relevant addition to my library for many years to come. Its not a dictionary in the typical sense of the word, this is true, but it has a clear picture under which is the name in both English and Italian, the chapters divided not alphabetically as a normal dictionary but rather in themed units which I found very useful, such as appearance, study, health or transport units. At the back is a super handy reference section that highlights some useful and common areas, such as telling the time, numbers, lists of countries and calendar. perfectly designed to my mind. Bravo book!
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This dictionary may be short on words compared with the traditional style, but its picture presentation makes it a pleasure to browse through. Items that could cause problems on a trip away, such as car engines or parts of the body, are displayed clearly and diagramatically, making it a useful visual aid to the lingustically challenged.
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I love the idea of this book. The pictures are clear and the grouping is great but I have noticed occasional errors for example, on page 126, orange (as a fruit) should be l'arancia but it's labelled as l'arancio which is an orange tree. On page 144, hot chocolate is labelled as "il cioccolato caldo" but cioccolato is for something solid like a chocolate bar but on page 156, it's correctly labelled as "la cioccolata calda". Very confusing.
There is no IPA to show pronunciation which I suppose is understandable if they couldn't fit it in but at least they could have highlighted unusual positions of stress for example, fragola has a stressed A so perhaps they could have made that bold / underline etc.
I still have to look up each word in a "normal" dictionary and pencil in any unusual pronunciations or stress positions. Faults aside, I do like the book but I just use it to give me ideas when making flash cards for the languages I learn. I understand that there is limited space as they probably couldn’t fit in unusual plural nouns or adjectives or alternate words such as prugna/susina
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The layout is just as all of DK's books; looks great and does contain an amazing number of words for its size. I can't fault the layout at all, but as a new Italian learner, I needed a dictionary and thought this looked good for beginners, but it's a phrase/vocab book and not a dictionary.
For improving your vocab by subject area it's great, but for looking up words quickly, it's a bit awkward. It has a comprehensive index at the back, but if it's a dictionary you need this might not be your best place to start.
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I have just started to learn Italian and I find it easy to memorise words by linking them to pictures.in this respect "Visual Italian" is very helpful, but sometimes uses different vocabulary to other sources, examples include; "living room","elbow" and "laptop". It is surprisingly comprehensive on describing body parts in ways which would have been inconceivable 30 years ago.

It is inexpensive and would recommend it together with the Usborne first thousand words as an excellent starting pointfor learning a new language.

Because I am a harsh marker, I gave it four stars, whereas I suspect others might give it a five.
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