on 21 February 2004
I have been searching for ages to find some sort of dictionary or encyclopedia that shows you the key words of a language - words you just don't get taught, or have to spend hours searching through a normal dictionary for - and here you have everything you could possibly need in French, German, English, Italian and Spanish.
I would recommend this book to language learners of all levels, and as an ideal next step to build on the first thousand words of a language. It would also be really useful for anyone planning a 'year abroad' or even a business trip, since topics range from 'The Human Body' to 'The Home' 'The Office'.
The clear thematic layout and photos make it easy to simply pick up and have a thumb through, even when you aren't specifically in the mood for learning new words. As a reader you do not feel you are being bombarded with information, as I found with other pictoral dictionaries, but it still manages to cover every topic you could possibly need.
The book also includes small sections of phrases for beginners, so you can actually put the new words to use, as well as an in-depth reference section.
on 19 July 2004
This visual dictionary has more than 1,600 colourful images and its 400 pages are divided into 19 chapters as follows: About the dictionary, How to use this book, People, Appearance, Health, Home, Services, Shopping, Food, Eating out, Study, Work, Transport, Sports, Leisure, Environment, Reference, Index and Acknowledgments.
For each picture you get its meaning in five languages, and for each word you have its definite article showing the gender. Very interesting is the presence of pictures showing actions, so that you get the verbs as well as some useful phrases. At the end of the "Reference" section you have "particles and antonyms" and "useful phrases" - essential phrases, greetings, signs, help, directions, accommodation, eating and drinking. The index is divided into five parts, one for each language, and the names have their gender shown by means of the letters m, n, f .
I particularly enjoy playing with this book by showing a picture and letting my friends guess its meaning in the foreign languages they have studied, and think it's a useful tool for teachers, students or professionals, for the topics are covered in detail. Last but not least, the dictionary is published by DK, i.e. it's a Dorling Kindersley Book, a Penguin Company.
on 26 October 2010
As usual, the highest standard of presentation from DK. Photos, diagrams, illustrations, all super clear and informative. You can browse happily and it will engage your interest, but if you have a specific need, it's not hard to find out if it is there or not. You can't expect this book to cover all your language needs but you will have fun learning lots of things you hadn't even thought of wanting to know about!
on 9 July 2014
Extremely useful for travelling across Europe. The content is extensive and the quality of the pictures excellent, making point and show possible if you cannot pronounce the words. The only downside is it is a bit heavy. It would also be useful for any one, child or adult, who is learning one of its included languages.
on 10 February 2016
This is so good. It is aimed at people how are going to spend time in a country. It is split into very comprehensive sections. The body, travel, shopping etc. Each page has pictures of places, the airport, train station and the like with things labelled in the five languages. No great lists of words to trawl through find the picture find the word and if worse comes to worse point to it.
The section on the body would be invaluable if you are unfortunate to become ill and need to see the doctor or go to hospital, everything is in glorious technicolour.
It is not pocket size, it is not a travel dictionary or phrase book, but if you are learning a language and need more than the very basics it is just the job.
You can get it in single language format as well and the pictures etc are just the same but with only one language so if you need more than one language it is more ecconomical to get this.
on 14 November 2013
Attractive, very useful when you travel, very useful for finding the right word quickly or gathering a quick vocabulary on a particular subject quickly, and because it's visual the words seem to stick in the mind more easily. Can recommend.