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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Useful to Non-Native Speakers 28 Jan. 2011
By Miriam - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Much easier to understand than the default dictionary!

Default dictionary--"expose the falseness or hollowness of (a myth, idea, or belief)"
This dictionary -- "to show that something (such as a belief or theory) is not true"

After you buy this, go to <HOME>
- press <MENU> - choose <Settings> - press <MENU> again
- choose <Change Primary Dictionary> - and pick Merriam-Webster's.

Then you can start using it upon reading.
53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Merriam-Webster's at its best 27 Sept. 2008
By Holger Metzger - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The list of Advanced Learner's dictionaries is as long as my arm: Oxford, Cambridge, Collins...---and now there's Merriam-Webster's. I guess it was about time: the market for this kind of thing is huge. It is not surprising that M-W finally wanted its share of the pie.
Well, M-W did not re-invent the concept: If you know the layout of one, you know them all: headwords are in bold, pronunciations are in the International Phonetic Alphabet, definitions come next, usually followed by one or two examples (in blue) to clarify the meaning of the word in question. Usage notes and illustrations are interspersed throughout the book. Like the Oxford Advanced Learner's, M-W highlights approx. 3000 basic English words as the most important words a learner needs to know. Also included in the book: 16 pages color art (again, most dictionaries have those), an English Grammar review, often confused words, spelling rules, a handbook of style (mostly punctuation, capitals and italics), weight and measures, e-mail and letter writing, etc.
The dictionary covers both British and American English. But the focus is definitely on the latter: in spelling and pronunciation, American is the norm (which is fine by me: it is an American Learner's, after all!). The definitions are written in a clear and simple language (as far as I can tell). Entries are up-to-date. Last but not least, a free eBook download is included (but not yet available as I'm writing this).
What is mssing is an accompanying version on CD. The online edition makes up for it, though.

But the nagging question remains whether there is a compelling reason to buy it... in all fairness NOT if you already have one of the latest Advanced Learner's available out there: Oxford is still the gold standard (a bit overrated I think), and Cambridge is getting better and better with each edition.
But make no mistake: M-W's Advanced Learner's is an excellent dictionary and a worthy addition to the Advanced Learner's Dictionaries market. It is quality throughout. If you are thinking about getting an ESL dictionary (especially if you want to focus on American English), you may want to give it a shot.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
good for foreigners 17 July 2010
By propella - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This dictionary is better than Kindle's original one for foreigners because the definitions are easier and noun words show difference between [count] and [noncount]. I didn't find any other Kindle ready dictionaries to show the difference clearly.
For some reason, the sample had a strange layout but the real one was o.k.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Easier for non-native english speaker 6 Oct. 2010
By nom52 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
One of the key factors that I bought Kindle was the internal dictionaries.
While, starting to read books, I found it rather difficult with these pre-installed ones because explanation using difficult words, or not clear for me. I had to check words in the explanation, found another difficulty and had to check 3rd word...
After reading several reviews to find solution, I decided to buy this one.
It was much easier to understand, and my frustration much less.
I recommend this learners dictionary to anyone who are frustrated with internal dictionaries but still willing to work with helpful English-English one.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Large number of example sentences, and free partial download 19 July 2009
By science-buff - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Ease of use rivals that of the 7th edition of Oxford Advanced Learner's but word-completeness is about half as much (100K words vs 183K). This limitation is made up by its large number of well-selected example sentences/phrases - very useful for both native and foreign speakers.

The free online Mobipocket-download version of the dictionary is easy to use but unfortunately the very useful "Geographical Names" section (16 pages of place names with IPA pronunciations) is deleted from the online version. When the Mobipocket application is invoked on your PC, you can turn on a feature so that pressing the "F2" key will give you an instant small pop-up window of the word-definition of any highlighted word on your Windows screen. It's great for reading any heavy-duty online documents or web pages. I'm getting addicted to this feature! But then the Oxford Advanced Learner's dictionary (7th edition) is available on Mobipocket too so maybe this F2 feature is similarly available.

If you have young children using this dictionary, try picking the paperback version instead of hardback since the former is more kids-friendly for page flipping, and less intimidating than the bulkier hardback one - even though the latter costs just a few dollars more.

Overall, highly recommended if you treasure good examples more than word completeness. If not, you should probably pick Oxford Advanced Learner's.
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