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The Oxford Italian Minidictionary: Italian-English, English-Italian (Oxford minidictionaries) [Paperback]

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1 Jan 1987 Oxford minidictionaries
This is an entirely new dictionary containing 45,000 headwords and vocabulary items. It also features a wide range of labels to help guide the user to the appropriate word or expression. . handy pocket dictionary for the student or traveler--now in flexible covers . written with both the English and foreign language user in mind"

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  • Paperback: 598 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (1 Jan 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019864146X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198641469
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 8.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,741,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a pity for the mess-up with pronunciation 1 Feb 2004
By Peter
The one blatant shortcoming of this dictionary is its failure to indicate Italian pronunciation properly. The Italian letters E, O, S and Z have two different realisations each, where the alternation is essentially not predictable. The dictionary ignores this, and what irks me most is that it painstakingly indicates the pronunciations of all English entries. The skimpy, one-page “Italian pronunciation guide” at the beginning might as well have been omitted.
Other than this, the dictionary is excellent, surprisingly comprehensive especially in view of its size, and thoroughly up to date (I at least haven’t seen other dictionaries that include “sound card” or “pulldown menu”). Were a future edition to include Italian phonetic transcriptions, then I wouldn’t have anything to say to that (besides giving it six stars).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 10 Aug 2001
By A Customer
You cannot beat this dictionary. I brought it to Italy when moving here as my sole dictionary and there very very few words I have not found sufficiently translated in there.
Highly recommended!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Half of what you wish it was. 22 Mar 2010
By Ayatsuri Ningyo - Published on Amazon.com
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If this dictionary had said, "Oxford Italian Bilingual Minidictionary" or something... then the customers would know exactly what to expect: a really little (albeit fat) dictionary... with half the words that the width of the book would allow. But it doesn't (say that).

The fact is, the folks that produce this dictionary could have given you twice the bang for your buck. But they didn't. They could have produced two of these "minidictionaries" ... one Italian-English, and one English-Italian, in order to give you more bang for your buck, while still serving both those translating or learning from either language to the other... but they didn't.

I do not know whether in more expensive dictionaries in the Italian series do this or not... but this dictionary didn't. So what you get is a fat little pocket-sized book... with precisely half the words you could've gotten... for the same money. What this means is, this is nowhere near the little powerhouse it could and should have been, had the company wanted to really impress it's customers with the value of this little book.

I am only just starting to learn any Italian, and already I can tell you, this little dictionary simply doesn't cut it. And it lakes the helpful second use of dictionaries like the Japanese one of the same line, of which you can at least say, that of the few words you DO get, at lest you can look up kanji spellings for those words, which is some kind of plus. This is in our alphabet, and so, you do not get any such additional pro.

As you can probably tell by now, I had hoped that since Italian is written in letters all English-speakers can read, that the people producing this book would have done the awesome thing, and given us an entire little volume of English-Italian translations. Instead, it's only half of what I had hoped it would be. Which means the whole point of getting it (so I wouldn't have to rely on their much, much more comprehensive online resource, which is FREE)... I could actually have something I could look at that would help me with most of my inquiries, without going to a web page. It didn't.

Barring very, very simple vocabulary questions, this dictionary simply doesn't cut it, because the folks who made it DID cut what you get (and could have gotten)... in half.

If you're going to buy a minidictionary for a language that features a different alphabet, then there would be some plausible reason for having one of these. They're a nice size, and thus won't clutter up your desktop or what have you, and will permit you to look up a number of very common words in that other alphabet, so you know how to write them in the other language. But for languages that use this alphabet, you're paying for something that looks like it should be a lot of help, but which is really all of the words it does give you, repeated twice... once in each language, for what amounts to no good reason. Granted, it may be better than nothing, but... that may be all it's better than.
4.0 out of 5 stars Italian mini dictionary 9 May 2009
By A. DELACRUZ - Published on Amazon.com
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Perfect for beginners, especially those who are going to Italy for the first time or need to speak to an Italian who does not speak Engllish.Phrasefinder is a real good help.

I have used it and is very valuable and handy for everyday Italian reference.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as great as the Langenscheidt dictionaries 17 Feb 2005
By B. Corbett - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book and all and the cover does a great job of protecting the pages, but man, those yellow Langenscheidt dictionaries are tiiiny. They're barely bigger than a deck of cards. This things about 75% the size of a Bible.
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