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Oxford Russian Mini Dictionary [Paperback]

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25 May 2006 0198614578 978-0198614579 2
This new edition of the Oxford Russian Mini Dictionary offers up-to-date coverage of essential day-to-day vocabulary with over 40,000 words and phrases, and 60,000 translations. The new phrasefinder provides an instant safety net when you travel, giving you superfast access to all the words and expressions you need for everyday situations - shopping, travelling, asking for directions, or finding a place to stay. A menu-reader section has been added so you know exactly what you're getting to eat, and conversion charts for distance, weights and measures, and clothing and shoe sizes make travelling abroad easier than ever before. All of these features are packed into a pocket-sized, durable format, making this dictionary ideal for business people, holiday makers, and travellers, as well as the general user. The Oxford Russian Mini Dictionary is your perfect mini-guide to Russian. This dictionary includes 3 months' access* to Oxford's premium Russian / English online dictionary service, Oxford Language Dictionaries Online, so you can find accurate translations and extra resources wherever you are. The site is regularly updated with the latest new words and meanings from Oxford's modern languages research programme, the Oxford Languages Tracker. You can also hear audio pronunciations and improve your language skills with online cultural notes, guides to writing, and much more. *Available in selected markets (UK, Europe, Australia, Canada, and South Africa). Terms and conditions apply; please see www.oxforddictionaries.com/access for information

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (25 May 2006)
  • Language: Russian
  • ISBN-10: 0198614578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198614579
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 8.9 x 11.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,348,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thorough mess 24 Aug 2006
Let me start by getting physical: this new edition of `The Oxford Russian Minidictionary' (henceforth ORM 2) is admirably petite and lightweight, if massively overthick at 40mm -- a consequence of using poor-quality paper, which has the additional disadvantage of discolouring rapidly. Although small, the type is generally clear and easy to read. The unsewn flexicover binding is adequate for its intended market.

No sooner has the first page of ORM 2 been opened than the first proof-reading errors jump out at you. To take only the worst of them: on the endpapers the abbreviation for `genitive' is given as `g', although the unlisted form `gen' is what is actually used in the text.

Moving to the editorial side of things, prospective purchasers are advised that its A-Z content remains -- like that of its predecessor (first published in 1995) -- little more than a cobbling together and cut-down of an unmatched pair of, at best, lacklustre Oxford pocket Russian dictionaries compiled more than a quarter of a century ago. Whilst just enough new material has been added to create the illusion of freshness and modernity, fundamental shortcomings of both the parent works and the previous edition have not been addressed.

For a start, the Anglocentric nature of the interface -- notwithstanding the claim in the Preface that the work "is designed for students of both Russian and English" -- places the Russian user at a disadvantage. In contrast to the competing, and superior, `Collins Gem Russian Dictionary' (CGRD), there is no Russian version of either the Contents, the Preface or the Introduction. There are also no Russian abbreviations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars OXFORD RUSSIAN MINI DICTIONARY 10 Mar 2011
Russian dictionaries are always difficult to use-it is due to the nature of the language and its grammar. I find this dictionary excellent. It is amazingly comprehensive, has the stresses marked and is tiny, robust and lightweight. I often carry it around with me on journeys, visits to the dentist etc so that I can occupy any boring waits with improving my vocabulary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oxford Russian Minidictionary 14 May 2008
By R. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
With 100,000 entries and translations, a phrase finder section, an appendix with spelling rules, declension of adjectives and nouns and conjugation of verbs, this little dictionary is handy yet comprehensive. It is just what I wanted!
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but I wouldn't recommend 27 Nov 2009
By Robert D. Rugh - Published on Amazon.com
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A nice little dictionary for the price, but I cant give it 5, or even 4 stars for a couple of reasons. First, its missing a lot of common Russian words. It does have some of the odd balls, but if you need a translation or meaning for some common words, there are many gaps. Second, the print is very very small and hard to read. I have excellent vision with my glasses so I can read it fine, but I would feel sorry for anyone trying to use this with less than perfect vision.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value 13 Aug 2009
By slithy tove - Published on Amazon.com
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Typical of pocket dictionaries in general - really small type. A pocket magnifier is a great accessory. However, good dictionary, good value.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A useful pocket dictionary, with good coverage of some matters, though I prefer the Random House for its dimensions 2 Nov 2008
By Christopher Culver - Published on Amazon.com
Having lost my Random House pocket Russian dictionary, a steadfast companion for many years, and then soon after the Russian printing of the Collins Gem Russian Dictionary I bought to replace it, I've now started using the OXFORD RUSSIAN MINI DICTIONARY. The dictionary portion is adequate for my needs ("40,0000 words and phrases, 60,000 translations"), but my needs are simple and I'm mainly concerned with colloquial use of the language. There are, of course, bound to be topics that the dictionary doesn't cover for you, especially any sort of formal literary registers, but that's why it's important to invest in a large home dictionary instead of relying solely on a pocket mini dictionary. I am pleased by its coverage of irregular masculine noun plurals in -a and in its clear listing of both perfective and imperfective infinitives.

In addition the to English-Russian and Russian-English dictionary, this contains a number of supplementary materials. These include spelling rules and brief coverage of declension of Russian nouns and adjectives and conjugation. There is also a list of irregular English verbs, though this dictionary is not widely sold in the Russian Federation and I imagine only a small minority of people using it are Russians learning English. In the middle of the dictionary, between the English-Russian and Russian-English portions, there is a small listing with phrases useful in tourism. I'm not sure much of this is going to be useful, since if you speak Russian well enough to have brought a dictionary along, you probably have sufficient command of the grammar to express yourself, even if through some amount of circumlocution.

These supplementary materials contribute slightly to the downside I see with the dictionary, for while it is very lightweight, it is much thicker than it ought to be. It will fit only into larger pockets, and takes up an annoying large amount of space in a backpack if you are using it in travels in Russia. I'm really missing my Random House dictionary, which was a couple of centimetres taller than either the Oxford or the Collins Gem, but much slimmer. On the other hand, one should commend the publishing house for its typesetting, which wastes little space on the page, as opposed to the disastrous Oxford series of pocket grammars.
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