I've bought or checked out quite a few Dutch dictionaries in the past year and this is easily the best. It's very up to date (just published back in January this year) with many modern terms. I noticed Van Dale quoted on the back so I wonder if Routledge get their source data from them. For those not familiar with Van Dale, they're the Dutch equivalent of the Oxford English Dictionary. More about the book. It's a paperback, smallish but with a lot of words. English-Dutch and Dutch-English. It describes whether nouns are het or de words, essential to beginners. There's lots of nice example uses of words, just like you get in Van Dale books although cut down a bit. I must confess to using it much more than my bigger Van Dales dictionaries. Overall, I'd say Buy It.