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The Oxford English-Hebrew Dictionary [Paperback]

N. S. Doniach , A. Kahane
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Book Description

29 Jan 1998 0198601727 978-0198601722 New Ed
The Oxford English-Hebrew Dictionary is a landmark in the description of modern Hebrew. Hailed by the Jewish Chronicle as a `tremendous advance over previous works', it provides a unique description of Hebrew language as it is encountered and used today, covering formal and poetic Hebrew as well as current idioms and phrases, slang and colloquialisms.

Descriptive not prescriptive
The first dictionary to describe rather than prescribe contemporary Hebrew.

Exceptionally wide coverage
Coverage of technical and scientific terminology; academic discourse; vocabulary from fields such as law and medicine, as well as slang and colloquialisms.

Clear labelling system
The labelling system allows quick identification of context, register, and usage.

Essential reference
A reference tool for students, scholars, translators and business professionals.

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  • Paperback: 1120 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (29 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198601727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198601722
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 17.4 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - best Hebrew dictionary. 22 Nov 1999
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This is the only English Hebrew dictionary which enumerates the various meanings of each English word, including usage in set phrases and unusual meanings, and translates each separately and clearly. Its full of usage examples, so that with words, which it is not intuitive how to use in Hebrew, it gives you a template example, so you can go away and starting using the example given. There is a lot of idiomatic Hebrew in the book too. When is the Hebrew English version coming out?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 16 Jun 2013
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The English/Hebrew dictionary was good. HOWEVER, we were expecting there to also be a Hebrew to English section as well, but there was not. A disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solves the problem! 16 April 2013
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YES! This is the "cheap" dictionary that will solve your everyday problem with Hebrew! Think about all your daily activities and write down the words in a notebook and then look them up in this wonderful, inexpensive dictionary and build your way up to fluent hebrew. You'll get there in no-time.. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A phenomenal dictionary, perhaps not for beginners 13 April 2002
By Kevin B. Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
This is a phenomenal dictionary. Some things that make it so great:
1) Huge numbers of usage examples, at a wide range of levels of
formality. The examples give information that's lacking in most dictionaries, such as which preposition(s) to use with a given verb. They also contain a wealth of idiomatic constructions. I'm amazed at how much time I've spent just browsing through the examples in this book.
2) Excellent differentiation between multiple meanings of a word. If there are multiple Hebrew words that correspond to a given English word, they are very clearly differentiated, often with examples that further clarify when to use which (see above).
3) The vocabulary covered is VERY comprehensive and covers all ranges of style, from literary to colloquial (including, I was happy to discover, many obscenities).
This dictionary also is not necessarily for beginners. Some reasons that it's not necessarily for beginners:
1) It's English-to-Hebrew only; if you're looking for a very first dictionary, you might do better with a bilingual one.
2) It doesn't list the gender of nouns, nor does it list irregular plurals. (Gender and plurals can generally be figured out, if you know the rules, but it's nice to have them made explicit.)
Since this dictionary is published by Oxford, the English is overwhelmingly British. This is most obvious in the fact that many British idiomatic expressions are included, while American ones seem less well-represented...
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent English-Hebrew reference work. 30 Sep 2000
By Alexis Rosoff Treeby - Published on Amazon.com
It has what is probably the most important feature of a foreign-language dictionary: it explains the different contexts of a word, idiomatic usages, and expressions containing the headwords, not just the quick one word definitions many pocket dictionaries offer. A dictionary that simply tells you that three words equate to one English word without telling you where which word should be used is useless, and the Oxford dictionary avoids that trap. It's a must-have for students of Hebrew. I wish the Hebrew-English side was available, though.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book! 6 April 2000
By vallerino - Published on Amazon.com
This is a very comprehensive Engish-Hebrew dictionary which includes many slang and colloquial expressions. Many example sentences are provided. My main criticism of this book is that it does not provide the plural form of Hebrew nouns, and does not provide the masculine, feminine and plural forms of adjectives, but only gives the masculine form.
A note on the slang used in this book: there are loads of current and slang expressions in the book, which is great. As I am American, I noticed that quite a bit of the English slang is British -- not American slang, which is not necessarily a criticism but a comment. There were quite a few British slang expressions that I did not understand, but only understood from reading the Hebrew translation. Overall I think this is a wonderful reference tool, and I look forward to the release of the companion volume (Hebrew-English).
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Coverage 10 Nov 2001
By D. Cassell - Published on Amazon.com
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The Oxford English-Hebrew Dictionary contains "Comprehensive coverage from slang and colloquialisms to technical and scientific terminology." This mammoth of a book contains over 1000 pages. However I was slightly disappointed by this English-Hebrew dictionary. Besides the fact that it is only English-Hebrew & not Hebrew-English this can be a hard to follow enigma. The words are so numerous the reader can spend hours searching for the correct word. Most every word has sub phrases e.g. at random I chose the word collaborate & below it I found "work together" & "work for the enemy." I also noticed as I was flipping through this book that it contains many curse words. Not only does this book contain a plethora of words but it contains associated phrases. Besides containing words that I never thought I'd hear & probably lay in the deep ravine of my mind this book doesn't contain much of anything. There is a short 3-page pronunciation guide & a 4-pages introduction. Overall if you're looking for an English-Hebrew dictionary that will contain almost any word you can think of then this is the dictionary for you. I believe this dictionary is for the advanced scholar & not for the average student. However in its field there is no better English-Hebrew dictionary, just beware that is for the advanced scholars.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Many good features, only 2 drawbacks. 15 April 2008
By J. Plunk - Published on Amazon.com
This is a huge dictionary. One of my favorite things about it is, you look up an English word and it gives you the Hebrew with the vowels. My other Hebrew-English,English-Hebrew dictionary, the red Zilberman one, gives you the Hebrew with no vowels. I don't know Hebrew well enough to not need the vowels. It is very complete and I like the usage examples it gives. It gives translations of English idioms. There are only 2 drawbacks, which is why I don't give it that 5th star... it uses British English, so if you're an American that might be confusing at times, just for those few things that are different in British and American English. Second drawback, it only goes English to Hebrew, not Hebrew to English. But the book is 2 and a quarter inches thick, if they'd put the reverse dictionary on there it would have been impossible to use. I still use it all the time, because at my level of Hebrew I need to go English to Hebrew 90% of the time anyway.
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