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Oxford-PWN Polish-English English-Polish Dictionary: Two-volume set
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
No bi-lingual dictionary is perfect and this, being a first edition, has a number of faults but it is a truly excellent and practical piece of academic work.

Before its publication the best dictionary on the market was the infamous Stanislawski which featured mistakes such as translating 'hamburger' as 'hot dog' (more embarrassing now that the Polish word for 'hamburger' has become... 'hamburger') and stating that 'slut' is a funny way of saying 'girl'. This book brought the Polish-English dictionary to world standard and it would be foolish to buy anything else.

The two most important considerations before purchasing:

1. It has been prepared almost completely by Poles and it is clear that it is much easier for Poles to use than native English speakers. For example, if you look up 'took' it will direct you to 'take' but if you look up 'bierze' it is not there to direct you to 'bra'' even though the key word is twelve pages away and it translates as 'take' and is therefore an extremely common word in any text.

2. The translation gives emphasis to being useful for translators, so efforts are made to keep the flavour of the word in the translation (e.g. 'myszkowa'' - lit. 'to mouse' - has its first translation as 'to ferret' rather than 'to poke around'). This is undoubtedly useful but as phrases veer towards the idiomatic or slang, the meaning can be rather skewed to preserve the literal meaning and (should you be interested) can make vulgarities sound hilarious rather than effective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2010
Well, I have known about these books for some years now - whilst not a perfect finished product (there are some flaws in the translations), it is the best on the market in that size.

What really annoyed me is Amazon's delivery. Whilst I appreciate it is a free super delivery, I had to pay an extortionate amount (per min) to ring the courier to find out where the package was. They couldn't find the package on their system (even though they tried to deliver it to my house).
After finally finding it (and holding on to an expensive phone call), they gave me a location of where I can pick up the parcel.
It took me an hour to get to the depot (not very environmentally friendly) to pick it up.
So, not very free delivery....., next time, I will order it via WhSmith online for delivery to nearest store - that's free !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2011
I purchased this dictionary because I give English lessons to Polish people and got fed up of the limitations of the dictionaries I already had (nearly every word my students wanted to look up wasn't in). The sheer number of example sentences really helps to get the meaning across. A bit pricey but worth it.
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on 14 January 2013
I found out almost by accident that this two-volume large dictionary existed. The names of the join publishers alone, OUP and PWN, inspired confidence and promised a work of true scholarship. That promised was certainly kept. The dictionary I was using for many years, by Jan Stanislawski, published in 1964 by Wiedza Powszechna, the best one available at the time, served me well, but finding this one was a great and very welcome discovery (and an excellent suggestion for my husband's Christmas present for me!). I have plenty of little notes made over the years recording inaccuracies or mistakes I found in Stanislawski; I have to say that I did note a few small omissions in the new one, too! But overall, I am very happy with my purchase - sorry: Christmas present - and as someone who positively loves browsing through dictionaries, I am delighted to have it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2010
Done by two best Polish and English lingual associates. Reach with idioms, really helpful in foreigner's everyday life in Britain.
Świetne słowniki, da się znaleźć praktycznie wszystkie zastosowania wyrazów używanych w mowie codziennej.
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on 18 November 2011
A must for any bilingual professional or any other person managing two languages, good reference point. Of course choose your language pair!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2009
The Oxford Polish English - English Polish two volume dictionary is an excellent production and is the one to have on your bookshelf.
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on 28 April 2015
The best Polish-English dictionary that there is.
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on 1 October 2014
Product superb, however let down by late delivery
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