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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2001
I bought this dictionary before moving to Norway, so it wasn't until I started to learn Norwegian that I discovered the glaring omission in this book - it does not give the genders of the words. Apart from this it is a good dictionary, giving information about usage and a short section on Norwegian grammar. Oh yes, and lots of obscure terms from the oil industry. But for having such a basic fault, I couldn't give this dictionary more than one star.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2003
I ordered the dictionary blind, thinking that the biggest dictionary possible was bound to include these things. But there just seem to be so many words missing! If you wanted to know the norwegian for Norway you won't find it here! For the price I was very disappointed, although there are various obscure nuggets to be gleaned (I could tell you what an "irrigation cooler" is in norwegian).
My mini Berlitz dictionary, which cost next-to-nothing, has phonetics included with every entry and it's invaluable. If only this book could have addressed this and the matter of genders. Ah well.....
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2006
From such a respected academic publisher as Routledge one would have expected far better. This dictionary is clumsy, outdated and lacking in essential information for the serious (or even casual) learner of Norwegian. The most glaring ommissions are noun classes and verb transitivity. But perhaps most detrimental of all to ease of use is the layout.

No dictionary should ever use indentation for primary entries. This makes the entries hard to find and puts them in an apparent subordinate position relative to sub-entries appearing on the margin, which appear to have a higher status.

This dictionary could have been much better, but in its current form is sadly not worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2013
This is probably the worst language dictionary I have ever seen. It omits genders of all Norwegian nouns, which is unforgiveable and renders it all but useless. Basic words are completely missing, although – strangely – there is an over-balance of technical words, which most users would never need. It is simply not worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2012
We bought this dictionary before moving to Norway. There are so many basic words missing that we hardly use it any longer, using Google translate instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2015
A very very poor dictionary. I give it only one star because it doesn't give the genders of nouns, which is such a basic thing that it's quite incomprehensible that anyone could publish a dictionary without them. Really really sloppy and silly. It also doesn't give the plural forms of deeply irregular nouns like gås.

Do not bother buying this dictionary.
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on 5 July 2015
I used this dictionary 20 years ago when learning Norwegian. There is also a useful companion grammar book, though I haven't seen it available on Amazon. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is that I also had another dictionary with a much larger vocabulary that. in the end, was more useful. Hover, this one is excellent for a learner.
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