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Webster's New World Hebrew / English Dictionary (Reference (General))
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2001
An excellent dictionary for the more dedicated student. True, it does not have the pointed spellings you might expect for absolute beginners (like myself), but that is not the purpose of this dictionary. For beginners, I would suggest another book (such as Alef-Bet for adults) that teaches you the consonents and vowels, and pick up "adult" Hebrew later. You have to learn a lot to use this dictionary, but once you have picked up the basics, it is easy and fun to use. Good job!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2009
This dictionary is even better than I could have hoped for when I bought it - and I am myself a compiler of dictionaries. I have always had trouble deciphering the Hebrew alphabet (although I have no such problems with Russian or ancient Greek), and must have spent hours in my etymological researches laboriously transliterating letter by letter the Hebrew words I was interested in, never being quite sure that my pronunciation was correct anyway. Now, in this book, all the transliteration is done for me in both directions: I can see at once how the English translation should be spoken in Hebrew, but even better, I can look words in Hebrew up using the transliteration in the roman alphabet. Moreover, the potentially difficult nuances of the Hebrew alphabet have been carefully and very sensibly allowed for (so that Hebrew words that begin with kh- and ts-, for example, are in English placed within the standard roman alphabetical order but in sections of their own). Finally, although of less importance to me, I was delighted to see that in the English text in a small number of highly specific translations there appear brief paragraphs of historical and cultural information that might well be essential to students learning the language and trying to understand the Israeli context.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2010
The English-Hebrew section is clear and the 'transliteration' does clarify pronounciation because no vowels are used. However, my first 'lookup' (Quiche) remains hidden. I also wanted clarity on the meanings of 'up' and 'down' and instead found (sorry, Hebrew text not accepted here) the phrase which I understand to mean 'here and there' (p.805). Not a good start on my first occasion to use my new book.
In hindsight, and I'm speaking as a student of Hebrew here, it does seem to create additional confusion for students, as words can go unseen in the Hebrew-English section unless the users transliteration agrees with the author's, a point highlighted in the preface. So it's easier for the student to learn the six vowels which are universally accepted and find a dictionary that uses them, than to learn the author's transliteration which can only be used with this book - another point highlighted in the preface.
If I had seen this book in a shop I would not have purchased, unfortunately there are no such books within at least 6o miles of where I live. I'm now looking for a Hebrew-English/English-Hebrew dictionary with vowels... Suggestions anyone?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2001
In short,absolutely superb! As a student of Hebrew language i have found this dictionary totally invaluable,easy to use and thoroughly comprehensive,containing not only a vast amount of vocabulary in its normative pronunciation but also includes colloquial pronunciation and usage.i cannot thank Mr Baltsan enough for taking some fifteen years to construct this superb work,if you are learning,or thinking of learning Hebrew then this easily accessible yet thorough dictionary is an absolute MUST buy..
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 1999
Thank you, Hayim Baltsan and all your colleagues for not only taking the time, and making the effort to produce this work, but also for the consideration and thought you gave those of us who desire to learn Hebrew. This dictionary has been, to coin a phrase, "a Godsend," and a splendid supplemental companion reference which can be used with Hebrew language primers and grammars. The "transliterations" provide additional support to the student's learning of each Hebrew word.
A wonderful tool which places a beautiful but difficult language within the reach of anyone who cares to take the challenge.
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on 10 April 2010
One of the customer reviewers said "this is not a book for beginners"and I would agree. Because the hebrew has no vowels it can be quite difficult. I would advise any beginner to shop around a bit before buying.
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on 7 May 2015
It's detailed, but a chunky, heavy book - one that you won't really want to be carrying around.
Well laid out and easy to access information.
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on 25 June 2015
Very good book, helpful for learning hebrew. Clear and precise in details. I will enjoy (am enjoying) using it.
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on 25 July 2015
Very good book gives an insight into modern Hebrew.
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on 19 April 2015
It is OK to me. Thank you
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