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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal, but takes a bit of getting used to, 10 April 2012
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This review is from: Prisma's Abridged English-Swedish and Swedish-English Dictionary (Hardcover)
I bought this book to help me with reading Swedish literature, (specifically the "Millenium" trilogy by Stieg Larsson), newspapers and the like.

This is an excellent, comprehensive and, as far as I can tell, accurate dictionary. Both the Swedish - English and English - Swedish sides appear to be on equal footing, (though I have not had much opportunity to use the English - Swedish side) and unlike other dictionaries on the market this doesn't appear to have been written solely for Swedish people who are learning English.

The layout is intuitive and easy to use, but it does take some getting used to. Instead of giving the gender and plurals of each word individually, they are instead assigned a code. These codes are along the lines of "a1, a2..." for adjectives, "v1, v2..." for verbs and so on. At the front of the dictionary, in the "how to use this book" section, each code is explained in detail. So, for example;

s1 (nouns) - flicka - flickaN - flickOR (The actual explanations do use more than one example)
s2 - pojke - pojkeN - pojkAR

So, when looking up a word, for instance "kväll", you will see next to it the code "s2" and if you flip to the front of the book, you will be able to figure out that the plural of "kväll" is "kvällar."

Unfortunately the codes are only available in the Swedish - English side of the dictionary. Therefore, if one wants to look up an English word, let's take "rabble" as a random example, one must first look in the English - Swedish section to find the translation ("pack" in my example) then look up the translated word in the Swedish - English section to find out it's inflection pattern (s7 in this example.) This may sound like a bit of a faff, and at times it certainly is, but after you've got used to it, it does indeed get a lot simpler.

So to sum up; comprehensive, accurate, portable (which is a delightful bonus) and on the whole easy to use. Also, at just over £10 it's well worth the money!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy, 3 Oct 2010
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This review is from: Prisma's Abridged English-Swedish and Swedish-English Dictionary (Hardcover)
I bought this before my move to Sweden. Having been here now for 5 months I can say it has been very well used! Very useful for everyday use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent, 27 July 2013
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I am English learning Swedish (Svenska) and I found this great for carrying around and thinking as i do when I talk to others I try to incorporate my Swedish to help my learning and fluency. I noticed however that the Swedish to English for English learners was more detailed than the learning Swedish section. However still great and no problems so far, would recommend to anyone beginner or advanced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 22 Jun 2014
This review is from: Prisma's Abridged English-Swedish and Swedish-English Dictionary (Hardcover)
My swedish mother asked me to get this - she's had the same oxford dictionary for 30 years, concise no less, so this is a real improvement!
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