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Indispensible for teachers and absolute begiiners - and not only
on 11 October 2009
Thoroughly recommended, especially at the price.
I have used the French and Italian versions of this dictionary for some years and this Arabic version is at least as useful for students and teachers who are learning Arabic in an Anglophone environment. I have always been very impressed by the organization of items within the vocabulary groups: the dictionary can be used in particular situations to buy or discuss things, many of which can be found on facing pages of the book.
But this dictionary is perhaps even more useful for teachers who can arrange lessons around particular topics and know that students can locate relevant items far more quickly and accurately than with a 'conventional' dictionary.
Of course most items illustrated are of those found predominantly in the 'West', so some items specific to Arabic culture are omitted, (for example Arabic breads or cakes). But, providing the purchaser bears this in mind, they will find this book invaluable. This reviewer, however, does not know Arabic sufficiently well to give an opinion one way or the other of the accuracy of the translations of unusual words. What he can say is that he has not found any glaring errors.
The printed characters are quite small, but they are very clearly printed: much superior to most other pocket-size dictionaries.