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1.0 out of 5 stars A sad disappointment., 23 Nov. 2011
This review is from: One to one dictionary: English-Estonian, Estonian-English Dictionary (Hardcover)
This is a sad disappointment. If you are reading this review it is probably because you are interested in learning the Estonian language. You will already realise that there is a real need for a good, concise and modern Estonian to English and English to Estonian dictionary. Unhappily this is not it. The words included in this short dictionary are often arcane or obsolescent: for example when did you last use the English words 'agamist', 'adiure' or 'adscititious'? Although published in 2011, modern words and meanings are rare: 'compute' is there but not 'computer', 'internet', 'mobile phone' or 'electronic'; 'gramophone' but not 'recordplayer' or 'CDplayer'; digit' but not 'digital'.The layout uses up paper pointlessly: for example 'suur' can mean 'big,grand,great,gross,large,vast' but why have a separate entry on a new line for each meaning? The word meanings are bare and unhelpful. There is no other information about each word than its part of speech - 'n ' for noun, and so on. I find Estonian a difficult and complex language and words often change in ways that are unexpected and surprising to my English ears and eyes. A little help - such as giving the genitive and partitive endings of nouns - makes a big difference. But you will not find help here. There are several much better dictionaries that are either English to Estonian or vice versa, but not both. At present you will usually find it better to buy two other dictionaries instead of this one.
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