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A waste of (not much) money
on 19 January 2013
I wasn't expecting a great deal from this book as you get what you pay for generally, and a dictionary for £0.77 is not likely to be very comprehensive. However, the majority of words in the English Lexicon are simply omitted from this so-called dictionary.
I bought this book partly because I wanted to see if dictionaries in Kindle format had proper search tools, like the excellent Oxford Dictionary that came with my Kindle. I thought that this question was answered immediately as there was no search box at the bottom of the page, as there is on the Oxford Dictionary of English. However, I discovered after a couple of days that simply typing on the keypad immediately brings up a box for your search term. It's not as good as the one on the Oxford Dictionary but it is searchable so that was good (but why don't they give a short explanation of this in the book's introduction?).
However, the big problem was the lack of inclusion of many common words (in English). For example, I wanted to explain to my Spanish speaking cousins about the tides on the Estuary near my home. However, neither "tide" or "tidal" is included. These are not obscure or specialist words in any sense; just normal everyday English. Why on earth is anyone allowed to sell a supposed "dictionary" that omits such words? In the week since I bought this so-called "Dictionary" a high proportion of the English words I have looked for, mostly common words I frequently use, are simply not included, or sometimes if they are there then they are not actually in English, so a search for the word using the correct English spelling will produce no results. Selling an "English-Spanish Dictionary" on a British website to British customers which is not written in English but in Yank is fraudulent, however cheap it is.
I disagree with the reviewer who stated that this is a useful dictionary for basic English-Spanish. It is not useful at all if it simply leaves out the vast majority of words in English and includes others words, but only with non-English, foreign (ie. Yankee) spellings. The sheer size of the English vocabulary is a problem for lexicographers producing bilingual dictionaries, but simply omitting most of them is a shoddy and dishonest way to deal with it.
If you want a proper dictionary then don't buy this book. You will need to spend a bit more than £0.77.