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1.0 out of 5 stars corrupted CD, 8 Oct. 2009
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This review is from: Concise Oxford English Dictionary: Dictionary and CD-ROM set, 11th edition, revised 2009 (Hardcover)
Don't buy this bundle! No doubt, the Concise Oxford English Dictionary is a good dictionary, but this is not true for the bundled electronic version 2.0 on CD!

Smooth installation, but after the starting click the program window needs 25 seconds to open - impossible! Some other dictionaries or even dictionary libraries on my PC, that are several times bigger than the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, open within one or two seconds! The older version 1 of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary on CD as well only needed a fraction of the starting time of the new version 2.0. This is a severe malfunction!

As always I entered my first test headword 'horse'. To my surprise there was neither the loudspeaker sign for spoken pronunciation, nor even written phonetics! I checked a few more headwords - some show loudspeaker and phonetics, some show neither of them!

I uninstalled version 2.0 of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary and reinstalled the old version 1.

OUP sells a malfunctioning electronic dictionary and I threw my money out of the window.
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Initial post: 11 Jan 2010 15:19:41 GMT
George Chen says:
Let me supplement more information so that we can see this issue in a more objective way. I installed this version 2.0 on my Windows XP, with Service Pack 3. It took 18 seconds to start. On the same system, Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on CD-ROM version 3.0 took 5 seconds to start. While the Oxford English Dictionary second edition, v 4.0, took 7 seconds. All these are created with haXe. COED11 version 2.0 is obviously slow.

With regard to pronunciation, COED is by no means a dictionary for EFL learners. It is understandable that pronunciation is not provided to each headword, which is also declared in the preface: Pronunciations are not given for ordinary, everyday words such as bake, baby, beach, .... It is recommended that a buyer and/or user had better do some survey before purchase.
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