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3.0 out of 5 stars OK - but you pays your money and takes your choice, 10 Oct. 2009
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This review is from: Collins Gem Portuguese Dictionary (Collins Gem) (Paperback)
In some ways this little dictionary is impressive that it manages to cram as much as it does into it. There's even a little phrase part at the back of the book.

As a total beginner in Portuguese it serves my language needs just fine. It has all the words I need in it, but I wouldn't think it suitable for GCSE or higher use as it doesn't give enough real world examples.

For a tourist or beginner like myself then it has all the words I currently need.

My main disappointment is its physical size. Yes, I wanted a small dictionary but this one is small but far too chunky which means it won't fit easily into either my folder or my pocket. Far better to have made it A5 size with correspondingly fewer pages so that is was still pocket sized but far thinner. Its chunkiness also makes it a bit fiddly to use with its tiny pages and no real body to hold.

The other thing is that is says proudly on the cover "In Colour" - what they mean is that each main word is printed in blue whilst the rest is printed in black. Now, if they had printed the Brazilian Portugues word blue and the European Portguese word dark green if might have made more sense! A minor gripe but a lost opportunity I feel to exploit the colour potential.

As I say it's too chunky for me and I'm actively looking now for a physically larger but thinner dictionary that I can actually fit into my pocket and study folder.
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