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Not very practical...,
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This review is from: Norwegian-English Dictionary (Paperback)
I bought this dictionary thinking it would be useful. I found that first of all it only translates one way i.e.. from Norwegian to English. When I needed to find a word from English to Norwegian it became completely useless. Second, the book doesn't have all the word endings or tenses but directs you to other words which can be laborious and if you're unsure of what you're supposed to be looking for because you don't understand the language (this is why I bought the dictionary after all).
After two days of despair I bought an English/Norwegian Norwegian/English dictionary and am happily translating and discovering this fantastic language.
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Initial post: 27 Sep 2012 14:57:00 BDT
Mr. Timothy F. Morgan says:
This is a dumb review. You cannot complain that it is a unidirectional dictionary when that is its stated aim. It's like complaining that a German dictionary is useless because it does not help you understand French. If you want a dictionary that helps you translate in both directions, you need a bidirectional dictionary. The problem lies with the purchaser, not the dictionary.
Also, advanced dictionaries do not tend to contain all of the morphology as there simply isn't space. This is standard. Advanced users will only exceptionally need to double check morphology.
Really, you cannot complain that a dictionary designed for advanced users does not meet the needs of a beginner. If you are beginner, get a beginner's dictionary.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2012 15:25:34 BDT
L. Roche says:
Thank you for your comment on my review of 29th Jun 2007 Timothy! I moved to Norway 5 years ago and cut the dictionary from the equation :)
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