- Hardcover: 1314 pages
- Publisher: Leda, spol. s r.o.; 2005 reprint edition (23 April 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8085927489
- ISBN-13: 978-8085927481
- Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 5.5 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,046,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
English-Czech and Czech-English Dictionary: Thumb Index Hardcover – 23 Apr 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
If you've learned French of German, you might expect Czech / English dictionaries to be of a higher standard - but in fact there's an awful lot of tat out there, and the majority are very much designed for a Czech person learning English, rather than the other way round. This is important because some things are simple in English and complex in Czech - and some the other way round (for example - Czech has about 16 words for 'bring').
If you are serious about learning the language this is, as far as I know, the best available dictionary...
After looking at this dictionary, I knew it was the one to get. It is well organized (although, some the manner that words are separted sometimes blends with the bolded words within the definitions) and simple to use. It has a super section on declinsion of words (words are referenced to a particular declinsion pattern) and conjugation of verbs. Examples for use of the words in context are very useful and well chosen.
Get this book if you really want to learn/study Czech.
I have two suggestions for study. First, "401 Czech Verbs" by Bruce Davies. YOu can buy it at the Globe Bookstore in Prague in Novy Mesto, but search for it online. This fully conjugates most basic verbs and is invaluable until you develop confidence in declining verbs (plus there are lots of unpredictibly conjugated verbs!) Absolutely the best text for studying Czech is "New Czech Step by Step" by Lida Hola. Note that this is not the older version ("Czech Step by Step") currently offered by Amazon.uk or Amazon.com in the U.S. It comes with a good CD and workbook, and expects you to do lots of work, like looking up words in Fronek. But after 20 lessons you end up with an excellent basic knowledge of the Czech language. It has its own website. As an adjunct, I recommend Pimsleur Czech I, for lots and lots of practice speaking quite a lot of basic Czech as spoken by Czechs.
Good luck, see you in the Slavia. Ken Martin
link the two. This is highly irritating for an English learner of Czech. I have been told that the Czech-English dictionary by Poldauf
does link the two forms. I am going to buy one of these, when I can find one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent dictionary, with sufficient detail for a beginner to navigate and thorough enough, together with use of on-line Seznam Slovnik, to resolve most contextual difficulties. Read morePublished 10 months ago by MR H R EVATT
Reading the reviews of the Czech/English dictionaries convinced me that
this would be the best one to have. Cheaper (and less bulky! Read more