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Latvian-English/English-Latvian Practical Dictionary (Hippocrene Practical Dictionary) Paperback – 31 Dec 1993

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Product details

  • Paperback: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books Inc.,U.S. (31 Dec. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781800595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781800594
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 10.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Its origins are nowhere stated (in English, that is); this reference is oriented for Latvian speakers. The brief introductions to both parts of the dictionary are in Latvian, and pronunciation help is present only for the English words. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.


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By A Customer on 1 May 1999
Format: Paperback
According to the publisher "this completely modern dictionary contains 16,000 entries and includes phrases and idiomatic expressions...Clear and comprehensive, this dictionary will prove an invaluable communication tool for both Latvians living in North America and for native English speaking students, travelers and business people."
The dictionary may have 16,000 entries, I didn't try to count them. I would not call this very modern dictionary. Yes the word computer is there. But you can't discuss your monitor. Never mind items like a hard drive, CD-ROM. Likewise, your body parts and medical conditions may or may not be in the dictionary. Want to talk about your gallbladder, esophagous, pancreas, sinus, allergies, asthma, diabetes, no way. Looking for genealogy, pedigree, great-grandfather or like terms. You won't find there here.
I found it interesting that the dictionary still was using the names of the old "Soviet Republics."
If you need the basics, then this dictionary may be satisfactory.
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By Mylo on 26 Sept. 2013
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Easy to use and clear decent size print, Practical and suitable for young people or teenagers. Arrived within time frame stated.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94679fb4) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9467ea14) out of 5 stars It will do as a start. 1 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
According to the publisher "this completely modern dictionary contains 16,000 entries and includes phrases and idiomatic expressions...Clear and comprehensive, this dictionary will prove an invaluable communication tool for both Latvians living in North America and for native English speaking students, travelers and business people."
The dictionary may have 16,000 entries, I didn't try to count them. I would not call this very modern dictionary. Yes the word computer is there. But you can't discuss your monitor. Never mind items like a hard drive, CD-ROM. Likewise, your body parts and medical conditions may or may not be in the dictionary. Want to talk about your gallbladder, esophagous, pancreas, sinus, allergies, asthma, diabetes, no way. Looking for genealogy, pedigree, great-grandfather or like terms. You won't find there here.
I found it interesting that the dictionary still was using the names of the old "Soviet Republics."
If you need the basics, then this dictionary may be satisfactory.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x951af384) out of 5 stars Very Lacking 1 Feb. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this dictionary very lacking when used to translate Latvian cookbooks - In fact, most (90%) of the terms were not in the dictonary which I needed a translation for and I finally gave up after about 200 or so misses. I feel the basic foods / ingredients used in every day cooking are the very minimum which should be included in any dictionary. These are every day common items so don't think I am asking too much.
Not very useful for translating cook books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95a8ee10) out of 5 stars dictionary??? 8 Mar. 2014
By Rasma Young - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the 5th printing of this dictionary. Twenty some odd years later one would think the publisher would correct the geographical section. The Baltic states Estonia Latvia & Lithuania are not Socialist Republics of the Soviet Union. All in all a very poor dictionary!

R. Young
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HASH(0x95708d80) out of 5 stars Help for the beginning Latvian learner 2 Nov. 2013
By Dr Woggy - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved the format and the idiomatic expressions were helpful. For someone who speaks a little but does not write much , this perfect! Scholarly it is not, user friendly it is!!!
HASH(0x955c8aa4) out of 5 stars Latvian Practical Dictionary 17 Oct. 2008
By John Leimanis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am very dissapointed in the book you sent me.
I do not know when was the last time this dictionary was edited.To claim that this dictionary is exellent resource for students,travelers etc.is wrong.For example - on page 277 under "Latvia" it is indicated "Latvia"
as "Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic". Latvia has been indipendant since Aug.1991. The same holds true for the other Baltic states. I do not know what the publishers agenda is, but Amazon should take a look at this and not sell books that publish wrong information.
Sincerely,
John Leimanis
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