Russian Dictionary (Collins Gem) (Collins Gems) Paperback – 7 Mar 1996
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From the Publisher
One sold every eight seconds! Over the last 100 years, Collins' renowned Gems have become the best-loved and best-selling small dictionaries in the UK. The Russian Gem contains all the basic terms you need to make yourself understood in Russian, and a great deal more - around 75,000 words in all.
The Gem has the twin benefits of being compact and portable - perfect for taking abroad with you or carrying round in your pocket! - yet easy to read, with a clear and distinctive layout. All the headwords appear in bold, making it simple to quickly scan a page for the word you are looking for, and the different senses of a word are marked by indicator labels to ensure that the correct translation is chosen every time.
Whether you intend using this dictionary for work, travel or study, it couldn't be easier to make yourself sound like a native!!
From the Back Cover
Fully revised and updated to cover all the essential vocabulary of current issues, the second edition of Collins Gem Russian Dictionary provides extensive coverage of all the important constructions and idioms, along with in-depth treatment of the most frequently-used words in Russian and English.
• Over 45,000 references
• Completely revised and updated coverage of contemporary vocabulary
• In-depth treatment of frequently-used words
• Helpful supplements on Russian grammar and pronunciation
768 pages 111x 76mm
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
The definitions are reasonably authoritative and the compact plastic binding durable and portable. I found it immensely useful when in Russia. The entries are fastidiously symmetric: I never found an instance where a Russian word was defined but not listed in the corresponding English entry. The Langenscheidt has some gaps in this regard.
It has some shortcomings compared to Langenscheidt. The print is too small to read under less than ideal light; it was impossible to look up something in a car at night. Perfective verbs are not cross-referenced to their imperfective complements. The thick-but-not-broad shape is not as back-pocket friendly as the Langenscheidt.
You must learn Cyrillic. It is *impossible* to represent Russian accurately in the Latin alphabet. If you can't memorize 33 letters then you are beyond anyone's help.
The Langenscheidt is better for my needs, and this dictionary was displaced from my pants pocket by it. But, given the price, I recommend buying both. The Collins is worth carrying around in your bag as a second opinion on definitions and for covering gaps in the Langenscheidt. And as a spare: don't think for a minute you can find a replacement while in Russia.
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