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on 31 January 2016
This truly is a fantastic book for teachers & students of English as well as for artists who need reference images. I have been teaching for many years now and rate this as the number one book for English teaching, the supplementary workbook and reader book are of the highest quality and very logically put together and the materials can be adapted to almost any level of learner. My Chinese students have found this book very useful both in class and as a reference.
What really shines is the artwork, full of life, vivid illustrations that are both clear and full of character. It's a great shame that the newer version of the OPD is full of computer generated imagery that lacks the warmth and character of this book and is obsessively ethnocentric with almost complete focus on the US instead of embracing a wider more balanced international focus. This book achieves a much better balance in which the US lifestyle features mainly, but many of the images could be of various places in the world. The newer version is a great disappointment compared to this one, would have been so much better to just keep the pictures from this book and change a few images as needed or add some new ones rather than completely ditch one of the greatest works in English language learning & teaching ever produced. I truly hope that Oxford will start to republish this book (hope springs eternal), or at least offer it on Kindle. Sincerely hope that the next version of the OPD can perhaps incorporate pictures from this book or aim for the same level of quality in the artwork. The only qualm I have with this book is that as a tool to learn Chinese it is not good by itself, because the characters include no pinyin and are too small and too faint to read properly. The newer version of the OPD does at least have slightly clearer characters, but clearly has less character overall (excuse the pun).
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on 11 February 2018
Wonderfully interesting book. Colourful pictures throughout. Bought as an accompaniment for my daughter to help her with learning the language. Very pleased.
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on 8 November 2016
Unfortunately this is not actually in British English as implied by the title "Oxford Picture Dictionary". :-(
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on 21 August 2014
It's extremely American !

Not adapted at all for European situations - strange that it should be entitled "Oxford"
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on 10 January 2011
This is a very attractive and useful book, arranged in various topics. I'm a little surprised that the content seems to be American. I bought it for a Pakistani lady, whom I'm helping with her English. I was really looking for a straightforward bilingual dictionary, and I wish that this had a vocabulary at the back, Urdu-English, and English-Urdu. But it has a fair amount of information, including maps, which afford material for discussion.
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on 6 September 2010
Excellent language-learning tool. My only gripe with this particular dictionary is its US-American English slant. It would be so much nicer to have at least British-English alternatives where applicable.
My ESOL students love working with it, though, which is why it gets a four-star rating.
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on 28 August 2017
Clearly presented, in full colour, in a way that is helpful for leaners.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 16 August 2013
I bought this for a Chinese boy who I teach GCSE English to. It's very good, but is American English focused, so there are a few entries that are less than clear.
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on 24 November 2015
My family loved it. We read it every day to learn new english words.
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on 16 July 2016
good, very good
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