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Ideal, but takes a bit of getting used to
on 10 April 2012
I bought this book to help me with reading Swedish literature, (specifically the "Millenium" trilogy by Stieg Larsson), newspapers and the like.
This is an excellent, comprehensive and, as far as I can tell, accurate dictionary. Both the Swedish - English and English - Swedish sides appear to be on equal footing, (though I have not had much opportunity to use the English - Swedish side) and unlike other dictionaries on the market this doesn't appear to have been written solely for Swedish people who are learning English.
The layout is intuitive and easy to use, but it does take some getting used to. Instead of giving the gender and plurals of each word individually, they are instead assigned a code. These codes are along the lines of "a1, a2..." for adjectives, "v1, v2..." for verbs and so on. At the front of the dictionary, in the "how to use this book" section, each code is explained in detail. So, for example;
s1 (nouns) - flicka - flickaN - flickOR (The actual explanations do use more than one example)
s2 - pojke - pojkeN - pojkAR
So, when looking up a word, for instance "kväll", you will see next to it the code "s2" and if you flip to the front of the book, you will be able to figure out that the plural of "kväll" is "kvällar."
Unfortunately the codes are only available in the Swedish - English side of the dictionary. Therefore, if one wants to look up an English word, let's take "rabble" as a random example, one must first look in the English - Swedish section to find the translation ("pack" in my example) then look up the translated word in the Swedish - English section to find out it's inflection pattern (s7 in this example.) This may sound like a bit of a faff, and at times it certainly is, but after you've got used to it, it does indeed get a lot simpler.
So to sum up; comprehensive, accurate, portable (which is a delightful bonus) and on the whole easy to use. Also, at just over £10 it's well worth the money!