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on 27 June 2009
This colourful and visually attracive book has the potential to be an extremely powerful language tool,Unfortunately the author fell flat on their face .
One of the things that makes German so difficult is that there is no concrete pattern on how to convert a noun into it's plural form. (In english you just add an "s" to the word eg - cat, cats, table, tables.)
But in German you can't just add an "s" to the end- every time you learn a word you need to learn its plural form aswell, off by heart!
Frustratingly, This book wont give you the word for " trees" it will just tell you that the word "tree" is "der baum" .
as a result this book is statistically 50% less useful than it claims to be. If the author republished this book with each page exactly the same as before, only with every word having its plural printed next to it, it would be an outstanding piece of language learning equipment.
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on 11 May 2009
It's a simple but effective idea. Each page has a theme (eg. office, school, food), pictures of items relating to this theme, and both the English and German words for the items. It doesn't do the grammar just the vocabulary, but as such it is an excellent way of broadening your knowledge. It is good for visual learners. And has the advantage when it comes to culture-specific nouns: a picture can better illustrate what a Schnitzel is or what a German post office looks like than a description can.

This isn't a substitute for a regular dictionary, but it is a great language learning aid. Highly recommended.
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on 30 September 2011
This book would be nigh on perfect if it contained plurals. German plurals are more or less irregular; there are a few handy rules but generally you just have to learn them. With that in mind, the absence of plural forms from this book is conspicuous and disappointing. I have to look them up as I'm learning the words. Otherwise the book is excellent, containing clear photos and drawings, just the right amount of terminology per subject, good balance of visual vs. text, etc. All in all, excellent but with one major flaw, so only 4 stars.
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VINE VOICEon 25 May 2013
This book can not replace any normal dictionary, but it has a great usage, particularly if taken abroad. If your German language is poor, this could be ideal for asking assistance, (car breakdown, restaurant, shopping etc) just point at the picture if you need help! It is not a learning tool as such though, but an interesting addition to have along with a phrase book. For the price, useful to have for some reassurance in a foreign land.
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on 17 June 2015
I purchased this book for use on a 10 week "German for improvers" course, for which it proved to be really useful. I have parted with the other textbooks but am keeping this for reference. It is probably too big to carry around in a rucksack.
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on 22 June 2009
Great pictures. Many interesting words for all situations and circumstances you may find yourself in.
Worth the money.
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on 13 January 2013
The book has a large fantastic collection of vocabulary, ranging from different drill bits to different types of beans! The book contains all the vocabulary you may want! All pictures are in full colour and are an invaluable learning tool to give you an image of the object to help you remember. Because of this, the pictures help me to revise my German vocabulary, unlike many of the other vocabulary books which force you to 'imagine' the object (such as Essential German Vocabulary: Teach Yourself). Because of how many of the diagrams in the book are laid-out (image/setting with arrows pointing to objects with translated words around) I can learn by looking at the image and guessing which arrow points to what. I am really fond of this little book and think it is a great bargain. Other reviewers have stated the absence of plurals. Because I am using this book for learning (rather than reference) German plurals are a thing you only are going to pick up throughout German practice.
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on 11 July 2014
Absolutely perfect for learning vocabulary in todays world. All organised into their relative categories. I've learned so much from this dictionary. Seeing the object rather than just the word cements it into your memory.
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on 17 June 2011
I found this useful overall.
On the positive side the book groups related terms together in a well structured manner with in the most part clear images which readily link the concept with the German word.
However, this seems to be a generic visual dictionary in that the pictures are rarely specific to the German context, for instance the emergency services section is clearly US based, and also the poorly-sourced images associated with the legal section seem non-civil law based.
Apart from those quibbles, a good book.
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on 16 June 2009
This simple dictionary contains vocabulary essentials that you need in your day to day life. Going to the doctor or even more simple going to the supermarket can sometimes be an uneasy experience when you are not exactly sure about what you are looking for or talking about. This illustrated book with its pretty and comprehensive pictures offers great support. Visual learners will find it a whole new and easy way of learning vocabulary. Its ~6000 words and phrases limit the book to essentials, but I would even dare to recommend it to tourists who want to learn a few more words in the one or the other language. A downside for beginners: it does not explain pronounciation or speech rhythm.
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