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Customer Review

VINE VOICEon 11 April 2009
I regularly recommend this dictionary to my Chinese students, and also keep a copy on my own shelves for reference and guidance from time to time. Particularly useful I find are the word ratings: based on their frequency the most used words are highlighted in red and then given a star rating. These words are carefully explained, and students can quickly discover if an unknown word is definitely worth remembering simply by the colour.

There is also a really useful central section called "Improve Your Writing Skills" that contains a plethora of information considering the theory and practice of writing English. Similarly, there are a couple of smaller sections that include coloured pictures to illustrate useful themed vocabulary on subjects like plants & flowers, sports, animals, vehicles, and parts of a car. The dictionary also features idiomatic expressions, British and American English pron and usage, collocations etc.

I also own the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, but I definitely prefer the Macmillan. The Oxford is slightly smaller, and I find the layout is dense and cramped, although the explanations are always very thorough. The Macmillan, being slightly oversized, is a pleasure to browse through, and contains occasional (explanatory) cartoons and illustrations to break up the text.

The CD-ROM, containing a dictionary and thesaurus, works fine on my computer. I'm running Windows XP, with a 1.5Ghz processor. The instructions say minimum requirements are Windows 2000, 300Mhz processor and 128MB RAM.
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