American Heritage Spanish English Dictionary -- 1100 pages
Having the best dictionary you can find is an essential part of learning Spanish. We need to have an adequate dictionary in order for our vocabulary to be able to grow to its fullest potential, without any limitations. As we get better and better at Spanish, we tend to outgrow smaller dictionaries and we find ourselves looking for more comprehensive versions.
So, has this happened to you? Are you in search of a larger, more complete Spanish English dictionary? If you are, you'll like the American Heritage Spanish English dictionary. It's big, over 1100 pages, and it contains over 120,000 words and phrases. Its large size will allow you to look up most any new vocabulary word you encounter, and be assured of an accurate and concise definition.
As its name implies, it has an emphasis on American English and Latin American Spanish. This latest edition includes over 2500 new words and phrases. Even though it's a big book, they designed it to be easy to navigate by putting all the letters on the side of the book - color coded letters tell you where each dictionary section of the alphabet begins - using the color black for Spanish and gold for the English side.
As we know, languages are living and ever changing. As the years go by, some words go out of popular use, and other new words that become used by society come into popular use.
Spanish is no exception as far as this is concerned, and this book prepares you for the newest of vocabulary. So, if you're interested in learning all the latest Internet, computer, and technology terms in Spanish, they're in this book too. Irregular verbs are handled with numbered tables for both Spanish and English. The irregular verbs are marked in the dictionary with large numbers. So when you come across one of these, you simply turn to the table, look up the number, and learn to conjugate your verb by looking at the similar verb in the table conjugation example.
What's in the dictionary?
While the dictionary part of the book is the main reason we use them, the larger works tend to offer some valuable extra features that can help us out a lot. This book has some of these extra features, in addition to the main dictionary part. While most of the book is dictionary itself, there is some extra information included.
Here's a look at what else you get.
- The front of the book has an Explanatory Diagram of the entries - This is very useful as it quickly explains all the features and information available to you as you use the dictionary. At a glance you can see what some note of a word entry means.
- There's also a guide to using the dictionary. This section explains in more detail ways to use the book.
- There's a short section of notes on grammar and usage.
- Spanish verb table.
- Tables on numerals, weights, measures, and metric conversion.
- Common Spanish abbreviations.
- A Spanish orthography and pronunciation guide.