This concise edition of the Collins Italian Dictionary offers comprehensive coverage of today’s language with over 190,000 entries and translations, and a comprehensive grammar supplement that teaches how to speak and write in fluent, natural Italian. Compact, versatile, and practical, this edition is the perfect format for home and school, work and travel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I started studying Italian about 2 months ago, with weekly lessons in preparation for a trip to Italy. As an adult learner working on my own, I quickly realized that a good dictionary was indispensable, and I wanted something with decent size print, and compact enough that I could carry it with me when in Italy. Not only did the Collins dictionary satisfy all my needs, but it included a very useful and thorough review of grammar in the rear of the book, which I found very helpful in reviewing verbs and other challenges as I was learning. My Italian teacher, who has several such dictionaries, was also very impressed. I like it so much that I'm thinking of buying Collins language dictionaries for Spanish and French if they are organized like this one.
I've wanted this dictionary for quite a long while as most of my fellow classmates were using it last year. Finally I decided to order it at Amazon because my local Barnes & Noble book store did not have it in stock. It arrived in time for my first class this semester. Happily I got it out of my bag and placed it on my desk but then realized that everyone else in the class had a more recent edition. The edition I received was the 4th; everyone else who was in class with me last year already had the 5th edition. Thus the reason for the 3*s--because Amazon did not send me the most current edition. Otherwise, this is an excellent dictionary and I strongly recommend it to those studying Italian.
I have been a long time "studentessa Italiana" and was looking for a concise portable Italian dictionary that I could rely on but also did not want to add much addtional weight to my bag when traveling. Well....I found this Collins dictionary to be quite portable and still covers over 40,000 entries. I currently own two Oxford Dictionaries, although they are the best but both are too heavy to use for travel. Another excellent dictionary is from Amsco Publications but it has not been updated. The only down side of the Collins book is the quality of the pages. They are like newsprint and are rather thin. If you are willing to overlook that part, then this book would be a great choice for travel and "un buon marcato".
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