Item description for Webster's New World Hebrew Dictionary Hebrew/English English/Hebrew by Hayim Baltsan...
This innovative dictionary makes the Hebrew language more accessible to students by eliminating the formidable barrier of the Hebrew alphabet. It's easy to locate words quickly with the Webster's New World Hebrew-English Dictionary, because the Hebrew-to-English section is alphabetized according to the transliterated English spelling. The English version is marked for correct pronunciation and followed immediately by the Hebrew spelling of the word. This breakthrough work of linguistic scholarship is packed with useful features that guarantee rapid progress, even for those with no familiarity with the Hebrew language. It contains: * Extensive grammatical information including parts of speech, variant verb forms, and the formation of feminines and plurals * Listings of idioms and compounds and indications of colloquialisms and slang * Common variations in pronunciations * Geographical, historical and cultural entries
Citations And Professional Reviews Webster's New World Hebrew Dictionary Hebrew/English English/Hebrew by Hayim Baltsan has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 247
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 245
ALA Ref Srces for Small/Med Li - 01/01/2000 page 126
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Studio: Webster's New World
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 2" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 3.1 lbs.
Release Date Jun 15, 1994
Publisher Webster's New World
ISBN 0671889915 ISBN13 9780671889913
Reviews - What do customers think about Websters New World Hebrew Dictionary?
Does what it claims to do Nov 10, 2007
This dictionary does exactly what it claims to do... it offers an easy way to look up hebrew words in either the hebrew alphabet or in the transliterated English (Latin) characters. They clearly state on the first page of the "Guide to Use" that one must memorize the transliteration system and of course know how to pronounce the Hebrew words. I did that and it has been very helpful to me. I usually find the words I'm looking for and the transliteration is not a problem.
horrible Nov 6, 2006
I don't know what I was thinking when I bought it. I am learning Biblical Hebrew and this is more or less for conversational Hebrew. Aside from that...Looking up a word in Hebrew to find the English is where I have the greatest difficulty. I do not like the fact the it does not follow the Hebrew AlephBet and does not exactly follow the English alphabet either. Finding the root of a verb is nearly impossible. Too bad I lost my receipt because I would love to get a refund.
Excellent supplemental info, riddled with errors Nov 22, 2005
This dictionary has given me what I haven't found elsewhere: the stressed syllable, the actual pronunciation of the schwa, lots of inflectional details.
Unfortunately typos, omissions and errors in the alphabetical order abound. The funny translitteration makes can make it difficult to find words encountered in written text.
I give a high rating because the good stuff to me by far outweighs the negatives.
Useful information but best suited for intermediate + students. Dec 27, 2004
Everyone has noticed the problem: Romanized transliteration is confusing. Someone else made the excellent recommendation: learn the alef-bet (and the pointing system) and use a real dictionary.
Now that I am more familiar with written Hebrew, this dictionary has become more utile. It provides excellent instructions on pronunciation of Hebrew words. It is also handy for identifying a word that I have only heard spoken: I can just look up the transliterated word to find the meaning and the correct alef-bet spelling.
Helpful for beginners, but you can do better! Jul 26, 2002
This dictionary disintegrates almost from day one. Because of its thickness, the pages soon separate from the spine, necessitating the use of rubber bands to hold it together.
The time when this dictionary is most helpful is when you HEAR a Hebrew word, don't know what it means, and have no idea how to spell it. That's when I turn to the Hebrew-English section, that is based on the way the word sounds, and I look up the word. Once I know the meaning and the correct Hebrew spelling, then I turn to my Rav-Milim all-Hebrew dictionary to reaffirm the pronunciation and to learn how to use the word properly in a sentence.
Other than its propensity to fall apart, another major problem with this dictionary is that it lacks the standard vowel markings (nikudot) that any student of the Hebrew language needs to know. It also sometimes fails to explain some of the subtle nuances of usage that can keep you from using the word incorrectly. In my opinion, a person who uses Webster's New World Hebrew Dictionary exclusively is like a person who never progresses beyond counting on his fingers.
So, upon further reflection, if I could change my original rating for this dictionary, I would rate it 4 stars because it CAN be useful in certain situations. However, I would never recommend it to a person who intends to rely on just one dictionary. It is best used in conjunction with one or two other good dictionaries that contain vowel markings, thorough definitions, PLUS sample sentences in which the word is used.