Item description for Berlitz Russian Concise Dictionary: Russian-english - English-russian (Berlitz Concise Dictionaries) (Russian Edition) by Berlitz...
Who says dictionaries have to be dull? Berlitz's new Concise Dictionaries are a fun and effective tool for language learners. With approximately 50,000 entries, it is a comprehensive reference work. But that's where the similarity to other bilingual dictionaries ends. An exclusive 48-page bonus section, filled with word games and puzzles, challenges the user to hone vocabulary, spelling, grammar and comprehension skills while engaging in a popular, enjoyable pastime.
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Studio: Berlitz Guides
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.4" Width: 5.12" Height: 1.34" Weight: 1.37 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2008
Publisher Berlitz Guides
ISBN 9812680586 ISBN13 9789812680587 UPC 027793680585
Reviews - What do customers think about Berlitz Russian Concise Dictionary: Russian-english - English-russian (Berlitz Concise Dictionaries) (Russian Edition)?
Helpful May 18, 2010
I use this dictionary along with a computer translation to translate actual letters in Russian. It is helpful but not exhaustive. You will be able to figure out most of the root words with some variations but not all tenses, and some words are not even in here. As it is advertised, it is concise.
I can read it! Oct 14, 2009
I am corresponding with a woman from Ukraine where they still speak Russian.
What I really wanted was a dictionay that had a bigger size than what is available. I did not plan on it being portable or mobile. I just wanted sometthing for my desk by my computer. A text size big enough so I didn't have to squint to see in the middle of the night. I had to purchase 3 before I found this one. Although it is smaller in overall size, the text size is OK.
I first purchased the Russian English English Russian one by Obrien at Dover press. The one with the read, white and black cover. The print was so small I could not read it.
The Langenscheidt Pocket Dictionay Russian was just as bad.
But the Berlitz Russian Consise Disctionary is the right combination between overall size and text size for me. It is 5" x 8" overall. 1 1/4" thick.
The overall size is a little larger than the other two I mentioned above.
If you are in the market for a Russian English and English Russian dictionary this is the one to get.
Excellent Language Tool Feb 13, 2009
Let me preface this by saying that I am a beginner in Russian, so there may be things fluent speakers would notice that I do not. However, I know three other languages besides English, so I know what I like to look for in bilingual dictionaries.
After looking at other Russian dictionaries via this site, I decided in spite of some good reviews that I wanted something published as modern as possible (pre-Cold War is always good). So I took a chance on this one, and was not let down. Let me catalogue all the details of the book, because I don't know what might help people looking for a R-E dictionary:
The first section is Russian -> English, in order via the Russian alphabet. (Obviously, the entries are in Cyrillic, but there is no pronounciation guide, so you better know how to read it!) One nice feature is that on the very first page before the book even starts, there is a guide to the order of the Russian alphabet that runs along the right hand side of a blank page. So when you flip open your book and go, "Darnit! I don't know what order the Russian alphabet is in!", never fear. It's right there.
There is a good chunk of guiding material up front covering how to use the dictionary, abbreviations (in both languages) that you'll find in the entries, a table of Cyrillic letters in print and cursive, a pronounciation guide, and... a chart of irregular English verbs. It only strikes me as strange because the book is clearly written for English speakers, and is not a true bilingual dictionary as there is no further explanation of the English language, nor are there sections written in Russian. I suppose if you know English but don't know it very well, that chart is for you.
Samples of the actual dictionary pages can be seen above in this site's preview. I have to say that I was pleased to be able to open the book and find every word I thought of - often dictionaries are lacking. As I flipped through, there seemed to be a good amount of (simple) modern words (internet, etc), as well as the usual dose of "why would I ever need to use this?" (If you want to know the words for Cellophane and catarrh, they're in there.)
Of course, the English -> Russian dictionary takes up the second half of the book. Seems that they based the entries on both American and British English, which is fine by me. In between the sections, there's a chunk of word games that English-speakers can use to have fun with their Russian skills. I'd never seen this before in a bilingual dictionary, so it was a neat thing to include!
In the back, there are charts in both languages of important abbreviations, place names, weights/measures, Russian numbers/ordinals, and Russian first names. Following that, there is a tiny section on Russian conjugation and declension, but I would hope any language learner would get a real grammar book and not try to learn from a dictionary. It's just there for reference.
All in all, I definitely recommend this book if you're looking for an up-to-date Russian-English dictionary.