French dictionary

Dec 2nd, 2002, 09:30 AM
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Sally
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French dictionary

What is the best one? I need to buy it as a gift.
 
Dec 2nd, 2002, 09:37 AM
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Robert-Collins
 
Dec 2nd, 2002, 09:44 AM
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Ann
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I absolutely agree with francophile. It's rather bulky but I cannot imagine being without it.
 
Dec 2nd, 2002, 09:50 AM
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Dec 2nd, 2002, 09:53 AM
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What is a petit robert?
 
Dec 2nd, 2002, 10:05 AM
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The "Petit Robert" is an explaining dictionary. An enyclopedia of the French vocabulary, not translating
 
Dec 2nd, 2002, 10:07 AM
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What is your definition of the "best?" It depends the level of knowledge as well as the purpose.

The dictionary roughly comes in following printed forms (English-French):

Mini ~60k ref
Pocket ~80k ref
Concise ~200k ref
College ~300k ref
Unabridged ~600k ref

I like Collins for Mini thru Conicise because of the amount of references included as well as the ease of finding sub entries. But for College and up, Larousse is more comprehensive, but quite difficult to go thru the sub headings.

For an electronic version, I like my Collins, about 2.4MB on Palm at $40 with ~100k ref, but oh so convenient to have the dictionary with me all the time!

If the person is at an advanced level, French-French Larousse concise is a much better option than French-English college size.

 
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