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Thread poster: Cordial
Cordial
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May 11, 2006

Hello all,

I have recently gone free-lance, but my main dictionnary is outdated. What would you suggest? Is the new Harrap's any good?

Thanks in advance,

Robert


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xxxEmmanuelleAn  Identity Verified
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Hello Cordial May 11, 2006

I use the Robert & Collins Senior (2 volumes) and am quite happy with it. I have always used R&C. Personally I would not recommend Harraps.

Bonne chance!


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Natasha Dupuy  Identity Verified
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Dicos May 11, 2006

I too use the RC Senior and find it very good - though heavy and bulky.
For the simpler stuff I have the Grand Dictionnaire Hachette-Oxford loaded on my computer so it's much quicker to look stuff up. I do find that they are less accurate than RC though, so when I'm not 100% about something I'll cross-reference it elsewhere.


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Cordial
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Thanks May 12, 2006

Thanks a lot, I see most people here prefer the Robert & C.

I was on my way to buy the Harrap's (which isn't that bad right?).

Cheerio


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Dees  Identity Verified
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Another vote for Robert & Collins May 12, 2006

Hi Cordial,

I definitely vote for R & C.

I have been using it for years and love it, the presentation and all! I have tried using the Harraps a few times but I don't really like it, there's something about the presentation that doesn't make it very user-friendly somehow.

Just my opinion though, but agree with our colleagues who have responded earlier.

Bon courage!


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xxxAnnerose MB  Identity Verified

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R & C May 12, 2006

I had purchased the 2000 edition (supposed to be a 2nd edition).

Is the 2005 edition (two volumes) really newer (updated ?) or does it just have a new cover and same content ?

Thanks.


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Nancy Burgess  Identity Verified
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C/R May 14, 2006

Another vote for the Collins/Robert, far superior to the Oxford Hachette 99% of the time. Very occasionally the Hachette will have better entries for industrial/technical terms, but not consistently so.

I've no experience of Harraps, but I know that most academic institutions in the UK recommend Collins/Robert above other French English dictionaries.

[Edited at 2006-05-14 11:03]

[Edited at 2006-05-14 11:04]


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