Oxford Spanish Dictionary
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Louise Souter  Identity Verified
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Oct 27, 2008

I have the Oxford Spanish Dictionary (3rd edition) and have noticed that the 4th edition has recently been published. In your experience opinion/experience is it worth buying the next edition? I also have the most recent Collins Universal Spanish dictionary and have not decided which publisher I prefer and therefore which dictionary I want to take to my exam.

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Myriam Garcia Bernabe  Identity Verified
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Dictionaries Oct 28, 2008

Hello there,

Well, coincidentally, I was having the same predicament. I have Oxford Spanish D 3rd edition and I was waiting for the 4th with anticipation. My current one is so battered that I need to replace it. So, in my case the answer is clear.

However, the 3rd edition has been a great help to me and I believe it is fairly current. If you don't need to change it, maybe you shouldn't.

The Collins I don't like as much as the Oxford. This is a personal opinion, of course.

I have heard that the Harrap's is rather good but it is so big that I would need twice the amount of space on my desk in order to be able to use it.

Hope this helps,
Myriam


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Louise Souter  Identity Verified
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Edition comparison Oct 29, 2008

Myriam Garcia Bernabe wrote:

Hello there,

Well, coincidentally, I was having the same predicament. I have Oxford Spanish D 3rd edition and I was waiting for the 4th with anticipation. My current one is so battered that I need to replace it. So, in my case the answer is clear.

However, the 3rd edition has been a great help to me and I believe it is fairly current. If you don't need to change it, maybe you shouldn't.

The Collins I don't like as much as the Oxford. This is a personal opinion, of course.

I have heard that the Harrap's is rather good but it is so big that I would need twice the amount of space on my desk in order to be able to use it.

Hope this helps,
Myriam


If you buy the fourth edition could you let me know what updates have been made please. Harrap's is excellent for French but I am not so impressed with their Spanish dictionary.


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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How much money do you have to spare? Oct 29, 2008

That is the question. I don't think there will be a big difference. Instead of spending in a new bilingual dictionary at this stage, I would spend the money in a good monolingual dictionary in your source or your target languages and in any of your specialties.

What are your main fields?

(Edited to fix typos)

[Edited at 2008-10-29 11:06]


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Louise Souter  Identity Verified
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Recommendations Oct 29, 2008

Tomás Cano Binder wrote:

That is the question. I don't think there will be a big difference. Instead of spending in a new bilingual dictionary at this stage, I would spend the money in a good monolingual dictionary in your source or your target languages and in any of your specialties.

What are your main fields?

(Edited to fix typos)

[Edited at 2008-10-29 11:06]


Obviously money is an issue, but having paid for the exam I want to make sure I have the best resources available. My main specialty is business and I have the most recent editions of the Oxford Business Dictionary and the Oxford Business Dictionary. I would be interested in any monolingual Spanish business dictionaries you can recommend.

In the exam I also have to do legal, science or social science.


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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My advice: broaden your collection Oct 29, 2008

I think it would not be worth to get the 4th edition of the bilingual Oxford dictionary. We use the 3rd edition here and it serves us right. Although I must say that we have about 30 other dictionaries for different topics. My advice is that you broaden your collection by getting specialised dictionaries.

For business, I think that a reasonably good one would be: Alcaraz's bilingual business dictionary, http://www.ariel.es/libro/diccionario-de-terminos-economicos-financieros-y-comerciales-978843444510. This Ariel publisher also has other interesting options for your other areas.

Business is not our main field. Other colleagues might have more accurate recommendations.


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