General Spanish Monolingual Dictionary
Thread poster: Louise Souter

Louise Souter  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:48
Spanish to English
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Jul 27, 2009

I think I need to buy a new General Spanish Monolingual Dictionary as my current one is 10 years old. Money is an issue but I would rather pay a bit more for a good, full-sized, up-to-date version. Obviously I have looked at Grant & Culter but a lot of the dictionaries listed there are out of stock. Can anyone recommend a good dictionary or UK retailer.

Thanks


 

Maria Vita Licata
Local time: 07:48
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Spanish Dictionary Jul 27, 2009

You can search online:
http://buscon.rae.es/draeI/
Real Academia Espanola
http://www.rae.es/RAE/Noticias.nsf/Home?ReadForm

[Edited at 2009-07-27 22:24 GMT]


 

P Forgas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Portuguese to Spanish
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on-line dictionaries Aug 2, 2009

Clave:

http://clave.librosvivos.net/

María Moliner

hhttp://www.diclib.com/cgi-bin/d.cgi?p=diccionario&page=search&vkb=0&base=&prefbase=&newinput=1&l=es&category=cat4


Diccionario de El País

http://www.elpais.com/diccionarios/

Diccionario de El Mundo

http://www.elmundo.es/diccionarios/


Espero que te sirvan

P.


 

Alexandra Goldburt
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My favorite Aug 2, 2009

Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española. I bought it in 2004 on "One Voice" interpreters conference in Burbank, California. Not a day goes by without me using it at least once!

What I like about it:

1. Lots of examples of how and when a certain word is used.

2. Lots of idiomatic expressions, explained.

3. It states clearly whether a certain word, or expression, is elevated register of language, colloquial, or vulgar.

4. Last, but not least - the price! Only 39.95.

You can buy it from this website (which is generally a good source of dictionaries and other books useful to translators and interpreters):

http://intransbooks.com/book_story/8493453749

Gool luck!


 

Phil Bird
United Kingdom
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Spanish to English
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Maria Moliner Aug 13, 2009

Hi,

I love Maria Moliner.... The DVD-ROM edition is very practical and cheaper than the hardcopy version.


 

Louise Souter  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Spanish to English
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TOPIC STARTER
It has to be hardcopy Aug 13, 2009

Thank you for your suggestions. Unfortunately the dictionary would have to be hardcopy because I'm sitting the IoL DipTrans.

 

Phil Bird
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:48
Spanish to English
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Hardcopy MM Aug 14, 2009

The hardcopy Maria Moliner is very good, and was recommended when I was doing the DipTrans preparation course at Westminster.... Amazon have got it for £100 at the moment, so it's not the cheapest....

 

indiralena
Spain
Local time: 07:48
English to Spanish
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Maria Moliner Oct 19, 2009

Another Maria Moliner fan here *hand raised*icon_smile.gif I always use it together with DRAE.

 

xxxAguas de Mar
Vox Diccionario del uso del español de América y España Oct 19, 2009

This is one of my favorites because it gives an idea of how words are used in different countries. It is hard copy indeed, a big brick, but worth its weight!

 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 07:48
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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One question Oct 20, 2009

Do you mean that you need a dictionary for the meanings of the words? In that case, indeed the María Moliner might be your best bet.

If you want to see examples of use of words whose meaning you more or less already know, you might want to go for the Diccionario del español actual by Manuel Seco et al., although it is a bit bulky (2 volumes with over 2,200 pages each). I carried it to my ATA certification exam and plan to take it to the DipTrans exam next January.

Now, if you decide to go for this piece, you will be amazed (as was I) to see that it costs 40% LESS in Amazon.com (90 dollars vs. 100 EUROS in Spain). I really wonder why it should be a lot cheaper in the US than here in Spain, where it is published!


 


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