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Hester Eymers  Identity Verified
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Jul 17, 2005

I translate from English to Dutch. I use an English-Dutch dictionary (Van Dale) and the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and would like a comparable dictionary for American English.

I have been looking at the Merriam Webster Unabridged (allegedly the newest edition still looks much like the 1961 edition), the Random House Unabridged (the fresh July 2005 edition is said to be a reprint of the 1999 edition), the Oxford American English and the American Heritage Dictionary.

Which one would you recommend? Or would you advise an online subscription (to e.g. the Merriam Webster Unabridged)?


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The American Heritage Dictionary is an excellent source for the best of American English. Jul 17, 2005

Hester Eymers wrote:

I translate from English to Dutch. I use an English-Dutch dictionary (Van Dale) and the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and would like a comparable dictionary for American English.

I have been looking at the Merriam Webster Unabridged (allegedly the newest edition still looks much like the 1961 edition), the Random House Unabridged (the fresh July 2005 edition is said to be a reprint of the 1999 edition), the Oxford American English and the American Heritage Dictionary.

Which one would you recommend? Or would you advise an online subscription (to e.g. the Merriam Webster Unabridged)?


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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
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Here's a link to the 2000 edition of the AHD Jul 17, 2005

A current link to the 2000 edition of the American Heritage Dictionary:
http://www.bartleby.com/61/


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Hester Eymers  Identity Verified
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American Heritage or other? Jul 20, 2005

Thanks for the suggestions.

The link to the American Heritage Dictionary online is already a nice help. I find that it provides more answers than the Merriam Webster online (if you're non-paying that is).

More advice is welcome!


Thanks in advance,
Hester


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British/American English Dictionary Jul 20, 2005

This may be slightly off topic, but nevertheless useful I think if you want to understand the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between British and American English (e.g. Americans are 'blown away', Brits are 'impressed'):

http://cgi.peak.org/~jeremy/retort.cgi?American=random


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gad
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Webster's Jul 22, 2005

Any version of a Webster's dictionary is generally consider "the" dictionary of American English. See the Merriam-Webster website at http://www.m-w.com/. Which version you choose (paper, online, unabridged, etc) is kind of personal preference.

I hope this helps.:)


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gad
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Slightly off-topic but still much appreciated Jul 22, 2005

kimjasper wrote:

This may be slightly off topic, but nevertheless useful I think if you want to understand the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between British and American English (e.g. Americans are 'blown away', Brits are 'impressed'):

http://cgi.peak.org/~jeremy/retort.cgi?American=random



Here's an angecy that specializes in "translation" between British and American English. I attended the owner's presentation at the ATA Conference in Los Angeles in 2001.

[Edited at 2005-08-03 00:13]

[Edited at 2005-08-03 00:13]


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Hester Eymers  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Aug 2, 2005

Thanks again for the advice! And the nice and helpful websites!

Hester


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