The Macmillan Visual Dictionary - español/inglés

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9780028614342: The Macmillan Visual Dictionary - español/inglés

When you're learning a new language, how can you look up a new word quickly and easily? With the Spanish/English edition of The Macmillan Visual Dictionary, it's simple: just look for the picture, and there is the word in both Spanish and English, as well as any related terms for the object and its parts. Using the 3,500 precise, detailed illustrations that made the original Macmillan Visual Dictionary one of the most popular reference books available, the Spanish/English edition simplifies word searches in either language. Every word has been checked by experts in each field.The Macmillan Visual Dictionary, Spanish/English Edition is the perfect resource for readers who want to: -- learn the name of something they can only picture-- learn what something looks like if they have a term they don't understand-- build vocabulary-- browse through a treasury of fascinating informationWith 25,000 fully indexed terms, all carefully selected by specialists in both languages, this is an essential reference for the growing Spanish-language communities across the United States.

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Visual foreign-language dictionaries are great tools for learning the names of the doohicky thingamajig part, the you-know, it-looks-like-this whatchamacallit. But not all visual dictionaries are created equal. You use them all, of course, for the words, to learn the language or the specific name for this and that, but the visual aspect of the visual dictionary should not be ignored. The pictures and pages in some dictionaries are so overwhelmingly busy, so noisily shouting with motorcycle parts and electrical hardware that the eye goes into overload shock. You get that glassy I'm-looking-but-I'm-not-seeing glaze, and the dictionary goes back on the shelf. Not so Macmillan's version. The color illustrations on each page are better than easy on the eye: they're engaging; they invite you. And each page holds a comfortable amount of information so the language center of your brain doesn't turn to mush. Pretty soon you're learning, just because you can't turn the page, that a lawn edger is a cuchilla para delimitar el césped and a hoe-fork is almocafre. And as it does for gardening tools, so it does for toilet parts and the sections of a diesel-electric locomotive, for items astronomical and geographical, items vegetable, animal, and mineral, for sports, music, health, weapons, and most anything else you can think of. It's nice enough for a student of Spanish or English to own a visual dictionary, but to have one that's done with such quality, style, and smarts is a real pleasure. --Stephanie Gold

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