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Collins Gem Irish Dictionary, 1e

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Collins Gem Irish Dictionary, 1e Image (based on 3 reviews)
Format:
Paperback
Direction:
Irish-English and English-Irish
Pronunciation of words:
Not provided
Seriousness:
Light reference
List price:
6.95
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Year:
1995
ISBN:
0004707532

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Dictionary Overview

"Turtleback" plastic cover. A nice quick reference.

The Collins Gem Irish Dictionary, 2e, is the newer version of this dictionary.

 

Visitor reviews

Good things in small packages
yobar, Midwest, US. 4 Jun 2009.

I love this little book! It has a durable plastic cover, well bound (I've yet to lose a page), and fits in purse or pocket or bookbag. The entries are good, especially for high-frequency words. Many of the verbs have long lists of idiomatic expressions. For example, "cuir" has about a page and a half of phrases made from the verb. Various "Keywords" in the English to Irish section are blocked off to highlight them.

Between the two language sections is a 26-page grammar primer. It features equative/comparative/superlative of adjectives; declensions for adjectives, nouns, prepositional pronouns, and numbers; and verb conjugation paradigms for all of the irregular verbs and for regular verbs of both conjugations such as bog, sáigh, cuir, ceannaigh, bailigh, imir. At the back of the dictionary is a short section on cardinal and ordinal numbers and time phrases.

A fine reference in all!


Collins Gem Irish Dictionary
Treasa, Baile Atha Cliatha. 3 Jun 2008.

This one is great asset, fits in the hand bag and is invaluable when you are reading a book for the first time. Wouldn't leave it behind ever.


Great for carrying with you
Redwolf, USA. 23 Jan 2008.

I have this little dictionary, and I carry it in my purse for help when I'm away from home and reading a book in Irish (very handy, as I often do my Irish reading while waiting to pick my daughter up from school, or while on an airplane). It's very compact (and amazingly complete for such a small dictionary), and the plasticized cover keeps it from getting messed up from riding around in my over-full purse! It's also well-bound, so it's held up much better than any other small dictionary I've tried. I like the different-colored headwords, which makes things easier to find, and the grammar section in the middle occasionally comes in useful. It's not FGB (reviews) by any stretch of the imagination, but for a dictionary on the go, I recommend it highly. One caveat...if you're over 40, and starting to notice that your arms aren't quite as long as you'd like them to be, you will want some kind of magnifier (or bifocals), as the print is quite small.


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