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The HarperCollins Italian College Dictionary is the ideal dictionary for learners of Italian. Here's why:
Easiest to use: The clear layout allows maximum ease of access and enables effective communication for educational, business, and traveling purposes. Usage levels are indicated throughout, with extensive examples to illustrate how words are used in context. Style labels identify whether a word is formal, informal, literary, or vulgar. In addition, specific meanings are clearly marked to guide the user to the correct treatment. The text also includes pronunciations of all English words using the International Phonetic Alphabet, with a full guide to Italian pronunciation and phonetics for difficult words.
Completely updated: The new edition of HarperCollins Italian College Dictionary has been completely revised and updated with thousands of new references to cover all the latest vocabulary, notes on life and culture in the Italian — and English — speaking world, and Web addresses to enable further research.
"Language in Use" supplement: This offers invaluable advice on how to express yourself in correct and idiomatic Italian, as well as detailed treatment of formal and informal correspondence, e-mail, and telephoning.
Here's a sampling of the new terms this edition includes:
The Collins Italian Dictionary is comprehensive, up-to-date and reliable. It is based on modern principles, with its main focus on present-day language, including colloquial expressions, slang and the language of the mass media. More formal language, however, is by no means neglected. The dictionary includes many recent additions to the English and Italian languages, and widely-used terms from key fields such as computing, business and science. The criteria governing the selection of material for inclusion in the dictionary were frequency of use, typicality and naturalness. An invaluable resource available to compilers and translators is the Collins Word Web. This database consists of many thousands of texts: books, newspapers, magazines, leaflets, conversations and radio and television broadcasts. It was possible to access this corpus of 2.5 billion words to judge whether particular words or structures merited inclusion because of the frequency of their occurrence, and to establish how they are typically used.
Whether you wish to read, speak or write Italian, you will find the dictionary an indispensable tool, thanks to the range of words treated, the accuracy and clarity of translations and the wealth of examples and illustrativephrases.
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Posted September 17, 2010
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