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ISBN: 0198240023
Author: K. B. Beaton
Language: English
Publisher: Clarendon Press; 1 edition (January 30, 1997)
Pages: 944
Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
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This book is essentially an expanded and updated version of the classic "Dictionary of German . Much more clear is the more recent and larger (and more expensive) "A Practical Dictionary of German Usage" by . The two books are extremely similar.

This book is essentially an expanded and updated version of the classic "Dictionary of German Synonyms" by . Recently in my German conversation class I remarked something to the effect that every time I make a presentation to a large group I am thankful that "am mindestens ist es auf Englisch" that is, "at least it's in English," my native tongue.

This book is essentially an expanded and updated version of the classic "Dictionary of German .

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The articles in this practical dictionary are much longer than those to be foundin a bilingual dictionary, and the . Dr K. B. Beaton was formerly Senior Lecturer in German Studies at the University of Sydney before his death in August 1994.

The articles in this practical dictionary are much longer than those to be foundin a bilingual dictionary, and the number of words treated is fewer, with a concentration on those which cause particular difficulties for speakers of English. The complexity of the relationship between English words and their German equivalents is attributable to two factors. Firstly, frequently-used English words often have more than one meaning, and each of the English meanings may be expressed by more than one German word.

Home Browse Books Book details, A Practical Dictionary of German Usage. One of the most difficult tasks confronting the English speaker learning German is that of finding exactly the right German word to translate an English word in a particular context. A Practical Dictionary of German Usage. Many common English words have several German equivalents. Thus it is all too easy to find yourself saying the equivalent of Have you extinguished the trash? instead of Have you taken out the trash? Bilingual dictionaries list equivalents, but give little or no information about their use.

The book will be an essential reference work for advanced learners and for teachers of German at all levels, offering a uniquely detailed insight into the structure of word meaning in German as well as practical advice on usage.

One of the most difficult tasks confronting the English speaker learning German is that of finding exactly the right German word to translate an English work in a particular context. Many common English words have several, sometimes a bewildering number of German equivalents. The book will be an essential reference work for advanced learners and for teachers of German at all levels, offering a uniquely detailed insight into the structure of word meaning in German as well as practical advice on usage. A detailed guide to the structure of German word-meaning.

A major difficulty faced by English speakers learning German is that of finding exactly the right German word to translate an English word in a particular context. This dictionary focuses on those words which cause particular difficulties for speakers of English, providing longer articles than those found in traditional bilingual dictionaries.

A practical dictionary of German usage is a reference book of the Duden type (containing highly selective entries with full citations). It is intended for (advanced) Anglophone learners of German. However, I imagine that it could be useful for advanced German learners of English as well, as well as for professional translators. The book is, as explained in the author's preface, a reworking of two other reference books: Farrell's (1953) A dictionary of German synonyms and Eggeling's (1961) Dictionary of modern German prose usage

A major difficulty faced by English speakers learning German is that of finding exactly the right German word to translate an English word in a particular context.

Almost a month without answers now, so I dare posting an answer that's more of a stab in the dark. Sadly, I can't tell if it is a proper equivalent since I don't know PDGU. So take this with a grain of salt and check it out before you. ktisches-Wön/dp/3468104510.

One of the most difficult tasks confronting the English speaker learning German is that of finding exactly the right German word to translate an English word in a particular context. Many common English words have several German equivalents. Thus it is all too easy to find yourself saying the equivalent of Have you extinguished the trash? instead of Have you taken out the trash? Bilingual dictionaries list equivalents, but give little or no information about their use. The articles in this practical dictionary are much longer than those to be found in a bilingual dictionary, and the number of words treated is fewer, with a concentration on those which cause particular difficulties for speakers of English.

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Malara
This book is essentially an expanded and updated version of the classic "Dictionary of German Synonyms" by B.K. Farrell, one of my all-time favorite language books. The books share some remarkable similarities and I am incorporating my review of that book in this review.

Recently in my German conversation class I remarked something to the effect that every time I make a presentation to a large group I am thankful that "am mindestens ist es auf Englisch" that is, "at least it's in English," my native tongue. My instructor, a native speaker of German, instinctively corrected my use of the term "am mindestens," saying that I should have said "am wenigstens ist es auf Englisch," but when asked, she realized that although she was sure "am wenigstens" would be correct, she couldn't really explain why.

I naturally turned my old reliable "Dictonary of German Synonyms", one of my favorite language books, for clarification. The distinction is apparently that "am mindestens" should be used primarily with precise numerical amounts, such as for example "I drank at least 2 liters of Gluhwein last night." I say "apparently" because the explanation in Farrell's book is actually a bit cryptic.

Much more clear is the more recent and larger (and more expensive) "A Practical Dictionary of German Usage" by K.B. Beaton. The two books are extremely similar. Farrell was a Professor of German at the University of Sydney and his book was published by Cambridge University Press. Beaton was a Senior Lecturer in German Studies at the University of Sydney and his book is published by Oxford University Press. Why the University of Sydney would be the center of English language research in German synonyms is a curiosity, but if not Sydney, Australia, where should they be studied?

Beaton acknowledges Farrell's pioneering work in the field but clearly believes it was already out of date by the 1960s. If you can only afford one book, I suppose I would recommend the more expensive Beaton, but despite the similarities I still find Farrell's older work more readable. If nothing else, Farrell's book is less unwieldy and easier to read for pleasure.
Umge
This is the kind of reference dictionaries that advanced language learners should be looking for.This dictionary clarifies the difference in meaning between similar words/the same word with different usage .something the common dictionaries do not doVery interesting to know the difference between,for example:Hinschreiben,Mitschreiben,Aufschreiben,Niederschreiben ,which are different variations for th verb: "write" in English,and when to use each.
Mr_TrOlOlO
This is the book to own. it will take you deep into the way in whcih German's understand and categorise their world as expressed through language. I would regard this book as the key which henceforth enabled me to feel german from the inside out - and once one does the a language can start to live within you - this is the key to successful language learning. Learning German with this book has excelled my language skills to the point that germans themselves have suggested i should teach German - a nice compliment and i put alot of this down to the effort i have made and the books i have utilised - this book and the books by Martin Durrell - German Synonyms, Usage, and the other one - This book is as good as an one of the persoanl electronic dictionaries from Franklin
Tuliancel
Wow!! That is all that I can say about this book!! It is the most thorough exposition of German usage / vocabulary for English speakers I have ever encountered. As another reviewer said, this volume is well worth the price. I'd snatch it up!

I, as an advanced learner / speaker of German, can say with confidence that this book is painstakingly accurate. The author is concise and to the point in all his explanations. Each entry is carefully cross referenced to other related entries found elsewhere in the book.

If you are concentrating your study on vocabulary and troublesome words, this is THE book to get.
Dog_Uoll
There's nothing like a book which gives wonderful descriptions of synonyms for the language one is trying to master. If you're looking for a text that goes into detail showing which word is appropriate when, then this book is for you. It is arranged in dictionary form--with the common or most basic English words as headings, followed by separate paragraphs explaining which German word(s) to use to render the meaning of the general English word AND--most importantly--synonyms of that general word. Once you get through each paragraph, you'll easily understand all the different shades of meaning. Also, at the end of each paragraph are several (say, 3 to 6) examples of the particular German word offered. An added bonus, I think, is that the examples are shown using different tenses. The better your German, the faster you will pick up the information. Note: the sentence examples are only in German; but if your vocabulary is at the intermediate level, it shouldn't be a problem. Don't give a second thought to the price. This is one of the best I've ever seen on German synonyms. Not exhaustive, but more than adequate for the typical non-native speaker/writer of German.
Jeb
This book is not for the beginner but it is a great resource for an intermediate and above student. It is well worth the money.

Note: The book is organized by the English words but has an index of the German words in back.

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