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Updating my dictionary?

Kajo76
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Hey guys (<- I'm loving the sound of "guys" <3 soo much!),

thinking about whether I should update/replace my old bilingual dictionary (English/German - German/English) or not. And if so which one to buy?

In these days I'm always using online dictionaries, such as dict.cc. Today I stumbled upon the Cambridge Dictionary (which is, in my opinion, way better than dict.cc!).

But, as I tend to spend too much time on websites, especially when there is so much content to explore (like Cambridge Dictionary...) AND the desk dictionaries are going up to C1/C2, the highest level in English there is), I think maybe a new dictionary (and thesaurus? ;-)) on my desk could serve a great purpose :-) So I'm flirting with the thought of buying a monolingual (!) dictionary, but 1.) I don't know if I really should do it and 2.) I have difficulties to decide which one :-/

I've been looking around and saw the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (covers British AND American English) and the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary for learners of English (covers American English).

The same goes with the thesaurus. The one with British AND American English or the "American only" one? help

The greatest love I feel for American English, but I love British English, too. Only it's not so present in my life right now :-)

What would you do, if you were walking (?) in my shoes? :-)

Thanks guys (... and again ;-))

Vor 2 Jahren

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https://www.duolingo.com/hughcparker
hughcparker
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Since this post is about German, could you move it to the German forum? More of the people who are interested in German will see it there, and it will help keep this forum un-cluttered.

Don't delete it and create a new one, just click edit, and change the topic from Duolingo to German. Here's a guide on how to move a post: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/16609773.

Thanks :)

Vor 2 Jahren

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Kajo76
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Done :-)

Vor 2 Jahren

https://www.duolingo.com/jmaddoxII

So that I understand what you are saying correctly, are you asking if you should buy a dictionary ONLY in English? If you feel you are ready then by all means do it. Might be difficult not having the German equivalent at hand (if there is in fact one) or something close to it and examples of how the word is used. Of course, you could probably just look it up on the Internet but I wouldn't be surprised if you come across words that you are unable to find information on the Internet about. Plus, whatever information you do find on the Internet may make you feel overwhelmed. I guess ultimately it is up to you. My advice, knowing where you are at with English through our exchange, I would suggest buying an intermediate level English to German dictionary. Go to a local store and see if you can find a monolingual one and a bilingual one and compare before you make your purchase. See which one would suit you better. Viel Glück!

Vor 2 Jahren

https://www.duolingo.com/Kajo76
Kajo76
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Thanks! Yes, I think having a dictionary (plus thesaurus and collocations lol ) ONLY in English would help me a lot more with immersion and mastering the language in the end. The monolingual dictionary is not only made up of the words, their pronounciation, noun/verb etc., but also a brief description of the word itself. E.g. adversary is explained like so: "adversary (... IPA pronounciation ...), noun (plural -ies) (formal) a person that sb is opposed to and competing with in an argument or a battle (synonym: opponent)". Often there are sentences as examples like (for adverse): "Lack of money will have an adverse effect on our research programme/They have attracted strong adverse criticism"

And yes, I'm feeling ready for it and eager to learn so much more! However, I won't throw my old dictionary in the trash! So I always can look up some translations, if need be :-) Tomorrow I will go to my book dealer and compare some of them.

Vor 2 Jahren