This Tome of a book is exactly what I needed to learn german. Though its size necessitates one needing to lay it on a surface, its thin pages and letter markers make sorting through it a breeze. The cover appears to be fairly durable which can be said of my mini version as well, but like the mini version, there seems to be some gluing problems in the binding process that causes it to appear on the top or bottom ridges of pages. The tome looks fairly decent and rather classic looking without the dustcover which is good because although the dust cover is very decorative and modern looking, it crumples fairly easily. However, if you are like me, the constant use of the dictionary will protect it from dust enough.
Where this book excels is in its ability, through examples, to give one the proper word it use in various different contexts instead of a literal english-german translation of words. One could also learn through these examples a little in the way of grammer and idioms. The culture section was rather disappointing compared to the mini-version, however, their choice to focus more on business and personal letter or email structure is fairly important and suitable for a book that one would use as a reference book as one could not only find the right words to use in certain situations when sitting down to write a more thoughtful letter, but also see how to make one properly
Overall this book earns a 5/5 in my book.
- Hardcover: 1800 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press UK; 3 edition (1 October 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199545685
- ISBN-13: 978-0199545681
- Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 6.9 x 20.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 2.9 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)