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Collins COBUILD Basic American English Dictionary softcover

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0008135797  List price: US$29.95  Sale price: US$22.62  

This dictionary has easy to understand full sentence definitions with lots of examples. This makes it much easier to understand a word.

This COBUILD dictionary with a much simpler grammar than the Concise Learners or the Advanced Learners but the number of definitions is less.



From the publisher

The 2nd edition of the Collins COBUILD American Basic Dictionary is the ideal dictionary for elementary-level learners of American English. Up-to-date, easy-to-use and fully illustrated, the dictionary is particularly suitable for students who are studying at English-medium schools.

The Collins COBUILD American Basic Dictionary covers all the essential words and phrases that students at this level need to master. The full-sentence definitions are written using simple language and the examples, taken from the 4.5-billion-word Collins Corpus, show learners how English is really used.

It also includes a wide range of curriculum terms for students whose first language is not English, but who are studying other subjects at school through the medium of English.

Packed full of engaging vocabulary-building features, the dictionary encourages students to learn new words and improve their fluency. The features help learners to explore the language for themselves, giving them the tools they need to decode new words and texts and to become confident learners and speakers of English.

‘Spelling Partners’ show students words that are spelt the same but have different meanings; ‘Sound Partners’ show students words that sound alike but have different meanings. ‘Word World’ and ‘Picture Dictionary’ features illustrate topic-specific vocabulary and ‘Word Partners’ highlight common collocations (words that frequently appear together). Finally, ‘Word Builders’ and ‘Usage’ notes teach students how words are formed, what they mean and how to use words in the correct contexts.

With hundreds of images illustrating key terms, the Collins COBUILD American Basic Dictionary is the ideal reference tool for elementary learners of American English.

In the early pages of the book there is a Practical Guide to Using the Dictionary: this lists all the important features in the dictionary, and provides exercises to help the user become more proficient in dictionary use.

  • ISBN: 9780008135799
  • Imprint: Collins
  • On Sale: 2016-05-19
  • Format: Paperback
  • Trimsize: 229x153mm
  • Pages: 608





This dictionary does not include information about the history of words. Understanding a word's history can help you to fully understand a word. For example, a word's history can help you understand what all of the various definitions for a word have in common. We have some excellent books which only explain word history. You might want to consider buying and using them with this dictionary.


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Collins COBUILD Basic American English Dictionary softcover 0008135797  List price: US$29.95  Sale price: US$22.62  


Collins COBUILD dictionaries and reference books
Collins COBUILD dictionaries and reference books

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A Review of the Collins COBUILD dictionaries and other Collins COBUILD reference books

A review of the various COBUILD dictionaries: Students, Learner's, Advanced.

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The Heron Derivation Dictionary - Fourth Edition published 2005 (softcover)

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  • How to Use a Dictionary Picturebook (Softcover)
    How to Use a Dictionary Picturebook (Softcover)

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