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Velázquez Large Print Spanish and English Dictionary
Spanish - English / Inglés - Español
Created in Cooperation with the Editors of Velázquez Press
Velázquez Press, 2005
ISBN: 1-59495-002-4

Reviewed by Herbert White - November 30, 2007

Created in cooperation with the Editors of Velázquez Press, the Velázquez Large Print Spanish and English Dictionary, is a NAVH approved large print dictionary that fills a niche for readers who require or desire a large print, bilingual Spanish - English dictionary. For more than 150 years, Velázquez Press has been publishing outstanding Spanish - English dictionaries. This new large print dictionary builds upon this trustworthy foundation to create a bilingual dictionary with more than 38,000 entries that will serve a wide audience.

The Velázquez Large Print Spanish and English Dictionary is divided into two main parts. The first part of the book contains a Spanish to English dictionary, and the second part an English to Spanish dictionary. There are more than 38,000 entries in this dictionary, and each entry includes a pronunciation guide, notation on the part of speech that the word belongs to, and its translations into either Spanish or English, depending upon which section of the book you are using. The text is arranged with two columns of entries on each page, with a bold, dark line dividing the columns. The entries are printed in a 16-point font size, and the main entry words are printed in bold print. The paper is off-white, so as to reduce glare, and the paper is opaque which minimizes bleed-through of the text from the next page. In addition, adequate spacing is provided between lines, and letters, so as to enable readers to more easily move around between entries and to locate the words they are looking for. In short, the text meets the guidelines established by National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAVH) for large print books, and it is an easy-on-the-eye dictionary that will prove a boon not only to those who are visually impaired or with low vision who require large print books, but also for anyone who simply prefers the ease of reading provided by large print books.

In addition to the dictionary entries in this book, the Velázquez Large Print Spanish and English Dictionary also has several handy features including a guide to Spanish Pronunciation, a brief user's guide to the dictionary, in both Spanish and English, a guide to the conjugation of Spanish Verbs that includes a detailed list of all the irregular verbs in Spanish. The text also includes a handy list of abbreviations. Users will find that this dictionary covers a basic vocabulary in both Spanish and English, and it will well serve beginning and intermediate students seeking a bilingual Spanish - English dictionary, as well as general users who are looking for an up-to-date, basic, and easy to use large print bilingual dictionary.

If you are looking for a more comprehensive and academically inclined bilingual Spanish - English dictionary, I highly recommend the New Velázquez Spanish and English Dictionary. This is an outstanding bilingual dictionary which contains more than 250,000 entries, but which has, unfortunately, very tiny print.

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