Polish-English Visual Bilingual Dictionary


Polish-English Visual Bilingual Dictionary
Dorling Kindersley – £8.99

There’s something about a visual dictionary that makes learning another language, all the more appetising and perhaps inspiring. Quite why this is so could be anyone’s guess. Perhaps it has something to do with the visual sub-conscious – whereby you actually see the object, but read its meaning in the language you’re professing to come to terms with: ‘’The use of pictures is proven to aid understanding and the retention of information. Working on this principle, this highly-illustrated bilingual dictionary presents a large range of useful current vocabulary in two European languages.’’

Or perhaps it has more to do with the compartmentalization of meaning(s), such as an array of numerous words that all relate to food, or work, or sport; ‘’The dictionary is divided thematically and covers most aspects of the everyday world in detail […].’’

My own view is that it probably relates to the latter, whereby a number of images simultaneously jump out at you, all of which relate to the same subject. And as you already know their meaning in your own language, you’re curious to learn their relative translation (as well as trajectory thereof).

As such, DK’s Polish-English Visual Bilingual Dictionary makes learning Polish – which is already horrendously hard to begin with – more fun and dare I say it, more appealing.

By ‘’showing you what others only tell you,’’ these 323 pages are a quick and intuitive way to remembering literally thousands of Polish words. To be sure, there are over 6,000 words and phrases contained herein, almost all of which will enable a fast and effective way of dealing with most situations – from shopping to fast food to eating out to the petrol station, from home to office to gardening to the airport.

Suffice to say, if you intend studying Polish at a somewhat higher level, then you may want to investigate purchasing a more in depth and explanatory dictionary. If not, then this very easy to use dictionary – which comes replete with (relatively) detailed Polish and English Indexes for instant reference – could well be for you.

David Marx


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