Ask Luís! (#2): EP-Eng/Eng-EP dictionaries

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your Leap Day – make sure you make it count!

Today, I’m doing double duty (don’t forget to check the new installment of EP Music Mondays I’ve posted earlier today – just scroll down to find it) to answer a question from Louis F. Dow:

Could you recommend a good EP-English/English-EP dictionary? The ones I’ve found so far seem to be BP.

Hello, Louis (nice name, by the way)! Thank you so much for your question – it’s both incredibly pertinent and a good way to help you and others study from an EP perspective (:

The choice of a dictionary is always conditioned by many variables (including how much you’re willing to spend, your current language proficiency, your specific needs in the future, and a trade-off between portability and comprehensiveness), but luckily we have a company that provides those services: Porto Editora.

There are other options out there – including Oxford dictionaries for students, but Porto Editora is the most renowned publishing company in Portugal, especially when it comes to the varied choices it provides: they supply customers with different types of dictionaries – from mini dictionaries you can hold in the palm of your hand to 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) tomes.

For intermediate learners, both the Dicionário Académico (usually catered to students) or the Dicionário Moderno are good, reasonable choices (they’re not terribly expensive and portable). As you’ll be able to see using the links, the latter has a more pleasant design (with entries popping out of the page in bright blue), and it also has a soft cover and lighter pages (something you can hold in your hand, and that’s still lightweight not to weigh too much).

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One thing all these dictionaries sadly lack is IPA for European Portuguese in the Portuguese entries (if you’re wondering how a certain Portuguese word should sound, you can use the search feature at Portal da Língua Portuguesa). I’m not sure if there are any English-language dictionary publishers operating specifically with EP in mind (that Oxford dictionary I mentioned has Portuguese speakers who are learning English in mind), but it’s certainly worth checking out.

If anyone has some feedback on these issues, please let us know!

Until next time, good luck with your studies (:

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