Hindi-English pocket dictionary?

#1 May 1st, 2003, 13:03
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I need to get myself a good Hindi-English pocket dictionary for my trip. Any recommendations?

I've found from my travels in other parts of the world that if I have a halfway-decent grasp of the grammar of a language, I get a lot more mileage out of using a dictionary and plugging in words than trying to find phrases in a phrasebook.

All the dictionaries I've been seeing so far are desk-sized though, and the pocket-sized books are phrasebooks.

Anyone used one before that worked well?

It would a be great bonus if it also encompassed Urdu, pointing out when words differ.

Thanks a lot!
#2 May 1st, 2003, 17:23
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Not exactly a recommendation, haven`t seen it myself but at 10 bucks you could take a chance at


(can recommend the bookstore though - I always get ordered books in 7-8 days. This title costs 25 bucks at amazon with a stated delivery time of 5-6 weeks)
#3 May 4th, 2003, 05:21
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again, not sure it is exactly what you are looking for, also i have no experience of this 'book', but it will bump your thread back to the top.

this could be worth a try
#4 Jun 23rd, 2003, 16:54
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You can just buy one in India from a bookstore. Oxford has one...

#5 Apr 16th, 2006, 02:35
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Make sure your pockets can accomodate the Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary by R.S. McGregor, ISBN 0-19-864339-X, starting (used) at some USD 10 at www.alibris.com. They don't make them better than that one. I should know; I own some 100 dictionaries to/from some 70 languages. (The Oxford English-Hindi Dictionary may be great for Indians studying English, but is not much better than useless for us studying Hindi).
#6 Apr 20th, 2006, 16:31
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I know it's not a dictionairy bu...to get a basic grasp of the grammar you could look at Rupert Snell's books in the Teach yourself series there's teach yourself Hindi and teach yourself Beginners Hindi both of which you can buy for around 300rs when you get to India or online beforehand.
#7 Apr 24th, 2006, 02:25
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I have the Rough Guide phrasebook and I don't like it that much. Doesn't seem to have a lot of the words I need, and too much stuff I don't need to know about.
#8 Apr 24th, 2006, 04:17
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Sadly, there is no good dictionary in existence, pocket sized or not. Many are devised for hindi speakers, not the other way around, and will often give you a horribly painful sanskritic word that many people will not know. But what can you do?
And they often won't give any indication which sense of a word they are translating...they just stick the multiple translations in there willy nilly, which can be not good.
And since all dictionaries suck, its not worth spending much money on. So what I say is when you arrive, just go to a book bazar or something on the side of the street (if you arrive in mumbai check out the book sellers lining the streets around the parks in colaba area). Eitherway, it wont take you much time at all to find a dictionary, and it will cost you rs60 max for a pocket size one. Don't waste 10 bucks buying it before you go. Safe that money and get a kingfisher with it!
#9 Apr 24th, 2006, 05:22
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English to Hindi is useful when trying to get ideas across. However, the words chosen often are irrelevant as mentioned..
#10 Sep 6th, 2006, 16:23
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has this one been mentioned already ? (ignoring the fact that the original post is from 2003 and the poster might not need that info anymore)


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