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High German-High German Dictionary?

I've seen a number of recommendations about using a German-German Dictionary to look up words as a first port of call. I want to find a dictionary which uses the simplest explanatory words (avoiding ones targetting an audience of young kids), yet has a range which will do most day-to-day needs. Possibly targetting teenagers as an audience.

Can anyone recommend any High German dictionaries which might be in this category?
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Re: High German-High German Dictionary?

When I was at about C1 level, I used to be a big fan of Das Bedeutungswörterbuch
Duden #10

It has a good range and each entry has a clean explanation and the most important synonyms. Oh one other cool thing, it's really good for getting your head around words with more than one meaning, it splits them out into subentries... a) b) c) etc.

You can find it in any big bookstore, have a look before you buy, it's quite a sturdy thing, will take some beating around in your schoolbag.
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Re: High German-High German Dictionary?

Thanks for that, Got it. I was looking for something to carry with me to complement the #10. I bought a light weight dictionary, assuming it would have a simple german explanation for each word, to find it simply listed the words. How do I identify a dictionary that explains what words mean (in simple german) as opposed to simply listing the words? I think I've identified the ones which concentrate on dialects like Austrian or Swiss German.
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Re: High German-High German Dictionary?

It sounds like you got a cheesy spell checking dictionary (like Duden #1)... I don't remember having a compact german-german dictionary, maybe because the range was too small. Have a look around there should be a few to choose from, maybe there's one for german as a foreign language that has some useful "metadata" in it. These days it might make more sense to download a full dictionary onto the old smartphone.

I liked this one for reading... just D-E and no E-D so half as heavy (does not exist for Italian - german has good reference books!!) - 130,000 entries
http://www.langenscheidt.de/produkt/...-3-468-10138-0

They also do a pocket German-german (as a foreign language) range is only 30,000
http://www.langenscheidt.de/produkt/...-3-468-49044-6
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Re: High German-High German Dictionary?

I stopped using the English-German dictionary when I realised that I wasn't using the English half at all.

I can recommend the Langenscheidt Grosswörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache. It gives a good explanation of each word along with examples of how to use each word. It isn't too big (fits in my handbag) and I can take it to my lessons too.
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I stopped using the English-German dictionary when I realised that I wasn't using the English half at all.

I can recommend the Langenscheidt Grosswörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache. It gives a good explanation of each word along with examples of how to use each word. It isn't too big (fits in my handbag) and I can take it to my lessons too.
Hi Marie,

How long have you being learning german for? Whats your level? Great that you don't need to use the english side of the dictionary, can't wait until I get to that stage although I am getting there. It gets quite frustrating sometimes. I saw that dictionary the other day in thalia was thinking of buying it but wasn't sure if I'd be up for it. Good to see a foreigners appraisal of it! Think I'll give it a shot though. I'm a B1 level german so time to take the plunge, maybe it will improve my german.

To everyone in this thread that is using just or mostly just a german dictionary and not a bilingual dictionary. How long have you being learning german? What level are you at?

Sorry OP hope I'm not stepping on your toes and taking over your thread!
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Re: High German-High German Dictionary?

hi Travnett, well done for getting so far, I think between b1 and b2 a german-german dictionary will become useful, no need to rush though you'll probably realize it for yourself. Besides the german as a foreign language (DaF) dictionaries also have a look at the Bedeutungswörterbuch I recommended in the second post. It is very well curated. The only downsides compared to a DaF dictionary is you might (i don't remember exactly) be missing some hints like the plural forms or pronunciation, I never found that a problem >99% of the time these fit into a small set of rules.
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Hi Marie,

How long have you being learning german for? Whats your level? Great that you don't need to use the english side of the dictionary, can't wait until I get to that stage although I am getting there. It gets quite frustrating sometimes. I saw that dictionary the other day in thalia was thinking of buying it but wasn't sure if I'd be up for it. Good to see a foreigners appraisal of it! Think I'll give it a shot though. I'm a B1 level german so time to take the plunge, maybe it will improve my german.
From B2 level I stopped using an English-German dictionary. I had a good enough vocabulary and looking up a new German word I knew the meaning from the German explanation. The dictionary I recommended gives a explanation using everyday words, the gender, the verb to use it with, adjectives and synonyms. For word to word translations I use leo.org.

I've been here for 8 years and have been in lessons for about 2 years of that. My first year was private lessons followed by a useless Migros course and another that I didn't learn much from. I struggle to find German courses that suit my schedule. Reading the newspaper and looking up new words and working in German helped - the lady at the desk next to me now at work speaks ZERO English - that certainly got me talking more German.
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Re: High German-High German Dictionary?

Thanks for the suggestions. Thought I'd include the two favorites I've settled on:
Basic German Vocabulary by Langenscheidt which gives a broad coverage of every day words and
Langenscheidt Grosswörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache
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when i was at about c1 level, i used to be a big fan of das bedeutungswörterbuch
duden #10

it has a good range and each entry has a clean explanation and the most important synonyms. Oh one other cool thing, it's really good for getting your head around words with more than one meaning, it splits them out into subentries... A) b) c) etc.

You can find it in any big bookstore, have a look before you buy, it's quite a sturdy thing, will take some beating around in your schoolbag.
awsome! Thanks!
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Re: High German-High German Dictionary?

FWIW, I've been happy with the Duden Deutsch als Fremdsprache (2nd edition):

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