The Firefly Five Language Visual Dictionary

The Firefly Five Language Visual Dictionary

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Baker & Taylor
Presents an illustrated general reference dictionary that covers subjects and themes ranging from astronomy to sports.

Firefly Books Ltd

35,000 entries and 6,000 color images from the arts, science, nature, industry and more.

Do you know what that comb with the uneven teeth is called? Do you know the Spanish name for it? With The Firefly Five Language Visual Dictionary, finding and translating the names of thousands of objects, animals, and plants in five major languages is fast, simple and fun.

The Firefly Five Language Visual Dictionary is an unparalleled reference to the world around us. Six thousand color illustrations are labeled in the five languages showing in color what other dictionaries can only describe in text. All the clear, concise illustrations are organized into a series of fully indexed sections.

Each key word and phrase is connected to the detailed illustrations making identification and translations quick and accurate.

The scope and depth of this reference are immense, covering an incredibly detailed range of terms for:

  • Astronomy and Earth
  • Flora, fauna and humans
  • Food, kitchen and around the house
  • Gardening, clothing, articles
  • Arts and architecture
  • Communications, transport and machinery
  • Energy, science and society
  • Sports and games.

This edition is ideal for anyone learning Spanish, French, German and Italian or those learning English as a second language.

A comprehensive general reference visual dictionary featuring terms in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian. This is a translation of the complete Firefly Visual Dictionary (2002).

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About 35,000 terms (translated into English, Spanish, French, German and Italian, indexed by language) describe the 6,000 extremely detailed color illustrations, with topics including science, the arts, human anatomy, business, sports, transport and machinery, energy, fashion and household items. Along with honing your language skills, you can finally find out what the blue thing next to the orange thing on your car is (and whether it should actually be there) and why there is a klarspüpulmittelbehälter in your dishwasher. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Translations in English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian of the names of thousands of objects, plants, animals, and more are included in this illustrated reference that is organized into indexed sections, such as energy, science, and society.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. ; Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, 2004
ISBN: 9781552977781
Characteristics: viii, 1092 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Archambault, Ariane
Alternative Title: Five language visual dictionary


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Jul 03, 2018

An incredible resource with a remarkable amount of time and effort put into it.

X_andor_Who Mar 09, 2014

The Firefly Five Language Visual Dictionary: In this carefully constructed enchiridion, there are plenty of pretty pictures to go with all the varying language descriptions. This book, based on its scenic sights and its heavy, hefty weight, might be worth its weight in gold…it truly, when handled by hand, is like holding a brick ingot; it weighs a ton, and there are plethora of pictures to look at and learn from, and ultimately, it looks like it is meant for having fun. If anything about said book, it is good for a lengthy, ocular look. There are five languages next to each picture, and there will be a notation of M, F, N to give indication that word is of masculine, feminine, or neutrality order. I would have preferred to have notation to show what word matches to what language and have it right beside said written word…but, it is fairly understandable that is always in the same descending order: English, Spanish, French, German, and last Italian. For a reference book, it is very visually inviting; it having many individual chapters, and many parts of subtopics in those chapters, making many more pieces of objects to be beheld; it also has a five language-layered index in the back for alternate searches. I however usually prefer having more word descriptions in reference books that I read, such as like having a slew of synonyms, as which this book seemed to not try to do; still, like I said, based upon all that can be vastly, visually read, it is quite the eye-capturing treat, if that’s something one would want more than they would word wantingly need. Rating: 4.5/5.0. -X; Xandor Who; jjm

Oct 03, 2013

When I looked this book up, I assumed THE FIREFLY FIVE LANGUAGE VISUAL DICTIONARY was meant for children with its highly visual nature, as the title and the cover art implies. However, when I got it, not only is it a massive volume, but the terminology contained within is wide-ranging and in-depth. From the nut on a violin to your debit card PIN number, this book contains words you may never even use in your native language; it's that detailed. It also offers a very helpful index in each language; yes, five indices in order for you to find the right term in the right language with ease. It also offers information on the gender of the noun (masculine or feminine, or even neutral), which is much more than I expected. The vernacular is organized by category, such as DIY, society, communications and office automation, science, etc., which makes it easier to find all the words you may need in a given situation. If you're a polyglot like me, learning a number of languages and those languages include English, Spanish, French, German, or Italian, I highly recommend that you take a look at THE FIREFLY FIVE LANGUAGE VISUAL DICTIONARY.


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X_andor_Who Apr 09, 2014

Tags Summary: big book, dictionary, languages, linguistics, picture reference book, pictures, plentiful plethora of pictures, polyglot, visual dictionary.


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