Bilingual Dictionaries

You already know my opinion on the usefulness of bilingual dictionaries (in case you don’t, here’s a link to my blog post on the subject). If you need to get one, but have no idea what’s available, here’s a short list from which you can choose:

University of Chicago Spanish-English Dictionary

My first bilingual dictionary was an earlier edition of this one. Its size makes it pretty useful, and has been the go-to dictionary for English students in Mexico for decades.

Webster’s Spanish-English Dictionary For Students

Diccionario Cambridge Pocket

Gran Diccionario Oxford

Very nice dictionary, although its size makes it inconvenient to carry around.

Dictionaries in Spanish

Diccionario del Estudiante

Nice and portable, pretty complete and sufficient for everyday use.

Diccionario Esencial Larousse

Pequeño Larousee Ilustrado

My favorite dictionary! Not designed to be portable, but pretty complete and every edition is full of great ilustrations.

Diccionario de la Lengua Española

The most complete in this list, intended to be kept as reference at home or in the office.

Other useful reference books

Ortografía de la Lengua Española

Great reference for spelling rules and exceptions in Spanish.

Gramática de la Lengua Española

Great reference for Spanish grammar.

Larousse de la conjugación

Verb conjugation can be tricky even for native speakers, but this book answers any questions on the subject, even for some obscure, seldom-used verb and tense combinations.

Diccionario de Sinónimos y Antónimos

Roughly equivalent to a Thesaurus.

Radio Shows in Spanish

La Tremenda Corte is a sitcom-style radio show produced many decades ago, but with the kind of timeless humor that has kept it airing regularly on radio stations all over latinamerica even today. Each episode revolves around a crime, usually commited by “Tres Patines”, a small-time crook with a strong cuban accent, always looking to make an easy and quick buck. The usual victims include a galician man and cuban woman. The judge speaks with an accent quite similar to that of central Mexico, even though his background is never discussed (to my knowledge). Through the link provided you can access a website with most radio episodes, and even some TV episodes that were produced towards the end of that show’s run.