Looking for a Spanish/Spanish dictionary for an intermediate Spanish learner
March 20, 2011 10:17 PM   Subscribe

Can anyone recommend a Spanish/Spanish dictionary for an intermediate Spanish learner?

I reached an intermediate level of Spanish seven or eight years ago and am brushing up for a trip to Spain in July.

When I was in Germany many years ago, I had a German "Lernwörterbuch," which was a basic German/German dictionary in which German words were defined in very simple German. I never used it as my primary dictionary, since it could be tedious to look up words to look up words to look up words, but I enjoyed using it when I was alone and had time to take a leisurely approach. I'd like to find something similar for Spanish.

(Apparently "Lernwörterbuch" can also refer to other kinds of books for learning vocabulary, and the Spanish Lernwörterbücher I found on amazon.co.de seem to be thematic vocabulary lists.)
posted by dkh to Writing & Language (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This was my go-to dictionary while taking Spanish. Um, you didn't mention whether you wanted online or not.
posted by patheral at 10:52 PM on March 20, 2011

The RAE, is the handiwork of the Royal Spanish Academy, the official governing body of the Spanish language. (More.)
It might be a little more than you're looking for, but you'd never need another Spanish dictionary again. It's pretty friggin' great.
posted by blazingunicorn at 11:50 PM on March 20, 2011 [1 favorite]

... which you can search online here

this reminds me of the FPP I was drafting about the RAE. Man, where did I put that?
posted by valdesm at 7:14 AM on March 21, 2011

Best answer: I have a pretty good one but I bought it in Spain. It is not incredibly huge and works well for someone who is intermediate level.
posted by JJ86 at 8:54 AM on March 21, 2011 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: patheral, for this purpose, I would prefer a printed book, but I am also interested in online sources.
posted by dkh at 10:56 AM on March 21, 2011

Response by poster: Any tips for buying the dictionary JJ86 linked to? Amazon and biblio.com don't have it, and I had no luck with the Spanish and Mexican stores I found using Google.
posted by dkh at 12:47 PM on March 21, 2011

I'm not sure where you are but the publisher is Ediciones SM which is in Spain but also has the dictionary available through Mexico.
posted by JJ86 at 8:41 PM on March 21, 2011

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