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Maldives Culture editors and Dhivehi Observer are pleased to announce the English-Dhivehi-English dictionary is now available in a new edition, which includes appendices of Dhivehi numbers, days and lunar months, and weights and measures.
The conversion from Thaana to Roman script follows the guidelines developed by linguists in Maldives during the 1970s. In the dictionary, double dhaalu is written 'ddh' instead of the literal 'dhdh'. Similarly, double thaa is written 'tth' instead of the literal 'thth'.
The root form of a verb in English is the infinitive: 'to do, to talk'. However, the root form of a verb in Dhivehi is the gerund: 'the doing, the talking'.
The dictionary gives the root infinite English with the corresponding root gerund Dhivehi form.
The editors thank Madulu Waheed and Abdullah Sadiq from the Maldive National Council for Linguistic and Historical Research, and Maldivian/New Zealander educator Majid Abdul-Wahhab (www.maldivesroyalfamily.com) for their help, encouragement and expertise.
Future editions will update and expand the dictionary. We welcome any correspondence suggesting corrections and improvements.
The Dhivehi-English dictionary costs US$50.
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2004 edition is 156pp paperback (B5 size) with gloss cover.
All entries are in Roman script.
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