Online dictionaries for German

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Classical dictionaries as a paper book are still appreciated by language learners as a reliable and competent reference in class and during homework. Here we presented some sources for online dictionaries but also the most popular books.

Classic dictionaries as a printed book are still appreciated by learners learners as a reliable and handy reference in class and during homework. However, everybody who uses the Internet everywhere on-line dictionaries are the most important references. Here we have collected some sources and also the most popular books in paper:


Dictionaries on-line

Multi-language translation services

  • The on-line dictionary from the EU: IateEuroDic lets you translate from and to 13 different languages. You will also find a German/German dictionary. A filter to select different topics and other selection tools make this dictionary very comfortable to use.
    Another on-line translation service is: www.online-translator.com, to translate from Russian into other languages. Also check www.yourdictionary.com.
  • Dict.com is an unique dictionary portal, which offers 30 languages in 900 language combinations. It's suitable for learning languages, even those languages which are not common. Single dictionaries cover common vocabulary and contain the additional information (contextual notes, prepositional phrases, examples of use, word forms, and so on) that people expect in traditional dictionaries. For English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian there are grammar overviews, phrasebooks, pronunciation recorded by native speakers and thematic content suitable for learning.
  • The language portal bab.la offers language quizzes, vocabulary exercises, discussion forums and dictionaries in 11 languages. All users are welcomed to contribute and evaluate new word entries, quizzes and vocabulary lists. The new vocabulary exercises also enable users to compile and save their own lessons as well as publish them for the whole language community.
  • PONS.eu - the language portal www.pons.eu provides since September 2011 the PONS dictionary "German as a foreign language" in an updated version as an online dictionary
  • German-English-Spanish:
  • German-English-French from www.linguadict.de
  • Woxikon.de: a dictionary for synonyms with 37 Mio. translationes into 22 languages.

Bilingual: English - German / German - English

  • Our favourite: the English-German dictionary BEOLINGUS from the Technical University of Dresden. There are over 180,000 entries with many search options, a guest book and an off-line version to download is also available. A similar dictionary you will find at www.ego4u.de/de/dictionary .
  • The LEO English / German Dictionary with over 190,000 entries. It is very quick and easy to us like our favourite. The special benefit about Leo is that it grows with each visitor - you are also welcome to act as a "volunteer" ;-).
    Moreover: You will find many good links to other dictionary services on the web.

Dictionaries as a "book"

Among many dictionaries on offer, these four publishers are most interesting:

There are a lot of dictionaries for technical terms (eg. Electrical, mechanical engineering, traffic engineering and many others) as well as for less known foreign languages. We recommend you make a specific search using a search engine or ask a bookshops.

Note: If a direct order link to a book below doesn´t work, it isn't currently available at Amazon.com. In this case please try an order at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de or your local bookshop.

Electronical dictionaries and CDs

  • The Clicktionary of Cleverlearn.com is a type of dictionary that needs just one click. If an unknown word occurs you just click it and immediately the Clicktionary provides the correct translation in a small pop up window. The download is free!
    A similar program is available from www.babylon.com

Translation Services

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