The web as a dictionary

2009 May 13
The web as a dictionary

With Linguee , you can search many millions of bilingual texts in English and German for words and expressions. Every expression is accompanied by useful additional information and suitable example sentences.

Linguee is the right tool to find:

  • In what context a translation is used
  • How frequent a particular translation is
  • Example sentences: How have other people translated an expression?

Linguee is used like a search engine. You search for a word or a phrase, and you find pairs of sentences that contain the word or the phrase as an exact or similar match. If the search is not successful, it usually pays off to simplify the search phrase and search again. The search result is clearly arranged in groups of expressions and ordered by frequency.

By searching not only for a single word, but for a respective word in its context, you can easily find a translation that fits optimal in context. With its large number of entries, Linguee often retrieves translations of rare terms that you don't find anywhere else.

Linguee's most important source is the bilingual web. Other valuable sources include EU documents and patent specifications.

You can download the Linguee German-English Dictionary, under a GNU General Public License