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Clive Wilshin  Identity Verified
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Nov 10, 2002

Dear Colleagues,

I am primarily a Russian-English translator, but I also offer French-English. However, I am woefully under-resourced in terms of reference works for this pair.

Apart from Le Petit Robert and the wonderful on-line granddictionnaire, what are the reference works no translator of French should be without? In particular, I would appreciate the recmmendation of a good French-English scientific and technical dictionary.

Thanks in advance,


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Termium Nov 10, 2002

I don\'t translate from French myself, but the French forum here often refers to Termium, a Canadian government sponsored online dictionary which our colleagues seem to find useful. I just checked it out and it seems quite expensive to me - US$25 per month or US$225 per annum, but you can get a free 7-day trial. If you\'re interested, try

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Claudia Iglesias  Identity Verified
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Robert and Collins Nov 11, 2002


In this thread

Robert & Collins had a lot of votes. I don\'t have it yet (it\'s coming on December), I only have Harrap\'s that has been criticized a lot.

Termium is very useful for technical terms, particularly when they are different from Europeans, as it\'s Canadian.

I think you can have a first idea following the KudoZ questions, and seeing when it gives the right answer (or the only answer). Then when you\'ve got your idea try it, as Jack says.

It depends on the translations you have to do.

Another one is EURODICAUTOM. Useful, doesn\'t always agree with TERMIUM.

Sorry I don\'t have the links, I just installed Windows and every thing in my computer, it\'s empty (Don\'t worry for me, I have them in a CD, not copied yet).

And I\'m sure you\'ll have more answers tomorrow

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Here is the link :

it is free and very useful.

The Ernst Dictionary is the reference for technical terms in general but is expensive.

It exists in Cd version.

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Ernst: Wörterbuch der industriellen Technik Nov 11, 2002


a well-known support not only for Germans!

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David Sirett
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There isn't one... Nov 11, 2002

a \"good French-English scientific and technical dictionary\", that is. I used Ernst when I was a salaried translator, and it was pretty lousy, outdated even then (years ago). You find lots of stuff, but it seems so unreliable on what you know that you can\'t trust it on what you don\'t! (German-English and German-French versions may be better.) Routledge is more recent, but almost useless. Termium, Grand dictionnaire and Eurodicautom, despite their failings, are better for sci/eng/tech and cover other disciplines as well. Otherwise, monolingual dictionaries in each language in your fields of interest.



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