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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Dec 9, 2003

This is not my usual language pair but I should be grateful for advice on a dictionary that is regarded as the principal authority in this field and also, if different, one that is favoured for IT terminology.
Many thanks.


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jbc
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Some recommendations Dec 9, 2003

I find the 'Dictionnaire Général de la Technique Industrielle' vol 9 (Fr>Eng) by Dr.-Ing. Richard Ernst very useful, but it is also expensive (£84 when I bought it 3 yrs ago).
I also find the 'Dictionnaire Informatique français/anglais' by Michel Ginguay useful for IT translation (cheaper too -£21.75).
Whether these would be regarded as the leading dictionaries, I don't know.


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Some suggestions Dec 9, 2003

Russell Jones wrote:

This is not my usual language pair but I should be grateful for advice on a dictionary that is regarded as the principal authority in this field and also, if different, one that is favoured for IT terminology.
Many thanks.


I use the Routledge French Technical Dictionary/Dictionnaire technique anglais

This site is also very useful (Le grand dictionnaire terminologique): http://www.granddictionnaire.com/btml/fra/r_motclef/index1024_1.asp


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Bruce Popp  Identity Verified
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Agree with Pina Nunes Dec 9, 2003

Pina Nunes wrote:

I use the Routledge French Technical Dictionary/Dictionnaire technique anglais



I use this dictionary a lot and I am very pleased with it. I also like the Grand Dictionnaire Terminologique that Pina recommended.


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Jean-Marie Le Ray  Identity Verified
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Richard Ernst vs. Routledge Dec 10, 2003

Hi,

I've got these two dictionaries but I really think the first one ('Dictionnaire Général de la Technique Industrielle' by Dr.-Ing. Richard Ernst - you must find also Fr>En) is much better than the second one (Routledge French Technical Dictionary), and maybe also a bit cheaper (I'm not sure but you can easyly verify on the Net).

Bye, Jean-Marie


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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
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Thank you Dec 10, 2003

Many thanks to all four for your helpful advice.
Russell


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Subject Areas Covered Dec 10, 2003

Here is the list of subject areas covered in the Routledge Technical Dictionary:

Acoustics
Aeronautics
Astronomy
Automotive Engineering
Ceramics and Glass
Chemical Technology Processes
Chemistry
Cinematography
Coal Technology
Coatings Technology
Colours Tecnology
Computer Technology
Construction
Control Technology
Crystallography
Data Processing
Detergents
Electrical Engineering
Electricity
Electronic Engineering
Fluid Physics
Food Technology
Fuelless Energy Sources
Gas Technology
Geology
Geometry
Geophysics
Heat Engineering Components
Heating Equipment
Hydraulic Equipment
Hydrology
Instrumentation
Laboratory Equipment
Marine Pollution
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanics
Metallurgy
Meteorology
Metrology
Military Technology
Mineralogy
Mining
Nuclear Technology
Oceanography
Optics
Packaging
Paper Technology
Particle Physics
Patents and Trademarks
Petroleum Technology
Petrology
Photography
Physics
Plastics and Rubber
Pollution
Printing
Production Engineering
Properties of Materials
Quality Assurance
Radiation Physics
Railway Engineering
Recording Engineering
Recycling
Refrigeration
Safety Engineering
Space Technology
Springs
Telecommunications
Television
Testing
Textiles
Thermodynamics
Transport
Vehicle Components
Water Supply Engineering
Water Transport Engineering
Wave Physics


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David Sirett
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No 'authority' Dec 12, 2003

There is no general technical dictionary regarded as any sort of 'authority', IMO. I find Routledge almost useless. Ernst seems better, but it is deceptive: you will find answers much more often in it, but if you happen to look up things in a field you know, some of its answers will seem odd. Perhaps just the problems you might expect when merging Eng/German and FR/German databases to produce an Eng/Fr dictionary.

The GDT (Grande dictionnaire terminologique), free online, and Termium (CD-ROM or online subscription) are both better, but of course not perfect. If you are only going to use a Fr/Eng dictionary occasionally, have a good look at the GDT, which may meet your needs.

David


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