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Seeking Recommendation for French Technical Dictionaries
Thread poster: Julianne Rowland

Julianne Rowland  Identity Verified
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Mar 3, 2007

Can anyone recommend a good technical dictionary F > E? I would prefer one available on CD-ROM.

I have seen and am considering purchasing Ernst, but haven't been able to find it on CD-ROM.

Also, are there any comprehensive basic F > E/E > F dictionaries available on CD-ROM?


 

Mats Wiman  Identity Verified
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http://www.acolada.de/ Mar 3, 2007

where I bought mine. Excellent company and excellent dictionary - on CD-ROM

Sorry: I did not notice. My CDs are DE-FR-DE and DE-EN-DE.

The rest is true.

Mats

[Edited at 2007-03-03 19:40]


 

Julianne Rowland  Identity Verified
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Thanks for the Link! Mar 3, 2007

Thank you for the link, Mats. I had looked everywhere and could only find the G-F/F-G Ernst on CD ROM. It looks like the F-E/E-F edition is brand new.

Best regards,

Julianne


 

Tony M
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Basic F-E dictionary on CD-ROM Mar 3, 2007

Julianne Rowland wrote:

Also, are there any comprehensive basic F > E/E > F dictionaries available on CD-ROM?


You might like to check out my earlier thread on this very topic:

http://www.proz.com/topic/55550

I must say I am very happy with my purchase of the R + C; it's a bit more than 'basic', and I find it extremely comprehensive

[Edited at 2007-03-03 16:23]


 

Julianne Rowland  Identity Verified
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Where to Buy R + C? Mar 3, 2007

Hi Tony,

Actually, I found your thread after I posted mine and found some interesting information there.

Where did you purchase your Robert and Collins?

Thanks!

Julianne


 

Tony M
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One source for purchase over Internet with delivery in France Mar 3, 2007

Well, I had a bit of trouble tracking it down — and you do need to make sure you get the latest version 1.1 which dates from 2006, and which I think resolves some of the problems noted in the earlier version 1 [2004]. Some suppliers seem to still be listing the old one, or not to be aware which version they are selling!

I eventually ordered it from

www.fnac.com,

and I must say I was completely happy with the service I got.

I
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Well, I had a bit of trouble tracking it down — and you do need to make sure you get the latest version 1.1 which dates from 2006, and which I think resolves some of the problems noted in the earlier version 1 [2004]. Some suppliers seem to still be listing the old one, or not to be aware which version they are selling!

I eventually ordered it from

www.fnac.com,

and I must say I was completely happy with the service I got.

I hadn't found it in my local store, but no doubt any branch of fnac could order it for you if you preferred (avoids paying carriage!)

[Edited at 2007-03-03 16:39]
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Melzie
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My favorite R+C Mar 3, 2007

I would also say that if you're looking for purely technical try http://ec.europa.eu/eurodicautom/Controller, it can be very slow and sometimes overloaded but has the real advantage of being a repository of European technical terms. Sadly they no longer update it and there has been a message telling us "We shall keep you informed about further developments" for ages now. Does anyone know what... See more
I would also say that if you're looking for purely technical try http://ec.europa.eu/eurodicautom/Controller, it can be very slow and sometimes overloaded but has the real advantage of being a repository of European technical terms. Sadly they no longer update it and there has been a message telling us "We shall keep you informed about further developments" for ages now. Does anyone know what's happening?

[Edited at 2007-03-03 18:34]
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Julianne Rowland  Identity Verified
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fnac or possibly amazon.ca? Mar 3, 2007

Since I am in the US, I first did a quick search on Amazon.com and I found it, but it looks like an earlier edition. I may try Amazon.ca, since they carry a wider selection of French-language resources. I will also have a look at fnac.com. International shipping for a CD ROM can't be that expensive. Actually, I ordered my Italian dictionary from Italy and had to pay about $30 for airmail shipping, but this was for a hard-copy dictionary plus CD-ROM.

Thanks again for your help.
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Since I am in the US, I first did a quick search on Amazon.com and I found it, but it looks like an earlier edition. I may try Amazon.ca, since they carry a wider selection of French-language resources. I will also have a look at fnac.com. International shipping for a CD ROM can't be that expensive. Actually, I ordered my Italian dictionary from Italy and had to pay about $30 for airmail shipping, but this was for a hard-copy dictionary plus CD-ROM.

Thanks again for your help.

Julianne
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writeaway  Identity Verified
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They have a new and apparently much better reference system.... Mar 3, 2007

Melzie wrote:

I would also say that if you're looking for purely technical try http://ec.europa.eu/eurodicautom/Controller, it can be very slow and sometimes overloaded but has the real advantage of being a repository of European technical terms. Sadly they no longer update it and there has been a message telling us "We shall keep you informed about further developments" for ages now. Does anyone know what's happening?

[Edited at 2007-03-03 18:34]


... but access is (still? forever??) restricted to those with EU and/or EP connections. The rest of us just pay the taxes to finance these institutions and their employees.

FYI-the restrictions listed here are still very much in force. As you can see, the 2006 access date mentioned ("we hope" is never a good sign in EU speak) is long gone. http://www.margaret-marks.com/Transblawg/archives/001482.html

[Edited at 2007-03-04 05:10]


 

Tony M
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Caveat: Eurodicautom Mar 3, 2007

Melzie wrote:

I would also say that if you're looking for purely technical try http://ec.europa.eu/eurodicautom/Controller, it ... has the real advantage of being a repository of European technical terms.


I agree, albeit with a slight caveat; not all of the entries are equally authoritative, and it is always wise to seek external corroboration. Also, sadly, its search facilities are far from brilliant, in fact, nigh on useless for multi-word terms. But, as you say, a fantastic resource, if only access to it could be improved...


 

Tony M
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Sourcing Stateside Mar 3, 2007

Julianne Rowland wrote:

Since I am in the US, I first did a quick search on Amazon.com and I found it, but it looks like an earlier edition.


Yes, that was the problem I had with Amazon, even .fr — they just couldn't seem to make up their minds whether they had it or not.

Anyway, good luck sourcing it your side of the Pond, and if all else fails, get in touch with me and I'll see if I can help you get it from over here...


 

Melzie
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I found this for you Julianne: http://www.elearnaid.com/noname3.html

Tony M, yet again I find myself agreeing with you totally

Writaway, I'm afraid I can't use your link, could you give me an alternative?


 

Julianne Rowland  Identity Verified
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Thanks for the Link! Mar 4, 2007

Hi Melzie,

Thank you for the link - I really appreciate it!

And Tony, thank you also for your kind offer to help me locate a C + R.

Best regards,

Julianne


 

Tony M
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Link OK, but may need editing in your browser address bar... Mar 4, 2007

Melzie wrote:

Tony M, yet again I find myself agreeing with you totally

Writaway, I'm afraid I can't use your link, could you give me an alternative?


(Thanks for the agreement! Nice to know that there are still plenty of us on the same wavelength here!)

More immediately, though, I just wanted to say that the link worked OK for me when I tried it, BUT you can't just click on it directly, as doing that stuck some spurious codes on the end; once it was in my browser address bar, I simply had to delet the extra characters on the end, so that it stops where it should, i.e. after the .html


 

ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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While we're at it... Mar 4, 2007

Can someone give me feedback on the Routledge Technical EN < > FR dictionary, either on CD or in paper format? It is highly praised by those who are selling it, but users are mum...

Thanks!

[Edited at 2007-03-04 20:06]


 
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