GER-GER or FRE-FRE downloadable dictionaries
Thread poster: Ara Mkrtchyan

Ara Mkrtchyan  Identity Verified
Armenia
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English to Armenian
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Mar 26, 2007

Dear colleagues,

Does anyone happen to be using or is anybody aware of a downloadable auhtoritative dictionary for the German-German or French-French languages? I am not looking for some cheap, online editions, but for dictionaries like the Houghton Mifflin American Heritage Dictionary to cite an example. Even information on shareware would be useful. The conditions are - an authoritative, explanatory, preferably exmaple-supported downloadable dictionary.


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Robert Tucker
United Kingdom
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German and French monolingual dictionaries Mar 27, 2007

The best online German monolingual dictionaries as far as I know are:

http://www.wissen.de/wde/generator/wissen/ressorts/bildung/woerterbuecher/index.html

The nineteenth century Grimm brothers dictionary:

http://germazope.uni-trier.de/Projects/WBB/woerterbuecher/dwb/wbgui?lemid=GA00001

and the Deutsches Rechtswörterbuch:

http://drw-www.adw.uni-heidelberg.de/drw/ (stops at "R")

The best online French monolingual dictionary is "Le grand dictionnaire terminologique":

http://www.grand-dictionnaire.com/btml/fra/r_motclef/index1024_1.asp

I don't think you will find particularly good free downloadable dictionaries for these languages.

You may be able to buy dictionaries to download from Babylon:

http://www.babylon.com/display.php?id=130&tree=5&level=2

For CD's have a look at:

http://www.dicoland.com


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nordiste  Identity Verified
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TLFI = Trésor de la Langue Française Informatisé Mar 27, 2007

It's a compréhensive French dictionnary published by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (French : CNRS).

It's not downloadable but you can access it on the Internet for free, or buy the CD (about 60 euros I think).

http://atilf.atilf.fr/tlf.htm


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Ken Cox  Identity Verified
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what you are asking... Mar 27, 2007

is for a reputable publisher to make its work available free of charge. This is not a rational business model.

Sometimes it's better to pay for the expertise that stands behind a good dictionary. All the good ones have CD-ROM versions, so you have the convenience of an online version with the accuracy and authority of a professional version.

Compared with the prices of specialist dictionaries, general-purpose monolingual (and bilingual) dictionaries are not expensive.


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Ara Mkrtchyan  Identity Verified
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English to Armenian
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I don't want free dictionaries.. Mar 27, 2007

Ken Cox wrote:

is for a reputable publisher to make its work available free of charge. This is not a rational business model.

Sometimes it's better to pay for the expertise that stands behind a good dictionary. All the good ones have CD-ROM versions, so you have the convenience of an online version with the accuracy and authority of a professional version.

Compared with the prices of specialist dictionaries, general-purpose monolingual (and bilingual) dictionaries are not expensive.


Ken,

I did not say I want only free dictionaries. I am ready to pay for it provided it can be downloaded and not sent by post since the Armenian post system is way too unreliable.


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Annette Scheulen  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:34
English to German
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Monolingual German Dictionaries Mar 27, 2007

Here you go: http://downloadshop.bifab.de/index.php?affiliate_id=2

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Ken Cox  Identity Verified
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if your problem is the postal system... Mar 28, 2007

are courier services an possible alternative? not cheap, of course, but you can probably find vendors who can deliver by courier (FedEx, etc. - depending on which companies are active in Armenia). I'm not aware of any online dictionaries from major publishers that are available by download (the industry is too conservative).

Good luck!

Hmmm, I should have checked Annette's reference first. Nice site!

[Edited at 2007-03-28 08:28]


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Ara Mkrtchyan  Identity Verified
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Thanks to all Mar 28, 2007

Thank you everyone for sharing information. It turned out to be very useful, as I had expected:)

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