Advice needed on good English > German dictionaries
Thread poster: Minna Wood MITI (Purring CAT Ltd.)

Minna Wood MITI (Purring CAT Ltd.)  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
English to Finnish
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Dec 29, 2001

For those who use English > German dictionaries:

I would like to hear your opinion/comments on general English > German dictionaries (Collins, Oxford Duden, Langenscheidt...). I am about to buy one but can\'t decide which one to get.

Thanks a lot for your help.

Have a brilliant year 2002!



Ulrike Lieder  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:15
English to German
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My two cents' worth... Dec 30, 2001

For a truly comprehensive general dictionary, it\'s hard to beat Langenscheidts Enzyklopädisches Wörterbuch (Der Große Muret-Sanders). The complete set (G>E, E>G) takes up 4 large volumes. Drawback: it\'s very expensive (if I recall correctly, each volume ran around DM 380 or so last year).

I also really like Collins (which is also available on CD). While it is not as comprehensive as Muret-Sanders, it does have some \"330,000 entries and more than 500,000 translations\" (quoting from their literature) and includes many idiomatic expressions.

Hope this will help you decide.


Alison Schwitzgebel
Local time: 11:15
Member (2002)
German to English
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Pons/Collins Dec 30, 2001

Pons/Collins is my favorite give the old cost/benefit ratio. If I\'m looking for a general language term, chances are very, very good indeed that I\'ll find an acccurate translation in my Pons/Collins.

I use specialized dictionaries for specialist terminology.


Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:15
English to German
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Muret-Sanders is it... Dec 31, 2001

...I agree with Ulrike: yes, Muret-Sanders is very helpful (although it doesn\'t give you the very latest in new word creations...) and yes, it\'s rather pricey - but definitely worth it.

Another interesting one is \"PONS Bildwörterbuch\" (ISBN 3-12-517830-4) that contains pictures with terms for a variety of general subjects. Helpful if you know what you\'re looking for, but don\'t know what it\'s called in either language...


Mats Wiman  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:15
Member (2000)
German to Swedish
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As CD-ROM is a must,I chose Duden-Oxford Dec 31, 2001

It\'s very good dictionary costing below DM 100 and has many practical features: One is that you can answers in both languages at the sam time, which often helps!


»Duden-Oxford – Großwörterbuch Englisch«: Nachschlagewerk mit großem Wortschatz und Übersetzungstool

Wer beruflich oder privat englische Texte am Computer verstehen, schreiben oder bearbeiten muss, der braucht ein umfassendes und kompetentes Nachschlagewerk. In Zusammenarbeit der Dudenredaktion mit der Oxford University Press entstanden, stellt die CD-ROM »Großwörterbuch Englisch« einen Wortschatz von rund 300 000 Stichwörtern und Wendungen sowie 470 000 Übersetzungen in beide Richtungen – Deutsch-Englisch, Englisch-Deutsch – zur Verfügung. Dabei leisten neue Features effektive Dienste; »Pop-up« ist angesagt, wenn es ums schnelle Nachschlagen englischer Vokabeln geht: per Direkteingabe oder per Lupe. »Tipp-Klick« sorgt für schnelle und direkte Übersetzungshilfe. Wie übersetzt man »proposal« noch gleich? Nach der Eingabe direkt die entsprechende Tastenkombination drücken und schon erscheint eine Liste mit Übersetzungsvorschlägen: »Vorschlag«, »Unterbreitung« oder »(Heirats-)antrag«. Per Mausklick wählt man aus und die passende Übersetzung wird direkt in den eigenen Text ohne Umwege über die Zwischenablage eingefügt. Zum Wörterbuch gibts als Zugabe Infos zu Wortgebrauch und Grammatik, zahlreiche Musterbriefe und thematische Wortlisten und Grafiken. Die CD-ROM ist ab sofort für 99,95 DM im Handel erhältlich.

1 CD-ROM für Windows und Apple Macintosh

ISBN 3-411-70413-6

Ladenpreis ca. 99,95 DM oder (ab 01.01.02: ca. 51,10 Euro [D]; ca. 52,90 Euro [A]) oder ca. 89.90 sFr.

Mindestens 35 MB freier Festplattenspeicherplatz (45 MB empfohlen)


Minna Wood MITI (Purring CAT Ltd.)  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
English to Finnish
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Thank you all.... Jan 1, 2002

...for your valuable comments!

I hope you will have a successfull year!



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