Thursday, April 14, 2005

How to choose a good dictionary

Dictionaries can become the best friends for translators, they are a great help for students and quite necessary if you are learning a language. One of my first lessons at the Translation Faculty was entirely devoted to advice on how to choose a dictionary. Today 10 years later, I still remember how useful that class was.
We may tend to think that electronic aids can replace dictionaries, but I really advice you to get a good dictionary if you are studying a foreign language. Good dictionaries are more trustworthy than any program or online dictionary you can find.
When you are choosing a dictionary, the first think to consider are your needs, what to you want the dictionary for?
For advanced learners and translators big dictionaries and specialised glossaries can be the best choice, while a pocket size paper-back dictionary can be more helpful for a traveller.
Here is a good article about how to choose a dictionary: http://www.translationdirectory.com/article311.htm

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