Given that site policy is veering away from 'simple' translations (if such a thing exists!), which on-line resources would you advise people to use?


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Quelques dictionnaires explicatifs (donnant le sens des mots en français), c'est toujours bien de vérifier le sens des mots donnés par les dictionnaires bilingues.

Quelques dictionnaires des synonymes:

Une liste de dictionnaires bilingues:

Finalement une liste de service de traduction en ligne:

Les dictionnaires Le Robert ont des versions en ligne, mais payantes.

Pour du vocabulaire plus spécialisé :

Une astuce pour des expressions ou du vocabulaire spécifique est d'utiliser wikipedia en recherchant l'entrée correspondante dans la langue connue et puis utilisant la possibilité de trouver l'entrée dans une autre langue.

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    WordReference est une très bonne ressource.
    – raphink
    Commented Aug 23, 2011 at 10:03

http://www.linguee.fr is great for human translations of common and even not so common phrases within the context they occur, it searches translations that are on the web.


Pour ajouter à la liste d'@Un francophone je conseille de visiter frengly.com - facile et qui traduit bien à mon avis.

To add to the list of @Un francophone I would recommend frengly.com - easy to use and it seems to work well enough for most things - providing that you can read enough to spot the typical machine translation faults.


Google Translate is a pretty good resource for easy translations.

The translator of Dictionary.com can be a good one too

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    Google Translate must be used very wisely, sometimes it translates good, other times completely wrong.
    – Alenanno
    Commented Aug 23, 2011 at 10:27
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    @Alenanno : yes, but you can evaluate google translations and submit some better ones if you want. Commented Aug 23, 2011 at 10:28
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    That's the main reason why it's not 100% reliable. Everybody can submit a different choice, so both experts and people who might make it wrong on purpose... :D You never know...
    – Alenanno
    Commented Aug 23, 2011 at 10:29

As well as Google Translate, I like to see PROMT's rendering of translations too, which I often find better.


Pour traduire entre français et allemand, je conseille LEO.


I use www.wordreference.com

It contains many definitions and usages... Works for many languages back and forth.


For single words, I have had some good results with a Dutch online dictionary - go figure. It does work way better if Dutch is involved, but English to French doesn't work that bad either, and sometimes you get definitions of the words too, which I think is a great help.

In any case, if by any chance you need Dutch <-> French, it'll be a good reference (you didn't specify source language in your question).

And, even if your question specifically says "online", I'll pretend I didn't see it and mention the good old-fashioned dictionary.


J'aime beaucoup l'Atlas sémantique - (not sure if it still works, requires Java Applets)

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    Pas mal. Ce format évite les problèmes des dictionnaires bilingue trop simples dans lesquels on a du mal à trouver le mot juste. Commented Aug 23, 2011 at 11:50

If you use the Google Chrome browser, it has translation built in. When you open a page that's primarily in any language other than your default, the browser detects it and puts a bar across the top of the page asking if you'd like the page translated. After translating, you can hover your mouse over any sentence to view the sentence in the original language.

  • I've already found this very useful browsing around here on French SE. Commented Aug 24, 2011 at 21:04

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