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French Dictionaries and Word Lists

Online French dictionaries and word lists are free and come in all shapes, sizes, and specializations. Check this page for links to all kinds of online French dictionaries as well as tips on choosing the right hard copy French dictionary for yourself.
  1. French-English Dictionaries (17)
  2. French-French Dictionaries (12)
  3. French Slang (17)
  4. Specialized French (121)
  5. French Encyclopedias (8)

French Dictionary Software
If you spend a lot of time reading/writing French, especially on the computer, having a good French dictionary program (or two) can make life a lot easier. I recently purchased several French dictionary programs and already can't remember what life was like without them. Based on my own preferences as well as extensive research, here are the best French dictionary programs you can buy.

French Audio Dictionary
French Audio Dictionary with 2,500 French words and expressions.

Dictionary of French Expressions
Hundreds of the French expressions, including idiomatic expressions, proverbs, phrasal verbs, and formulas, arranged alphabetically by the first word in the French expression.

Before you buy a French dictionary
Like all reference materials, dictionaries can be pretty expensive. However, with any luck they'll last you for a few years, so it's in your best interest to invest in something that's appropriate for your level and needs. Here are some things to keep in mind when buying a French dictionary.

International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
The International Phonetic Alphabet, or IPA, is a standardized alphabet for phonetic notation: a comprehensive set of symbols and diacritical marks used to transcribe the speech sounds of all languages in a uniform fashion. The most common uses of the International Phonetic Alphabet are in linguistics and dictionaries.

French Vocabulary Lessons
Hundreds of lessons on French vocabulary, expressions, and more.

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