As a red, white, and blue Midwesterner with a distinct drawl, I struggle with my French, though my husband and I have lived in France for a few years. Just as beneficial as a good appetite is a good French-English dictionary. We have a couple of dictionaries each on our iPhones and iPad, and we just picked up a new French-English Dictionary for the Mac.
Dictionary, Definitions, And Verbs, Oh My!
What we’ve noticed is that there are more English speakers in France if you don’t act like a typical tourist with an attitude.
Still, the need to carry a French-English dictionary is worthwhile for any native English speaker working, living, or visiting the sights in Paris.
My new MacBook Air goes with me nearly everywhere and the latest addition is Ultralingua’s French-English Dictionary with verbs.
What you get is a very Mac-like, easy-to-use dictionary that’s perfect for the struggling French-as-a-second-language student. Over 270,000 translations are included, plus conjugation for thousands of French and English verbs.
The Translation Dictionary alone has over 85,000 entries, including slang and technical language, plus regional differences in spelling and usage (noun genders, too).
The verbs include most standard tenses and forms with plenty of examples and thousands of conjugations made in both languages.
Here’s an added benefit for the English-speaking student of French– flash cards. Create and edit custom flash cards to improve your vocabulary and grammar; drag and drop cards to arrange in any order, even change card colors to match your mood (red is frustration).
Numbers can also be translated back and forth between French and English using the built-in number tool. The search function can find infinitives and catch misspellings (French and English).
There’s also a reference guide to help with common writing and grammar issues.
Even better, since you’re likely to be traveling, you won’t need an internet connection because the dictionary is self contained and stays on your Mac. Finally, if you want to really immerse yourself in French, not only is there an Ultralingua French-English dictionary for the Mac, there’s one for iPhone and iPad.
What’s missing is audio, which would help immensely with learning pronunciation, though I have managed to download a French voice for my Mac. This dictionary is well worth the money, the time, and the effort.