Absolutely indispensible for anyone who is learning the German language, or simply interested in knowing a few phrases and idioms, is a good English/German dictionary.
So thank goodness for LEO, (Link Everything Online) a website that has an excellent, easy to use, online German English/English German dictionary, whilst at the same time including a range of capabilities that are virtually guaranteed to help improve anyone’s understanding of, and interest in, the language.
dict.leo.org - English-German Dictionary, in German dict.leo.org - Deutsch-Englisches Wörterbuch, is the place to go when searching for that elusive translation.
It also has an audio pronunciation guide, an effective vocabulary trainer and a forum where, if a question has not already been asked and answered, your language query can be thrown out into the world and receive several qualified and correct replies by return. For almost every English/German related query Ask LEO can provide an answer.
Even within the international corporate world the LEO German English Online Dictionary is a much relied upon and invaluable resource.
LEO was created, designed and compiled by enthusiastic student volunteers and IT experts in Munich, Bavaria, at The Technical University and Ludwig Maximilians University. Originally set up as a German English dictionary for internal use in the early 1990's, it was an effective alternative to the often frustrating and unsuccessful search for IT vocabulary and terms through conventional dictionaries, and was later extended to take advantage of the World Wide Web.
Still a free service but now with salaried specialised staff paid for by advertisements, LEO currently has five dictionaries, German English, featuring both British and American English, German French, German Spanish, German Italian, German Chinese and German Russian.
Queries to all the dictionaries continue to increase, and on one November day in 2008 the German English dictionary recorded more than 12 million queries, a level that has carried on rising.
Its smiling lion decorating the websites pages, LEO, is a symbol from the Bavarian coat of arms, and in addition to being a Bavarian site, it lives up to its original title of Link Everything Online, with links to explore Munich and the city’s surrounding area, as well as to LEO’s bar.
This virtual online cocktail bar has 2616 cocktail recipes, including the offer to list what ingredients you have to hand so a suitable, if sometimes rather unusual, mix can be created.
Links that cover everything from German beer gardens and medicine, to TV, culture and travel are to be found under Fun and Useful Sites, and, while many of the links are in English if the meaning escapes you on some of the German ones, their own online dictionary is at your fingertips to make life easier.
LEO is a dictionary and an excellent one, but certainly not only that, and is well worth a visit, even if the thought of actually learning the language is way down your list of priorities.
'The Everything Learning German Book' is an excellent, and interesting, beginner’s source which not only covers German grammar rules and vocabulary, but also features cultural information and travel tips. And, as an added aid to learning ‘to speak real German’, the book version also has an audio CD spoken by a native German speaker, with the correct pronounciation and nuances.
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