Sunday, February 13, 2011

Language software

All Free Dictionaries
A very large number of online and downloadable free dictionaries.
AllWords.comSpecify a word in English, Dutch, French, Italian or Spanish, and translate it simultaneously into Dutch, French, English, Italian and Spanish. Also: links for creative writing, crosword puzzles, writing tools ,thesauri, slang, quotations, translation services, etc.
Cambridge Dictionaries
Free online dictionaries: English, American English, Idioms, French-English-French, Spanish-English-Spanish, etc.
croDict.comOnline Croation to/from German dictionary.
Etymology DictionaryOnline Etymology Dictionary. Etymologies are explanations of what words meant and how they sounded hundreds of years ago.
EurodictOnline English-Bulgarian, German-Bulgarian, Italian-Bulgarian, Spanish-Bulgarian, French-Bulgarian, Greek-Bulgarian, Turkish-Bulgarian, Turkish-English, Turkish-German, Turkish-French and Bulgarian Encyclopedic Dictionary.
Foreignword.comOnline dictionaries for a multitude of languages, and free translation tools.
LangservicesFree online Cambridge dictionaries, Merriam-Websters Dictionary and Merriam-Websters Thesaurus. Note: scroll to bottom of home page to reach the dictionary input form.
LEOExcellent online dictionary for German-English-German (University of Munich).
OneLookMeta-dictionary. Enter any word in any language. OneLook will give you the results of a large number of online resources ordered by dictionary, language and dictionary-type (such as medicine, computing).
Open DictionaryA collaborative project to produce a freely accessible multilingual dictionary in every language, with meanings, etymologies and pronunciations.
RealDictionary.comFree online dictionaries for English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese and Spanish. Also: US Cities, Zip codes, counties.
The Free DictionaryFree online dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus.
TravLangA large number of online dictionaries: German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Latin, Finnish, Norwegian, Frisian, Afrikaans, Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Esperanto, Turkish.
Furthermore: Arabic, Bulgarian, Greek, Korean, Latvian, Farsi, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Yiddish.
TU-ChemnitzExcellent free online English-German dictionary. Translation from English to German and vice versa. Also: explanations, synonyms, proverbs, aphorisms, quotations.
WiktionaryFree multi-lingual online dictionary.
WordReference.comOnline dictionaries: English to/from Spanish, French, Italian; also: English and Spanish definitions, Portuguese to/from Spanish.
YourDictionary.comEnglish -> French
English -> Spanish
English -> German
English -> Italian
English -> Portuguese
French -> English
Spanish -> English
German -> English
Italian -> English
Portuguese -> English
Also: Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, courses, glossaries, abbreviations, grammar guides, etc.
ZebraWords.comOnline meta-dictionary and thesaurus for the english language. Also: online translation of words from and to a large number of other languages.
Free downloadable Dictionaries
Koral dictionariesFree dictionaries (Windows) for download:
More (non-free): more extended dictionaries, talking dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.
ebswift.comFreeware WordNet based dictionaries for PC, Pocket PC, Smartphone, as well as an online dictionary. Features include wildcard, anagram, regular expression, scrabble and "sounds like". Other features include full word hyperlinking, extensive word relations, and the ability to restrict searches to scrabble allowed words (scrabble allowed words is a list of over 209,000 words).
Free English online dictionaries
Dictionary.comFree online English dictionary and meta search engine.
FindTheWord.infoA search engine for English words. All searches are made in a dictionary containing more than 460,000 English words. Also: partial words, anagrams, palindromes, words in word, word bridge, and more.
Merriam-Webster OnLineFree online English thesaurus, dictionary and unabridged dictionary.
Thesaurus.comFree online English thesaurus.
wordthrill.comFree searchable English dictionary with over 200,000 word definitions and list of their synonyms.
Free Specialized online Dictionaries
ASL BrowserExtensive American Sign Language dictionary. For each letter, word or phrase it will play a short movie showing you how it is signed.
ASL PRO.comAmerican sign language dictionary. For each word in the dictionary a short movie is available.
Financial Glossary
Free business dictionary. More than 6,000 entries with 15,000 links
Construction GlossaryConstruction Glossary from the "Home Building Manual".
Dictionary of Algorithms
and Datastructures
Specialized free computing dictionary of algorithms, data structures, etc.
Dictionary of
Automotive Terms
15,000 words and expressions for automobiles, bicycles, motorcycles, engines, and boats. Free.
Esaurus.orgEnglish-Chinese medical dictionary.
FiDict.comOnline financial dictionary, containing over 5000 terms. Additionally, is able to translate between English and Dutch.
Free online dictionary
of Computing
Free general dictionary of computing terms (hardware, software, theory, etc.).
Genealogy GlossaryWhen tracing an ancestry it is common to encounter records filled with obsolete, archaic, or legal terms that can be difficult to interpret. This glossary can help. Free.
InvestorWords.comFree financial glossary with over 6,000 definitions and 20,000 links.
Noslang.comInternet Slang Dictionary and Translator.
Soap Making DictionaryA collection of terms, definitions and acronyms related to the art of soap making.
Sports GlossariesFree online dictionaries on Archery, Auto Racing, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bobsledding, Bowling,etc.
Stedmans Medical
Free online medical dictionaries.
UK Dictionary of SlangFree. English slang and colloquialisms used in the United Kingdom.
Non-free online dictionaries
DorlandsOnline illustrated medical dictionary for healthcare professionals.
Oxford English DictionaryFamous and respected dictionary, for professionals. US$550 subscription fee per year.
Free Thesauri
Thesaurus.comFree online English thesaurus.
WordWebFree and non-free thesauri for which can be used in combination with any Windows program.
MobysaurusFree English thesaurus and dictionary powered by Moby Thesaurus II, Roget's Thesaurus, Collaborative International Dictionary of English, and WordNet.
Thesauri by LanguageThesauri on the Web, classified by language.
Thesauri by SubjectThesauri on the Web, classified by subject.
Free Translation tools
BabelfishAutomatically translates short texts and entire Web pages from one laguage to another. Currently supported translations:
English to Chinese, English to French, English to German, English to Italian, English to Japanese, English to Korean, English to Portuguese, English to Spanish, Chinese to English, French to English, French to German, German to English, German to French, Italian to English, Japanese to English, Korean to English, Portuguese to English, Russian to English, Spanish to English.
FreeTranslation.comFree automatic translation to/from English, Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, Italian, etc.
Google translateGoogle's free automatic language translation service instantly translates text and web pages. This translator supports a multitude of languages."World Of Translators". Free automatic online text translation for English, German, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and French.
Free Spellcheckers
Spellcheck.netFree online spellchecker. Just copy/paste your text into the form (up to 5000 characters) and press 'spellcheck text'.
Learn languages for free
EasyPortuguesePortuguese lessons, useful phrases, audio samples, vocabulary, alphabeth, etc.
InterlexA free Windows application that can help you learn vocabulary in a foreign language. The program is built around a simple idea: first you compile a list of words and phrases, then you test yourself until you have learnt them.
Learn a Language on YouTubeA selection of YouTube videos to help you learn a foreign language, especially if you are at the beginning stages.
Learn Mandarin Chinese25 free online Mandarin Chinese lessons.
UsingEnglish.comProvides a large collection of English as a Second Language (ESL) tools & resources such as: a grammar glossary and references of irregular verbs, phrasal verbs and idioms, ESL forums, articles, teacher handouts and printables, links and information.
Various Language resources
Acronym FinderFree. Comprehensive database of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms. 253,000+ definitions. An acronym is a pronounceable word formed from each of the first letters of a descriptive phrase. An acronym is actually a type of abbreviation.
World Oral
Literature Project
Database of around 3000 endangered and extinct languages.
AnagramsFree. Returns a list of anagrams for any word you type in. An anagram is a word or phrase formed by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase. For exampe, Elvis to Lives.
Free Language HelpdeskFree helpdesk for language related matters by
NearRhyme.comFind near rhymes and alliterations.
OmniglotWriting systems and languages of the world.
RhymeZoneFind rhymes, synonyms, antonyms, definitions, related words, similar sounding words, homophones; match consonants and letters; check spelling, etc.