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Online translation dictionary.

WordReference.com is an online translator dictionary primarily for English-French, English-Spanish, and English-Italian word pairs. The website also offers limited translation for English-German and English-Russian pairs, and will soon feature English-Portuguese. … see full wiki

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My go-to online translator dictionary!

  • Dec 17, 2008
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Are you obsessed with language? Do you translate everything you read into foreign languages and think it's the most entertaining thing you could possibly do? If you're as obsessed with linguistics as I, then you'll immediately bookmark wordreference.com.

I love WordReference. (Note: a lot of people spell it Word Reference but it's just one word.) It's far better than Babelfish, and a lot easier than opening up a dictionary. Type in the word or phrase you're looking for, and chances are you'll be presented with numerous definitions that have been reviewed and updated by native speakers from around the globe. This is great, because words may differ between regions and countries (such as the differences in Mexican vs Spain Spanish, or France vs Quebec French).

My favorite feature on the site is the forum. At the bottom, it's very useful for phrases that may not have been included in the dictionary. If you can't find what you're looking for, you can ask it to the forum and you'll usually get a response within moments. Wait a day, and a whole conversation will blossom!

There are other sites out there, but WordReference is easy to use and loads quickly. I used the site countless times in college and never had any issues with false translations or mistakes. Give it a shot!

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March 06, 2011
Nearly a year on, and having accumulated rather vast experience with this site, I find that my earlier comments regarding this site apply in spades.

Any translation proposals offered by users of the site in the forums absolutely must be verified from other sources. Posters (by their own admission or by the obvious evidence) post on the site when drunk; many throw out guesses for terminology in languages in which their proficiency is less than rudimentary; many fail to read threads before posting in them and disregard correct information provided in favour of posting nonsense; etc.

There is no oversight of the discussion forums for the quality of the content; the moderation focuses on policing for "off-topic chat" in the most blatanatly arbitrary and biased way. I speak as someone whose contribution to the forums is regularly recognized by other users, prompting the strange but common response from some other users and moderators at their behest: petty sniping and wildly arbitrary moderation.

User beware: evaluate any content you find on the discussion forums carefully; do not adopt any of it without further research and verification.
April 25, 2010
Be very careful when using the wordreference forums for translation assistance. It is unfortunately common to find people posting wild guesses at terms (even in a language in which they are not fluent) that are completely wrong. This is particularly problematic for specialized terminology. If a native speaker, or someone else with expertise, does not come along and provide good information, the bad information will remain in the database and be found by searches at the site and by internet search engines. User-contributed content in the discussion forums is not authoritative, and should always be researched further before being adopted. The site is indeed very useful, but it calls for discernment on the part of users.
April 19, 2009
I use WordReference nearly every day and would be lost without it. I've always been fascinated by idiomatic uses and this is a real "living language" wiki site, particularly in the forum material. Cool to see it reviewed here!
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