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German Language Resources for Students and Teachers: Dictionaries

This guide provides resources to support learning and teaching of the German language.

Online Dictionaries

There are many good online dictionaries for German learners.  The top few are those I highly recommend for both their usefulness and their interfaces.  Dictionaries with more specialized uses follow in alphabetical order.  All of the dictionaries in this list are of good quality, and some might appeal to individual learners more than others.  Try them out, and see which ones work for you!

Online Translators and Dictionaries

Dictionary Meta-Sites

Word-Related Resources

Print works on German

An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Language and Languages  Ref P29 .C68 1992

Routledge Dictionary of Language and Linguistics  Ref P29 .B875 1996

The World's Major Languages  Ref P371 .W6 1987



Print Dictionaries for Learners

Der deutsche Wortschatz nach Sachgruppen Ref PF3591 .D6 2004                                                          

This compilation of German vocabulary lists words in subject categories.  

Der Duden in 10 Bänden Ref PF3625 .D84 1988          

The Duden is the standard reference work on the German language. Especially helpful for language learners are the following volumes: Stilwörterbuch (thesaurus) and the Aussprachewörterbuch (pronunciation dictionary).

Wörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache Ref PF3625 .K46 2000

This dictionary is compiled for learners of German and contains good definitions and information on pronunciation and usage.


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