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emk
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10 November 2013 at 9:49pm | IP Logged 
When I'm studying French, I know which online dictionaries to use for which kinds of tasks—Wiktionary is an excellent monolingual dictionary for example, WordReference is good if I need an English translation, and Linguee is good for puzzling out weird turns of phrase.

But I don't know what online dictionaries work well for Spanish. So I'd like to pick everybody's brains a bit:

1. What's your favorite online Spanish->English dictionary? Is WordReference good?
2. What's your favorite online monolingual Spanish dictionary?
3. Is Linguee's English<->Spanish site any good?
4. Are there any other dictionary sites you use on a regular basis?

Thank you very much for your suggestions!

(I'm curious because I'm working on some SRS-related tools, and I want to support Spanish out of the box. Also, one of these days, I'm probably going to start poking at Spanish a bit. The Assimil course is sitting on the shelf, taunting me.)
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montmorency
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10 November 2013 at 10:13pm | IP Logged 
I'd been going to suggest Wordreference, but I see that's on your radar. I used to use it
a lot when I was active in Spanish, including the forums.

I don't know if there are any better ones.
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nicozerpa
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 Message 3 of 7
10 November 2013 at 10:26pm | IP Logged 
Hi, Emk.

1) Actually, my favourite EN-ES dictionary is WordReference.com. You can choose between
their own dictionary or Collins in that site. The forums are also very good.

2) rae.es. That's the official Spanish dictionary, made by the
Real Academia Española, the organization that regulates the language.

3) I love Linguee in Spanish! :P It displays many accurate results almost always.

Good luck!


Edited by nicozerpa on 10 November 2013 at 10:27pm

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nicozerpa
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10 November 2013 at 10:45pm | IP Logged 
emk wrote:
(I'm curious because I'm working on some SRS-related tools, and I want to
support Spanish out of the box. Also, one of these days, I'm probably going to start
poking at Spanish a bit. The Assimil course is sitting on the shelf, taunting me.)


A little question: how old is that Assimil book? I'm asking it because Spanish spelling
rules have changed a bit in recent years, and maybe you'll have to pay attention to that.

I'm currently learning German using an Assimil course from the 90's, but there was a
spelling reform later and I had to "relearn" some words.
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Doitsujin
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11 November 2013 at 12:38am | IP Logged 
In addition to the sites already mentioned, you can also check out:

PONS Spanish-English Dictionary (requires Adblock Plus or similar ad blocker)

Collins Spanish-English Dictionary (ad blocker strongly recommended, but not necessary)
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Medulin
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 Message 6 of 7
11 November 2013 at 2:31am | IP Logged 
Diccionario integral del español de la Argentina (2009)>
http://www.clarin.com/diccionario

Diccionario del español de México (2005)>
http://dem.colmex.mx/

These two give a more accurate picture of Argentine Spanish and Mexican Spanish
than the Madrid-made RAE dictionary.

Edited by Medulin on 11 November 2013 at 2:34am

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11 November 2013 at 3:09am | IP Logged 
I like Spanishdict.com


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