Finding Just the Right Word in Two Tongues



By Kit Eaton, New York Times

“I’ve learned two foreign languages so far, and it’s been satisfying and useful. But there was one unexpected difficulty: the dictionaries. A good bilingual dictionary can be expensive, and too big and heavy to carry around. And riffling through a dictionary takes too much time when you’re midconversation.

Today the problems of bulk and page-riffling have largely been solved by bilingual smartphone dictionaries. They’re easy to use and searchable, and they weigh nothing.  Dictionary apps from ULTRALINGUA have been my favorite for a while because of their no-fuss design. They’re $20 iOS apps, and I’ve used the English-Portuguese and English-French versions. There are other languages available, including Spanish and Mandarin.”

Read More…