Do you need an Italian Dictionary Online? I have discovered a very nice Italian dictionary and wanted to share it with all of you. This Dictionary is powered by Duolingo. And it’s completely free.
Have you heard of Duolingo?
Most of us have been learning Italian online using Duolingo. If you haven’t
given it a try yet, click here to see what I’m talking about (it’s free too).
But in this article we won’t talk about Duolingo’s Italian course. We’re here to talk about the Duolingo Dictionary.
It’s an English-Italian and Italian-English dictionary. That means you can write words in Italian and see their translation in English. But you can also write in English and see the translation in Italian.
On the other hand, we must also state that this dictionary was created for people that speak English and are learning Italian. So, those who have Italian as their mother tongue and are learning English, may have a bit of difficulty using this dictionary.
If you want to go over and check out this Duolingo Dictionary for yourself, click here or the banner below.
Languages supported by the Duolingo Dictionary
Besides Italian, you can also use this Dictionary if you’re searching words in: Czech, Welsh, Danish, German, Greek, Esperanto, Spanish, French, Irish, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, High Valyrian (yes, the one you hear in Game of Thrones), Hawaiian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian (Bokmâl), Navajo, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Swahili, Klingon (this one is spoken in the Star Trek universe, so you better learn this language before going out to space), Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese and Chinese.
I know you’ll want to go over and see how you write “dragon” in High Valyrian or “Earth” in Klingon. Come on, give it a try! 🙂
Here is what I really like about Duolingo Dictionary
However, you may say: “What makes this dictionary special? Up to this point, every time I don’t understand a word I go over to Google Translator”. So let’s take a closer look at Duolingo’s dictionary and what makes it so cool to use.
I’ll share with you a few searches I have done with this dictionary (sorry, only words in Italian and English; you’ll have to search yourself if you want words in High Valyrian or Klingon, LOL).
Let’s look up some words in this dictionary
Let’s start with a couple of Italian words. We’ll search the word “Re” that means king in Italian. Here are the results.
Right after you search for the word you can listen to its pronunciation. Obviously you have the translation. But there is also a bunch of examples that come with every word you search and that’s what makes this dictionary cool.
These examples show how the word is used for masculine and feminine. They also present plural and singular, and so on. In some cases the list of examples is really lengthy.
At the bottom of the results for “Re”, Duolingo also gives a list of words that could be linked to the word we searched.
Now let’s search for a very common word in Italy: “Mangia”. Italy is also known as Eataly for it’s delicious food. There is a nice Italian Course that is free, about a mystery case involving an Italian recipe. Click here to take a look at it. By the way, “Mangia” means eat in Italian.
The results here are even more extensive than for “Re” (king in Italian). Lots of examples and conjugations. Conjugations in present, remote past and future include indicative, subjunctive and others. There are also a few related words to the term “mangia”.
Let’s end this post searching for the English word “Flag”. In Italian the word is “bandiera”. And again, the thing I like the most from this dictionary are the examples. In this case the example reads: “The Italian flag is green, white and red.”
Now it’s your turn to search for a word. Do you know what “vero” means in Italian? I hear you saying: “Ahh, that one’s easy! No need to check that one. Vero is short for Veronica”. If you did say that, you must go and see what “vero” really means.
I have this dictionary bookmarked. When I don’t understand a word I consult a few sources. But one of them is Duolingo’s dictionary.
I encourage you to give it a try and to bookmark it too.
Let me hear from you. What do you think about this dictionary?