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Recommendations for italian/english dictionary

Post by brindge » Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:29 pm

I am beginning to do some translation work from English to Italian (and perhaps vice versa) and I need to get a powerful Italian/English dictionary. For the home reference, there are 2 noted on this site: The Oxford Paravia Dictionary and the Italian Unabridge Dictionary. Of the two, which would you recommend? I am looking for one that has modern language terms and phrases as well as some technical terms.

Secondly, I was looking for a recommendation for a small portable dictionary as well - one that I can take with me if I need to travel with it. I do not need it for simple translations, but one that can handle heavy duty stuff :)

Grazie amici del forum - come sempre, siete sempre molto gentile :) e` sono ansiosa di ricevere la vostra risposta!
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Post by Davide » Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:28 pm

I have both the Oxford Concise and the Oxford Paravia - I highly recommend the Paravia - plenty of information is given for every headword. A great dictionary.

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Post by polideuce » Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:32 pm

Se non ti riferisci a un dizionario cartaceo, valuterei anche il Garzanti che puoi trovare on line gratuitamente; basta registrarsi :)
http://www.garzantilinguistica.it/
...io mi sono sempre trovato bene :)

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Post by brindge » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:32 pm

Grazie, Davide e Gabriele, per i consigli!!! Allora, penso che prendero' il dizionario Paravia, e m'iscrivo subito a garazanti!!! Siete stati molto aiutevole entrambi :)

Grazie e buona giornata :)
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Post by Benzene » Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:26 pm

Ciao brindge!

Ti suggerisco il "Sansoni Inglese" online; è un buon dizionario bilingue.

Non occorre nessuna registrazione.

Eccoti il link: http://dizionari.corriere.it/

Bye,

Benzene

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Post by brindge » Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:46 pm

Benzene, grazie per questo link. Sono tutti molto utili.

Gabriele, mi sono iscritta a garazanti, ma non riesco a trovare se fanno "translation" dal inglese al italiano, e vice versa. Solo trovo il dizionario e anche della grammatica. Dove devo guardare?

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Post by polideuce » Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:11 pm

scusa...forse ho frainteso, ma pensavo ti servisse un dizionario; posso guardare se trovo qualche sito free dove fanno anche delle traduzioni, ma in genere vanno poi sempre aggiustate.
La Garzanti ha solo dei dizionari.
Guardo comunque cosa trovo in giro e ti linko quello che trovo :)

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Post by Benzene » Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:53 pm

Hi brindge!

Please, look at here: http://www.reverso.net/text_translation.asp?lang=EN

You have to write the text on the window and after clicking on the flags to enable the translation that you want to get.

There is also the possibility to listen your translated text.

Bye,

Benzene

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Post by Machiavelli » Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:17 pm

We'll for portable I like my Oxford Italian minidictionary.... :P

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Post by brindge » Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:51 am

Grazie, ancora, Benzene per il reverso.net link. E perfetto!!

E Machiavelli, il Oxford Mini dictionary fa traduzione?

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Post by Chris Corbyn » Sun Mar 21, 2010 2:04 am

I think software based dictionaries are the way of the future ;) They are so much faster to search!

I have the Collins Professional installation of this on my Mac and my iPhone:

http://www.ultralingua.com/en/dictionaries.htm

I also have the Oxford Paravia dictionary on my iPhone:

http://itunes.apple.com/it/app/concise- ... 80190?mt=8

The Oxford Paravia one is far superior to the Collins one, although the Collins one (Ultralingua) has some nicer features.

I can't think of a single scenario where getting my iPhone out and typing in the word would take longer, or be less convenient/portable than flicking through a paper dictionary ;) Although there is something quite nice about paper.

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Post by Machiavelli » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:48 am

Chris Corbyn wrote:I think software based dictionaries are the way of the future ;) They are so much faster to search!
Although there is something quite nice about paper.
I'm old fashioned. I like holding a dictionary/book and turning the pages. That's why books haven't become obselete despite products like Kindle, because of old dinosaurs like me. I equate it to an electric razor versus a regular razor for shaving... regular ones are still here... :P

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Post by Chris Corbyn » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:00 am

For me a dictionary, while traditionally printed in book format, isn't really a book, it's a database. You search it for a word and you'll only use it for very brief periods of time. I find a big fat book quite cumbersome for that purpose ;) For books that you read for longer periods of time, such as a novel or a course text book, paper always wins however :)

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Post by Machiavelli » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:09 am

brindge wrote:Grazie, ancora, Benzene per il reverso.net link. E perfetto!!

E Machiavelli, il Oxford Mini dictionary fa traduzione?

~Barbara
This is what it says :

1. Over 100,000 words, phrases and translations

2. Completely up to date

3. Includes a pronunciation guide, verb tables, and a mini phrase guide

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Post by Machiavelli » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:11 am

Chris Corbyn wrote: I find a big fat book quite cumbersome for that purpose :)
That's why I have a mini dictionary. Small in size with over 100,000 words, phrases etc. Doesn't take up book space on my shelf nor my pocket. :P

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