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Gustav Langenscheidt (1832-1895), the founder of the famous Langenscheidt language publisher, discovered as a teenager on his travels through Europe how important the knowledge of foreign languages ​​is for a successful understanding.

For more than one hundred and sixty years, Langenscheidt has provided a wide range of products at the service of language learners, language professionals and language fans. The publishing products were highly innovative and groundbreaking in many areas. Already at the beginning of the 20th century (from 1905) the publisher was developing language learning records, and in the 1980s the first pocket calculator with a dictionary function appeared in four languages. Numerous other digital products followed: handhelds, CDs, e-books, apps and online offers.

In a constantly evolving world, language is also constantly changing. New words appear, meanings shift, new expressions are coined. Due to the changing use of language, reliable and up-to-date dictionaries are more important than ever. At the same time, in the globalized world, the demand is increasing not only to understand a foreign language, but also to be able to use it actively.

The free online dictionaries from Langenscheidt offer a broad, up-to-date vocabulary in 27 language combinations and help to get to know and understand the particularities of the respective foreign language through many checked translations, but also through numerous other information.

Free online dictionaries from Langenscheidt

Langenscheidt dictionaries, whether online or as a book, convince with a wide range of options. In addition to the most important translations of a keyword, they also contain numerous expressions and examples, as well as information on grammar and pronunciation or on the language level or regional characteristics. In order to be able to use the foreign language confidently, it is essential to master the nuances of meaning of a word or the expressions in which it occurs. A number of example sentences are shown for the keyword “paint”, including idiomatic expressions that can easily be misunderstood because they have a figurative meaning, e.g. B. 'to paint the town red' - 'make the city unsafe, bang the drum' with 'paint'. (see https://de.langenscheidt.com/englisch-deutsch/paint).

Contents of the Langenscheidt online dictionaries

Langenscheidt's online dictionaries offer the same content in the same quality as the printed dictionaries. In the digital version, however, there are a number of additional amenities such as:

  • Keywords set to music to listen to
  • more example sentences than in the printed version
  • Links to synonyms and similar words
  • Abbreviations, e.g. B. for subject areas are resolved when tapped with the finger or clicked with the cursor

The Langenscheidt online dictionaries are also updated regularly and can be accessed online at any time.

The following elements are particularly helpful when searching in the digital dictionaries:


Dictionaries consist of so-called entries or articles, each grouped around a keyword. The keyword is usually given in its basic form, e.g. B. with the German noun in the nominative singular or with verbs in the infinitive. In addition to the translations of the keyword, an entry always contains a number of other important information: language level information, notes on pronunciation and grammar, examples or idiomatic expressions.

Phonetic spelling

In many online dictionaries, the key word in square brackets is followed by the pronunciation in phonetic transcription according to IPA standards. The phonetic transcription is used by dictionary users as a first point of reference for the correct pronunciation of a keyword.

Grammatical information

The keywords are grammatical notes in abbreviated form, usually a part of speech.

For nouns in languages ​​with grammatical gender (German, French, Italian, Spanish etc.), the gender indication M, F, N (masculine, feminine, neuter) or the indication PL if the word is only used in the plural.

Verbs indicate whether they are used transitive, i.e. with a direct object, intransitive or reflexive.

Inflection indications

Further grammatical information is the inflection information. In online dictionaries, they are usually placed between angle brackets <>.

Inflection is the generic term for declension (inflection of nouns and adjectives) and conjugation (inflection of verbs). In German z. B. Nouns different word forms depending on the number (singular or plural) or case (nominative, genitive, dative, accusative). German verbs are conjugated according to persons (ich, du, he / she / es), numbers, tenses and modes (indicative, subjunctive, conditional, imperative). The most important forms, for example irregular forms, are given for the verbs. For German nouns i. d. R. the genitive singular and the nominative plural.

Depending on the language, there are different types of inflections and inflections.

Explanatory notes

(Indicators, subject areas and language level information)

In order to be able to select a translation suitable for the context you are looking for from several translations, the online dictionaries offer numerous tips in the most concise form:

  • the subject areas in which a word or a certain meaning occurs, e.g. ARCHIT = architecture, BIOL = biology, POL = politics, TECH = technology, INTERNET, etc.
  • Generic terms, synonyms (words with the same meaning) or paraphrases, for example with the German keyword “trailer”: “on the truck” or “piece of jewelry” or “on luggage”.
  • the indication of whether it is a concrete or figurative meaning: in the case of transferred meanings, the abbreviation fig = figurative, English: figurative
  • typical nouns that can be used as objects or subjects in verbs or combined with adjectives, e.g. B. in German "to fly": "airplane" or "bird" or "people" or "goods" or "ball" or "arrow"
  • Style and regional information, for example whether a keyword / phrase belongs to upscale or colloquial language, or whether a keyword / phrase belongs to Austrian or Swiss German, British or American English, Latin American Spanish or Portuguese, Canadian French, etc.

Example sentences and phrases

The numerous example sentences and phrases that show how a word is used in context (sentence context) are also helpful. Often in combination with other words, completely new, independent meanings emerge, which can best be illustrated by examples with a suitable translation.

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In the Langenscheidt Online Shop at www.langenscheidt.com you will find the entire Langenscheidt Verlag program: everything to do with language from printed dictionaries to language courses and media for translation to vocabulary trainers.

Print dictionaries (e.g. for Spanish can be found here: www.langenscheidt.com/spanisch/selbstlernen-woerterbuch) are still very popular and enrich many libraries around the world. They're handy because they come in many different sizes and you can look up the word or phrase you want without having internet access. This is a value that should not be underestimated, for example in travel regions without fast Internet access.

In addition to print products, Langenscheidt also offers a variety of iOS and Android apps for dictionaries, language courses, vocabulary trainers and much more. m. to: