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Get a good french dictionary – an indispensable tool if you want to learn French

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The range of French dictionaries, online and off-line is vast. Give some thought to selecting a French dictionary that suits your needs – regardless of your level of French.

Your first French dictionary: how BIG should it be?

Normally, if you are a beginner, a pocket french dictionary (with 8,000 to 10,000 words) is perfect. This pocket French dictionary is also perfect for traveling. Remember: a pocket dictionary that is USED is better than any other dictionary.

How to use your French / English dictionary

A bilingual French English / English French dictionary is a handy stepping stone to help you over difficulties – but try not to over-rely on your dictionary. Figure out meanings from the context and then, learn the new vocabulary in CONTEXT, a meaningful chunk of French. Your dictionary should be a last resort – or, perhaps, a different way of learning French.

Get a good french dictionary   an indispensable tool if you want to learn French

Good and bad dictionaries

A diligent student progresses to a bigger dictionary which gives much more info about the word being investigated

However, the best Dictionary for any language learner is always the Dictionary you use. A little, dog-eared, second-hand mini dictionary is a real treasure at any stage – if you use it!

Use French – English dictionaries as much as you like.