The Best Language Websites

Dictionaries and translation aids:

A free online dictionary where you can find dictionary and translation resources for French, Spanish, Italian, German and hundreds of other languages. YourDictionary gives you definitions, thesaurus entries, spelling, pronunciation, and etymology results for your word. Alternatively, you can browse the English dictionary alphabetically or by related terms to find meanings and synonyms. Term Search is without a doubt the best community website for translators. Use their Term Search to access their extremely extensive glossary resources for translated terms, all submitted by actual translators. If you can’t find it in your dictionary, chances are your query has already instigated a lively discussion among the thousands of professional translators which use ProZ as their last resort.

A site to quickly translate something to and from many European languages.

Courtesy of Google; a quick and free site which will translate entire sentences or texts for you. Definitely promising, but it will be a while yet before their computers manage to not translate the Dutch sentence “Dat moet ik nog maar eens even opzoeken.” as “That should I even look up yet again.”


Language jokes and bloopers:

Apparently, English isn’t actually that easy a language, as this website shows... 


General language sites:


Merriam-Webster Online

Website from one of the very best English language dictionaries. Everything from Word Games, a complete online version of their excellent dictionary, their Word of the day section, and a Spelling Beehive!

And, of course, there is always the ‘definitive authority on all matters relating to the English language’... with much more than just their excellent dictionary online.


American vs. British English

What exactly is the difference between the two competing variants of the English language? 


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