Multilingual Dictionaries for English to Spanish, French, German & Italian ☆ Free Version includes over 100,000 Translations, 1,000 Phrases & 5,000 Verb Conjugations ☆ Comprehensive Dictionaries, Phrase Books and Verb Conjugations available as in-app Purchases ☆ Audio Pronunciation
One World Dictionary by Ascendo is a leading multilingual reference tool for Apple computers.
The free version is a good starting point for beginners. It includes over 100,000 dictionary translations, 1,000 phrases and 5,000 verb conjugations in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German. Extended dictionaries and phrase books are offered as in-app purchases.
The extended dictionaries are comprised of over 250,000 translations 6,000 verb conjugations per language pair. Translations include multiple meanings, part of speech, noun gender and verb tenses. One World Dictionaries integrate with Lion applications such as Safari so you can lookup words using control-click.
The extended phrase books include 528 phrases per language pair in 20 categories. You can add your own phrases and search by keyword.
☆ Find words quicker than fumbling through a paper dictionary.
☆ Works offline so it’s always available.
☆ Integrates with other applications so you can lookup words quickly and easily.
✓ Dictionary includes thousands of the most used words in English, Spanish, German and Italian (free version).
✓ Extended dictionaries provide comprehensive databases comprised of over 250,000 translations per language pair (in-app purchases).
✓ Single searchable word index so you don’t have to switch language to find a dictionary word.
✓ Dictionary translations include multiple meanings, part of speech and noun gender.
✓ Verb conjugations in all major moods and tenses.
✓ Phrase books include over 200 phrases per language pair, over 1,000 in all (free version).
✓ Extended dictionary includes 528 phrase per language pair (in-app purchases).
✓ Search phrase book by keyword.
✓ Add, edit and delete your own phrases.
✓ Text-to-speech audio is provided in English. Lion users can download free text-to-speech engines for Spanish, French, Italian and English.
✓ Lookup words while using applications like Safari, TextEdit and many others by right control-clicking on a word and selecting “Lookup in One World Dictionary”.
✓ Lookup finds conjugated forms of verbs which make up a large part of any language.
✓ Change text size with one click.
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- Added Phrase Books for English to Spanish, French, Italian and German.
- Free version includes over 200 phrases in English, Spanish, French, Italian and German.
- In-app purchase of Extended Phrase Books increases number to 528 phrases per language pair.
- Added search on keyword for Phrase Books.
- Implemented ability to Add, Edit and Delete sentences to Phrase Book.
- Added text-to-speech pronunciation for phrases.
- Improved dictionary entry format to include noun gender for non-US languages after the key word in addition to translations.
- Other improvements to navigation and in-app help text.
Ratings and Reviews
English French dictionary & phrases
I have been using this dictionary for a few months and it has proved to be a great resource for my French class. The app has Spanish, German and Italian but this review is based on my use of French.
The basic dictionary has a good size database, sufficient for first and second year students. The translations include French noun genders, type of word and most entries have a few meanings. The free version doesn’t have a lot of usage examples but you can upgrade to comprehensive version from within the app or $10. Verbs are conjugated in all tenses like in one of those 601 verb books. Once the dictionary is installed you can lookup words from Safari with ctrl-click. I like using this when reading Le Monde online.
This update has a phrasebook with categories for traveling, customs, hotels, etc. There is a category called My Phrases to let you add your own. The button to add phrases is hard to find, check upper right of screen. All the phrases, including your own can be searched by keyword. An extended phrasebook is also offered as addon.
You can listen to dictionary words and phrases using text 2 speech. You’ll need to download the French voice if it’s not already installed on you Mac. I would like to see phonetic pronunciation in the future for when I'm in the library and don't have my headphones.
Overall, I’ve found One World Dictionary to be very useful for learning French.
Useful but needs cross-links, and be more complete
I have this dictionary on both my computer and my iPhone. I use it a lot since I am a beginning French speaker. But cross-links that take me to the french side from a definition on the english side would be very useful, especially for the verbs. That way when I want to find the french verb for "to come" I see that it is "venir". Now I have to search for "venir" to get the conjugation. A pain. It is not well thought out for the user in mind. Also, I have found many instances where a french word is given from the english side, but when I want to see the conjugation, I type it in and it is not on the french side. For instance search for french verbs for "to forget". You get "omettre". Now I want to see the conjugation of "omettre", only to find "omettre" is not in the french dictionary. I find this too often. I do like that the verb conjugations are given for the french verbs. I have not shopped around for other french english dictionary apps, so for now I am stuck wiht this one. I must say that I do use it a lot though.
I'm disappointed. Sure, it's a dictionary. But it doesn't even give plurals of nouns. It has a lot of verb conjugations, I'll give it that. The definitions are just lacking. In order to get all the information I need I still have to refer to Ultralingua's dictionary on my iPhone. I expected FAR more from a Mac OSX application. After spending $13, I guess I wanted a more full-featured dictionary. It does integrate with the German voice available as part of OS X, so it speaks the word to you in German, which is nice. I'd really like to have the ability to record my pronunciation of a word and then contrast that with the way it should be pronounced. Before that, I'd like to have better coverage of nouns.
This is just OK - not great by any means.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.