What is Linguee?Linguee is a unique translation tool combining an editorial dictionary and a search engine with which you can search through hundreds of millions of bilingual texts for words and expressions.
The Linguee search results are divided into two sections. On the left hand side you will see results from our reliable editorial dictionary. The results are displayed clearly and offer you a quick overview of the translation options. On the right hand side, you will find example sentences from other sources to provide you with an impression of how your search expression has been translated in context.
Compared to traditional online dictionaries, Linguee contains about 1,000 times more translated texts, which are displayed in full sentences. , Linguee will show translations for expressions such as "strong evidence", "strong relationship" or "strong opinion", and even for rare expressions or specific technical terms.
What are the benefits?Linguee offers numerous benefits compared to other online dictionaries:
- It contains approximately 1,000 times more translated texts
- Single word translations are displayed in a clear, user-friendly structure
- Linguee offers a great variety of contextual translation examples
- Its interactive user guidance facilitates the translation search: just move your mouse across a translation - matching example sentences will be displayed instantly
- The frequency of a translation is displayed and the most common translations are accentuated
- The source of an example sentence is shown as a link below the respective sentence
How do I use Linguee?You can use Linguee as a dictionary - or as an internet search engine. Just search for a word or expression. On the left hand side, you will see clearly arranged vocabulary from the dictionary, and on the right hand side, you will find example sentences that contain your search word or phrase as an exact or similar match. In general, it may pay off to search for several words at once, e.g. "in his role as" instead of just entering "role". This way, you will be able to find more examples of a contextual translation.
Attention! Linguee is not an automatic translator.This is why you cannot translate complete texts or webpages with Linguee. Automatic translators may help you get the gist of foreign language texts. However, in many cases they are not useful for looking up vocabulary, and you cannot rely on the quality of the generated translations; a machine cannot understand the subtleties or contexts of language. Linguee takes a different approach: every entry in the Linguee dictionary has been translated by humans. If you need a translation but don't have a human translator at hand, using Linguee will help you in making the best possible translation.
Where does the text content come from?The vocabulary you see on the left hand side has been checked by our editors and is constantly enhanced manually.
The majority of the example sentences you see on the right hand side is from the bilingual web, particularly from professionally translated websites of companies, organizations, and universities. Other valuable sources include EU documents and patent specifications.
A specialised computer program, a web crawler, automatically searches the internet for multiple language webpages. These pages are detected automatically, and the translated sentences and words are extracted. The texts are then evaluated by a machine-learning algorithm which filters out the high quality translations for display. This system is capable of autonomously learning new quality criteria from user feedback to tell good translations from bad ones. It has found out, for instance, that a page is usually machine translated if it contains the word "Wordpress" while many words are literally translated. Through this training process, our algorithm is continuously learning to find thousands of such correlations and reliably extract the best translations autonomously. Our computers have already compared more than a trillion sentences. At the end of the day, only the top 0.01 per cent, i.e. 100 million of the translated sentences, are retained.
What does the future hold for Linguee?As there is no other technology anywhere else in the world that compares with Linguee, we are working hard to quickly widen the range of languages offered on our website. Linguee is currently available in English-German, English-Spanish, English-French, and English-Portuguese.
Soon, Chinese, Japanese, and other languages will follow.