What is the best Portuguese-English dictionary?
July 4, 2015 6:06 PM   Subscribe

I am reading novels in Portuguese and my concise Collins just doesn't have enough words in it. What's the gold standard here for study and serious reading?
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen to Education (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I find Google Translate or either of a couple free Portuguese-English dictionary apps remarkably comprehensive and also faster than paging through a physical dictionary.
posted by Pseudonaut at 7:27 PM on July 4, 2015

Best answer: My brother works in the field and suggests the new Oxford University Press .
posted by lmfsilva at 1:19 AM on July 5, 2015

Response by poster: I do have an Android phone -- haven't found any of the free dictionaries I've tried satisfactory. If there is one you like, please name it. Google Translate is worthless for uncommon words/phrases to be honest.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 2:06 AM on July 5, 2015

Best answer: For Brazilian Portuguese, I use Collins and Michaelis online. The online Collins has lots of usage examples. I also have and like a Michaelis dictionary on paper.

I've never used it, but there's an offline Michaelis Portuguese-English Android app

Sometimes I search Google for "que significa" with variations on phrases, which often leads to forums where helpful answers are posted.
posted by dmo at 6:38 AM on July 5, 2015 [1 favorite]

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