Electronic French-to-English Dictionary
January 31, 2004 9:30 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a good electronic French-English dictionary. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay to Writing & Language (5 answers total)
Vous-en avez assez of print, Johnny?
posted by interrobang at 9:35 PM on January 31, 2004

Sacre-bleu! Il y en a rien dedans!
posted by silusGROK at 9:46 PM on January 31, 2004

My parents' thirtieth wedding anniversary is coming up this summer, and they decided to treat themselves to three weeks in France, including an eight-day walking tour in Burgundy. I am, of course, insanely jealous.

Since this particular anniversary is divisible by ten, my sister and I would like to get them something; and I thought it might be a good idea to give them an electronic French-English dictionary. My mother had some high school French and a bit in college, I think; my dad somewhat less. And, of course, both have picked up the standard repertoire of "French that Anglo Canadians learn from the backs of food packages." In other words, they know the basics of the grammar, but I would assume that their vocabularies are somewhat limited.

Does anyone know of a good, portable electronic French-English dictionary? A speaking dictionary would be a plus, but is not absolutely required. Price-wise, I'm still living the student lifestyle, but I do have a fairly steady source of income; I could probably go up to $150 US or so, more if I get a "this is the greatest thing since sliced baguettes"-type recommendation. Finally, any ideas on where one would find such things in the Chicago area?

On preview: ils ont déjà un dictionnaire imprimé, je croit; et j'ai pensé que la version électronique serait mieux pour les randonnées Bourguignonnes.
posted by Johnny Assay at 9:48 PM on January 31, 2004

If they have a Palm, check out beiks
posted by dobbs at 1:31 AM on February 1, 2004

Good idea, dobbs.

Actually, even if they don't have a Palm yet, you can get some
of the new ones for really cheap, and then the dictionary on an
SD-card (If that palm has one). Makes a nice present even
after they get back and is also likely to last longer than a single
purpose appliance. Plus I'll bet it looks cooler to be consulting
your palm in a restaurant, as opposed to everyone knowing that
you are looking up what to say.

Palm Zire 21 - $99(us)
Beiks Dictionary $12(us)


Palm Tungsten-E (which has an SD-Slot) $199.(us)
Palm P10834U - MultiMediaCard™ (English, French, Italian, German and Spanish) $39.(us)
posted by milovoo at 3:55 PM on February 1, 2004

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