finding swedish dictionaries

Just a tip for those of you searching for online dictionaries for your favourite language…sometimes searching in English really doesn’t work. For example, I’ve been really dissatisfied with the dictionary sites I’ve found for Swedish but I couldn’t find anything better for a while. My favourite German dictionary site, dict.cc, is also in the process of creating a Swedish section of the site, but it only has about 10000 entries right now. Maybe later once more user-submitted entries are filled in, then it’ll be better.

So I searched (once again) for Swedish dictionary sites and came up with just crap. They seemed to be sites that were just hastily slapped together with bad dictionary content, and some of them wouldn’t even let me search for words with “å” in them, which is vital. Most of these sites just added Swedish so that they could have another language link at the side, to make them look extensive, and then they hope that the majority of their users won’t bother to look at the unpopular crappy Swedish section of their site.

The solution to this was to search in Swedish. Instead of searching for “swedish dictionary”, I searched for “svenska ordbok”. I immediately came upon tyda.se, which has a pretty ajax interface and seems to have a decent dictionary. My guess is that there are just not that many English speakers searching for Swedish dictionary sites, whereas a relatively high percentage of Swedes want one.

Another search tip is that you can have Google return multiple language results at the same time. Go to “Settings” in the top right, and then “search settings”, and then you can choose all the language results you want it to return, and hit save.

That’s all for now, I’m going back to working on my Swedish vocabulary🙂

3 Responses to finding swedish dictionaries

  1. Jakob says:

    Have you tried Norstedts? The definitions usually include some example sentences and sometimes even a recording of the word being spoken.

    http://www.ord.se/oversattning/engelska/

  2. seph says:

    This one isn’t too bad either

    http://lexin.nada.kth.se/sve-eng.html

  3. Christopher says:

    You could always give bab.la a try😉
    The new context sentences are a great additional resource. Here is a good example in contrast to the results on tyda.
    http://sv.bab.la/lexikon/svensk-engelsk/primar
    http://tyda.se/search?form=1&w=prim%C3%A4r&w_lang=&x=0&y=0

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