If you are teaching your child French as a second language, but aren’t fluent in French yourself, you will know just how frustrating it can be to stumble over a word that you aren’t sure of. The best way to deal with these situations is to get yourself a French English dictionary app on your phone.
There are quite a few French English dictionary apps available on iTunes and Android, ranging in cost from free up to more than £20! We’ve started trying out a few of them at Ma Puce and will let you know our thoughts on which are the best.
First off the mark for really useful French English dictionary apps is this little number from online dictionary and encyclopaedia people Larousse. It won’t break the bank and is choc-full of useful information.
The Larousse app is straight-forward to use and gives definition, verb conjugation and great usage examples for each word, along with an audio for each example, so you find out what the word is, how to use it and how to say it in one fell swoop.
There is an annoying glitch on the Android version of the app, in that it will crash if you look up a word with an apostrophe in it, which as anyone who speaks even basic French will know, is a bit of a problem! In fact, the functionality seems to be better on the iPhone app version compared with the Android app, but hopefully over time Larousse will deal with this issue.
But the fact that the Larousse French English dictionary app gives so much information on each word in comparison with other apps, combined with the fact it is relatively in-expensive, still makes it one of the best French English dictionary apps to opt for.
Stick it on the front screen of your phone and you will find yourself steadily increasing your French language knowledge on a daily basis.
iTunes app: iPhone, iPad, iPhone Touch £3.99
Android app: £4.99