HOW DO DICTIONARIES HELP?
Dictionaries are vital decision-aiding tools in translation. They are one of the most essential translation aids. What is the reason? While translating, there might arise such situations where the translator comes across words, the meanings of which he/she either does not know, or is uncertain or confused about. His/her first option is to look up the word in a dictionary, monolingual or bilingual. Most dictionaries not only provide the meaning, thereby clearing up all confusion with regard to its meaning, but also provide exhaustive grammatical information. This helps the translator in a case where he/she does not know the meaning of the word or phrase, to be able to use it in an appropriate grammatical context. Most of the dictionaries include illustrations in each entry. This way, it becomes easier for the translator to have a sound understanding of the meaning and the proper use of words and phrases. It also helps in dispelling any confusion with regard to several meanings of a single word/phrase or between the meanings of several similar-looking or similar-sounding words. Provided below are links to some actual dictionaries, that are part of this site. Dictionaries of other languages and other tools will be put on the Net as soon as they are in available individual languages.