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Your guide to the best German to English dictionary apps for iOS and Android

German translation has come a long way in a short time, and digitaltools are now a part of every translator’s toolkit.

As well as computer-aidedtranslation (CAT) tools, and machine translation, they include Germandictionary apps.

This article covers:

  • Ascendo
  • Bravolo
  • Ultralingua
  • Eflasoft
  • Farlex
  • Livio monolingual German dictionary

When you’re translating at your desk, you’ll be better off having a hardbackCollins or Oxford German dictionary at hand, for easy and authoritativerefence to up to 900,000 terms, plus specialist dictionaries and onlineglossaries.

But when you’re on the go, need to quickly check a term in conversation,or reading your ebook, having access to a German to English dictionary app onyour smartphone or tablet is a great help.

So, as part of this dictionary series, I’ve taken a look atthe best dictionary apps for Android and iOS. Some arefree, with ads and in-app purchases, some you need to buy.

I’ve tried tofind dictionaries which draw on their own authoritative linguisticcorpus, rather than on Google Translate orsimilar. But often it's a bit hard to tell.

Naturally, everyone’s experiencesand expectations differ, so I’ve included a few of the online reviews, too.

TIP! Several of my recommended onlinedictionaries are also available as apps to download from the Google PlayStore or Apple App Store. They include Leo, which I have on mysmartphone, as well as Linguee, and

1. Ascendo

My Top German To English Dictionary App Recommendations (6)

AscendoGerman English dictionary

Rating: 4.9/5 (iOS) – new version rated 5/5 but fewreviews currently.

Installs: over 1,000,000 (Android)

Price: Choose from the free (with ads) or paidversions (US$9.99 – for Android)

“The #1 German English Translator & Dictionary for iPhone, iPad& Apple Watch”, it also seems to be the top-rated German dictionary app forAndroid.

Key features:

According to the developers, the Ascendo German English Dictionary byVidaLingua “transforms your Android phone or tablet into an advanced languageinterpreter, always ready to help. It includes everything you need in one freeapp and features you won’t find anywhere else such as adding words, notes andimages to the dictionary.

Premium versions make VidaLingua the mostcomprehensive German English Dictionary for Android.”

Combines AI with human intelligence and is bursting with features. Aswell as phrasebooks, quizzes, and flashcards, they include:

• German English Dictionary with over 648,000 offline entries.

• Photo Translator. Take a picture and translate any text in the image.

• Voice Translator. Say a phrase in one language and translate it toanother.

• Text Translator. Type or copy text and generate accurate translations.

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• iPad Split Screen support so you can drag & drop words from other appsinto German Translator & Dictionary + to translate them.

• Apple Watch support with voice lookups so you can say a word and findtranslations quickly.


This is one of a series of bilingual apps offered by VidaLingua, and itgets good reviews. Users seem to value it for ease of use andcomprehensiveness, and for its clear and simple layout.

Sample reviews:

According to Apple, it is “trusted by millions of users who have givenit the highest ratings of any app in its category”.

“I’ve tried several dictionaries/translators. This is the best I’vefound. And they keep improving it!”

“Great app for German learners: Iuse this app daily as a reference while teaching myself German. The dictionaryis fairly extensive and easy to search through. The verb conjugations are alsoexcellent because it has all the forms you could ever want.”

“Bilingual dictionary apps from VidaLingua are hugely popular... they’refree and they work offline, handy when you’re actually abroad.” New York Times

2. Bravolo

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Bravolol GermanEnglish Dictionary and Translator

Rating: 4.6/5 (iOS)

Installs: 100,000+ (Android)

Price: Free

Key features:

Detailed word definitions & example sentences

  • Related search suggestions
  • Advanced sentences analyzer
  • Favorite words & search history
  • Flashcards for self-learning support
  • Customizable font sizes for better readability
  • German, English & wildcard character search support
  • German, British English & American English pronunciation withphonetics


Bravolol, publishers of a series of bilingual dictionaries and phrasebooksdesigned for language learners.

Sample reviews:

Over 3000 reviews for Android, including:

“The numerous word usage and sentence examples and voice over are agreat help for learners, for learning pronunciation, and translating.”

“Light and stable for budget phones, informative, and well designed.”

“Very good app. Lots of words/phrases that you would need in everydayuse. I like the fact that I can type in my own sentence, have it translated andI'm able to hear it. Great for learning/practising German.”

On Apple:

“So easy to use: The translations are almost always correct. It's easyto use - even offline. I recommend it to both students and travelers.”

“Best dictionary out there! I've been on two trips to Germany, each ofseveral month’s duration. My German is beginning B2 level - this app has been aconstant companion.”

“In trying to improve and polish my German using an iPad, I find thisdictionary most useful. I can toggle to it to find a word, then toggle back tothe article I am reading. After completing the article I can return to thedictionary and use the history feature to review all the words I looked up, aswell as review many common expressions and idioms that use that particularword. A very helpful app indeed.”

3. Ultralingua

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UltralinguaGerman English

Rating: 4.6/5 (iOS)

Price: USD 15

Key features:

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"For serious language students and translators who are looking formore precision." - The New York Times

This German to English dictionary app sounds sufficiently advanced to replace a heavyweight, paper version.

• Over 95,000 dictionary entries with 295,000 translations

• Tap-and-hold any word or phrase and choose "Speak" from thepopup menu to hear that word spoken using Apple's built-in text-to-speechfeature.

• Noun genders

• Slang, technical language, and regional differences in spelling andusage

• Hundreds of usage notes about troublesome constructions

• Smart search results in case you misspell or mistype

• Search-as-you-go displays words and narrows your selection as you type

• Verb conjugations for thousands of German and English verbs, includingall standard tenses and forms

• Must-have reference tool for any student or language professional

• Translate numerals into German and English text with the number tool

• Language swapper button to switch from German-English toEnglish-German

• Tap the history button to view the 50 most recent dictionarydefinitions, verb conjugations, and more in one place. Sort the listalphabetically or by date, and choose to clear the list completely or deleteone entry at a time.

• No internet connection required

Developer family:

Ultralingua, Inc., who publish a series of bilingual dictionaries (English,French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish)

Sample reviews:

“I purchased this app over 5 years ago and I’ve gotten more value out ofit than any other by far.”

“Similar to the French - English dictionary, which I’ve used for years,the German Ultralingua dictionary is equally excellent.”

“Although many have commented on the high price of these UltralinguaLanguage Dictionaries, they really are top quality applications.”

“Best software dictionary I've ever used. As an English speaker living in Germany, Ihave used several electronic dictionaries; from dedicated hardware to programson PalmOS. The ease of use of this one, along with the ability to conjugateverbs (in BOTH English and German) raises it far above all the others. At thesame price as a paper dictionary, but triple the functionality makes this aprogram that stays in my Home screen.”

4. Eflasoft

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Eflasoft German English dictionary &education

Installs: 50,000+ (Android)

Price: Free, with ads, and in-apppurchases, to date.

Key features:

  • The database includes English →German 134,000 words and phrases, and German → English 102,000 words andphrases.
  • You can make voice calls with "Speech recognition" feature.
  • Sorts the meanings of the word according to the frequency of usage
  • See and listen to word use with examples.
  • Voice translation with speech recognition feature


Eflasoft,dictionaries for language learning, also publishes French and Spanishdictionaries


Reviewers appreciate the many language learning games, quizzes andexercises included in the app to make learning fun.

“It’s simply the best English-German app I have come across. It helpsyou learn Deutsch in all aspects. You can translate words or sentences, has adictionary, has similes, you learn a new word every time you open the app,helps you learn new words with fun alone. Es ist super!”

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5. Farlex

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Farlex GermanDictionary & Thesaurus

Rating: 4.7/5 stars

Installs: 1,000 +

Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Key features:

German dictionary and thesaurus plus German to English translations andan offline dictionary.

Play audio pronunciations of words, save unlimited bookmarks, and useadvanced searches.

* 101,000+ German definitions, including verb conjugations, all fromauthoritative sources.

* 58,000+ words available in the free offline German dictionary. Noadditional downloads required!

Developer family:

Based on, the Farlex flagship app.

Sample reviews:

Gets good reviews, praised as thorough and complete, with helpful ingiving examples of the words in use.

“Great classic translation dictionary. Sourcesare cited from well-known lexicons. Defines all the relevant aspects of a word. Noads save a little strip at the bottom. Offline and free with audiopronunciation. Great addition to my language learning software and the price isunbeatable.”

6. Livio

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Livio GermanDictionary Offline

Monolingual German dictionary

Rating: 4.6/5

Installs: over 1,000,000+ installs

Price: Free

Key features:

This free offline German dictionary Android app explains the meaning of over124,000 German words, with definitions based on the German Wiktionary. This makesit a useful supplement to a bilingual German-English dictionary.

As it works offline, only going online when it can’t find a word, yourphone or tablet needs sufficient memory.

Sample reviews:

“The best German dictionary app ever, freaking helpful and userfriendly. I would rate the app 1000... stars as it deserves more than just 5.”

“I have been using it for years. A must-have for me. Great explanations,the origin of the words is also given which is very interesting, another plusis the translation of words in other languages (English included) in thesection below.”

So whichGerman to English dictionary app do I recommend?

If you’re looking for an app for occasional use when you’re away fromyour standard German dictionary, then you’ll probably find the free app versionsof the Leo and online dictionaries are all you really need.

Don’t forget, too, that you can install these online dictionaries inyour browser for easy reference when working on your laptop or PC.

The apps available in the app store offer loads of additional features, manydesigned for language learning and keeping users motivated by offering chancesto interact. So in the end, it depends what you want to use the app for.

My suggestion would be to try out a few different apps and see which youlike best. If you narrow it down to one German English dictionary app, youcould then go for the paid version to avoid the ads.

I hope this list of German dictionary apps is helpful, but if you know of a great software resource you think I should include, then pleaseuse the form below and let me know. Future visitors will thank you!

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What is the best German English dictionary app? ›

1. might be the best German dictionary. You can access the German-English dictionary online, download it from a free database or get the app for iOS and Android.

What are the best dictionary apps ranked? ›

Best English Dictionary App for Students and Teachers
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary. ...
  • ...
  • Advanced English Dictionary and Thesaurus. ...
  • English Dictionary - Offline. ...
  • Oxford Dictionary of English. ...
  • Dictionary by The Free Dictionary. ...
  • RhymeZone Rhyming Dictionary. ...
  • Kids Picture Dictionary : Learn English A-Z words.

Is there an app for translating German to English? ›

Google Translate

As Google tries to get users in the habit of using their own tools, if you try to translate a German word into English, you'll encounter the Google Translate app.

What app do Germans use? ›

In 2022, WhatsApp is still the dominating messaging app in Germany, with 87 percent of all instant messenger users being on the app regularly.

What is the German equivalent of the Oxford English dictionary? ›

The Grimm Deutsches Wörterbuch is the standard historical dictionary of German, though quite different in format to the OED as it was started earlier.

Which is the No 1 dictionary in the world? ›

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

What is the most trusted English dictionary? ›

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely accepted as the most complete record of the English language ever assembled. Unlike typical language dictionaries, which only define words in terms of their current uses and meanings, the OED is a historical dictionary.

Which dictionary is best for learning English? ›

Oxford Dictionary

Renowned as the best tool for students and learners, Oxford online dictionary is a robust platform that helps define words both in British and American English. For enhanced clarity, Oxford dictionary features pictures, example sentences, synonyms, and audio pronunciation, among others.

Which is the most advanced English dictionary? ›

The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary is the world's bestselling advanced level dictionary for learners of English.

Is there a free dictionary app? › for Android

Get the leading FREE dictionary app for Android, and unlock a new level of learning! For an ad-free experience, install the Premium app here.

What is the easiest way to learn dictionary words? ›

Here are ten strategies to help you make words stick in your mind and use them in conversation.
  1. No random words. ...
  2. Learn in chunks and scripts. ...
  3. Use your inner voice. ...
  4. Visualise what the word or phrase looks like. ...
  5. Create mnemonics. ...
  6. Use spaced repetition. ...
  7. Dive deeper into etymology. ...
  8. Challenge yourself with word games.
16 Feb 2017

Which translation app is most accurate? ›

If you're mainly concerned with the accuracy of your translations, you might want to use DeepL. While DeepL doesn't support as many languages as Google Translate and is a little more expensive for bulk usage, it has the highest-rated accuracy of any translation service, especially when it comes to context and slang.

Is DeepL good for German? ›

DeepL is a good tool for translating German texts. DeepL has many benefits, including its accuracy, ease of use, and low cost. DeepL uses neural networks to provide accurate translations. DeepL is available online and as a mobile app.

Is WhatsApp not allowed in Germany? ›

Germany has barred Facebook from processing personal data from WhatsApp users. The country's lead data protection regulator has also called WhatsApp's new terms of service “illegal”. WhatsApp's privacy policy has caused massive confusion among users ever since it announced the new privacy policy.

Is there a German Grammarly? ›

Currently, Grammarly supports only the English language. With that being said, Grammarly recognizes a number of spelling, grammar, and punctuation differences in American, British, Canadian, and Australian English.

What do Germans use instead of WhatsApp? ›

ginlo is a company from Germany that also offers ginlo Business, a team communication service. The app can be downloaded here: App Store. Play Store.

What is the longest German word *? ›

1. Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung (36) Officially recognised by the Duden - Germany's pre-eminent dictionary - as the longest word in German, Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung is a 36-letter, tongue-tying way of describing a rather, mundane everyday concept: motor vehicle liability insurance.

What is the hardest German word to pronounce? ›

1. Eichhörnchen (Squirrel) Also a difficult one in English, this is a classic when it comes to difficult German words to pronounce.

How many words in German do you need to know to be fluent? ›

How many words do you need to be fluent in German? To be fluent in German, a speaker needs to know around 10,000 words.

Which language has most words? ›

Korean includes many words of Chinese origin, and borrows words from English and other languages as well. Still, it's a stretch to say that Korean has the most words of any language in the world because one of its dictionaries has over a million headwords.

What is the 1st longest word in the dictionary? ›

14 of the Longest Words in English
  1. 1 Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (forty-five letters): ...
  2. 2 Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism (thirty letters): ...
  3. 3 Floccinaucinihilipilification (twenty-nine letters): ...
  4. 4 Antidisestablishmentarianism (twenty-eight letters):

Which language has the most vocabulary? ›

The language with the largest vocabulary in the world is English with 1,025,109.8 words.

What dictionary does Harvard use? ›

Oxford University Press. In-Text-Citation: Author Last name (Year, page number)

How can I improve my dictionary skills? ›

To that end, the time you spend improving your vocabulary skills is actually time invested in your writing skills.
7 Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary
  1. Develop a reading habit. ...
  2. Use the dictionary and thesaurus. ...
  3. Play word games. ...
  4. Use flashcards. ...
  5. Subscribe to “word of the day” feeds.
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What kind of dictionary are most useful? ›

Single-language or explanatory dictionaries

There is a good selection of single-language dictionaries that cover different types of English. There are even special dictionaries for phrasal verbs and idioms. These dictionaries use just one language to explain the meanings of words.

What is the most powerful word in the dictionary? ›

Why is yet the most powerful word in the English language? Because when you add yet to the end of a sentence, you completely change the connotation of that sentence. You can say, “I don't understand it,” or you can say, “I don't understand it YET”.

What is the most accurate online dictionary? ›

Dictionary by Merriam-Webster: America's most-trusted online dictionary.

Which dictionary is best for mobile? ›

  • First, we have Merriam-Webster Dictionary. ...
  • Next on the best English dictionary app list are Advanced English Dictionary and Thesaurus. ...
  • Another best free dictionary app you can utilize is English Dictionary – Offline. ...
  • Oxford Dictionary of English is also one of the best dictionary apps you can rely on.
19 Aug 2022

Does Google have a dictionary app? ›

Google Dictionary (by Google)

How can I learn full dictionary words? ›

10 simple tips on how to memorize English vocabulary
  1. Use flashcards (in moderation!)
  2. Try learning example sentences.
  3. Use it or lose it.
  4. Look up new words (the right way!)
  5. Write words down.
  6. Keep a notebook handy.
  7. Try using the plural form or different tenses.
  8. Use mnemonics.
25 Sept 2022

Is Merriam-Webster app free? ›

Fully featured and absolutely free, this app is supported by ads.

How can I memorize German vocabulary? ›

Hey German learner!
  1. Use repetition: reading, writing and speaking words over and over again.
  2. Associate words with drawings, pictures and funny scenes.
  3. Try to use the language routinely in the context of daily life.
  4. Reading as much as possible, especially the newspaper, helps you to remember words.
28 Apr 2016

How can I learn 100 words in a day? ›

Having conversations immediately after learning the words will ensure that you remember them and are able to use them in future conversations. It will make learning 100 new words a day much easier!

What are the 10 vocabulary words? ›

Full list of words from this list:
  • atrocity. an act of shocking cruelty.
  • fanatical. marked by excessive enthusiasm for a cause or idea.
  • pensive. deeply or seriously thoughtful.
  • respite. a pause from doing something.
  • discordant. not in agreement or harmony.
  • eloquent. ...
  • encompass. ...
  • imperceptible.

What is the number one translation app? ›

Google Translate is one of the best all-round translation apps on the market. The app can detect more than 100 languages and provide offline translations to 59 languages. With their Word Lens feature, you can translate text on signs from 37 languages.

What is the best translation app 2022? ›

Google Translate is free to download and use for both iOS and Android devices.
Best for Handwritten Translations: Google Translate
  • Write blurbs to translate with your finger.
  • Use 103 languages when typing.
  • Use camera to translate images.
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What translation app is better than Google? ›

We have compiled a list of solutions that reviewers voted as the best overall alternatives and competitors to Google Translate, including Microsoft Translator, Yandex. Translate, Amazon Translate, and IBM Watson Language Translator.

What is better than DeepL? ›

So if you need a language that DeepL doesn't support and/or you're on a budget, Google Translate might be a better option.

Is there a better translation than DeepL? ›

We have compiled a list of solutions that reviewers voted as the best overall alternatives and competitors to DeepL, including Google Translate, Translate Me, Unbabel, and Microsoft Translator.

Why is DeepL better than Google? ›

Both use neural networks, but Google Translate (like most other machine translation engines) uses what are known as recurrent neural networks. By contrast, DeepL uses convolutional neural networks (CNNs), which produce better all-round results for longer, continuous sequences of words.

What is the most accurate English to German translator? ›

DeepL Translate: The world's most accurate translator.

What is the official German dictionary? ›

The Deutsches Wörterbuch (German: [ˌdɔʏtʃəs ˈvœʁtɐbuːx]; "The German Dictionary"), abbreviated DWB, is the largest and most comprehensive dictionary of the German language in existence. Encompassing modern High German vocabulary in use since 1450, it also includes loanwords adopted from other languages into German.

How accurate is DeepL for German? ›

If you want the most accurate translations possible, DeepL is definitely one of the best options. When it comes to translation accuracy, DeepL is regularly rated as the best, even beating out Google Translate. You can use the web interface or desktop apps for personal translation.

What is the most reliable translation app? ›

Google Translate is one of the best all-round translation apps on the market. The app can detect more than 100 languages and provide offline translations to 59 languages. With their Word Lens feature, you can translate text on signs from 37 languages.

What is the most German word? ›

Officially recognised by the Duden - Germany's pre-eminent dictionary - as the longest word in German, Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung is a 36-letter, tongue-tying way of describing a rather, mundane everyday concept: motor vehicle liability insurance. Even if you can't pronounce it, don't be caught without it!

What is the most respected English dictionary? ›

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely accepted as the most complete record of the English language ever assembled. Unlike typical language dictionaries, which only define words in terms of their current uses and meanings, the OED is a historical dictionary.

What is the most accurate dictionary? ›

The OED in print

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

Is LingoDeer German Good? ›

LingoDeer is well suited for learning a structured language like German. It offers comprehensive materials that would suffice learning needs from basic to intermediate level. The varied and robust learning and review features are very helpful in developing active recall and production abilities.

Is DeepL the most accurate? ›

In blind tests, professional translators select the most accurate translation without knowing which company produced it. DeepL outperforms competition by a factor of 3:1. When talking about our best-in-class translation quality, it's important for us to back up our words with data.

What is the difference between DeepL and DeepL pro? ›

DeepL API Free is a variant of our DeepL API Pro plan that allows developers to translate up to 500,000 characters per month for free. For more advanced needs, the DeepL API Pro plan offers the following additional benefits: Maximum data security (your texts are deleted immediately after the translation)


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