French is a beautiful language. It’s one of the most beautiful, according to many. However, learning the language takes patience and time. Sometimes you don’t have that kind of time. Vacations, business trips, or short trips for school usually don’t give you enough time to perfect a language. Thus, many use phrasebooks and dictionaries to get by. Thankfully, you don’t need paper books these days. There are tons of apps that work perfectly fine and you have your smartphone on you most of the time anyway. We can help you find what you need and you won’t have to pick one up at the last second from the airport book store. Here are the best French to English dictionaries and phrasebooks for Android!
Dict.cc is an excellent English to French dictionary (and vice versa). It actually supports a variety of languages, including French, Spanish, Italian, German, and others. That makes it a great app for travelers to multiple regions around the world. It features a dictionary, obviously, along with full offline support and a community element as well. It supports 51 languages overall. The UI is easy and simple as well. This is definitely among the ones we’d recommend first.
Dictionary Linguee is another excellent multilingual dictionary. It works for a variety of languages, including Spanish, German, Italian, many others, and, of course, French. The app features a very clean and simple UI, offline support, example sentences for most words, and, of course, full dictionary support with translations across every supported language. This is another excellent app for travelers of multiple regions. It works well for just French also. It’s also entirely free as far as we could tell.
English French Dictionary is a perfectly serviceable dictionary app. It features French to English translations and vice versa. Additionally, it features synonyms, antonyms, complete offline support, and even some extra stuff like word games and pronunciations. The looks aren’t as clean as we’d like. Everything about the app is a positive experience, though. It’s also entirely free with no in-app purchases. There are ads, though. We would’ve liked a way to remove advertising through a premium version, but otherwise the app is fine.
English French Offline Dictionary is another decent option in this space. It has all of the usual features. Some of the more unique features include word editing, bookmarking, a night mode, a random word button (for fun), and you can add new words if you want to. Even the user interface is clean and simple. There really isn’t a lot to not like about this one. Dictionary Linguee or Dict.cc are better overall, but this is one of the better dictionaries specifically for French and English translation.
French – English is an ugly, but fairly decent phrasebook and dictionary app. It features a bunch of words, a bunch of phrases, and the ugliest red UI ever. That includes offline support, over 2,600 phrases, and even some study aids like flashcards and little word games. It is more than serviceable enough for a business trip or a vacation and should easily replace a written phrasebook. Even our dislike of the app colors is only a nitpick at best.
Those looking for an actual phrasebook have options on mobile. Google Play Books (and similar ebook vendor platforms) sell phrasebooks, French to English dictionaries, and other similar materials. They usually don’t cost anything. Plus, most ebook platforms let you download for offline use if you need it. We recommend Google Play Books because it works better with Android phones. However, those with a Kindle can easily find a lot of the same phrasebooks and dictionaries on Amazon Kindle as well. This is the way to go for a new school take on an old school idea.
Google Translate is probably your first stop for French to English translations (and vice versa). This app can basically translate anything to anything. It supports 59 languages offline and 103 languages online (typing only). You can also use the camera to translate stuff on street signs or menus. There is even a two-way conversation feature. Google Translate listens to the other person and translates what they say in your language and vice versa. This is definitely the one we recommend first for basic traveler use cases. This with a phrasebook should cover all of your needs.
Learn French Phrases is a simple French phrasebook app. This is a pretty decent app for travelers and vacationers. It features a variety of useful phrases, audio pronunciations by a native French speaker, offline support, and even customizable font sizes. You can also record and listen to yourself practicing the phrases if you want to. It rounds out the experience with Material Design and simple controls. It’s not going to blow your socks off, but it definitely gets the job done. The $4.99 premium version removes ads. Otherwise, both versions function basically the same way.
Reverso Translation Dictionary is right up there with Dictionary Linguee and Dict.cc. It has a dictionary for a variety of languages and translates between all of them. Yes, that includes French, obviously. Some other features include pronunciations, example sentences, offline support, suggestions, and even flashcards as a study aid. The UI looks nice, but it could be a little easier in our opinion. In any case, this should work most of the time for most use cases. It also comes with tablet support if you need it.
Most French learning apps have things like phrasebooks and dictionaries. That includes big hits like Duolingo, Memrise, Mondly, Rosetta Stone, Language Drops, Simply Learn French, and others. These are hardcore learning apps, though. We don’t recommend them as a vacationer kind of thing. However, those interested in learning French for real can get a lot of the functions of these other apps inside of the learning app itself. The prices vary greatly, but we do have the best French learning apps linked below the first paragraph of this article if you want to see the best ones.
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