French-English Dictionary: Ascendo

Ascendo French-English dictionary

Android Dictionary App

Ascendo’s Fre-Eng Dictionary + Android app is a bilingual dictionary that includes a variety of language tools to help you understand, pronounce, and practice French or English vocabulary, phrases, and verbs. It’s equally useful for speakers of either language.

You look up words in the dictionary by typing in the search box – each letter refines the list of words underneath, so you can find the word even if you’re not sure about its spelling. The word list is bilingual with a little flag icon next to each word to let you know whether it’s French or English. One thing I don’t like is that there is no “enter” button – even if you do know the exact spelling, you have to tap the word in the list, which sometimes leads clumsy people like me with "fat finger syndrome" to end up on the page for the word just above or below the one I wanted.

Ascendo French-English dictionaryIn the entry itself, the app provides the part(s) of speech, translation(s), and examples, as well as options to

  • Listen to the sound file
  • View the conjugations (if applicable)
  • Look up the word online
  • Favorite the entry
  • Add personal notes
  • Add an image
  • Email the entry

Free vs Premium

The free version of the app has ads, which are fairly intrusive and difficult to close (tiny "x"). The ad-free premium version offers the option to add words as well as an extended dictionary (625,000 entries), verb conjugator (6,400 verb tables), and phrasebook (250 French and English expressions divided into 20 categories).

Additional tools

  • Flashcards: improve your vocabulary
  • Quiz: multiple choice questions and automatic scoring
  • Translation: offers convenient in-app translations. Of course, it suffers from the same issues as any automatic translation tool (and requires an internet connection)

Buttons for text-to-speech pronunciation with adjustable speed are available in every tool (this requires installation of a local TTS engine).

All in all, Ascendo’s Fre-Eng Dictionary + is a handy Android app for native speakers of either French or English who are looking for quick translations and conjugations.

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