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Do you need an Italian Dictionary Online? – Take a look at the Duolingo Dictionary

Do you need an Italian Dictionary Online? I have discovered a handy Italian dictionary and wanted to share it with all of you. Have you heard about Duolingo before? Yeah, I’m pretty sure you have! Duolingo also has a place to look up the words you do not know. And it’s completely free.

Have you heard of Duolingo?

Most of us have started learning Italian online using Duolingo. If you haven’t tried it yet, click here to see what I’m talking about (it’s free too).

But in this article, we won’t talk about Duolingo’s Italian course. We’re here to talk about the Duolingo Dictionary.

It’s an English-Italian and Italian-English dictionary. That means you can write words in Italian and see their translation in English. But you can also write in English and get the translation in Italian.

On the other hand, we must also state that the platform focuses on native English speakers wanting to learn Italian. So, Italians learning English may have difficulty using the platform.

If you want to go over and check out this Duolingo Dictionary for yourself, click here or the banner below.

Duolingo Dictionary banner

Languages supported by the Duolingo Dictionary

Besides Italian, you can also use the Duolingo Dictionary if you’re searching for words in Czech, Welsh, Danish, German, Greek, Esperanto, Spanish, French, Irish, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, High Valyrian (yes, the one you hear in Game of Thrones), Hawaiian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian (Bokmâl), Navajo, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Swahili, Klingon (this one is a language spoken in the Star Trek universe, so you better learn this language before going out to space), Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese and Chinese.

Duolingo Dictionary Languages

I know you’ll want to go over and see how you write “dragon” in High Valyrian or “Earth” in Klingon. Come on, give it a try!

Man reading High Valyrian Duolingo Dictionary cartoon

Looking for an Italian Dictionary Online? Here is what I like about Duolingo Dictionary

However, you may say: “What makes this dictionary special? Up to this point, every time I don’t understand a word, I go over to Google Translator.” So let’s dive deeper into Duolingo’s dictionary to see what makes it so cool.

I’ll share with you a few searches I have done. Sorry, only words in Italian and English. You’ll have to search for yourself if you want High Valyrian or Klingon, LOL.

Let’s look up some words in the Duolingo Dictionary!

Nothing gives us a closer experience with a product than opening it up and looking at it. So here we’ll open Duolingo Dictionary and perform a few searches.

Searching for the word Re in the Duolingo Dictionary

Let’s start with a couple of Italian words. We’ll search for the word “Re” which means king in Italian. Here are the results.

Duolingo Dictionary Re

Right after you perform the search, you can listen to its pronunciation. You have the translation. But there are also several examples displayed.

These examples show the word in action for masculine and feminine. They also present plural and singular, and so on. For some words, the list of showcases is lengthy.

At the bottom of the results for “Re,” Duolingo also provides a list of words that could relate to the word we searched.

Searching for the word Mangia in the Duolingo Dictionary

Now let’s search for a popular word in Italy: “Mangia.” Italy is also known as Eataly for its delicious food. Have you checked out the free Italian course about a mysterious case involving an Italian recipe? Click here to take a look at it. By the way, “Mangia” means eat in Italian.

Duolingo Dictionary Mangia

The results here are even more extensive than for “Re” (king in Italian). Duolingo Dictionary helps us with lots of examples and conjugations. Conjugations in the present, remote past, and future include indicative, subjunctive, and others. There are also a few related words to the term “Mangia.”

Searching for the word Flag in the Duolingo Dictionary

Let’s end this post by searching for the English word “Flag.” In Italian, the term is “Bandiera.” And again, the thing I like the most about this dictionary are the examples. For this search, the example reads: “The Italian flag is green, white, and red.”

Duolingo Dictionary Flag

Now it’s your turn to search for a word. Do you know what “vero” means in Italian? I hear you saying: “Ahh, that one’s easy! No need to check that one. Vero is short for Veronica.” If you said that, then you must really check what “vero” means.

I have this dictionary bookmarked. When I’m reading, and something hard to understand pops up, I check Duolingo’s dictionary.

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I encourage you to give it a try and bookmark it too.

Let me hear from you. What do you think about this dictionary?

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  1. This sounds like a really useful and inventive tool! Like you mention in your article, I found myself wondering, “what makes this better than Google translator?” (which I use a lot living here in Costa Rica and not being a native Spanish speaker). I really like the feature of being able to listen to a word’s translation after you look it up and understand its meaning. And I also like the extensive list of examples that this dictionary delivers for each word we look up.

    Pretty clever of them to include a couple “non-earthly” languages in their collection as well! 

    1. Yes, there are a couple of things that make Duolingo Dictionary a nice complement of Google translator. Besides the actual translation and audio, the list of examples delivered for each word we search make it very useful. Thank you very much for stopping by and for your comment.

      You traveled to Costa Rica and Google translator and Duolingo Dictionary can translate for you. But if you decide to take a trip to the outer space, only Duolingo Dictionary can give you a hand. Enjoy your time in Costa Rica! 🙂

  2. Hi there,

    Awesome article, I loved the reading!

    One of my dreams is to learn Italian. I just love this language. Most of my friends were Italian, and they taught me only one sentence, which is “fermati perché inizi a arrabbiarti” I would love to learn more phrases. Just a question, please. How long do you think it will take to learn Italian? How many minutes per day would you suggest? Do you think audio is better than reading?

    Sorry for all these questions, but I couldn’t help it 🙂

    Thank you for this excellent post!

    1. Hi Daniella!
      It’s wonderful to hear your experience with Italian has been very pleasant. And I encourage you to learn Italian. I personally believe you should just start… and if you are using the right resources, courses and platforms that click with you, the rest will be as pleasant as your experience with the language so far.
      Concerning your questions:
      How long it takes to learn Italian? I must state that you already speak English, and there is common ground (not as much as with Spanish or French, but you’re in advantage compared to Chinese, Japanese and many others). Setting a time frame is difficult but once you click with the language, you’ve made it! I’d give it a try for six months.
      Do you think audio is better than reading? This is a very good question and I believe the answer depends on what you want to archive or what you enjoy most. I personally love to listen. And listening to people talking in Italian all day would be an excellent start even if the first days you don’t understand a word. You’ll find this post interesting, click here.
      How many minutes per day would you suggest? You’ll probably be surprised with me, but give it a try with 5 minutes per day! I can recommend you a platform that’s really fun, it’s free and super useful. Click here to start with your first 5 minutes today! 🙂

  3. Hey Henry,

    This is one of the best informative articles I have ever read. You should always have a dictionary at hand. It is the most useful tool. And I perceive this Duolingo Dictionary is clear, easy to understand and complete. I had been looking for a dictionary like this one.

    The examples are very useful. I have performed a couple of searches myself and am really impressed with the results. 

    PD: I even searched for words in Klingon. You know, one never knows. LOL.

    1. Hi! Thank you very much for your nice words concerning this post. I’m glad you found value in it. Yes, Duolingo Dictionary is a good dictionary. And I am thrilled to hear you have started using it already. Cool you began searching for Italian words and ended up looking for words in Klingon. LOL

  4. Learning a new language is always interesting. However, it can be difficult especially if you do not live among the native speakers of this language.

    I know of the Duolingo app and I’m currently using it to learn the basics of French language. When I’m a little better with my French, I would surely practise Italian. I like the Duolingo app because it’s easy to use, and I can use it anywhere because it’s on my phone.

    But I didn’t know Doulingo had this cool dictionary. I’ll start using it also.

    Thanks for sharing. Warm regards.

    1. Hi, Louis. Nowadays there are so many resources online that not being among the native speakers of a languag (although it’s partly a disadvantage) may not constitute an impediment to become fluent.You could stay around my site and read a couple of suggestions and recomendations that you’ll surely find useful.

  5. Hi Henry! I frequently have to be checking up the meaning of words as I progress through my Italian lessons. But up to this point I really didn’t have a specific dictionary online to consult. I appreciate your recomendation, and will use it from here on. Thank you very much!

    1. Hi Adamu! I’m glad you’ll now use the Duolingo Dictionary. It’s very useful. I also wish you continue progressing learning Italian. And continue visiting my site for more useful platforms and ideas. Keep well!

  6. This is a very complete dictionary. And the list of languages available is admirable. But the audio pronunciation aid is the feature I like the most. I started using it on my phone and I really like it because it loads really fast. Very practical.

    Every time I come across a new word, I try to get its meaning from its contexts. But if I can’t, I go to a dictionary.
    So it’s always nice to have a good dictionary handy.

    1. Hi Peter! I’m glad you have found Duolingo Dictionary useful. The pronunciation feature is cool. And having it on our phone while we’re on the go is practical indeed.In our journey learning a language, we daily come across new words. And as you have said, if we can’f figure them out by context, it’s good to have a dictionary handy to look them up. 

  7. Hi! Thanks for sharing this article. I frequently am downloading apps and I spend a lot of time on my phone. Is Duolingo Dictionary available on Google play store? I have dowloaded Duolingo to my phone and love it. I have been learning Italian through my Duolingo tree and am excited with my progress. But I don’t know if this dictionary that is powered by Duolingo is also available. Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi Olalekan! I appreciate you have stopped by and left a comment. It’s good to know you have been using Duolingo and are happy learning Italian.At the moment, Duolingo Dictionary can’t be downloaded on Google Play Store. But I’ll personally be in expectation until they release it for Google Play Store and will come here to notify you all.

  8. Yay!!!!  Duolingo is a darling company. My Italian has become really rusty and sometimes I have to run to google when I chat with my friends in Italy to remember how a word is translated in Italiano. Now with the Duolingo Dictionary, I can even get the kids to do their own searches when they don’t understand the Italian word that I have spoken to them. Bookmarking isn’t enough for me, I wish they could make it into an app, so it is easy to just call up and do a search. Sei Molto Piacere per la questo informazione! Grazie mille!

    1. Prego. As I have also mentioned to Olalekan, I’ll be in expectation until they release an app for Duolingo Dictionary. It would be very handy. But for now, we can still benefit from it searching directly on the Duolingo site.I’m happy to hear you’re refreshing what you have learnt of Italian and that your children are also learning. Keep well!

  9. I think this Italian Dictionary will be a huge aid as I will be traveling across Europe and Italy is one of my stop overs. I have promised to myself that before I get married, I will visit key places in Europe that are helpful in my Christian faith, and that includes Rome in Italy. And as a visitor to that place, I’d like to immerse myself among its people. And this dictionary wil be my travel companion. It looks comprehensive and easy to use, it will be handy. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Gomer! I wish you a good journey around Europe and Italy. And having this dictionary at hand will help you a lot. Rome has a lot of interesting places to visit. You’ll have to program quite a few days there. Keep well! 

  10. I just commented but what I intended to say is that this Dictionary would be perfect if it had Tolkien’s Elvish languages as well.

    Even without that, I am intrigued and I already have the site up so I can go check it out.

    Does this course ever cost anything to use? If not, I will be beefing up my Spanish and learning Italian, French, German and Klingon!
    Confession: I have not watched GoT (yet) but it is on my Summer Binge list.

    Wonderful tool, Thank you so much for sharing!

    Gwendolyn J

    1. Hi! I hope you liked Duolingo. Yeah, the Duolingo courses are free (and the dictionary obviously too). And not just a few modules of the course, as some courses do to get you hooked and then they change you for the rest. You can do all the courses for all the languages in Duolingo, completely free.  Keep well!

  11. Very good post!  You certainly convinced me to go back and keep Duoingo’s dictionary bookmarked.  Italian is one of the languages on my list to learn.  But the dictionary can serve as a handy reference for me right now.  One of your commenters got onto the topic of comparison with Google Translate.  I like to use that as a quick, down, and dirty translation for extensive materials in some of the languages I speak other than my native English and then use dictionaries to help me cover what it can’t handle or what in my view it gets wrong. I wouldn’t change a thing here.  Ciao!

    1. Hi Stanley! Yeah, it’s always good to have a good dictionary handy. I usually use Google Dictionary for sentences and paragraphs and Duolingo Dictionary for individual words.

  12. The article is full of information. I did not know there was such a thing. So I’ll keep it handy.

    I like how the dictionary gives synonymous to the words, as well as pronouncing the word in the language. We can use our phone as our pocket dictionary. LOL

    Thank you, I enjoyed the article.

  13. Hi! This seems to be a cool dictionary. Besides having Italian and all the other secular languages, it has these “not so common” options, such as Klingon. I’ll test this dictionary while watching the movie. It’ll be fun to learn what these guys were saying in each scene. This is something we won’t be able to do with Google Translator.

  14. Bonasera Henry, I am so glad I discovered your site. I Speak French and German so I have been trying to increase my skills in Italian. I find the language very romantic even more so than French.Duolingo and all its tools seem like the perfect way for me to accomplish my goal this new year. Thank you very much for your due diligence in researching and sharing this information.

    I will forward the link to some of my friends who will find it very helpful as well.

    1. Hi! Yes, Duolingo and its tools can help us a lot learning languages. Thank you for sharing this post with your friends. All the best learning Italian this year.

  15. Hi Henry,

    The Duolingo dictionary is great! I’ve always used Google Translate for my needs, but that just gives you the direct translation with no examples or depth to it. Duolingo, although it only works for single words, makes it very easy to understand just what you’ll be saying in another language.

    I’ve used Duolingo for a while to learn Spanish and never tried the dictionary. I also never knew that Klingon or High Valyrian were options! It is a bummer that they don’t have Elvish, but I guess it’s still impressive that they integrated even one “fictional” language into their dictionary.

    I’ll definitely keep tabs on the Duolingo dictionary in case I need to speak another language.


    1. Hi Isaac. While learning a language it{s good to have a dictionary as the Duolingo Dictionary handy.
      Google translator helps so much. Yet, for examples and specific ways of using a word, this Dictionary can complement Google’s.

  16. Hi! I have gone to Duolingo Dictionary and have bookmarked it. I like the examples it gives us for how to use the word in different cases. Google translator helps us with the meaning of the word. Duolingo Dictionary helps us with it’s grammatical rules and ways of using it.

  17. Hi! I discovered Duolingo! It’s such a cool platform. And I’m now discovering these cool tools that are also in the Duolingo platform. They have been doing things right and I must commend them for it.

    I also want to say thank you to you for sharing these useful tools with all of us.

    I’ll have a bit of fun checking Klingon. Cool!

  18. In the past, I used Dictionaries for every Italian word I didn’t know. I only use it now when context or background knowledge does not aid me.

    But in either case, it’s good to have a dictionary handy.

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