Linguee Tutorial, Level I



II.    Getting ready


II. Getting ready


  1. Open the browser of your choice (e.g. Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox), using the shortcut on your Desktop or from the Start menu.


  1. Type www.linguee.com into the browser's address bar, and hit Enter on your keyboard (or simply click the link), to access the Linguee interface in English. (See Note 1.)


  1. The Linguee home page features an empty search box. Above it, another box indicates the language direction of your  ventual search. By default, the source language is English and the targetlanguage is French (English > French). For the purposes of this tutorial, we will work from French into English. Change the language direction by selecting the French > English option from the dropdown menu above the search field. (See Notes 2 & 3.)






  1. You can also view the interface in French, Spanish, German or Portugese.
  2. The actual source and target nature of the texts and languages is unknown to the user (and no doubt to Linguee as well). Therefore, in his tutorial, the words source language and source text are used to refer to the language/text in which you will be searching, and target language and target text to the other language/text displayed.
  3. Leaving the default language direction is not necessarily a problem, because Linguee can generally detect the language of the word you are searching. However, confusion could result if you are searching for a character string that exists in both languages but has a different meaning in each. Linguee would have no way of knowing for sure whether you were searching for an English word or a French word if, for example, you did a search for one of the following strings: pain, abuser, vague, pendant, laid, par, loin or croissant.



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