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The 10 Best German Dictionary Apps in 2024

As a German learner living in the internet age, so much is available at your fingertips.

You can follow blogs written specifically for German learners or watch high-quality YouTube videos to learn German.

Not to mention, there are tons of handy smartphone apps out there that can replace your old, printed German dictionary.

So which is best for you? It all depends on what you want to use your dictionary for!

We’ve gone ahead and selected 10 of the best German dictionary apps currently available. 

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1. Dict.cc 

dict.cc Dictionary iOS | Android

 

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

This dictionary app is available in 51 language combinations, so if you speak Spanish as well as English, for example, you can look up German translations in both languages! Simply download the language pack for each language you want to search in, and you can search words offline at any time. So even when you don’t have internet access or cell reception, this app will never leave you stranded without a dictionary.

Dict.cc gives you the option to listen to the pronunciation of each word, and its extensive definitions include context-specific word use and identification of regional dialects. It also features a user-friendly search bar that suggests possible searches as you type, and word look-up in both of your selected languages. Dict.cc also stands out due to its clean, minimal graphics. No clutter or distracting typefaces here, just a cheerful color scheme and an easy-to-navigate layout.

Unique feature:

Dict.cc includes a wide variety of phrases and idioms in its dictionary, which means that you can search an idiomatic German phrase and find out not only what it literally means, but also see its English equivalent.

Best for:

This app’s huge variety of languages makes it a great choice for multilingual people who want to see German translations in more than one language. It’s also handy for travelers who may want to look up English translations for languages other than German. If you’re an English speaker traveling throughout Europe, Dict.cc should cover most of your translation needs!

2. FluentU

iOS | Android

Price: Free trial available (pricing page available here)

FluentU is one of the best websites and apps for learning German the way native speakers really use it. FluentU takes real-world videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.

Watch authentic media to simultaneously immerse yourself in the German language and build an understanding of the German culture.

By using real-life videos, the content is kept fresh and current. Topics cover a lot of ground as you can see here:

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Vocabulary and phrases are learned with the help of interactive subtitles and full transcripts.

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Hovering over or tapping on any word in the subtitles will automatically pause the video and instantly display its meaning. Interesting words you don’t know yet can be added to a to-learn list for later.

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For every lesson, a list of vocabulary is provided for easy reference and bolstered with plenty of examples of how each word is used in a sentence.

Your existing knowledge is tested with the help of adaptive quizzes in which words are learned in context.

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To keep things fresh, FluentU keeps track of the words you’re learning and recommends further lessons and videos based on what you've already studied.

This way, you have a truly personalized learning experience.

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Best for:

Audio-visual learners who enjoy learning through media like videos and images. This app is also a good choice if you struggle to actually use new words in conversations, since FluentU gives you the confidence you need by showing you how native German speakers use words in many different situations.

3. German Translator Dictionary by VidaLingua

german english dictionary by vidalingua iOS | Android

 

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

This dictionary app is a phrasebook, dictionary and quiz game rolled into one! The extensive phrase section offers German learners a great variety of conversation starters and essential phrases sorted by topics ranging from shopping to flirting to the weather. The phrases can be listened to in both English and German. The quiz game allows you to sneak in some speedy German practice on-the-go by matching English words to their German equivalents.

Last but not least, VidaLingua’s dictionary also offers a list of verbs separate from the regular dictionary, which could be helpful for students doing test review—or for when you get tired of trying to memorize all those tricky German articles, and just want to learn some new verbs instead. VidaLingua also offers a search bar prompter and word look-up in both English and German.

Unique feature:

This app has a search history function which allows you to see the past few words you’ve looked up. This is super handy for when you look up a new German word and then forget the meaning a second later (it happens to all of us sometimes).

Best for:

Total beginners who aren’t yet sure how to pronounce many words will really benefit from VidaLingua’s phrasebook feature. This is especially useful for new learners traveling in a German-speaking country, as it can help with everything from ordering a Bratwurst to finding the tourist information bureau. The quiz game also makes this app a good choice for the busy German student who wants to make vocabulary practice a bit more fun.

4. LEO Dictionaryleo dictionary

iOS | Android

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

This app features cute lion graphics and neatly organized search results, as well as a search bar prompter. LEO dictionary also includes a Forums section where registered users can discuss questions about spelling, grammar and translation with other users — and also chat about German culture. So LEO dictionary isn’t only functional, it’s social too.

Swiping left on search results allows you to see similar words in the source language (useful in case you’ve looked up the wrong word by accident). Swiping right displays related forum discussions. LEO allows you to search online for German translations of words in eight different languages, including English, and will offer word definitions in the opposite language without you having to choose the search direction.

Unique feature:

LEO Dictionary has a built-in voice lookup that allows you to search by simply speaking into your phone. This is pretty useful when you’re too busy to type, or if you’re not sure how to spell the word you’re looking up.

Best for:

German learners who want to connect and chat with other learners will love the LEO Dictionary. It’s like having a German conversation class on your phone! This app is also a good choice for those who prefer talking into their phones over typing.

5. The Free Dictionary by Farlex

farlex free dictionary iOS | Android

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Although this app isn’t specifically targeted at language learners, if you have some German knowledge already and are looking to work on reading comprehension, Farlex Dictionary can be a huge help. When you search a German word in Farlex’s German dictionary, you’ll be presented with a detailed definition in German (and you can also scroll down to see an English translation). So this app gives you a great chance to practice your reading comprehension while you’re looking up new words.

Even German beginners can benefit from this app, as the accompanying English translations will help you out if you don’t fully understand the German explanation. Farlex Dictionary also includes comprehensive definitions in 14 different languages, which can be useful if you’re learning another language or if you just need to look up the meaning of an English word.

Unique feature:

Farlex Dictionary comes with a homepage that you can personalize to include fun stuff like a mini weather report and a word game. The word game, Galgenmännchen (the German version of Hangman, a popular English word-guessing game) is actually very addictive. A bonus is that it gives you an option to go to the definition of the word after the game is done, providing a fast and fun way to learn new German words.

Best for:

This app will prove useful for advanced German learners. If you’re at that learning level where you still need to look up German words often, but you can usually understand German definitions, this is a great app for you. The German language definitions will help you improve your German knowledge, and the English translations will ensure that you understand exactly what words mean.

6. Collins German Dictionary

Collins German Dictionary iOS | Android

Price: $14.99

This helpful app offers a hugely comprehensive dictionary (over 80 000 words and phrases!) that can be downloaded to your phone for offline use at any time. Perfect for beginners and more expert German students, Collins Dictionary includes a wide range of fun and useful bonuses, such as a Word of the Day, and several different word games: Hangman, Anagrams and Word Scramble. It also features a History page where you can view recent searches.

The clear and neatly-laid out definition pages make it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for, and definitions are modern and very thorough, helping you put terms in the right context and figure out their connotations. And in case you want to save and remember important words, Collins Dictionary lets you create a Favorites list, where you can store words you might need to look up later.

Unique feature:

One really cool aspect of this dictionary stands out: the search filters. Collins Dictionary lets you search by “Keyword” in order to find key words in compound words, and also searches for words you aren’t sure how to spell! This is such a huge help when you’re a language beginner. By using this app’s “Fuzzy” filter, you can always find the word you’re looking for eventually, even if you’ve mixed up a bunch of letters.

Best for:

If learning new German vocab through games on your cellphone sounds like a dream come true, Collins Dictionary is just what you need! Teaching yourself vocab can seem like a boring task, but suddenly it’s a whole lot more fun when you add a bit of a competitive edge. In general, those who are studying German independently and like to learn through technology will get a lot out of this app.

7. German Dictionary by Netzverb® Deutsch

German Dictionary by Netzverb® Deutsch iOS | Android

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Netzverb® Deutsch’s dictionary features over 160,000 German words including nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and even articles. If you’re using the web version, you’ll notice that the words are also labeled according to the CEFR difficulty levels (e.g., A1 for complete beginners, A2 for upper beginners, B1 for lower intermediates and so on). 

Also, I like how this app highlights the stem and ending form of each word. As you know, conjugation is one of the hardest parts of learning a new language, and having that visual guide to changing all those words into their appropriate forms makes it much easier to digest new vocab and pick up vital grammar points.

Unique feature:

If you enter any word in the search field via the conjugator, you’ll instantly get detailed information on what the verb looks like in all of its possible conjugations—present, imperfect, imperative, infinitive, etc. This will definitely come in handy the next time you get stuck on a German word and how to use it correctly!

Best for:

If you’re struggling with vocabulary and grammar and are more of a visual learner, this particular German dictionary may be just what you’re looking for.

8. German English Dictionary & Translator by Bravolol

German English Dictionary and Translator by Bravolol iOS | Android

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Aside from giving detailed definitions, this dictionary also gives example sentences where that word can be used. If you’re looking for similar or related words, you’ll also find a ton of them via Bravolol’s German-English dictionary.

In case you want to stow your newly acquired vocab for a rainy day, you can take advantage of the flashcard feature too. You can bookmark all of the words you’ve learned or want to learn for your future reference. And if the font is either too small or large for comfort, you can easily adjust it until your eyes feel better!

Unique feature:

The wildcard character feature is definitely handy when you have that one word on the tip of your tongue (or the back of your mind), but you just can’t seem to remember for the life of you what it’s supposed to look or be spelled like! This option is available in both German and English.

Best for:

I think this is one of the more well-rounded German dictionary apps on the list. It has audio (in both German and English), flashcards, the ability to store your favorite words away and related search suggestions. What more could you want?

9. WordReference

WordReference Dictionary iOS | Android

Price: Free

This isn’t strictly just an English-German dictionary (you have to change the language settings in the dropdown menu), but it does the job if you’re an English or Spanish speaker. As of this writing, you can only directly translate to and from English/Spanish to German.

Still, if you’ve ever looked up any word online (German or otherwise), chances are WordReference is one of the sites that popped up on the first page. And that’s for good reason: look up any word, and you’ll get its definition, pronunciation, inflections, example sentences in both your target language and German and all possible uses of the word.

Unique feature:

If you scroll to the bottom of the page of each word you search for, you’ll see links to forums. There, you can find other users discussing the word and how it should be used. The social aspect this dictionary provides can make learning a lot less lonely!

Best for:

WordReference is one of the most comprehensive dictionaries available, so if learning every possible meaning of a single word you look up appeals to you, keep WordReference handy in your pocket (or phone).

10. PONS Translate

pons translate iOS | Android

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Another one that isn’t strictly a German-English (or English-German) dictionary is PONS Translate. Despite the name, this isn’t just a translator: it’s also integrated with a dictionary function. There are plenty of ways to look up any word you want—you can type, say or even scan words from signs you come across!

If you’re also using the PONS Vocabulary Trainer app, you can copy the translations there for your future reference. And if you happen to lose your internet connection for any reason, you can still access all that necessary vocab for review.

Unique feature:

I like the bit where you can scan German words you spot on a restaurant menu, road signs, etc. German often uses diacritics which can be quite time-consuming to look up if you’re using an English keyboard, so this feature definitely saves a lot of time!

Best for:

If you travel a lot, the app’s ability to translate words you scan (as opposed to type) can make those vacation getaways to German-speaking countries so much easier!

 

Hopefully one of these great apps turns out to be the right one for you! Having a German dictionary on your phone will make looking up weird words so much easier.

And with quizzes, games and tons of other fun ways to learn new vocabulary, these apps will definitely accelerate your German learning.

If you liked this post, something tells me that you'll love FluentU, the best way to learn German with real-world videos.

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