Translation examples: how to use Lingvo

Lingvo will help you translate single words, phrases and sentences. Your translations will take less time and will be more accurate and idiomatic if instead of translating phrases word for word you translate them by using collocations and set phrases (phrasal verbs, idioms, etc.).


Whenever you choose Translate Text from Edit Line on the Tools menu or click button, Lingvo will try to find collocations and set phrases in your text.


To find and translate collocations and set phrases in your text:

Lingvo will try to find collocations and set phrases in your text and translate them.


Apart from set phrases and collocations, there will be free word combinations in your text. To find a translation for a free word combination, try choosing Search on the Tools menu.

To translate a free word combination:

Lingvo will perform a full-text search trying to find translations for your free word combination in the text of dictionary entries (i.e. in the comments and examples sections of dictionary cards).


The choice between the two commands often depends on whether you are translating FROM or INTO a foreign language.


When you translate into a foreign language, you can easily single out idioms and phrases in your text without the help of a dictionary. It is more important to know whether you have to use a free word combination or a set phrase in your translation. If you cannot find a separate card for a phrase you wish to translate, try performing a full-text search (). Remember that you can tweak various search parameters (Tools>Options>Search).


To perform a full text search:

Note: Your text fragment cannot be more than 32 words long.

For details see:

Translation from a foreign language

Translation into a foreign language

Full-text search