About ABBYY Lingvo


ABBYY Lingvo is a software product of ABBYY, a leading developer of linguistic, OCR, and document capture software.

In 1989 David Yang, then an undergraduate student of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and the programmer Alexander Moskalyov started work on an electronic dictionary - a computer program that would translate English words and phrases into Russian. In a radical break with tradition, they conceived an innovative system of dictionary cards, i.e. independent windows used to display dictionary entries. One year later Lingvo (the word means "language" in Esperanto) hit the bookshelves and became ABBYY’s first commercial product. 17 years on, ABBYY Lingvo has grown into a high-quality multifunctional translation tool which is used for work and study by more than 5 million people. To read more about the history of the project, please visit www.Lingvo.ru.


ABBYY Lingvo is an electronic dictionary with the most comprehensive and up-to-date databases for 10 languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Russian, and Latin. It includes over a hundred general and specialist dictionaries which are the most authoritative reference books for their respective subject domains. ABBYY Lingvo is the easiest way to get an accurate translation for any word.

Each Lingvo entry provides comprehensive information about its headword - translations, definitions, stress, pronunciation, usage examples, and inflected forms.

Lingvo has been designed with the needs of the language learner in mind. Its dictionary cards provide translations accompanied with numerous usage examples, show the correct pronunciation and stress for the headwords, and list the inflected forms to prevent errors in grammar. Lingvo includes a handy flash-card utility called Lingvo Tutor which will help learners memorize new words.

Lingvo can be installed on desktop computers, notebooks, PDAs, and smartphones.


10 languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Russian, and Latin

Dictionary of the English language (monolingual)

General, specialist and encyclopaedic dictionaries

Dictionary of the Russian language (monolingual)

Most up-to-date and continually updated databases

Detailed entries

Language study tools

Words pronounced by native speakers

Over 130 free additional dictionaries

Can be installed on desktop computers, notebooks, PDAs, and smartphones

ABBYY Lingvo 12 editions

The ABBYY Lingvo 12 product line includes several editions, each with a different set of dictionaries and languages, to suit the needs of professional language users and beginners. For more information about Lingvo 12 editions, please visit www.Lingvo.ru.