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The free app I wish I'd had as a student...
(when you want to know what a Russian would say,
when there's not one to ask)
A free website and app. Offline dictionary also available (28MB)
Context function – type in a word, and it will give you a list of possible translations. But it will then also give you a list of parallel translations of full sentences using that word, so you can see it being used in context. You can also search for specific incidence of words in a particular form (e.g. in a certain case). You can also put in fragments of phrases e.g. ‘I just don’t understand’ to see different examples. A good linguist will find this site invaluable.
Dictionary function – returns entries from an online Collins dictionary, with grammar info.
Conjugation function – great for seeing all forms of verbs (although you’ll need to know basic russian grammar terms)
Synonym function – great AI driven module to find synonyms
Phrasebook/Learn function - Remembers and tests you on words you have searched for
TOP TIP: Get a free Google Chrome Extension for Reverso Context.
Once installed, you simply highlight a word in any document, and it will make translation suggestions. Makes reading Russian websites a joy.