The Tresor de la Langue Francaise informatise or TLFi is a very efficient on line dictionary. Designed to help people deal...
The Tresor de la Langue Francaise informatise or TLFi is a very efficient on line dictionary. Designed to help people deal with the complexity of French spelling, it offers different ways to enter a word. Words can be entered with the keyboard, phonetically, or they can be selected through alphabetically indexed pages. The system accepts wrongly spelled words, and proposes to the user the closest correct spellings. The TLFi provides customizing tools such as colours that can be used to distinguish various elements of an entry, like the part of speech,the definition, the etymology or the examples. This makes the usually compact looking dictionary page much easier to browse. Special functions such as "liste de mots" or "recherche assistee" provide interesting linguistic tools to find, for example, words which have the same root, rhyming words, or words of foreign origin. They can be easely used by teachers to create original exercises. The function called "recherche complexe" really deserves its name, and requires practise from both teacher and student before they can benefit from it. The "recherche simple" can be used by beginners, but in order to grasp the meanings of the words and the full content of the entries, students should have at least an intermediate level. Navigation through the site is clear and easy. Even though the explanations available through the "aide" button are often complicated and abstract, the interrogation marks provide helpful and simple examples on almost every page.Technical Remarks: The TLFi offers two ways of access to optimize its use: dial up or ADSL.On each entry page there is a "prononcer" button which should allow the user to hear the word, after downloading Real Player One. This function, described as an experimental one, does not work satisfactorily.