ABBYY Announces First Availability of Its Popular English-Russian Dictionary Software in USA

With Its Comprehensive, Up-to-Date Vocabulary and Ease of Use, ABBYY Lingvo 12 is Ideal for People Who Study or Use Russian for Communication and Business


ABBYY, a leading provider of recognition, data capture and linguistic technologies, today announced the first availability in the USA of its Lingvo 12 English-Russian dictionary, the most popular dictionary software in Russian speaking countries. Lingvo 12 English-Russian Edition provides instant and accurate translation of words and phrases from Russian to English and vice versa. It contains over 2,500,000 entries and 50 dictionaries including electronic versions of the most authoritative and up-to-date printed dictionaries.


ABBYY Lingvo 12 provides versatile and up-to-date vocabulary covering different areas of knowledge, professional and business language. In addition, it provides the ability to search and translate words or phrases instantly using all the available dictionaries simultaneously. ABBYY Lingvo 12 can be installed on a desktop PC, notebook, PDA, or smartphone allowing users to translate texts and study language at any time and place.


“ABBYY Lingvo 12 is the most popular dictionary in Russia, with about 5,000,000 users.* We are proud to now offer it for our U.S. customers as well,” said Dean Tang, President and CEO of ABBYY USA. “According to the U.S. 2000 census, Russian is the primary language spoken in the homes of over 700,000 individuals. About 110 colleges and universities in the USA offer Russian language courses. In addition, more than 30,000 Americans visited Russia for business and leisure last year. Another 20,000 Americans live and work in Russia on continuing basis. ABBYY Lingvo 12 is a very timely offering due to U.S. renewed and growing interest in doing business with Russia.”


ABBYY Lingvo Details and Features

One Lingvo program is equal to a whole bookcase of paper dictionaries. The 12th version of Lingvo English-Russian Edition contains 50 dictionaries including 5 completely new and 12 significantly updated dictionaries. These are general, professional, specialized, regional, and explanatory dictionaries as well as thesaurus, phrasebooks, dictionaries of idioms and abbreviations. Lingvo 12 includes updated ABBYY Lingvo Universal, a comprehensive English-Russian dictionary containing 100,000 entries for common words. It took over 50 “human-years” of development and research to create this dictionary and keep it updated. This latest version of Lingvo also includes the 8th edition of the Collins English Dictionary, an authoritative explanatory dictionary of the English language published by HarperCollins Publishers in 2006.


From the Lingvo entries, users can get highly detailed information on every word and word combination with various translations, abundant word-use examples from real sources (books, newspapers and other publications), grammar references, synonyms, audio pronunciations of common English words, and phonetic transcriptions. Russian words are provided with an indication of stressed syllables.


ABBYY Lingvo 12 English-Russian offers full-text search capabilities allowing users to search for words and word combinations in the text of all its dictionaries including headwords, translations, examples of use, and comments. The new Lingvo also supports a wildcard search that is recommended when users are not sure how to spell a word.


The Lingvo’s intuitive user interface makes the translation and search of words even easier and faster by including a range of valuable features such as instant pop-up translation. Now, users can get translations of unfamiliar words instantly without disrupting their reading or Web browsing by simply pointing the cursor at the unknown word. Fewer distractions allow for better reading comprehension because users no longer need to stop reading and flip through a dictionary in order to find a word. This feature is intended both for users who can already read foreign texts and for those who are making their first steps into the language.


The program comes with Lingvo Tutor, a tool for learning new words based on flash-card methodology. The 12th version of Lingvo Tutor can be installed not only on a desktop PC but is also compatible with handheld computer devices and smartphones.


ABBYY Lingvo 12 English-Russian Edition is available for purchase immediately through the ABBYY’s online store, retail outlets and resellers.

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* According to internal research