Google translate appears to be a handy tool when you learn German. A word or phrase in English often produces the desired result in a foreign target language.
Students often assume that online translation software or dictionaries are acceptable instruments when learning German.
An online dictionary is convenient when abroad and needing to look up a word or phrase. What about online translation tools when learning a language? In my experience, a conventional dictionary is indispensable for several reasons. Learners retain content from traditional printed material better than online material. A dictionary also shows the flection of verbs, the gender and plural form of nouns, cases required and if a verb is transitive or intransitive. Online dictionaries lack that function. In addition, dictionaries often have helpful example sentences, and if studying at an intermediate or advanced level, then using a thesaurus would be even more beneficial.
Before hitting the online order button, why not visit a bookshop and look at a few dictionaries to see what works best for you? You can also get in touch; one of our German tutors will be happy to help.
Remember, steroids are helpful in a race but never in the long run. Learning German or any other foreign language is all about perseverance.