Welcome to the German Frame-Semantic Online Lexicon (G-FOL), a German-English vocabulary resource that offers more than standard print and online dictionaries by:

  • organizing words according to their meanings, rather than just alphabetically,
  • providing detailed definitions and pointing out differences between seemingly similar German and English words, and
  • including a number of real example sentences for each word (from www.dwds.de) to show how it is used in context.

The German Frame-based Dictionary is an attempt to apply the linguistic theory of Frame Semantics to the language classroom. We hope that it will help students learn the meanings of vocabulary items and how to use them properly. The video below will tell you more about the project. For an overview of how to use this resource to improve your German vocabulary, visit the "How to Use this Site" page.




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Get started with Frame Semantics and the German Frame-Based Dictionary:

  • Learn About the G-FOL
  • How to Use the German Frame-based Dictionary