Who are we?
Freelang is a personal homepage. It is not a company or an association, and has nothing to do with politics or religion. It is a non profit project, started in 1997 and developed thanks to the contributions of its users.
Your webmaster goes by the nickname of Beaumont. I am based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Short history of the project
In 1996, as he was planning to visit Italy, a Dutchman was looking for a free Italian-Dutch dictionary on the Web. As he could not find any, Frits van Zanten decided he would create it. His friend Tom van der Meijden wrote a small and handy (yet very clever) program to manage the word list, and they started to integrate other vocabulary lists. The DDP, Dutch Dictionary Project, was born. Versions of the dictionary were created in different languages and a team of volunteers around the world started to build web sites to distribute the program and some word lists based on their own language (Italian, Swedish, Russian, French, Esperanto...).
From 1998 to 2000, Frits and Tom progressively stepped out of the project. The French version and English version were hosted together, under the name of "Freelang". The Translation Help Service was created, offering free translations thanks to a growing team of voluntary translators.
How to help us
Freelang is based on voluntary work, and we always need people to help us develop this project. There are many ways in which you can help us: improving a dictionary or initiate a new dictionary project, registering as a voluntary translator, helping other people in our forum, submit new translations of commonly used expressions, etc.
Please note that English is not our mother tongue. If you notice any mistakes in these pages, please report them and we will correct them immediately.
Although we have a lot of ideas and not enough time to implement them, we would be delighted to hear about your suggestions or remarks to improve this site.
If you had the opportunity to use our services, you can also send a word of thanks to the people who helped you, either a translator or the author of a dictionary.
Free doesn't necessarily mean "free of rights" or "in the public domain". The Freelang dictionary is freeware and can be freely distributed, but the program and the word lists are the property of their authors (see the dictionary's copyright notice), and so are all the resources that can be found on this website.
Freelang is a registered trademark. All content on this website is protected by United States and international copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws. All content on this website, including articles, graphics, logos, and other files, is the property of Freelang, unless owned by a third party, and may not be used on any other web site, in any publications, or in any manner that is otherwise exploitative for any commercial purpose or that otherwise infringes Freelang's intellectual property rights.
This website and all the services on this website are provided as is, without any warranty. The authors or suppliers can not be held responsible in case of damages of any nature whatsoever that may be sustained by the user or third parties and resulting directly or indirectly from its use.
We draw your attention to the fact that Freelang is a collective project, not for profit, and that the lists of words in the dictionary are not immune to errors or omissions, for which the authors or Freelang can not be held responsible, regardless of the circumstances.
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