Dictionary

The mother tongue in your new home "Bicycle Philately" is English - the world's number one language with an estimated 500 million to 1 billion speakers (including second language). So the majority of the world's population and presumably also of the users of this website has a different mother tongue. That the users can communicate with each other, there is "Google Translator". For philatelic terms hardworking collectors have created specialized dictionaries. Very useful, because there are terms that have different meanings in different languages, such as e.g. "bloc(k)": in English usually 4 jointed stamps (2x2) - in German a souvenir sheet.

In the following, still very incomplete table, the links to the different language dictionaries are put together:

 From:                                  To:

 English  German  philaseiten.de    ///   Reinhard Fischer Auktionen
 English  French  Reinhard Fischer Auktionen
 French  English       Qui sait plus?
 Dutch  English       Wie weet meer?
 German  English  philaseiten.de
 Spanish  English       ¿Quién sabe más?
 Italian  English       Chi sa di più?
 Japanese  English       誰がもっと知っている?
 Russian  English       Кто знает больше?
 Chinese (Mandarin)  English       谁知道更多?

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Encyclopedia

To know the philatelic technical terms is important especially when you are buying and/or selling stamps.  Nowadays you could find philatelic encyclopedias in different languages on the Internet:

 English  Wiki - PhilatelicTerminology
 French        Qui sait plus?
 Dutch        Wie weet meer?
 German  Philalex Lexikon   ///  Bundesprüfer Begriffslexikon
 Spanish        ¿Quién sabe más?
 Italian        Chi sa di più?
 Japanese        誰がもっと知っている?
 Russian        Кто знает больше?
 Chinese (Mandarin)        谁知道更多?

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The English terms have been explained in 1987 (BS2_12) by Douglas Marchant (Editor of the magazine Bicycle Stamps) in his article "Mind Your Language":