I found a very helpful tool on yarnstudio.com. A knitting dictionary for those who want to try and use patterns written in a different language:
Do you know about DROPS Dictionary?
known to be the largest online source for knitting and crochet words and
phrases. It comes in 14 different languages, and you can sort the lists
A-Z in any chosen language.
English - to/from norwegian, swedish and danish http://bit.ly/VXx1IW
English - to/from finnish, german and dutch http://bit.ly/VhJsV9
english - to/from french, spanish and portuguese http://bit.ly/ZdMP0o
English - to/from estonian, czech and icelandic http://bit.ly/VXxbAa
English - to/from italian http://bit.ly/YugSem