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Offline Gingerpose Reading Lots of sci-fi
22 May 2011, 04:55 PM | Post: #1

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Foreign language dictionary

After reading Terrypins thread about purchasing (or not being able to) german language ebooks, I am now wondering if it is possible to install a german language dictionary alongside the english and american versions - this would be handy cos my German is a little rusty and sometimes there are words which boggle me!


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22 May 2011, 06:38 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Foreign language dictionary

(22 May 2011 04:55 PM)Gingerpose Wrote:  After reading Terrypins thread about purchasing (or not being able to) german language ebooks, I am now wondering if it is possible to install a german language dictionary alongside the english and american versions - this would be handy cos my German is a little rusty and sometimes there are words which boggle me!


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Amazon seem to have all sorts of dictionaries in Kindle form - French to English and vice versa, Spanish to English etc but I didn't see a German one though. I didn't look closely so there may be one
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22 May 2011, 08:22 PM | Post: #3

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RE: Foreign language dictionary

I emailed Amazon and received a quick and helpful reply. I will include two links which they put in their email.
It is possible to purchase a foreign language dictionary (in this case German) -

http://www.amazon.co.uk...

I used the above link and selected item 4, the German English Wiktionary

then followed the instructions in this link

http://www.amazon.co.uk...

to select it as the default dictionary in my Kindle. I did hesitate because I would have to go through the menus again if I want to look up a work in the English dictionary, but it is more likely that I would need to look something up in German, so it's going to be a less frequent occurence.

Hope this helps someone else and tThumbs Up to Amazon for the swift response.

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24 May 2011, 05:29 AM | Post: #4

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RE: Foreign language dictionary

I just posted this in the other thread on German literature.
(24 May 2011 05:12 AM)Notoriety Wrote:  Back to the original post, there are German dictionaries in Kindle format but not yet the clever default ones like the English/American versions that come bundled with the Kindle. I have however bought the Merriam-Webster's French-English Translation Dictionary, Kindle Edition that can run as a default as can the Spanish version. I think there are better e-dictionaries out there but these have the integrated look-up which is very handy.

If anyone has tried a German e-dictionary and found it useful could you post as I might consider it.

Hadn't noticed your post lower down (oops!) - thanks Anslie you have completely solved my issue. Clapping hands Have just purchased it - £2.12 is not too much to waste and if it's a disaster my German isn't too bad anyway.

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14 Jul 2011, 09:01 PM | Post: #5

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RE: Foreign language dictionary

Shortly after this question was posted, my company published a Kindle edition of the Collins Concise German Dictionary. There are two ebooks available, one English-German, the other German-English. Both work as default dictionaries on Kindle and will allow you to look up inflected forms.

http://www.amazon.co.uk...

Collins Concise Spanish Dictionary is available as well, should that be of interest:

http://www.amazon.co.uk...

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15 Jul 2011, 02:44 PM | Post: #6

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RE: Foreign language dictionary

Thanks Jeff,

Very helpful indeed that you have done this in conjuction with Collins. Price is a little high though given that they are separate dictionaries. Any chance of a tempting reduction, Jeff?! Cool

There's a helpful review on Amazon that points out the pretty well inevitable limitation on not picking up separable verbs direct from German texts. But picking up other inflected forms is helpful, otherwise many words would be missed. I'm sure that it would be fair if that adds to the price.

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19 Jul 2011, 01:55 AM | Post: #7

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RE: Foreign language dictionary

Tony, thank you for the feedback! Yes, picking up separable verbs would require more artificial intelligence than any e-reader has to offer at present Wink

No tempting reductions at the moment, but I would like to make an offer. I can give out one free copy of a dictionary to someone who is willing to post a review on Amazon and has a genuine interest in using a Kindle dictionary as an aid while reading in their non-native language. I'm just looking for a thoughtful, independent review.

Interested? Just be the first to send me a *private* message with email contact information and the language pair of interest. Thanks!

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(15 Jul 2011 02:44 PM)Notoriety Wrote:  Thanks Jeff,

Very helpful indeed that you have done this in conjuction with Collins. Price is a little high though given that they are separate dictionaries. Any chance of a tempting reduction, Jeff?! Cool

There's a helpful review on Amazon that points out the pretty well inevitable limitation on not picking up separable verbs direct from German texts. But picking up other inflected forms is helpful, otherwise many words would be missed. I'm sure that it would be fair if that adds to the price.

Tony
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