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03-03-2010, 02:20 PM
Need a German dictionary for Kindle. Unfortunately they only work one-way:German to English. I am trying to hack the dictionary to make it translate in other direction. Am I wasting my time? Here's what I have tried so far.

1. I purchased the Pocket Oxford German Dictionary from Kindle site.
2. I downloaded it to my computer.
3. I de-DRMed to produced a .mobi file which i edited in hex editor.
5. I reversed the codes for the dictionary input language and output language based on the mobi header description that I found at
6. Deleted my original German Dictionary on the Kindle.
7. Uploaded the modified Mobi version (through Amazon) and assigned it as my default dictionary.

03-05-2010, 01:42 PM
And what does it do now? Nothing, or just German-English

03-12-2010, 09:02 AM
Previous post was a typo. Amazon dictionary only works English to German. I want German to English.

In any event, I finally got it working German to English. It turns out these translation dictionaries come in 2 parts. One for each direction. Amazon sold me a single one-way dictionary. I had to purchase the 2 part dictionary from

For some reason, to get it to work on a kindle, you still have to modify the codes, to get it to work as the default dictionary. As desribed in the post I refered to earlier. So I modified this and it now works. German to English.

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03-30-2011, 01:35 AM
I know that it's been almost a year since you've asked, but here's Kindle German Dictionary ( that was just recently published on Amazon. It does exactly that - translates from German to English.

03-30-2011, 03:58 AM
I made a bunch of translation dictionaries out of TinyLex's dictionary files, including very good German -> English and English -> German dictionaries, you can grab copies of them here: