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Old 04-30-2011, 10:42 AM   #3
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since there seem to pop up similar questions about dictionaries quite frequently i decided to write a little faq. maybe it contains some errors, but it might be useful to some people
Thanks for this excellent FAQ

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Q: How does the kindle decide which dictionary to use
A: You can change the primary dictionary under menu -> settings -> menu -> change primary dictionary. This dictionary will be used for every book, with one exception:
Each book has a language-metadata entry. If a book is- say german- and you have a german dictionary on your device it will be used regardless of your dictionary.
Well, I am still a bit struggling with this, an unable to pinpoint my problem:

- On my Kindle Wi-Fi 3.1 I have loaded several dictionaries and books in different languages.

- My default dictionary is the builtin English American dictionary.

- When I read books in french or english, the expected dictionary is automaticaly invoked. Good.

- When I read books in spanish or german (though I don't realy speak these languages I wanted to test further) only the default english dictionary is invoked. Bad.

I used Mobihandler and Mobi2Mobi to document the language metadata of the books and dictionaries. I think they indeed match:

FRENCH:
Dic:Click image for larger version

Name:	dictionnaire academie francaise Littre 1 - Mobipocket.com.prc Mobihandler (Franšais France).jpg
Views:	1040
Size:	29.5 KB
ID:	70731 Click image for larger version

Name:	dictionnaire academie francaise Littre 1 - Mobipocket.com.prc Mobi2Mobi (1036-12-1 French).jpg
Views:	883
Size:	117.4 KB
ID:	70730Book: Click image for larger version

Name:	Souvenirs D'enfance Tome 1 _ La Gloire  - Marcel Pagnol.mobi Mobihandler (Franšais France).jpg
Views:	794
Size:	35.0 KB
ID:	70733Click image for larger version

Name:	Souvenirs D'enfance Tome 1 _ La Gloire  - Marcel Pagnol.mobi Mobi2Mobir (12-12-0 French).jpg
Views:	755
Size:	140.1 KB
ID:	70732

SPANISH:
Dic: Click image for larger version

Name:	Dictionaire EGC_Spanish_English V0.1.prc Mobihandler (Espagnol Espagne).jpg
Views:	809
Size:	30.7 KB
ID:	70735Click image for larger version

Name:	Dictionaire EGC_Spanish_English V0.1.prc Mobi2Mobi (1034-10-1 Spanish).jpg
Views:	805
Size:	139.2 KB
ID:	70734Book: Click image for larger version

Name:	Don Quijote - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra .mobi Mobihandler (Espagnol Espagne).jpg
Views:	724
Size:	32.0 KB
ID:	70737Click image for larger version

Name:	Don Quijote - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra .mobi Mobi2Mobi (1034-10-1 Spanish).jpg
Views:	705
Size:	126.1 KB
ID:	70736

GERMAN:
Dic:Click image for larger version

Name:	Dictionaire German-English - Michael Sheldon.mobi Mobihandler (Allemand Allemagne).jpg
Views:	860
Size:	28.8 KB
ID:	70739Click image for larger version

Name:	Dictionaire German-English - Michael Sheldon.mobi Mobi2Mobi (1031-7-1 German).jpg
Views:	802
Size:	113.5 KB
ID:	70738Book:Click image for larger version

Name:	Beobachtungen uber Oesterreichs Aufklaru - Aloys Blumauer.mobi Mobihandler (Allemand Allemagne).jpg
Views:	815
Size:	33.0 KB
ID:	70744 Click image for larger version

Name:	Beobachtungen uber Oesterreichs Aufklaru - Aloys Blumauer.mobi Mobi2Mobi (1031-7-1 German).jpg
Views:	741
Size:	130.8 KB
ID:	70743

ENGLISH:
Dic:Click image for larger version

Name:	The_New_Oxford_American_Dictionary.azw Mobihandler (Anglais ╔tats-Unis).jpg
Views:	849
Size:	30.8 KB
ID:	70741Click image for larger version

Name:	The_New_Oxford_American_Dictionary.azw Mobi2Mobi (1033-9-1 English US).jpg
Views:	865
Size:	131.5 KB
ID:	70740

Could that be the definition dictionaries are switched to automatically but not the translation ones? Or additional metadata that I am missing? Or... a bug in the Kindle software?
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