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Old 03-14-2014, 10:32 AM   #1
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adding another dictionary

I have a Paperwhite 1. I am reading a book (in English) that is peppered with Spanish words so I would like to have a Spanish-to-English dictionary. On my Sony reader, there were a lot of foreign dictionaries pre-installed and you could just choose one. But I just checked and there are only the two English dictionaries on the Kindle. How do I get another one on there? Do I have to purchase the Spanish-to-English dictionary or does Amazon make one available for free? If I purchase one, do I just load it like a regular book, and then it will be available for me to choose as a dictionary?

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You can select a default dictionary for each language on the Kindle. It comes supplied with a very good Spanish dictionary. A Spanish dictionary with its definitions in Spanish, that is - not a translation dictionary.

The Kindle will use the appropriate dictionary for a book according to the language metadata defined for that book.
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I am looking for a translation dictionary. So I am looking for guidance about HOW I add another dictionary, and also recommendations for free or paid Spanish-to-English dictionaries if anyone has experience with them.

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Do I have to purchase the Spanish-to-English dictionary or does Amazon make one available for free?
Amazon offers a free monolingual Spanish dictionary, El Diccionario de la lengua española (DRAE).
If it's not installed on your Kindle, you'll have to download it from your cloud.

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If I purchase one, do I just load it like a regular book, and then it will be available for me to choose as a dictionary?
Dictionaries can be copied to the Kindle's document folder like regular books via USB or Calibre.

There's one free Spanish-English dictionary that you can download here.
Amazon also offers a limited number of bilingual Kindle dictionaries, for example, a Spanish-English dictionary by Collins.
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Have you searched for Spanish dictionaries in the Kindle Store? There appear to be a number available.

You install them like any other Kindle book, and then select as a dictionary in the Kindle's options.
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yes there are some excellent free dicts. online.. google search for spanish-to-english kindle dictionary and stick 'em in the Documents folder
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Old 03-14-2014, 12:45 PM   #7
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Thank you very much, I will definitely try a free one first. I'm not looking to learn Spanish, just look up a few words!

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Thank you very much, I will definitely try a free one first. I'm not looking to learn Spanish, just look up a few words!

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Have you tried Paperwhite's Translate feature? It translates between a number of different languages.

Also, with the latest update, if you have a Spanish English dictionary on the device you can select that for lookup from the popup definition dialog.
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as far as installing them... no need to do anything but add them.. just make sure you don't email them as they won't work... as in not appear as a dictionary
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