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Old 08-09-2012, 08:29 PM   #1
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Kindle Portuguese dictionary

I'm studying Portuguese and after seeing the Portuguese dictionary at work in the kindle for PC, I decided to finally purchase my first kindle (kindle keyboard).

However, when I attempt to read the same Portuguese text that was working fine in the kindle for PC at my kindle device, I don't seem to be able to use the Portuguese dictionary. Does anyone know how to fix this?
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:03 AM   #2
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To the best of my knowledge, the Kindle Keyboatd only has an English dictionary. It's only the K4 and KT that have the multilingual dictionaries.
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To the best of my knowledge, the Kindle Keyboatd only has an English dictionary. It's only the K4 and KT that have the multilingual dictionaries.
Not necessarily, for example, K3 Kindles sold on amazon.de came with the German dictionary preloaded. However, since Amazon doesn't have a Portuguese or Brazilian website yet, I don't know what their policies are regarding the Portuguese dictionary.

@Jupit: If your Kindle Keyboard is registered to your Amazon account, contact Kindle Customer Service.

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Old 08-10-2012, 03:11 AM   #4
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Not necessarily, for example, K3 Kindles sold on amazon.de came with the German dictionary preloaded. However, since Amazon doesn't have a Portuguese or Brazilian website yet, I don't know what their policies are regarding the Portuguese dictionary.

@Jupit: If your Kindle Keyboard is registered to your Amazon account, contact Amazon Customer Service.
I should have said "Kindles bought on Amazon.com" (or Amazon.co.uk) .

Yes, I agree with the advice, but it's Kindle CS that the OP should contact, not Amazon CS. They are different.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:05 AM   #5
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There have been previous reports of problems using foreign language dictionaries as the default dictionary on a US Kindle - if my memory is accurate - the problem is in the metadata - the kindle doesn't recognize & can't use metadata not in English, and hence won't allow the dictionary to be accessed as a default "look-up" dictionary.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:29 AM   #6
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There have been previous reports of problems using foreign language dictionaries as the default dictionary on a US Kindle - if my memory is accurate - the problem is in the metadata - the kindle doesn't recognize & can't use metadata not in English, and hence won't allow the dictionary to be accessed as a default "look-up" dictionary.
There can certainly be an issue if the metadata language code on the book isn't set correctly. I don't recall any issues with dictionaries themselves (which certainly isn't to say that there aren't any, of course ). In this case, though, given that the OP can use the dictionary lookup on Kindle for PC, the book appears to be set correctly.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:10 PM   #7
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When I sideload Brazilian Portuguese Books the dictionary works fine. I don't know for sure but my kindle 4 got the "Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa" for free, along the English dictionary.
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Yes, that's what I said above. The K4 and KT have multi-lingual dictionaries, but (and please correct me if I'm wrong) I don't believe that the K3 has.
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I bought a German/English dictionary for my Kindle US 2 and I was able to load it from my PC. On the Kindle I could change the default dictionary to German. Later when I bought my Kindle 3 I could repeat the setup without any issues.

I believe the Kindle Touch comes now with German already installed and I hope it will be for the Paperweight the same. This is going to be my next Kindle.
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There can certainly be an issue if the metadata language code on the book isn't set correctly. I don't recall any issues with dictionaries themselves (which certainly isn't to say that there aren't any, of course ). In this case, though, given that the OP can use the dictionary lookup on Kindle for PC, the book appears to be set correctly.
There were such problems, at least with a couple of dictionaries I purchased from Amazon 3 or so years ago. When I tried them on Kindle Touch, they behaved as if they were for English lookup rather than French or Spanish. Eventually I called Kindle CS and they refunded the price and I was then able to re-purchase the now-fixed editions.

These still work as before on Kindle Keyboard, which is to say language metadata is ignored and you have to manually set the appropriate Default dictionary each time you switch to reading in a different language.
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These still work as before on Kindle Keyboard, which is to say language metadata is ignored and you have to manually set the appropriate Default dictionary each time you switch to reading in a different language.
Yes, that's a difference between the K3 and the K4/KT - the later models will automatically use a dictionary based on the language code of the book, but the K3 doesn't - you have to manually select which dictionary to use.
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