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Old 01-03-2009, 04:29 PM   #1
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Can I read Kindle w/ Eng-French Dictionary?

On a Kindle, does anyone know a convenient way to read a document in French (like the newspaper Le Monde) and look up the words in English translation? Thanks,
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:43 PM   #2
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Currently, no, I'm afraid.

Right now, the Kindle doesn't offer any sort of translating feature. As of now, you can't even change the default dictionary. I would think that to translate, the Kindle would first need to have the ability to hold multiple dictionaries, and then you could just look up the word from a french/english one. I am sure we'll see some sort of an update in the future though! Many users have complained about it and made their opinions known.

I read some Spanish texts myself and would love to see this feature as well!
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:46 PM   #3
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It is possible to change the default dictionary, but the only alternatives that are available for the Kindle are DRM-free MOBI dictionaries such as GNU Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

As IntegrityWolf says, what the Kindle needs is the capability to use multiple dictionaries and to use DRMed (encrypted) dictionaries (because all modern dictionaries are only sold with DRM).
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Old 01-15-2009, 02:00 AM   #4
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It is possible to change the default dictionary, but the only alternatives that are available for the Kindle are DRM-free MOBI dictionaries such as GNU Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

As IntegrityWolf says, what the Kindle needs is the capability to use multiple dictionaries and to use DRMed (encrypted) dictionaries (because all modern dictionaries are only sold with DRM).
Oh my, I didn't know that you could change the dictionary. Of course, if it has to be DRM-free Mobi that certainly limits the possibilities ><

Thanks for telling! I'm going to go check out this feature...although I highly doubt I could use it with a Spanish dictionary or the like
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what about special characters?
I am interested in french/spanish/romanian/italian
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Here's Kindle English-French Dictionary that can be used to translation
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Here's Kindle English-French Dictionary that can be used to translation
OH NOOO! I bought this dictionary, but of course it's English to French! So it helps me translate my English documents to French but not vice versa! ...
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On a Kindle, does anyone know a convenient way to read a document in French (like the newspaper Le Monde) and look up the words in English translation? Thanks,
Len Edgerly,
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Contrary to what has already been said, the answer is: yes.
But only if you know how to de-DRM Mobipocket dictionaries (there are threads about this on Mobileread, but you have to search for exact procedure elsewhere, so as not to provoke the corporate rage).
Once you know how, it works as simple as it could be. I have several bilingual dictionaries on my Kindle and in fact K3 can also recognize the document language (if it is set in the properties), so I do not even have to manually set different dictionaries for different documents.

A Fr-En dictionary I use is this one:
http://www.mobipocket.com/en/eBooks/...sp?BookID=9193

Alternatively, you can produce your own dictionary from a Stardict dictionary database (also discussed earlier on Mobileread, eg. here: http://www.mobileread.mobi/forums/sh...ad.php?t=20480).
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:07 AM   #9
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The Merriam Webster French-English Dictionary work perfectly on Kindle. You can select whole phrases to translate.

Just use menu/settings/menu/change primary dictionary

I go back and forth between dictionaries. Amazon sells this dictionary.
http://www.amazon.com/Merriam-Webste...3458775&sr=8-6
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