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Three more Kindle Dictionaries (Italian, Portuguese and Croatian)

We’re glad to announce that 3 more Kindle translation dictionaries are available on Amazon to download:

Kindle English-Italian Dictionary

Kindle English-Italian Dictionary

Kindle English-Italian Translation Dictionary

English-Italian dictionary that contains translations for 47,031 words + derived words (like selected or commenting)


Kindle English-Portuguese Dictionary

Kindle English-Portuguese Dictionary

Kindle English-Portuguese Translation Dictionary

English-Portuguese dictionary that contains translations for 50,820 words + derived words (like selected or commenting)


Kindle English-Croatian Dictionary

Kindle English-Croatian Dictionary

Kindle English-Croatian Translation Dictionary

English-Croatian dictionary that contains translations for 49,412 words + derived words (like selected or commenting)


You can see complete list of our Kindle dictionaries here along with instructions on how to change Kindle dictionary.

Kindle German Dictionary

Kindle English-German DictionaryWe are glad to announce that in addition to English-Russian Kindle Dictionary and English-Spanish Kindle Dictionary, new English-German Dictionary is now available to Kindle. After downloading the dictionary you can replace your default Kindle dictionary with it and have any word in a book translated into your native tongue rather than having to read the definition in English. At any point you can always return to the original or any other Kindle dictionary.

Read this tutorial to find out how to change Kindle dictionary.

Kindle Spanish Dictionary

The best way to learn a foreign language is to experience it though interaction with native speakers and reading books. However if your vocabulary is not that rich just yet, reading books in foreign language can be a tedious chore as you encounter unknown words that you can’t deduce from context. Using default Kindle dictionary helps a great deal. You can just select the word in question with 5-way controller and see the definition in a matter of seconds. While this has worked great from some people others would prefer to see the word translated to their native language rather than defined in English.

Fortunately you can replace default Kindle dictionary with another. A while ago English-Russian Kindle Dictionary was published that became quite popular among Russian people reading English books because it was able to translate different word forms (ex: reading, published, etc) rather than just “read” and “publish”.

Just recently we published English-Spanish Kindle Dictionary that works in a similar way. You can replace your default Kindle dictionary with this one and Kindle will translate every word from English to Spanish in a matter of seconds.

Read this tutorial to find out how to change Kindle dictionary.

How to change Kindle dictionary

Amazon Kindle comes with built-in Oxford English dictionary that can be used to look up word definitions. You can buy or download additional dictionaries and change them as you see fit. There are many different dictionaries available for Kindle, including English-Russian Kindle Dictionary,В English-Spanish Kindle Dictionary andВ English-German Dictionary that can be used for instant translation.

Since it seems that some users were unaware of the fact that you can change the default dictionary Kindle uses for looking up words I decided to put together this small tutorial explaining how to swap your Kindle dictionaries back and forth.

How to change Kindle Dictionary

How to change Kindle Dictionary

  1. Unless you are already there, press “Home” button to get to your home screen
  2. Press “Menu” button and select “Settings”
  3. In the settings screen press “Menu” button again and select “Change Primary Dictionary”. If at this point this menu item is non-selectable (light gray color like “Update Your Kindle” menu item on the screenshot above) it means that you have one dictionary (or none) downloaded to your Kindle. Once you download more dictionaries, you will be able to select this option.
  4. Select the dictionary you want to be used for instant word look-up from the list.
  5. Press “Home” to get back to the home screen from the Settings screen.
  6. Open any English book and try it out. Moving the cursor to any English word should cause definition or translation to appear either at top or bottom of the page.

Enjoy!

Kindle English-Russian Dictionary with Word Forms and Transcriptions

Amazon Kindle English-Russian Dictionary

One of the Amazon Kindle features that I love the most is the built-in dictionary that lets you easily look up definitions for almost every word in any book. Since Kindle allows you to install and change dictionary that is used for lookups you could look up pretty much everything, including translations. There were some English-Russian dictionaries in circulation for some time but they weren’t perfect.

First, most of them used Cyrillic letters. This means that users need to install Unicode Font Hack in order to use it (and not everyone is willing to do that).

Second, these dictionaries lacked support for word forms. So you could look up the translation of word “read”, but if you were to move your cursor to word “reading” there would be nothing.

We decided that it’s about time to fix that. We’ve compiled “English-Russian Dictionary with Transcriptions” that you can now download from Amazon Kindle Store, install and use for word lookups. This dictionary has over 55,000 words in more than 250,000 different forms which gives it much better coverage  than freeware dictionaries available elsewhere. We used transliteration for Russian words so that this dictionary could be used without replacing default Kindle fonts.

Hopefully some day Amazon will install Unicode fonts on Amazon Kindle so no hacking would be needed and we could publish this dictionary with proper Cyrillic letters. But for transliteration is the way to go.

Several of my friends tested this dictionary and they couldn’t be happier about the ease with which they could read English books, learn new words and improve their language skills.

If you are a native Russian speaker who likes to read English books on Kindle but needs to looks a translation of some word on a occasion – this book is for you! People who are learning Russian will also find it useful.

Kindle DX crashed when copying new dictionary file

I’ve come across yet another way to crash Kindle DX: connect it via USB cable to your PC and try copying over a dictionary file. After copying around 2MB of data Kindle drive disconnects from the computer, Kindle goes into home screen and then freezes. I discovered this when trying to copy over Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary without using WhisperNet (since I’m currently outside the coverage zone).

The bug was pretty consistent regardless of which folder I tried to copy the file to. However after I’ve successfully copied the file over (I’ll explain how in a second) I couldn’t get my Kindle DX to crash with this file again. Copying the same file to Kindle 2 also worked out fine.

I’ve noticed that once some portion of file was copied you can append to it and it will not cause crashes. So I used robocopy.exe to resume the copy operation. To do it you need to put the file you want to copy in a separate folder and then run robocopy.exe /z . k:\documents after resetting your Kindle DX, assuming K: is your Kindle drive letter. If you are running Windows Vista it already comes with robocopy installed, for other versions you can download it here.

After the process was complete it seems that my Kindle works fine and there is no lasting damage. However if you would like to try reproducing this bug please to it at your own risk as your mileage may vary. Let me know if you experience something similar.

Later I did some additional testing and found out that other dictionaries would crash Kindle DX in the same way as well and for some dictionary files the robocopy workaround doesn’t seem to work. I’ve notified Amazon so hopefully it will get fixed sometime soon. With any luck this had already happened in Kindle 2.1.1 update that some people are getting already and that’s listed in the Kindle source code section along with Kindle 2.0.4 update.