May 10, 2012

Spanish to English Dictionary for Kindle 4

The good news:
The Evil Genius created a nice Spanish-English dictionary for the Kindle ebook reader:
http://www.evilgeniuschronicles.org/wordpress/2010/01/07/my-free-and-open-kindle-formatted-spanish-to-english-dictionary/


The bad news:
The dictionary is just what I was looking for to improve my Spanish. Unfortunately, it was created for Kindle 2, which uses only one dictionary at a time.
When using it on a Kindle 4 (which manages one dictionary for each language), it can be selected for English books only, which makes it pretty useless.

The solution:
The actual problem is the missing language meta data of the dictionary.
After several unsuccessful attempts to change the language meta data, I discovered the Java Mobi Metadata Editor: https://github.com/gluggy/Java-Mobi-Metadata-Editor
It is easy to use and lets you change the "dictionary input" and "dictionary output" language meta data.
Thus, the dictionary now works on Kindle 4, Kindle Touch and Kindle Paperwhite.
If you're also interested in the updated version of the dictionary, you can download it.

Update 2014-05-09:
It seems the dictionary cannot be used on the Kindle Fire: [link].

19 comments:

  1. Thanks a lot for this solution! I have recently bought the Kindle Touch to improve my Spanish reading and this helps me a lot!

    Cheers!

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  2. Just downloaded and installed this. I am looking forward to using it. Thank you for your efforts!

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  3. THANK YOU, YOU BEAUTFUL PERSON! It'd been driving me mad not being able to use this dictionary on my spanish books. A thousand thank yous!

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  4. Thanks, worked great for me on k3 Kindle Wireless, daibak

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  5. Awesome! Thanks for the hard work! To you and Evil Genius!

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  6. Hi there,

    I downloaded the file and sent it to my Kindle - saw the doc & went into settings > dictionaries to change the default Spanish dictionary but it still didn't show up?

    Any ideas?

    The old one appeared under English dictionaries, but this one doesn't appear at all for me :-(

    I have a basic Kindle - the £89 one

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    1. Hi, I have the basic Kindle as well, and it works for so. So I have no clue why it does not for you... Sorry.

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  7. Thank you SO much. My Merriam-Webster Spanish-English dictionary inexplicably quit working yesterday while I was halfway through a book in spanish. After a few hours of trying to get it to work again, I stumbled across your dictionary. Yours works much better anyway. Thanks again to you and Evil Genius.

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  8. Hey!

    I´m really stupid when it comes to computers but I would really like t o get it working. So I downloaded the dictionary and added it to my kindle touch. After that I added the metadata files to kindle. I can see the spanish dictionary in my dictionary options but i cannot click on it.

    All the best!

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    1. Sorry, I have no kindle touch and cannot tell why you cannot select it.

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  9. Hi, this sounds really great! I was looking exactly for this. The problem is that I have Pocket Book and it only uses .dic format for dictionaries. The Calibre software cannot convert to .dic. Does anybody have idea how to do it? Thanks much!

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  10. Thanks a lot man! This simply amazing - works like a dream! :-)

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  11. Thank you very much, and thanks to the original compiler!

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  12. Thanks a lot. That's really helpful.

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  13. You are a legend! This works a charm. Thanks and keep up the good work!

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  14. Nice one, thanks

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  15. Another one, just want to say thanks! Really helps!

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