Adding a dictionary to Dictionary app

Sarsay

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 3, 2011
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Switzerland
Hello there,

Since English is not my mother tongue I often find myself in need of a non-English dictionary on my Mac. After all these years I just find it stupid that Apple never provided other languages' dictionaries on MacOSX. :eek:

Do you know a way to add a new language to the Dictionary app, maybe an Italian dictionary for example?

Thanks very much :)
 

MareoRaft

macrumors newbie
Oct 20, 2005
16
1
italian dictionary

I found a very good Italian Dictionary. Mind you, it is NOT an Italian-English dictionary. It gives Italian definitions to Italian words. It is here:

http://www.spider-mac.com/2010/09/04/l-plug-in-dizionario-italiano-per-leopard-e-snow-leopard/

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It appears the same people have made an english-italian dictionary "inglese-italiano" dictionary. This one translates FROM english TO italian. one way. it is here:

http://www.spider-mac.com/2010/09/07/plug-in-dizionario-rapido-inglese-italiano-per-mac-os-x/
 

cool11

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Sep 3, 2006
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After upgrading to sierra, it seems that I have lost all my installed dictionaries I had through the years, for use with Dictionary.
How can I add/download additional dictionaries for offline use with Dictionary?
 

Jessica Lares

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Oct 31, 2009
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Near Dallas, Texas, USA
After upgrading to sierra, it seems that I have lost all my installed dictionaries I had through the years, for use with Dictionary.
How can I add/download additional dictionaries for offline use with Dictionary?

You should be storing them in ~/Library/Dictionaries/ (The Dictionary app menu has a button that takes you there under File)

Here are some from Github I came across the other day: https://github.com/afischer/osx-dictionaries
 

iDemiurge

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Feb 7, 2011
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Portugal
You should be storing them in ~/Library/Dictionaries/ (The Dictionary app menu has a button that takes you there under File)

Here are some from Github I came across the other day: https://github.com/afischer/osx-dictionaries

Sierra no longer comes with all the languages pre-installed. Other dictionaries are downloaded as needed and are stored in ~/System/Library/Assets/

Adding extra dictionaries to ~/Library/Dictionaries/ however continues to work
 

cool11

macrumors 68000
Sep 3, 2006
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Thanks for your posts.

How downloading from github should be done?
I mean, I expected to download something like a zip file, but in the last links in these paths, I see just some files.
Should I download each file separately?
And they also have the same names, so I can't tell how all these multiple dictionaries could be organized.
For example see just 2 of them:
https://github.com/afischer/osx-dictionaries/tree/master/english/websters1913.dictionary/Contents
https://github.com/afischer/osx-dic...sh_Collocation_Dictionary.dictionary/Contents
 
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