Adding a dictionary to Dictionary app

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  1. Sarsay macrumors newbie

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    #1
    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 :)
     
  2. MareoRaft macrumors newbie

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    #3
    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/
     
  3. cool11 macrumors 65816

    cool11

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    #4
    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?
     
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    #5
    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
     
  5. iDemiurge macrumors 6502

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    #6
    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
     
  6. cool11 macrumors 65816

    cool11

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    #7
    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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