Dictionary App

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by floku, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. floku macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2012
    Hi everybody,

    during the keynote yesterday there was one slide mentioning new dictionaries in the dictionary app.

    Can somebody tell me what the source/database of the German dictionary is? (This should be mentioned in the setting of the app.)

    For example the US dictionary uses the "New Oxford American Dictionary 3rd edition © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc" as it's source.

    Thank you very much
  2. parlour, Jun 12, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2012

    parlour macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2007
    It's the Duden: “Duden Dictionary Data Set I (DDDS-I) Copyright © 2011 Bibiliographisches Institut GmbH, under licence to Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.”

    Here’s an example: „Scha|den|freu|de, die |Schadenfreude|
    boshafte Freude über den Misserfolg, das Unglück anderer
    Schadenfreude empfinden“

    So you get information about where to put your hyphens, a definition (several, if there are), the grammatical gender and usage examples. That’s very similar to what you find when searching the Duden online, only the description text is slightly different for this particular word. (The data set might be slightly older in Mountain Lion, I don’t know.)
  3. floku thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2012
    Thank you very much for your quick reply.

    That sounds fantastic!
  4. wsw1217 macrumors member

    May 21, 2012
    i think Bilingual dictionaries would be useful as well.
  5. million7 macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2011
    what about french?

    I noticed they mentioned Chinese, German and Spanish, but did they just forget to mention french, or will there not be a french dictionary in Mountain Lion?
  6. yaymath macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2011
    Could you tell me what Spanish dictionary is used? And is there French?
  7. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    Depending on what languages you're interested in, you might be able to find a Dictionary plugin on the web.
  8. bigmacintosh macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2012
    I have Mountain Lion and the Spanish Dictionary is "Diccionario General de la Lengua Española Vox, 2nd edition
    Copyright © 2011 Larousse Editorial, S.L., under licence to Oxford University Press. All rights reserved."

    An example definition: "caca
    nombre femenino
    1 infantil Excremento: me crié, como todos los niños, con teta y moco, lágrimas y caca, besos y papilla; muchas mañanas, cuando sale del portal de su casa, lo primero que hace es pisar una caca de perro; la jaula estaba llena de cacas de pájaro.
    2 infantil Se usa con los niños y entre ellos para designar cualquier cosa sucia o que no se quiere que se toque o se coma: no toques eso, que es caca.
    3 coloquial Cosa mal hecha o de mala calidad: esta radio es una caca."

    Sadly there's no French dictionary.
  9. yaymath macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2011
    I have Mountain Lion now too, but thanks for looking up anyway. The Spanish dictionary will definitely be useful, but I was hoping they would use "La Real Academia Española", as I find their definitions to be more concise and to the point. I hope iOS 6 gets a Spanish dictionary as well, since it's so easy and useful to get definitions without leaving the app.

    I also hope iOS 6 gets a French dictionary. I think I saw something about it in WWDC 2012 keynote. I have Larousse app, which is great because I can get definitions, synonyms, antonyms, idioms, etc. But it will be awesome if I could get a definition anywhere without having to leave the app.

    Still, I find it odd that Mountain Lion includes a Spanish dictionary but not dictation and a French dictation but no dictionary.

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