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Merriam-Webster's French-English Translation Dictionary, Kindle Edition (French Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Merriam-Webster Inc.
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $7.95

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You can set this dictionary as your default Kindle dictionary and look up words while reading. The default setting is The New Oxford American Dictionary included on your Kindle, but you have the option to change your default setting to this compatible dictionary after purchase.

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165 of 167 people found the following review helpful
By Ed
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The reviews already posted here are largely accurate -- the translations supplied by this dictionary are short and not as complete as you'd expect from a real French-English dictionary. However larger dictionaries typically cost more than this anyway, so I don't think this should surprise anyone. Also, many forms of words that are in the dictionary will not be recognized by the dictionary in the auto-lookup default dictionary mode (including irregular conjugations and words preceded by l' (eg. l'ombre, as one reviewer pointed out).

There's a lot of room for improvement, and as soon as another French-English dictionary is available that works as a default dictionary, I'd recommend switching, unless the index for this dictionary is improved to address these problems.

However, I'd like to clarify a few things --

First, stemming does work in most cases, and you can look up conjugated forms of most verbs without trouble. I was afraid before I purchased it that I'd only be able to look up singular nouns, infinitive verbs, and masculine adjectives, which isn't the case. This means that most of the time, you'll be able to look up words instantly. This is a *huge* improvement from looking things up in a separate dictionary, which is great for the price. It is of course annoying when a word won't auto lookup, but then you could look it up manually in the dictionary.

My recommendation is this, at least until a better french-english default dictionary is available:

Buy this dictionary. It will *dramatically* improve your french reading experience on the Kindle. It has flaws, but they're not worth worrying about at the price it's at.

If you're an academic or an expert, you'll probably find it annoying sometimes, but still helpful. Buy a better dictionary. But I'd probably also recommend buying this one, if only for the convenience of the auto-lookup feature.
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162 of 165 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It works as a default dictionary October 21, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was easy to make this dictionary the default dictionary on my Kindle 1 (go to "Settings"). But it is a fairly primitive dictionary. For instance, I looked up the words in this line, "l'on effarouche son orgueil; vous le". The dictionary returned entries for "son", orgueil", "vous" and "le", but not for the word I wanted to know, "effarouche." That is because the first person singular form of the word is not in the dictionary. The infinitive, "effaroucher", is in the dictionary, however, and one can find it by doing a global search on the computer for "effaroucher". This is time consuming.

I look forward to a better dictionary (I would pay a lot for a good one), but I will use this one in the mean time.
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works fine as default dictionary October 17, 2009
By HPaul
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The previous commenter is mistaken. This French-English dictionary is easily installed as the default dictionary on the Kindle 2, by following the simple directions in chapter 7 of the guide. It only takes a few seconds. (He may have tried in on the Kindle 1.) I've been waiting almost a year to find a F-E dictionary that would work as a default on the Kindle, and it's great that one is finally available. I'm giving this five stars to counteract the mistaken rating of the first reviewer; but it would in any case rate 4 stars. Although it's no "Robert," it works automatically, it recognizes various forms of verbs, and the definitions are clear. There are even use examples. So don't hesitate. This is worth much more than the 6 bucks, and as far as I can see it's the only working F-E dictionary for the Kindle.
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
OK, so I just plunked down $6.36 for a copy of Merriam Webster's French-English
Dictionary for the Kindle. It is a piece of junk. It only looks up short words and singular
nouns. For instance, if a line reads 'ne se sont jamais avises de
son', it will only find ne, se, de, jamais and son, because these words
have only one form or ending in French. The translation is 'were not
ever advised of their'. But 'avises' occurs in the dictionary (at
location 18374) as the infinitive form 'aviser' - to advise or
see, French is an inflected language, with different endings for words.
Any dictionary that ignores this is useless on the Kindle.

By way of contrast, Amazon's excellent 'New Oxford American Dictionary'
does not have this problem. If I click on the line

'occasionally reinforced this stereotype', it finds the word
'reinforce' in the dictionary, even though it has the past-tense ending
'd' in the text.

Do you follow me?

I think the Merriam-Webster French-English Translation Dictionary needs to be
re-published, this time with a decent index-lookup system to bring it up to par with Kindle's
Oxford English-English dictionary.

By the way, I'm still using a Kindle-1, but don't tell me that's the problem, because if it was, the Oxford English Dictionary wouldn't deal with word endings, plurals and past tenses, BUT IT DOES. So try again Amazon, and get it right next time.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dosen't work on Kindle Fire January 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I spent the money thinking that I could use it with my new Kindle Fire, but then I found out that the Fire does not have the option of changing the default dictionary. You can read it like a regular book, but you can't use the Lookup feature when reading french text. Tech Support said that they may upgrade the Fire in the future so that you can use diffrent dictionaries, but for now it is a waste of money if you have the Kindle Fire.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR FIRE!!!!
Be careful this is not for Fire Kindle. Weird that more primitive versions had no problem with it but it does not work on Kindle Fire. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Sophia Clio
5.0 out of 5 stars FRENCH DICTIONARY
A very good French dictionary. There are some French words, perhaps particular to a region or used familiarly, that are not in this dictionary. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Doris Hill
1.0 out of 5 stars does not integrate with books. operates only as a stand-alone...
Not as advertised
Published 1 month ago by Doc Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars You need a French-English Dictionary .....this is the best for your...
Pretty damn good translator ....but it lacks some colloquialisms and older terms that are used in literature.......BEST for the money and for use.......though.....
Published 1 month ago by Notatroll
5.0 out of 5 stars It works on my Fire HD 7 (4th generation)
Contrary to some reviews, I find my Fire HD 7 (bought on 3/6/2015) able to take this
dictionary as a default dictionary. Furthermore, this dictionary is quite
good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Serves its purpose.
Functional and simple. Highly recommended.
Published 2 months ago by Jay Pi
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Rarely use it now that I have translator on my Iphone, Kindle & desktop.
Published 2 months ago by Rickyg
5.0 out of 5 stars Oui, c'est acheter si vous étudieriez ou si liriez le français.
I really hold this little Kindle add-on in high esteem. Now I can read books in French and get potentially almost every word explained. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Sumner
4.0 out of 5 stars Most of the time it works, catching plurals and ...
Most of the time it works, catching plurals and conjugated verbs well enough, but surprisingly it falls short when dealing with some common short words. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sven Vahar
4.0 out of 5 stars It functions fine when I am reading a French book
I didn't do anything but buy it! It functions fine when I am reading a French book. It doesn't work on the dual language books but that's okay, the translation is just a page away. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Geene
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How to setup the French Dictionary on Kindle DX?
I have no 'change primary dictionary' in 'settings.' I have 'registration', 'device name', 'wi-fi settings', 'device info', 'voice guide', etc. but no 'change primary dictionary.' Where is it? I have a Kindle v. 3.3. Thx.
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