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Anyone know of a way to get a "Latin to English" translator to operate on a Kindle PW?


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Initial post: Jan 9, 2013 5:37:59 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 9, 2013 5:40:38 AM PST
Doc Mark says:
The title says it all. I read quite a few books that often have phrases in Latin. It's been 50 years since I studied Latin and would love to have a translator in the Kindle. I use the French to English one quite often. I know I can put a Latin dictionary in the Kindle but how does one trigger the specific dictionary when highlighting a Latin word? I'd still prefer a direct translation.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 6:08:33 AM PST
Fred says:
You should be contacting amazons customer support...

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 10:58:52 AM PST
John D. says:
Don't assume the English dictionary will be of no help. Many common foreign words and phrases, including Latin, are in the default English dictionary.

That said, I'm not aware of any means of running a translator on the Kindle PW.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 11:29:32 AM PST
B. Marks says:
I've read a couple of books in the past couple of months that had extensive Latin phrases and I was also disappointed that there was no translation available. I did try the English dictionary and I was surprised that it did help with a few words but most required the use of the web.

There is a translator in the PW and it works very well for other languages. Unfortunately it uses the Bing translation engine, which doesn't include Latin.

Barry

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 11:32:02 AM PST
There are several Latin-English dictionaries available for the Kindle.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 11:45:39 AM PST
Of course, the book has to be encoded to Latin for the Latin dictionary to work.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 11:50:20 AM PST
B. Marks says:
I didn't want to leave the book and go look it up in the dictionary and then come back to the book. Much easier to go to my laptop and use Google.

Barry

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 11:55:15 AM PST
Sometimes it's a case of needs must when the Devil drives.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 11:59:44 AM PST
What would you do, if it was a paper book?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 12:54:18 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
but you can't set a default Latin Dictionary, so it wouldn't work anyway

also the instant translation on the Paperwhite and Touch do not include Latin

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 2:07:18 PM PST
Beth Sexton says:
Doc Mark, you might try this one.

Latin - English Reader's Dictionary

If it does not work you have 7 days to return it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 9:04:40 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
the only kindle on which that might possible work with a book is the Kindle Keyboard

on the Touch, Basic & Paperwhite, you can only set default dictionaries for English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian with one of those allowing a Portuguese default dictionary and the other a Japanese default dictionary

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 9:20:10 AM PST
Doc Mark says:
Thanks Beth, this one looks promising. CBR.. I do still have my old Kindle 2 (which is a keyboard). Why is this model particularly better than the Touch, Basic And PW?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 9:23:49 AM PST
flipoid says:
Doc Mark, I think it was a change in the software between the Kindle Keyboard (Kindle 3) and the Touch, Basic, and Paperwhite. There was more flexibility in setting the default dictionary on the Kindle 2 and the Kindle Keyboard and as long as you had the particular dictionary on your Kindle (not just in the Archives, if I remember correctly), you could set it to be your default dictionary.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 9:54:09 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
on the KK you just set a default dictionary - that option doesn't exist on the K2s (I just checked - it has a built in dictionary so you can't change it) or the K1s

and I don't consider the KK to be better - I prefer my Kindle Touch for the instant translation, 3G capability (no web, though) and portability

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 9:55:35 AM PST
flipoid says:
Hm, I thought it did on the K2. I will have to check my KK when I get home. Thanks for the info!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 9:58:17 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
I checked the help files, then went and checked mine - it's likely why I have two copies in my archives of that particular dictionary (different versions)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 10:35:24 AM PST
Beth Sexton says:
Doc Mark, on my Basic, I can go into Change Dictionary and I have 6 dictionaries under English including the Merriam-Webster's French to English and Merriam-Webster's Spanish to English. I suggest you try the Latin one and see if it works on your Paperwhite - it just depends on how the dictionary is coded.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 11:00:49 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
ah, you have the"bad" French-English dictionary that is coded as being in English - it won't work on a book coded as being in French. I had to get Amazon to switch mine for the new one coded as being in French and then I could use it on a book coded as being in French

your idea would work if all the books in Latin were coded as being in English

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 12:03:21 PM PST
Beth Sexton says:
The first line of the OP

"I read quite a few books that often have phrases in Latin"

Sounds like the books are in English with an occasional Latin phrase.

This is the same way I use my translation dictionaries to look up occasional words that are in French or Spanish.

To me, if the definition is in English then the dictionary should be coded as an English book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 12:07:56 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
ah, thanks this thread had gone on so long I'd forgotten the original intent

myself, I needed to use the French-English dictionary on actual French books and it was useless for that purpose of it was coded as being in English

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 12:42:09 PM PST
The K1 did have a way to set the default dictionary. It says "Primary dictionary".

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 12:54:18 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
odd, wonder why the K2s didn't?

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 4:13:41 PM PST
This "KK" business is confusing, because until the Touch and the cheapie Kindles came out, ALL Kindles were "KK"s. It's been quite a while since my K1, K2, and K3 days, but if memory serves what folks now call KK is the K3 (that's if you don't count the DX). As I recall, other than the downsized keyboard (numbers row removed) the only real difference between the K2 & K3 was memory size and some software features & I seem to remember at the time that a lot of those features were obtained by K2 owners through software updates. I just got each model as it came out so I didn't have to worry about updates. :-P

Again, IIRC, the K2 DID have the ability to set a default dictionary. I never messed with it, but I seem to remember that others did.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 9:04:51 PM PST
Beth Sexton says:
My second generation Kindles have the ability to change default dictionary.

[MENU] Settings [MENU] Change Primary Dictionary
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