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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a Kindle Compatible Edition!!!, October 18, 2009
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This review is from: Merriam-Webster's Spanish-English Translation Dictionary, Kindle Edition (Spanish Edition) (Kindle Edition)
I just bought this today, and so far, have been impressed. I've been searching for some time to find a Spanish to English dictionary that was Kindle-compatible. All I had to do is change it in "settings" to my default dictionary, and PRESTO (poof!), all my unknown Spanish words were immediately visible just by a flick of the cursor. It is integrated and functions just as the default Kindle dictionary does. (It should be noted by newbie translation dictionary users however: The Spanish language has something like 14 verb tense conjugations, including the conditional, subjunctive, blah, blah, blah. When you are viewing a word in a different tense, you'll receive the "root" word and definition. It might be confusing to you, but persevere, it's how we learn). Overall, this was $6.39 well spent!!!

Just an FYI (on 1/22/11): I see comments and low-star ratings due to non-integration issues on the iPod, iPod Touch and iPad. This review was written in regard to it's integration with the Kindle. The real ACTUAL Kindle. It was written before the iPad even came into retail existence. Users of these other devices need to remember they are not using actual Kindles, but rather Kindle "applications" and should do a little research to see if certain features/options are available before buying. Hopefully, this helps with compatibility disappointments.
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Initial post: Dec 13, 2009 10:47:16 AM PST
It's possible to do also english to spanish conversions?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2009 12:13:13 PM PST
C. Wildman says:
It only integrates as a Spanish to English dictionary. Merriam-Webster does put out a Kindle English to Spanish version though. It doesn't have any reviews behind it though, so there is no information on how well it has worked for others.

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 7:54:08 AM PST
Anne says:
Wildman,
I called kindle support three times and get disconnected. I need help in installing this spanish dictionary as default. I have kindle 2. It does not show default dictionary change option in "settings".

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2009 12:23:23 PM PST
C. Wildman says:
In your Kindle User's Guide (4th Ed.)> Location 7.1 > Choosing Your Primary Dictionary. The instructions are there, but I'll list what it says anyway: 1.) If you are not already on the Home screen, press the Home button 2.) Press the menu button 3.) Move the 5-way to underline "settings" and press to select. 4.) Press the Menu button 5.) Move the 5-way to underline "change primary dictionary" and press to select. 6.) Move the 5-way to underline the dictionary you want to use and press to select. I just entered these directions on mine and they are accurate.

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 8:53:43 AM PST
Elmonica says:
Just want to say thanks for commenting on this. I was holding off on buying a Kindle in part because of this.

Do you know if I can use that dictionary to look up spanish words that are on a pdf document? I think only the DX model can read pdf files so this may not apply to you.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2010 5:40:18 PM PST
C. Wildman says:
I've got a boatload of Spanish docs on both my Kindle and my Kindle dx. It's an awesome way to learn Spanish (rather than looking up unknown words as they present). Most are the podcast PDF transcripts of their show (ie., Showtime Spanish, Notes in Spanish Intermediate, etc.) On the Kindle 2, PDFs are small, but readable. They are converted via e-mail (I think you write "convert" in the subject line). Once converted, the dictionary integrates nicely, as long as you've made it your default. As mentioned in my original post, it's got limitations, but the positives outweigh the negatives. The DX works the same way, but I'm not sure if I needed to convert them first. I did them all months ago.(It's possible that I did and that's the only way it worked.) Toy around with it a bit. Hope it works as for you. Refer to your Kindle manual. It's pretty helpful.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2010 1:34:25 AM PDT
D. Garvey says:
I opened a PDF file on my Kindle 2 without converting it and found that the built-in dictionary would not work at all. I think you need to convert PDF files to the Kindle format if you want dictionary functionality for those documents.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2010 6:15:16 PM PDT
Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2011 8:05:43 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 22, 2011 8:07:00 AM PST
I'm following your instructions, but when I get to the second menu, there is no: change primary dictionary. I have a version Kindle 3.0.l. Does that make a difference? I only have the English dictionary on there now, but want to buy the Spanish one. Maybe it's because there is no choice at the moment, but I don't want to buy the dictionary and then not use it. ??? MM

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2011 8:09:42 AM PST
I'm following your instructions, but when I get to the second menu, there is no: change primary dictionary. I have a version Kindle 3.0.l. Does that make a difference? I only have the English dictionary on there now, but want to buy the Spanish one. Maybe it's because there is no choice at the moment, but I don't want to buy the dictionary and then not use it. ??? Marilyn
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