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Initial post: Jun 25, 2014, 8:03:42 PM PDT
L. Baggott says:
I have a dictionary problem that I haven't really seen addressed in other posts. I'm trying to learn Spanish, so even though English is my primary language, I have downloaded a few Spanish books on my kindle. But I'm having problems with the dictionary feature.

The English dictionary works fine on the English books, the Spanish dictionary works fine on about half of the Spanish books, but for the rest of the Spanish books it is trying to find the words in the English dictionary. What is going on? It seems to be a book specific problem rather than a dictionary problem, but I don't know how to fix it, or even what to look for.

I've tried googling and found something about the language setting of the book, but I can't figure out how to change that. Suggestions?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2014, 8:09:47 PM PDT
The language setting on the book makes sense but you can't change it. You could report the problem to the publisher and see if they will fix it.

Posted on Jun 25, 2014, 8:15:46 PM PDT
L. Baggott says:
Interesting. Although some of them are from the same publisher. It's the "Children's Books in Easy Spanish" series. One works, two others don't. In addition I have the spanish version of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe which works.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2014, 9:06:51 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
The publisher has to fix it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2014, 9:06:58 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
yes, the language setting of the book controls which dictionary can be used on it - most of the ones on Amazon are correctly coded to be in Spanish, but any bilingual ones are likely coded to be in English

if you have a Paperwhite with the latest update, you can use the arrow next to the dictionary name to change dictionaries on the fly

Posted on Jun 25, 2014, 9:14:14 PM PDT
L. Baggott says:
Well that sucks :)
Guess I still have some use for that old fashioned paper dictionary.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2014, 10:50:20 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
could be worse - my first French-English dictionary was encoded as being in English so it wouldn't work on any books in French...

I think someone said you might be able to edit the metadata on the book in Calibre (I know nothing about the program) - the metadata is what contains the language of the book

Posted on Jun 26, 2014, 6:10:00 AM PDT
L. Baggott says:
Yeah, I saw some mentions of Calibre in my google searches but I have no idea what that is or how it works. Hmmmm, maybe I'll try to figure it out.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2014, 6:49:37 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
you might also want to give a heads up to other potential purchasers of the books that a Spanish dictionary will not work on them by reviewing the book (praise it), but then say you would have liked it even more if it was coded as being in Spanish

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2014, 7:17:41 AM PDT
L. Baggott says:
Oh, good idea!
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