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Reading in foreign languages

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Hi does anyone know a good tablet (Apple or Android or windows it doesn't matter) where I could read books in foreign languages, that has a dictionary included ,which means that it has the feature that If I click on a word in a foreign text it'll automatically produced a definition for me, that also supports several formats and that isn't expensive?

Okay, the kindle app is great and it could be used even with downloaded books (but they have to be mobi otherwise the dictionary won't work), moon reader is great as well and it supports tons of formats but it doesn't have a dictionary for a lot of languages (for instance it lacks of a portuguese dictionary), Readlang is great as well but it supports only .epub and I don't know if it works on the Apple devices , but on the other hand the function that automatically creates flashcard for the word that you've just translated is amazing.

Thanks to everyone for the tips!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ElimGarak

I was reading a book in the Google Books app and it had a dictionary and translator as an option while I reading books - I could highlight a specific word or phrase. So it might not matter which tablet you choose - the app is the more important factor.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danarst

Thank you. I didn't know that.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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I believe you could find apps to do that on most tablets. These features are software-dependent, not hardware-dependent. What you should be asking is not "which tablet do I need", but really "which apps allow to do that".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kimojima
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https://www.duolingo.com/solidgitarius
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With Readlang, I wish I could also select synonym-mode or monolingual-mode, but I don’t think it’s available as an option yet.

You could use a monolingual dictionary, it's only a matter of tinkering with the URL, but there's no way to flip it on the go with another one.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

You might also be interested in Lingualy: https://lingua.ly/

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pickled_Platypus

Good question.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pickled_Platypus

Does that even exist?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartySel1
MartySel1
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I'm aware that "Kindles" have this function, but I've been told that some tablets have it too. I can't buy a Kindle because I need the whole package of functions that the tablet has.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kimojima
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https://www.duolingo.com/solidgitarius
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Yeah, the problem though is you only have monolinguals dictionaries available in a Kindle app. You might wanna check this: http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/How_to_Read_a_Foreign_Novel_on_a_Kindle

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa
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Not true... I downloaded a Spanish-English bilingual dictionary onto my Kindle for five bucks, and it works just fine.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/solidgitarius
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But you have a Kindle device. If you try to use the app in another device you won't be able to.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Commander_Kor

I have Spanish to English in my Kindle app on the ipad and iPhone

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/solidgitarius
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Good to know. My info must be outdated, then.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sandeepa2
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I downloaded a couple of Spanish to English dictionaries on my Kindle for PC but they are useful only as e books. I am unable to set them as the default dictionary. I think that option may be available only for actual kindle or Apple products. If anyone has used a Spanish-English dictionary as the default dictionary on Kindle for PC, please let me know. Thanks.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MacIomhair
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You can use the Kindle app on the tablet (available on iOS and Android, probably Windows) - there is a dictionary available but you may need a separate download. If you go for the classics, books are usually free (I use Amazon UK and have been 'buying' French, Spanish and Italian books for £0.00).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartySel1
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okay I've downloaded a couple of free books from the Kindle store and I was able to see that the dictionary function works smoothly, now my question is how can I read pdfs in the kindle app that I've previously downloaded on my pc? Do I have to convert them to make sure that Kindle recognize them as books or I cannot import them?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/solidgitarius
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The Kindle app only reads the mobi format. You would need to convert the file to that format in order to use it with a Kindle app.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo
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You can email the PDF file to your Kindle device email address and it will be available on your Kindle.

Alternatively, you can convert it to .mobi format using some external conversion program. I used a free software called "Calibre" to covert and install an ebook in .epub format onto my Kindle (Paperwhite).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartySel1
MartySel1
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okay my kindle app is able to read PDF, but the dictionary functions doesn't work with PDF so I have to convert them. Another cool app is moon + reader, the range of languages that it offers it's very limited (only spanish and english) but it can read anykind of formats.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

If you're trying to read the pdfs on your tablet, not a Kindle, why not look at other e-readers? I don't know which ones have tap-to-define, so it might take some research. But iBooks, Nook, Kobo or other e-reader apps might handle pdfs a lot more easily.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

p.s. I mentioned the Kindle before seeing your message above. Sorry. Not sure about the tablets.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartySel1
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Yeah I am aware of that, but I need the whole package of functions so I have to buy a tablet and I would like to know if some tablets have it too.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/solidgitarius
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I use Readlang for reading books in epub format. You can use it in various devices. It's tailored for language learners. You can convert other formats to epub using Calibre. Also, for Windows, there is the Client for Google Translate, where you can use the software in several applications.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartySel1
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Readlang is great but it doesn't support pdfs , is it available on android too?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/solidgitarius
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Calibre can convert from PDF to epub. Readlang can be used in an Android device.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WanderingMonk
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I use an ipad and the ibooks app that comes with it allows that as well as the kindle app.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JimFive
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I use FBReader on Android that interfaces with ColorDict in just the way you want. You can get out of copyright foreign language books from The Gutenberg Project (gutenberg.org) among other places.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mercutio

Kindle Paperwhite

3 years ago