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Michael Sheldon (mike at mikeasoft dot com)

January 5, 2011

Free (as in GPL2) translation dictionaries for the Kindle
Mike @ 3:52 pm

Update: All dictionaries except for Welsh and Esperanto (which aren’t supported by kindlegen) have been updated to work with the Kindle 4.

I’ve had a Kindle for a little while and really like it, but one of the areas it seems to be somewhat lacking in is the availability of translation dictionaries, as such I knocked up a quick script to convert TinyLex dictionaries from the Apertium project into indexed Kindle dictionaries. The most useful of these is probably the German – English dictionaries as these are very complete (over 160,000 entries).

One thing that I find quite useful is setting the German -> English dictionary as my primary dictionary (instructions below) then opening the English -> German dictionary and searching for words (or vice versa), this way you can get an instant re-translation of any words suggested to you.


Kindle 3

  1. Download whichever dictionary you’re interested in from the list below.
  2. Transfer the file across to your Kindle as normal.
  3. Press the menu key on your Kindle.
  4. Select Settings.
  5. Press the menu key again.
  6. Select Change Primary Dictionary.
  7. Select your new dictionary from the list.

Kindle 4

  1. Download whichever dictionary you’re interested in from the list below.
  2. Transfer the file across to your Kindle as normal.

If this is the only dictionary you have for this language you’re now done. If you have multiple dictionaries continue:

  1. Press the menu key on your Kindle.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select edit next to Dictionaries on the second page.
  4. Select the language you wish to set the dictionary for.
  5. Select your new dictionary from the list.


English -> Afrikaans 5165 entries
Afrikaans -> English 5195 entries


English -> Esperanto 12344 entries
Esperanto -> English 21316 entries


English -> French 6315 entries
French -> English 6304 entries

German (includes phrases)

English -> German 162004 entries
German -> English 166733 entries


English -> Polish 8107 entries
Polish -> English 9373 entries


English -> Portuguese 4759 entries
Portuguese -> English 4609 entries


English -> Spanish 8488 entries
Spanish -> English 8769 entries


English -> Welsh 6674 entries
Welsh -> English 8632 entries


For those of you interested in the scripts used to generate these dictionaries, they can now be downloaded here: kindle-dict.tar.gz.

Most of the heavy lifting is done by the tab2opf.py script from StarDict-Lingea, the tinylex.sh script will do the necessary conversion to get a tinylex dictionary into a tab delimited format suitable for use by tab2opf.py, it’ll then run tab2opf.py and kindlegen on the output, providing you with a Mobipocket dictionary for use with the Kindle. See the README for more in depth instructions on how to make use of it.


  1. Hi! I downloaded the French – English dictionary, and sent it to my Kindle 5. It appears as French-English in the books list, but I could not see it as a choice in the dictionaries menu settings. Am i doing something wrong?

    Please help…thanks!

    Comment by Nadia — September 30, 2014 @ 3:34 am

  2. Thanks so much for this. I d/l’ed the German-English which is a boon.

    Comment by Liz — October 20, 2014 @ 10:34 am

  3. Hello, please can you help me to find russian turkish dictionary. I tried to make it, but there was unicode problems with russion, when I used tab2opf, can you please help me, what can I do, to make that, russian characters will also shown (when I convert, the words are shown like 41043445643f), after conversion from lingvo dictionaries. Thank you very much, waiting for your answer.

    Comment by Seyit — November 16, 2014 @ 12:15 am

  4. Hello,

    i love my kindle and I send so many time enjoying so many authors in german…..super! thank you very much for your diccionaries. For me, one in spanish-german would be more confortable, but thank you any way!!!

    Comment by natalia — February 12, 2015 @ 6:44 pm

  5. hi Mike!!
    i am planning to bye a knidle paperwhite but i’m not so sure how many languages can get link with the book i am going to read because my most purpose is to use for studying languages so cuold you tell me more about that!!1

    Comment by thuan — April 14, 2015 @ 4:47 am

  6. i mean to buy a kindle paper-white

    Comment by thuan — April 14, 2015 @ 4:48 am

  7. I have the same query as 228. But I cannot see an answer. 228’s query was as follows: “Hi, I have the most basic Kindle, I think it’s the one Amazon first released… but the dictionary I downloaded doesn’t come up under the list of options I could have as my dict. default? Apparently it’s not in the right format – or is this just my kindle?”

    Comment by John — April 29, 2015 @ 5:43 pm

  8. i see that you have done great job for the people i would like to request you to do for me a favor also
    i want a english vietnamese dictionary for my kindle could that be possible?
    thanks for your help !!

    Comment by thuan — May 30, 2015 @ 12:16 pm

  9. Is any good soul around here, having the English-Norwegian.mobi file still on the drive and willing to upload? The link to Bergeno’s dropbox is unfortunately dead. Tusen takk in advance.

    Comment by Sand3r — June 8, 2015 @ 1:29 pm

  10. I would like to read my kindle paperwhite in english but when I am checking a word in the dictionary can I have the answer in hungarian?

    Comment by Timi — June 29, 2015 @ 3:51 pm

  11. Thank you so much! Just what I’ve been looking for!

    Comment by WiiiW — July 12, 2015 @ 1:29 pm

  12. Thank you VERY much for this awesome work. I really appreciate it.

    Comment by Dorian — July 24, 2015 @ 1:58 pm

  13. あなたもこれを行うことができます。

    Comment by 【激安市場】ディズニー キャラクター マルチスタンド (ミッキー/ラージ) — October 27, 2015 @ 8:01 pm

  14. https://www.dropbox.com/s/v3dwdlgw76y70uv/English-Norwegian.mobi?dl=0

    The English – Norwegian dictionary, since the old link in post 198 is dead 🙂

    Comment by Bergeno — November 5, 2015 @ 6:38 pm

  15. Hello, really nice work, but can somebody please help me with german ↔ czech/slovak dictionary please.

    Comment by Lukas — November 6, 2015 @ 8:14 pm

  16. […] of all, here is a good link for free Kindle bilingual dictionaries of Afrikaans, Esperanto, French, German, […]

    Pingback by How to change the default dictionary on your Kindle | Longevity Letter — December 28, 2015 @ 6:18 am

  17. This! This is brilliant!
    step by step with links to dictionaries and all. you, my good sir, have done a wonderful work and will be in your debt 🙂

    Comment by Ana — March 12, 2016 @ 1:25 pm

  18. Thanks. I am learning german and it is really useful (and working).

    Comment by Christophe Haus — April 21, 2016 @ 11:52 am

  19. Thanks! Starting to learn German, and this is just what I was looking for

    Comment by Alex Brown — April 30, 2016 @ 5:45 pm

  20. Best dictionary i have ever seen.

    Comment by DTP services pune — May 16, 2016 @ 11:29 am

  21. This is great. Thanks! I got the Russian dictionary at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01D587QSM/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o00_?ie=UTF8&psc=1 . Works like a charm!

    Comment by Charlotte — May 18, 2016 @ 8:15 pm

  22. Thanks for the German dictionary!

    Comment by Beek — July 29, 2016 @ 2:21 pm

  23. Please provide English to Hindi dictionary or offline translation on kindle 7

    Comment by chaman mishra — October 7, 2016 @ 9:01 pm

  24. Is it possible to install the german english dictionary into the Kindle Windows App? I can open it in kindle but cannot seem to get it to work when I click on a word in the book i am reading in german and get the english translation.

    Comment by Joe — November 29, 2016 @ 5:02 pm

  25. Hi,

    Does anyone have Norwegian-English? takk!

    Comment by amanda — December 21, 2016 @ 9:53 am

  26. Someone please share Norwegian-English and Dannish-English dictionaries for kindle.
    English-Norwegian dictionary works fine but it only translates from english to norwegian 🙁
    Also do you guys know where I can get free modern danish or norwegian ebooks?
    the old one from gutenberg are sooo boring and they dont even use cute å letters

    Comment by hhhh — July 3, 2017 @ 9:12 am

  27. HI, I’m looking for Czech -English and Ukrainian-English dictionaries. Does anyone have those please?

    Comment by Ilona — July 24, 2017 @ 11:32 am

  28. Stupid question. I want to download the German – English dictionary onto my iPad (for Kindle app), but I don’t see a link next to the German or English designations in the list above. Help please.

    Comment by Jan — August 5, 2017 @ 7:04 pm

  29. Farsi translation to English

    Comment by J Belt — August 19, 2017 @ 9:20 pm

  30. Thank you so much. Am learning German. This has been a lot of help. Do keep it up and working. 🙂

    Comment by Seema — September 1, 2017 @ 4:29 am

  31. Is there anywhere an Italian to English dictionary, please?

    Comment by Tia — February 6, 2018 @ 6:42 am

  32. Danke!!!

    Comment by Necro — February 10, 2018 @ 10:29 am

  33. I’m having a technical problem that no one else has mentioned, so it’s probably just me being stupid, but I can’t see how to download the dictionaries. If I right-click there is no download option, and if I just click then it opens in a html page, showing a lot of code (which means nothing to me!). Are you able to provide some download instructions for idiots like me please? Thanks! 🙂

    Comment by Mike — March 10, 2018 @ 6:40 pm

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