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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. Nice work, many thanks! Any chance of doing your magic on a Dutch > English dictionary?

    Comment by Terence — January 6, 2011 @ 10:19 am

  2. Unfortunately TinyLex doesn’t include a Dutch -> English dictionary, but if you can find me a freely licensed one (GPL, GFDL, CC, etc.) I can probably knock up another script to handle it.

    Comment by Mike — January 6, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

  3. A heroic effort 😀 This will be so very useful, like you wouldn’t believe!

    Comment by Mr Ferret — January 6, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

  4. I could hug you! Thanks so much for this.

    Comment by Stephen — January 7, 2011 @ 11:06 am

  5. This site seems to be able to generate quite a few dictionaries, 3/4 of which are GPL’d…

    Might I convince you to either share your script or possibly put together a Norwegian-English dictionary?

    Comment by Shane — January 10, 2011 @ 12:11 am

  6. Oops… Here’s the site:


    Comment by Shane — January 10, 2011 @ 12:11 am

  7. In a word … Awesome!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!


    Comment by Jim — January 11, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

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  9. I’m very very happy with the german-english dictionary on my kindle. It makes the kindle much more useful. Thanks a lot.

    Comment by josep — January 14, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

  10. Excellent help. Thanks a lot

    Comment by Jack S — January 22, 2011 @ 6:08 am

  11. Shane, there is some Norwegian-English in Apertium http://apertium.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/apertium/incubator/apertium-no-en/

    It could easily be converted into a TinyLex dictionary (just give ebenimeli a nudge, see http://www.tinylex.com/ )

    Comment by snide — January 25, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

  12. That’s so perfect! I was looking for a good English-German dictionary for kindle quiet a long time but I found non that I could use without harming any DRM. I bought the kindle to improve my english through looking up one and another word while reading an english book, now I am at last able to do this!

    Thank you very much!

    Comment by Alexandra — January 26, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

  13. Thanks a lot for the effort and your time, Mike. I have been looking for a non-DRM dictionary (English-German) and I finally found it 🙂
    Excellent work and I think many kindle-users will be extremely grateful.

    Comment by Peter — January 26, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

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  15. Great help! Thank you so much – vielen vielen Dank!

    Comment by Gismalay — January 28, 2011 @ 11:57 am

  16. i am using the eng – ger dict and it works like a charm! you just safed me 15 bucks 😀 many many many thanks 🙂

    Comment by brain_death — January 28, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

  17. Great! Thanks a lot – vielen Dank 🙂

    Comment by verba03 — January 31, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

  18. Thank you very much!!!! It´s so great!

    Comment by Christian — February 2, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

  19. Thanks so much for the German dictionary

    Comment by Danyegards — February 3, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

  20. Thanks so MUCH for the German dictionary

    Comment by Danyegards — February 3, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

  21. That’s wicked now I will buy a couple of German books!!!

    Comment by naoki — February 3, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

  22. Thank you for your great contribution 🙂 I was looking for an german-english dictionary and couldn’t find any (not even in kindle store for my location)

    Do you mind sharing your script? For customization maybe for other kinds of dictionaries.

    Comment by iyo — February 3, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

  23. Great Job sir. Absolutely brilliant. 160k entries for German dictionary is more that I could have ever hope for. As an European kindle user I find out the best stuff on kindle (and in life) is actually free… Best of luck to you and I just wish I could help you in any way as much as you have just helped me.

    Comment by JayKay — February 4, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

  24. Updated with a link to the scripts.

    Comment by Mike — February 6, 2011 @ 5:18 am

  25. Great – was looking for one in the Kindle store and yes hey had a dictionary but ony a one way English to German one available – loads of folk bought it and then on realising this got fairly disgruntled. Thanks again – you’d think Oxford or one of the other publishing houses would get up off their backsides and produce what you’ve just done – but hey I’m glad they didn’t. I’m goona link this page to the angry comments in the Kindle store. Cheers

    Comment by Ed — February 6, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

  26. Same comments as @22 and @24. Thank you very much for the German/English and English/German dictionaries. Where did you learn to write the scripts?
    All the best,

    Comment by Ron — February 8, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

  27. great thanks 🙂

    Comment by phlegethon — February 9, 2011 @ 11:57 am

  28. Thank you so much – you are a genius

    Comment by annie — February 10, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

  29. Thanks for this. I’ve spent months re-checking the amazon website for a German=>English dictionary, and chanced upon this today. It’s astonishing that publishers are missing out on all these sales — recession, what recession? “We’re doing so well, what with the new Harry P… hang on, there’re no big titles due. S**t, we better get a move on…”

    Thanks again

    Comment by Lenny — February 10, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

  30. Ha, thanks a lot!

    Just added one of your dictionaries to the contents on the SD-Card on my old palm os 5 devices (treo 680, centro) and – as expected – it runs smoothly under mobipocket for palm os too ;o)!

    Comment by Peter — February 11, 2011 @ 11:24 am

  31. Dear Mike,

    I wonder if you could tell me what one needs to do to a dictionary to allow
    Kindle to turn it into a translation dictionary. I downloaded a large Russian-English
    dictionary in Kindle format. I can use it in Kindle, they also made it possible
    to look up in it in Latin transliterations. But making it primary dictionary did not
    help: it still does not look up the Russian words next to the cursor.


    Comment by Peter — February 14, 2011 @ 12:24 am

  32. very good

    Comment by Joe — February 19, 2011 @ 4:36 am

  33. Hi Michael S
    I have an “English Indonesian Dictionary Source” but on CSV format. Is it possible to make on Kindle 3 Dictionary format ? If possible then would you please guide me how to make it ?
    Thanks in advance brother.

    Comment by lukman manggo — February 25, 2011 @ 3:24 am

  34. Thank so very much!

    Comment by Alex — February 26, 2011 @ 12:55 am

  35. Thank you!

    Comment by jonathan — March 11, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

  36. Dear Mike, Many thanks! I am really very happy. Now I can use my Kindle what I bought it for: learning german!

    Comment by Gyula — March 20, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

  37. Really helpful. Thanks a lot.

    Comment by Eudaimon — March 21, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

  38. Hi Sheldon!
    it seems you’ve been talking about a very comprehensive Russian English dictionary on moby form
    Would you be kind enough to tell me where I can download it?
    Praises for your work

    Comment by mitia — March 26, 2011 @ 11:49 am

  39. Hi Mitia,

    Sorry, I think you have me confused with someone else, I don’t know about any Russian – English dictionaries.


    Comment by Mike — March 26, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

  40. Very well done…… you have made many people very happy 🙂

    Comment by Nick — March 26, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

  41. Awesome job!!
    guessing it only works on real kindles though, can’t find the option to set the dictionary on kindle for iPhone. any tips?

    Comment by swb — April 7, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

  42. could you do this for a english>turkish one, if possible.

    Comment by faruk — April 9, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

  43. Very good,
    I am German and I use English->German to translate the words I don’t know.
    This really helped me.

    Comment by Juergen — April 9, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

  44. Thank you!

    Comment by Inishi — April 15, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

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  46. Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Hector — April 29, 2011 @ 9:06 am

  47. Thanksssssss

    Comment by Hector — April 29, 2011 @ 9:06 am

  48. Some people are searching latin dictinary, you can make one using text from http://www.quasillum.com/software/unicorn.htm ? Thanks.

    Comment by traian — May 10, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

  49. The dictionary is working well, thanks.

    Comment by Gintas — May 12, 2011 @ 2:27 am

  50. Not working. I have just bought Kindle 3 from Amazon.de. I downloaded German-English, English-German and followed the instruction just you told, set that up as default, then tried with german book but just Duden Universal Wörterbuch (from Amazon) showed up… 🙁

    My system is Kindle 3.1 (latest version)

    Thanks in advance.

    Comment by Paul — May 21, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

  51. Excellent work and thanks for sharing!

    But one problem… In the German-English dictionary, there seems to be a problem with capitalized words. The dictionary words are all lower case, so words that start with a capital letter are ignored. Unfortunately, this rather cripples the dictionary in German, because it ignores all nouns! Is there a fix or work-around for this problem?

    Comment by Samson — May 21, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

  52. Hi, thanks for terrific work. At start I had similar problem with the German dictionary as described in last two comments. I solved it with restarting Kindle – Menu button > Settings > Menu button > Reset. Hope it will help.

    Comment by Dice — May 24, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

  53. Hi Dice! I have tried three times resetting my kindle, but useless. Still the same problem like my comment @49. However, thanks for your kindness. Hopefully there’s a solution soon…

    Comment by Paul — May 25, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

  54. Hello, Will you be so kind to make an English – Bulgarian dictionary.

    Comment by Martin — June 15, 2011 @ 8:20 am

  55. While I’m not having a problem with capitalized words in the German dictionary, there is a major flaw in that the dictionary does not account for inflection. Since I don’t intend to manually type every word I don’t understand in the uninflected form to get the definition, this dictionary is useless to me.

    Comment by Mike — June 19, 2011 @ 4:33 am

  56. How can I ever thank you enough?!

    Comment by Ian Cremona — June 24, 2011 @ 8:25 am

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    Comment by alex — June 28, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

  61. Thank you so much for this great effort.
    Muchas gracias por este magnífico esfuerzo.

    Comment by Pepito — July 3, 2011 @ 11:54 am

  62. I have no words to thank you. Could do something for a German-Greek Dictionaty? Thanks again!

    Comment by KVorv — July 11, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

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  64. Can´t thank you enough!

    Comment by Filipe — August 15, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

  65. Thank you!

    Comment by Alex — August 17, 2011 @ 12:58 am

  66. Wow, thank you so very much! Especially for including Esperanto.

    Comment by Steve — August 17, 2011 @ 3:41 am

  67. Problem with the German-English dictinary … if a noun or adjective is plural or feminine, Kindle gives no translation at all.

    This problem could be fixed if all the plurals and feminines were included in the dictionary, the same as the declensions and past participles of the verbs have been included.

    Or … if Kindle would just make a guess and return its “best match” it would almost always be right.


    Comment by Jim — August 25, 2011 @ 5:02 am

  68. bRawo

    Comment by Matt — September 9, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

  69. Thanks 🙂 can you share with me japanese- english dictionary ! nice works

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  72. Hi, is it possible to add dictionaries for Kindle for Ipad or Iphone or just the real Kindle? thanks.

    Comment by Carlos — September 27, 2011 @ 5:47 am

  73. Hey there, You’ve done a great job. I will certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this web site.

    Comment by Khairul — October 4, 2011 @ 12:05 am

  74. you are so awesome…thank you!

    Comment by rowan — October 4, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

  75. Howdy, thanks for the German – English dictionaries. Now i can read english books, wunderfull 🙂

    Comment by Onkel Oggi — October 13, 2011 @ 8:11 am

  76. very very nice work, thank you!

    Comment by happy kindle user — October 13, 2011 @ 11:47 am

  77. I have a Kindle 3.3
    Downloaded the German-English mobi file and transferred it to the Kindle.
    First to the primary folder, but it didn’t appear under “change primary dictionaries”.
    Then I moved it to “Sidecar” in the System folder where the Oxford dictionary is, but it still doesn’t appear.
    What am I doning wrong?
    Do I not understand your term “as normal”? I took it to mean the usual way one transferes files.

    Comment by Roland McGregor — October 21, 2011 @ 3:01 pm


    Comment by Oksana — October 30, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

  79. I love the German-English dictionary! Thank you so very much Mike!
    By the way, in your script, both input and output language are set to English which prevented me from using the dictionary as default on kindle. I modified the script and generated the dictionary as in your instructions and now it works just perfectly!

    Comment by Katarina — November 6, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

  80. I’m not able to use the “English-German” one as default dictionary.

    @Katarina: Which part of the script did you modify?

    (I use a Kindle 4.0)

    Comment by imarqs — November 10, 2011 @ 11:03 am

  81. great and thanks

    Comment by kdagn — November 14, 2011 @ 12:24 am

  82. @Katarina and @imarqs

    I think it is the python script’s part:

    I modified it to:

    I still do not know if it works. I will try it soon with a kindle 4.0.

    Comment by aboy — November 17, 2011 @ 10:04 am

  83. There is a problem with some characters in my previous comment.
    I try it again

    Comment by aboy — November 17, 2011 @ 10:06 am

  84. And again.

    Comment by aboy — November 17, 2011 @ 10:07 am

  85. Hi, I have a Kindle without the keyboard (4th gen) and I can’t get the German-English dictionary to work with German books. I can set it as the default dictionary for English language books, or books in German that the kindle doesn’t recognise as being German, but not for any books that the Kindle thinks are in German.

    This renders it a little pointless, is there any simple way of fixing this? Does anyone else have the same problem?

    Comment by CP — November 19, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

  86. Thank you so much!

    I have searched for ages for a solution.

    Now i have no excuse not to improve my German 🙂

    Comment by ParpMachine — November 21, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

  87. Is there a way to show highlighted german words with english deffinitions? I tried both E>G and G>E but neither of them do that….

    Comment by joe — November 22, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

  88. I love it, it is perfect, good work, well done!!! (polis eng eng pol)xxx ***

    Comment by Lucy — November 23, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

  89. Will this work for looking up chinese-english or korean-english… any language that doesn’t use Roman letters?

    Comment by Dan — November 28, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

  90. Hi and thanks for the German – English dictionary. I have the same problem as comment 85. I have a Kindle 4 and cannot get the device to recognise the German – English dictionary as a default option under the German language. It only appears under the English language dictionary options list and not the German language list of dictionary options. Hope you can advise as to how to rectify this. Many thanks.

    Comment by Alex — November 30, 2011 @ 7:26 am

  91. I so wanted this to work! I’m using the Kindle app on my iPad 2. The dictionary that I downloaded from your site appears in my Kindle list, but it is not available as a dictionary to select from the list. You didn’t say that this would work with the Kindle app, but I thought it might so I tried. If anyone knows how to make this work, I would be most grateful. Thanks. — Greg

    Comment by Greg — November 30, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

  92. BG dictionary for Kindle here: http://stratsimir.sc20.info/

    Comment by Peppito — December 4, 2011 @ 12:22 am

  93. Hallo! Thank you so much for doing this. The Deutsch-Englisch Worterbuch is particularly handy to me! I can’t tell you how much you helped.
    Have a good day!

    Comment by Shingoya — December 4, 2011 @ 1:06 am

  94. Hey folks,

    I was wondering if did anybody experienced problems in translating german words in other then neutral form to english.
    In DE->ENG dictionary it does not work to popup the translation if the german word is non-neutral form.

    Is there any solution to this ? Is there a dictionary that includes also other then neutral forms of words ?


    Comment by hardtec — December 6, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

  95. Alongside post 90 I also cannot get the German>English dictionary listed under the German dictionaries section. English to German works but does anyone know how to fix this problem for Kindle 4. Katarina mentioned something about altering scripts etc and handily neglected to demonstrate how to do it.


    Comment by damian — December 7, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

  96. THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH! I’ve been looking EVERYWHERE for this =D It WORKS!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by David — December 12, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

  97. we are very thankful to you

    Comment by Dan — December 16, 2011 @ 8:59 am

  98. The dictionary from German to English and vice versa is great. Too bad it does not specify if the word is feminine, muskulin or neutral.

    Comment by Valerie — December 20, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

  99. Thank you for this amazing work!
    It’s nice to see people doing something just for a “thank you” and not for money.

    Comment by David — December 25, 2011 @ 11:38 am

  100. Hey . Got a question. I have the kindle 4 and cant find your described way to change the dictionary. Im interested in the english -> german one. Thx in advance.

    Comment by mipi — December 27, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

  101. On kindle 4:
    Press Menu-Button, choose Settings (Einstellungen), browse through the pages to where it says Dictionaries (Wörterbücher) and klick edit (Bearbeiten), click English (Englisch) and choose the new dictionary that you have loaded onto your kindle before (via USB). This will change the standard dictionary…

    Comment by John — December 28, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

  102. And by the way:
    Thanks soooooooooo much for the dictionaries. They’re awesome!

    Comment by John — December 28, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

  103. As per the instructions at http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=154531 I’ve updated the language metadata on the German->English dictionary so it can be selected as a default German dictionary.

    Uploaded to http://www.multiupload.com/8BXCIMISVZ

    Comment by einzelkind — December 28, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

  104. Thx John, working now 🙂

    Comment by mipi — December 29, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

  105. Could someone please write down the explicit steps for transferring the German-English dictionary from my laptop Kindle app to the Kindle itself?

    Comment by George — December 29, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

  106. German-English Dictionary
    it doesn’t work with Kindle Touch. The dictionary appears in the English section and not in the German. I don’t know how it works on other Kindle device, but on Touch, if the book is in german, you can use only german dictionaries.
    In this case the german-english dictionary is in the English section, so I cannot use with a german book.

    Comment by Adam — December 30, 2011 @ 9:43 am

  107. Hi Adam,

    I have the same problem as you 🙁

    I already tried changing the language in Metadata -Calibre….and still…nichts, nada.. it is still in the “English” folder. Please, if u find a solutions, share it 🙂


    Comment by Andreea — December 30, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

  108. and i almost forgot: …thank yoooooou, Mike 🙂

    Comment by Andreea — December 30, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

  109. The English-German works on my Kindle Touch just fine but not the way around. I´m trying to read a book in German and I´m frustrated as hell since every time I highlight a word I get this message:

    “Dictionary not found for this book´s language. To download a dictionary, go to Archived Items.”

    And yes, the German to English dictionary is set as default.

    What can I do?

    Thanks much, Kiefer.

    Comment by Kiefer — December 30, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

  110. awesome…! It works very good.

    Comment by Jaime — January 2, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

  111. Great Job! Thank you very much!

    Comment by Matthias — January 3, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

  112. Thanks for the work on this Mike, this is great!

    For all you Kindle Touch owners, I figured out how to get the German-English mode to work and appear under the German dictionaries. Specifically the XML files are generated with english as the in and out language and the language of the dictionary as the whole; this is probably why it is showing up as an English dictionary. I rebuilt the dictionary manually and edited the opf xml file to specify the languages… i.e.
    the language tag to be DE instead of EN
    and the DictionaryInLanguage to be de instead of en-us. Then I ran kindlegen on the hacked xml file.

    Comment by Andy — January 3, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

  113. Wow, that’s awesome. Thank you so much!

    Comment by BossaNova — January 4, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

  114. ENGLISH-GERMAN for KINDLE Touch. So great. It works immediatly. Thank you so much. Hug to you and my kindle too. Herbert.

    Comment by Brennsteiner — January 6, 2012 @ 10:29 am

  115. Hi Mike – thanks for the work you have done here – it is really great.

    I have a kindle 4 (basic model) and the german-english dictionary is only recognised as an english dictionary and not a german one [as others have commented i think].

    @Andy Comment #112 Could you share the dictionary that you edited as it sounds like you have fixed this problem?

    Thanks to all….

    Comment by Jake — January 13, 2012 @ 10:32 am

  116. Hi Mike,

    could u explain (and i mean like for a real dummie here) how to download the english-german dic on my (brand) new kindle touch ?

    Comment by Anne — January 13, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

  117. Superb! You did some great job here.

    Many thanks!

    Comment by mikan — January 13, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

  118. That you very much!! This is fantastic!

    Comment by James Geary — January 20, 2012 @ 9:27 am

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  120. oh, molly!

    you just changed the course of an berlin expat’s life. i can read the newspaper.

    thank. you.

    (and thanks for being open-*)

    Comment by joshua — February 1, 2012 @ 10:15 am

  121. Is there any chance you have a Swedish > English dictionary I could use? I’ve searched and searched for this and finally ran across your site. Any help would be soooo appreciated. Thanks!!

    Comment by Terry — February 2, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

  122. Awesome! Thanks so much for this! It works great!

    Comment by Ron — February 5, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

  123. Everyone I need helps

    I downloaded French-English and Spanish-English and installed on my kindle

    but I can’t change them to my primary dictionary 🙁 I can just use it like a normal books.. (read and search) but not when I read novels and use the dictionary as the primary dictionary

    what should I dO??

    thank you guys

    Comment by pinocho — February 6, 2012 @ 10:37 am

  124. Pinocho–press Menu and go to Settings. Then press Menu again and select Change Primary Dictionary. Select the dictionary you installed and you should be good.

    Comment by Ron — February 7, 2012 @ 2:00 am

  125. Thank you Ron— but it doesnt work ; I can just use other dictionary I downloaded from other website (it’s not .mobi)

    my kindle is Touch 3G

    maybe the reason why I cannot set it primary because the files are .mobi?

    thank youuuu 😀

    Comment by pinocho — February 8, 2012 @ 8:37 am

  126. Hei. I need desperately a german romanian dictionary. Do you have any ideea from where i can get this?

    Comment by Timotei Bolojan — February 8, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

  127. Hello!
    Sounds great, but I can’t manage to switch to any dictionary i add in my kindle. They just don’t show up in the dictionaries preferences…
    (I have the last kindle version, not the touch version, and tested with firmware 4.0 and 4.0.1)
    Einzelkind, I would like to try the file you uploaded, but the link seems to be dead. Would it be possible for you to reupload it?
    Big thanks!

    Comment by François — February 15, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

  128. Thanks Mate!! Great Job!!!

    This is very helpful to me right now.

    If someone got the skills and time, would be good to integrate it with CAlibre application

    Comment by Mario — February 16, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

  129. […] a German one as well.  It turns out that you can get a German-English one even!  This site has Free (as in GPL2) translation dictionaries for the Kindle, and importantly the German-English is the most robust.  It doesn’t include inflected forms […]

    Pingback by German on Kindle « Dunelm Road — February 26, 2012 @ 4:24 am

  130. […] Select Change Primary Dictionary . Michael Sheldon's Stuff » Free (as in GPL2) translation dictionaries for the Kindle […]

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  131. Will the english/german dictionary work on K. Fire? If so wouls appreciate any installation instructions available, thanks….

    Comment by Wendy wendeborn — March 14, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

  132. Perfect! Thanks! Is there a way to donate to you?

    Comment by Kirsten — March 22, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

  133. my first time here, but one thing that’s absolutely neceesary
    is to tranfer the mobi file by USB, not by any other means.
    If you don’t do that, you will never be able to change the primary (default) dictionary.
    I have the basic Kindle 4, if that helps anybody.
    A great site this, fantastic work.

    Comment by tua_nua — April 1, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

  134. This is awesome. All I had to do was put it on my Kindle with Calibre, and it automatically works. By the way, I used the German dictionary. It works perfectly, especially with more modern German works. Older works, such as Kafka, will have words that aren’t in the dictionary, but still, it’s awesome and a solution to a problem I’ve had since I first started reading ebooks.

    Comment by Casey Thornton — April 15, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

  135. Many thanks for sharing this stuff with us. Keep on.

    Comment by Kamen — April 17, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

  136. Awesome, did this magic and got myself a English-Norwegian dictionary with more than 240.000 entries + inflections (the latter took some other magic though :o)

    Comment by Bergeno — April 21, 2012 @ 9:44 am

  137. many thanks for this great share! saved me lot of money and trouble. keep up the good work mike!

    people please don’t complain – it’s free !!

    Comment by reaktion — April 29, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

  138. hi , what about english to english , i couldnot find it

    Comment by mary — May 27, 2012 @ 10:22 am

  139. Bergeno, care to share?

    Comment by snide — June 4, 2012 @ 7:52 am

  140. Thanks a lot !

    Comment by Krzysztof — June 4, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

  141. thank you very much.

    Comment by ll — June 6, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

  142. Maybe somebody have already asked, but does it work on Kindle for Iphone?

    If so, how do I do to get it as primary dictionary?


    Comment by henry — June 7, 2012 @ 11:48 pm

  143. Awesome! Thank you from a girl who lives in Guatemala City :D.

    Comment by Alejandra — June 9, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

  144. Thank you this is just what i was looking for

    Comment by luis — June 20, 2012 @ 3:04 am

  145. Thank you! I am also looking for a Hungarian-English / English-Hungarian dictionary.

    Comment by CM — June 27, 2012 @ 9:01 am

  146. Thank you so much, this is beautiful work!!!!, you are helping so many people!!! thank you””

    Comment by aliencow — July 4, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

  147. Vielen Dank für diese tolle Arbeit.
    Damit macht das Lesen von englischen Büchern am Kindle doppelt so viel Spaß!

    Comment by Martin — July 15, 2012 @ 7:54 am

  148. This is wonderful! Now my German practice on my Kindle will be so much better 🙂

    Comment by Amanda — July 15, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

  149. Thank you Mike. Great job!!! Any way to get this to work on kindle for ipad? Thanks. PF

    Comment by Pierre — July 29, 2012 @ 6:27 am

  150. First of all great job guys ! It’s much apreciated.

    The only issue I have is that I cannot set the De-En dictionary as a default, and while my german level is not that high, I still have to look up many words, and it’s frustrating going back and forth between the book and the dictionary. I saw that the problem was solved (comment 103). Unfortunately the file is not available any more.

    Can anyone share the modified version of the german-english dictionary?

    Comment by faust — August 1, 2012 @ 7:55 am

  151. thanks a million for the great dic. just moved it to my kindle.

    Comment by maureen — August 1, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

  152. Thanks a million! Workes like a charm on my Kindle 2 🙂
    Great job, thanks!!!

    Comment by kjoso — August 1, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

  153. Thank you so much! You rock!

    Comment by lucia — August 7, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

  154. I’m learning German and I was looking forward to finally be able to read some books in German but I’m really disappointed by the German->English dictionary.

    It doesn’t even understand simple words. Am I the only one to have this problem ?

    Comment by Gilles — August 9, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

  155. You rock man! I’ve been looking for English-Polish dictionary for ages! Thank you so much!

    Comment by Conrad — September 12, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

  156. I’ve found abundant German-English and English-German dictionaries – but as a student of German struggling with gender and cases, what I *really* need is a German-German dictionary (Deutsch-Deutsch Wörterbuch / Lexikon) for my Kindle, and neither love nor money has found me one. Any suggestions?

    Comment by Ginger — September 13, 2012 @ 11:07 am

  157. Hi Gilles – I have various German-English dictionaries on my Kindle, the one I use most often I downloaded from Project Gutenberg. But since many German words have endings and conjugations, sometimes you have to stop and manually type in or alter the word in the text -‘schön’ instead of ‘schönes’, for example. Sometimes it’s a bit of trial and error, but it usually works. Happy reading!

    Comment by Ginger — September 13, 2012 @ 11:33 am

  158. Greate work – thanks a lot!

    Comment by Konrad — September 15, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

  159. Two questions:

    1. Do your dictionaries work with the new Kindle Paperwhite?

    2. Do you know if I can use the Kindle Paperwhite with books in Russian and do you have a Russian dictionary? P.S. When I use the term Russian I mean real Russian with Cyrillic alphabet.


    Comment by Brian — September 15, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

  160. […] 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 « Books and libraries — September 18, 2012 @ 11:39 am

  161. I love you ! now I have a free dictionary of my dreams

    Comment by falkaneli — October 6, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

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    can i do it please help.

    Comment by buy twitter followers no password — October 9, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

  163. Mike. Thanks for the info on your GER-ENG dictionary. I did install it on my Kindle 3.4. I did work fine on all my “other” German books, but not on the 2 books that I posted to on Amazon.

    So the books “Die Dritte Finger” & “Mord am Morgen” are still having a problem! I’ve asked Amazon to escalate the problem and get back to me.


    Comment by Lynn — October 12, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

  164. Hi, can anyone help me finding an english- norwegian dictionary for my kindle? All the upper links don´t work. Thanks

    Comment by Otilia — October 15, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

  165. Thank you very much, Mike! It’s wonderful to see that there are more and more people willing to share their hard stoftware work with others! Thank you!

    Wish you inspiration and success!

    Comment by Lachezar — October 20, 2012 @ 8:08 am

  166. I wished I could be counted as a grateful reader as well.
    I have tried several different german-English dictionaries. None of them work
    On a kindle-fire. Any information?

    Comment by Kitty Malone — October 24, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

  167. Thanks so much. C’est encroyable! C;est justiment se qu’il me faut.

    Comment by Jamila — October 25, 2012 @ 12:56 am

  168. Are any German-English dictionaries working on the Kindle-Fire?

    Comment by Kitty Malone — October 28, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

  169. Thanks. It works great!

    Comment by Nomous — November 12, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

  170. Michael, you are an Angel !

    Comment by Alin — November 12, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

  171. Hi, has anyone had any success with the Polish-English dictionary for the Kindle 4?
    I’ve followed all of the instructions, tried modifying the input/output languages (which seemed to be fine anyway) and nothing seems to work.

    Has anybody got any suggestions?

    Comment by Matt — November 22, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

  172. If someone was able to make Norwegian-English dictionary, could you share it please?

    Comment by Alex — November 25, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

  173. Thanks

    Comment by straul — November 29, 2012 @ 8:15 am

  174. Es funktioniert super. Vielen Dank!

    Comment by Roland — December 18, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

  175. Am I too stupid? I am using Kindle App for Android. Where do I have to place the downloaded dictionary so kindle will find it?

    And – what about a french german dictionary? Please.


    Comment by Karin — December 31, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

  176. Found a bad solution for question 175 – but better a bad one than none at all:

    Bad workaround, but works:
    The trick is to rename the name of the dictionary file that is loaded by default!
    Download a dictionary from e.g. Mikeasoft (as .mobi).

    Open Kindle app, open a book, select a word -> dictionary will open
    -> click on settings, select a dictionary you will never need (e.g. espanol) – kindle will download it.
    Open a file manager on your tablet/smartphone which allows you so sort by file date (newest first=desc).
    Go to storage/sdcard0/Android/data/com.amazon.kindle/files
    the newest file (*.prc) will be the downloaded new dictionary. Rename (e.g. in *.prc into .prc.espanol). Copy the mobi-file into this directory and rename it (use the original name of the espanol dictionary, e.g. B005F12G7O_EBOK.prc)
    Now the new dictionary is available in kindle (but unfortunately under the name of ESPANOL). You can select this dictionary as your default dictionary just the way as you always do.

    Comment by Karin — January 1, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

  177. […] kann man vielleicht auch selbst darauf zugreifen. Eine nützliche Quelle ist “Michael Sheldon’s Stuff“. Dort findet man auf GPL2-Basis Wörterbücher, die für Kindle 3 und 4 angepaßt werden. […]

    Pingback by Wörterbuch für Kindle kostenlos nachrüsten | Oberlehrer — January 13, 2013 @ 9:32 am

  178. […] kann man vielleicht auch selbst darauf zugreifen. Eine nützliche Quelle ist “Michael Sheldon’s Stuff“. Dort findet man auf GPL2-Basis Wörterbücher, die für Kindle 3 und 4 angepaßt werden. […]

    Pingback by Wörterbuch für Kindle kostenlos nachrüsten [Update] | STRG-U — January 21, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

  179. […] Diccionarios bilingües inglés-otros idiomas, de Michael Sheldon […]

    Pingback by Diccionarios para Kindle | Actualidad Kindle — January 22, 2013 @ 8:46 am

  180. thank you very much

    Comment by mihai — February 11, 2013 @ 10:11 am

  181. vielen dank mein herr!

    Comment by YOYO — February 24, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

  182. Thank you! I thought I gave up reading spanish books on kindle with a poor one in the Amazon store! But now I will give it a second chance.

    Comment by trish — February 26, 2013 @ 6:32 am

  183. u’re awesome. & I’m in 2013. thanks a lot!

    Comment by Nanona — February 27, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

  184. Will these work for KIndle 6?

    Comment by Vanya — March 23, 2013 @ 11:48 am

  185. Hi,
    Thanks a lot….I’ve juste uploaded the English Frensh disctionary, it’s a nice one even if it doesn’t have too much words (have you got another one biger, I would appreciate, brzgui@yahoo.fr),

    Thank you for your help

    Comment by brzgui — April 2, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

  186. […] 8 Apr 2013: Mike Sheldon kindly emailed me a GPL2 Spanish-English dictionary that works in English books. (Download and copy […]

    Pingback by But I Already Know the English Words « Area 42 — April 8, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

  187. Many many thanks – going to use Welsh-English on 3.1 and see how I get on!

    Comment by Davies — April 18, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

  188. […] http://blog.mikeasoft.com/2011/01/05/free-as-in-gpl2-translation-dictionaries-for-the-kindle/ se puede bajar gratis un diccionario esperanto-inglés. Yo le sigo apostando a la lengua artificial […]

    Pingback by Diccionarios para Kindle ~ #MundoEbooks ~ Infobae.com — April 30, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

  189. Hi, may I dare to ask what’s the difference between Kindle 3 and Kindle 4 in regard to dictionary support? e.g. why wouldn’t Esperanto be supported by kindlegen only for Kindle 4? is it about encoding letters such as ĵ ĝ ĉ etc.?
    I’d really like to get my hands on an Esperanto-English dictionary :\

    Comment by Cioran — May 6, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

  190. With the Kindle 3 all dictionaries and books are treated the same regardless of language, with the Kindle 4 you can setup different dictionaries for different langues, so for example, when you read a German book it’ll use your German dictionary but when you read an English book it’ll use your English dictionary. Kindlegen doesn’t recognise Welsh or Esperanto as languages so they just get treated as English dictionaries, you can still use them on the Kindle 4, as long as your Esperanto books also act as English books (which most probably will since they can’t be set to Esperanto) then you shouldn’t have any problems.

    Comment by Mike — May 6, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

  191. Interesting. To use a dictionary different than English I need to make sure that the metadata in the mobi file has the language tag spot on (Portuguese for a portuguese dictionary). Are you saying there’s not an “esperanto” tag?

    Comment by Cioran — May 12, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

  192. That’s right, kindlegen doesn’t recognise the Esperanto language code.

    Comment by Mike — May 12, 2013 @ 11:45 pm

  193. Thank you very much! Exactly what i was looking for.
    Best regards, Markus

    Comment by Markus — May 17, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

  194. To those having problems with the German – English dictionary:

    If the English dictionary pops up, most likely the document language of your book is set to English.

    You should select the book in Calibre, then click on “Edit metadata”, then change language (at the bottom) to German. At least that was the problem by me 🙂

    Comment by Batman — July 7, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

  195. can you make a cantonese to english + pinyin dictionary, i will pay you 100 dollar on paypal

    Comment by will — July 21, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

  196. Thanks so much. The Spanish to English isn’t the greatest, but it works for some words and just having the dictionaries and learning how to switch from one to another was worth it. Hope someday you get inspired to add more Spanish/English words and figure out how to get it to at least try if it’s not a perfect match.

    Comment by jkcook — July 22, 2013 @ 10:15 am

  197. […] http://blog.mikeasoft.com/2011/01/05/free-as-in-gpl2-translation-dictionaries-for-the-kindle/ […]

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  198. Here is a Norwegian – English dictionary

    Comment by Bergeno — August 1, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

  199. This English-Norwegian dictionary has 240.000 entries + inflections.

    Comment by Bergeno — August 1, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

  200. Hi Mike. Brilliant stuff. I had found it frustrating too, and wondered why this didn’t exist because it really makes the kindle a brilliant tool for learning another language – amazing that you are happy to let people have it for free. You are one of the good ‘uns for sure. A real human being!

    Comment by David Grennan — August 10, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

  201. Thank you very much. I think this page will be very interesting por all of us.

    See you,


    Comment by Manuel — August 19, 2013 @ 8:21 am

  202. Is is possible to download dictionary for kindle english to norwegian. I have tried everything but it doesnt work. Can u help me please?


    Comment by Mary — September 1, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

  203. Im aslo trying to find the norwegian dictionary, but I can´t find one. i have tried the apertium but i cant even open it.


    Comment by Lena — September 1, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

  204. Could you please help me with a dutch dictionary. I’ve this new kindle paperwhite for my girlfriend but now shes not able to use it for the purpose she wants to use it for..


    Comment by kees — September 3, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

  205. I’m using kindle touch and in the beginning it didn’t worked out , but after restart everything came back to normal

    10x man

    Comment by Ramirez — September 13, 2013 @ 11:25 am

  206. […] need to get a dictionary file for your language. You can buy one or check out this list of free ones. (Please note that all of these dictionaries are one-way (Eng->German, […]

    Pingback by Use Your Kindle To Learn A Foreign Language | Learn Out Live! — September 27, 2013 @ 10:56 am

  207. […] all, you need to download a good dictionary. You can get a basic German-English dictionary for free here. Keep in mind that Kindle dictionaries are one-way so in our example case we’ll need to […]

    Pingback by Add a German-English Dictionary To Kindle on Your iPad or iPhone (iOS) — October 4, 2013 @ 11:49 am

  208. thank you! :))

    Comment by Alex — October 15, 2013 @ 2:12 am

  209. You’re a great guy Mike! Appreciate it! \o/

    Comment by MidgetOverlord — November 17, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

  210. Thanks!

    Comment by Dario — November 23, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

  211. hi i have a question, i dawnload dictinar as always and then get in to setting and ther when i make again menu ther is no option Change Primary Dictionary…. how i can chang it then ?


    Comment by domi — November 25, 2013 @ 11:28 pm

  212. Domi – That’s only an option on the Kindle 3, if you have a later Kindle look at the instructions for Kindle 4 or later.

    Comment by Mike — November 27, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

  213. wher i can find it ?

    Comment by domi — November 27, 2013 @ 11:41 pm

  214. ow now i see , thanks a lot 🙂

    Comment by domi — November 27, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

  215. 🙁 dosent work, is showing a dictionar, and when i open it ther is onle one word …?

    Comment by domi — November 27, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

  216. Thanks a lot! Works 4 me! 🙂

    Comment by Erna — December 25, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

  217. I tried to apply your very helpful information and got as far as download German-English dictionary onto my new Kindle Paperwhite. After that the instructions didn’t seem to apply menu-settings-…the dictionary link didn’t appear with the individual German and English programs.

    Comment by apeaceman — January 3, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

  218. I tried to apply your very helpful information and got as far as download German-English dictionary onto my new Kindle Paperwhite. After that the instructions didn’t seem to apply menu-settings-…the dictionary link didn’t appear with the individual German and English programs.
    I’d appreciate any additional ideas.

    Comment by apeaceman — January 3, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

  219. Kindle Paperwhite:

    Go to Settings -> Device Options -> Language and Dictionaries -> Dictionaries

    There you can choose the default dictionary for each language.

    Note: If a word is not found in the default dictionary Kindle Paperwhite tries the other dictionaries of that language.

    Comment by António — January 8, 2014 @ 3:49 pm

  220. Michael,

    would you have a greek-english dictionary? The ones sold by Amazon do not work good.

    Do you know how to make a dictionary that runs as a book in Kindle to run as a dictionary? What is the code for that? I could transform a dictionary to perform as a kindle one.

    Comment by Daniel — January 10, 2014 @ 5:37 pm

  221. Thanks a lot, the dictionaries, although not the best in the world, are very usefull. The work perfect in my Kindle paper White.

    Comment by Ismael — January 25, 2014 @ 6:53 pm

  222. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Inferor — February 3, 2014 @ 11:09 pm

  223. Thanks SO MUCH for these…

    Comment by Jonah McIntire — February 23, 2014 @ 8:26 pm

  224. Thanks Mike. I’ve decided to buy a Kindle in Germany to see if that smooths the installation of the German-English dictionary.

    But I don’t quite get your comment (No. 190) in your blog: ( With the Kindle 3 all dictionaries and books are treated the same regardless of language, with the Kindle 4 you can setup different dictionaries for different langues, so for example, when you read a German book it’ll use your German dictionary but when you read an English book it’ll use your English dictionary. Kindlegen doesn’t recognise Welsh or Esperanto as languages so they just get treated as English dictionaries, you can still use them on the Kindle 4, as long as your Esperanto books also act as English books (which most probably will since they can’t be set to Esperanto) then you shouldn’t have any problems). Comment by Mike — May 6, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

    What type of Kindle would it be better to buy for the purpose of accessing the German-English dictionary: the Kindle 3, the 4 or other? I’m mostly interested in this dictionary, as I’m learning German.

    Thanks again for your patience and time,


    Comment by Juan — February 24, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

  225. I’m struggling with how to implement the German English dictionary on my Kindle Fire – can you please put the instructions on here.
    Many Thanks

    Comment by Maeve — February 27, 2014 @ 10:39 am

  226. Hi Mike,

    I think Kindle recognizes Welsh ebooks as Welsh language, now. Does Kindlegen still not recognize Welsh?

    Comment by joanie — February 28, 2014 @ 11:33 pm

  227. how do you “rename” a file downloaded to the ipad kindle library?

    Comment by Jon — March 3, 2014 @ 2:55 am

  228. 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 RC — March 3, 2014 @ 9:23 pm

  229. Hi Mike, have you the Dutch-Dutch or Dutch-English dictionary? please let me know.
    Thanks in advance!

    Comment by Christopher — March 24, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

  230. Is your Portuguese-English dictionary European Portuguese or Brazilian? The vocabularies are somewhat different (like British vs American English), and the slang words can be quite different,,,

    Comment by PadreZ — April 5, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

  231. My son deleted the installed English dictionary in my Kindle, any one to have an idea where I can get them from again? Thanks. Only English The Oxford dictionary of English if I am not mistaken.

    Comment by Todor — April 5, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

  232. Hi,

    I´ve seen the Bergeno´s Norwegian-english dictionary on this page. There is a dropbox link to the .mobi file.
    As I´m using a Kobo e-reader, the .mobi format is not compatible. Is it possible to get that dictionary in a different format (.xml, .csv, stardict,.bgl,….)
    thaks a lot!

    Comment by Jaavi — April 6, 2014 @ 10:58 am

  233. I’ve got the Polish-English dictionary and it works very well.
    I have some files of colordict dictionaries.
    Could you make its kindle’s version?

    Congratulation for your good job and thank you very much.

    Comment by Yoko — April 12, 2014 @ 6:44 pm

  234. Sorry.
    Not Polish-English, but German-English.
    Anyway it works very well with my Kindle Paperwhite 2012.

    Comment by Yoko — April 12, 2014 @ 6:46 pm

  235. Hi! Can you make Finnish dictionary for kindle paperwhite? Thanks

    Comment by Mato — April 17, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

  236. Very, very good !!
    It works perfect.

    Comment by Matthias — April 21, 2014 @ 11:55 am

  237. Polish dictionary appears to have only 350 entries. Some entries have letters replaced with numbers!

    Comment by Michael — May 3, 2014 @ 1:01 am

  238. thank you, German->English works flawlessy!

    Comment by Mattia — May 3, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

  239. Downloaded the Polish-English dictionary.

    Unfortunately, it’s not as useful as I’d like, as it requires words to be in their singular nominative form for the highlighted definition to work – plurals, declined nouns and verbs of all sorts just can’t be found. Searching through the dictionary takes a fair bit of time.

    Don’t suppose anyone knows of a way around this?
    Is there a better Polish-English dictionary file around?

    Comment by GT51 — May 5, 2014 @ 1:11 pm

  240. Great job, thank you.

    Comment by A — May 17, 2014 @ 6:14 pm

  241. […] to have my reading interrupted as little as possible.  One person has attempted to create the welsh primary dictionary but with only a third of the words necessary so I will see what I can […]

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  242. there is a way to download an spanish – italian dic for free?

    Comment by diego — June 14, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

  243. […] next step, we’re going to need to download a dictionary from somewhere. As usual, I recommend this site as a starting point where you can get (not perfect) but free dictionaries. Look for where it […]

    Pingback by Add a German-English Dictionary To Your Android Kindle App - Learn Out Live! — July 7, 2014 @ 9:44 am

  244. Very clear information. I am looking for English-Lithuanian dictionary, but cannot find anywhere. Maybe anyone knows?

    Comment by Ieva — July 12, 2014 @ 4:37 pm

  245. Hey guys… Is it working on an Android tablet? I’m using it like a Kindle, the older is broken, but I can’t find a good offline dictionary.

    Comment by Diego — August 15, 2014 @ 7:48 am

  246. Awesome, thanks heaps for your efforts! My wife (German) and I (Kiwi) are using the German dictionaries on our Kindle Paperwhites, and they are working well 🙂

    Comment by Aaron and Miriam — August 29, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

  247. Hi, I have a Kindle 4. I’ve been using it to read a French-English parallel book by Dover Publications. Although the book is designed to teach English speakers to speak French, the book’s meta data states that it is an English book and therefore it only uses an English dictionary for automatic lookup. Kindle are waiting for the publisher to respond to this issue.
    I was not able to change the book’s meta data language to French because the DRM becomes invalid. I therefore downloaded your French-English dictionary and changed the meta data definition to be English using Calibre, hoping I could make this my default English dictionary while reading this book. Unfortunately the Kindle does not recognise it as a dictionary at all now, so I can’t set it as my default English dictionary. Is there any way around this?

    Comment by Bill Knocker — September 13, 2014 @ 9:53 pm

  248. Can I use English to hindi?

    Comment by ravi — September 16, 2014 @ 5:13 am

  249. Thanks a lot!

    Comment by Goes — September 23, 2014 @ 9:12 am

  250. Thank you so much ! I have just start to learn German. Your work is awesome!

    Comment by Thai Hoa — September 25, 2014 @ 3:10 am

  251. 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

  252. 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

  253. 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

  254. 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

  255. 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

  256. i mean to buy a kindle paper-white

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

  257. 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

  258. 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

  259. 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

  260. 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

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

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

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

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

  263. 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

  264. 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

  265. 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

  266. […] 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

  267. 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

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

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

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

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

  270. Best dictionary i have ever seen.

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

  271. 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

  272. Thanks for the German dictionary!

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

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

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

  274. 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

  275. Hi,

    Does anyone have Norwegian-English? takk!

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

  276. 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

  277. 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

  278. 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

  279. Farsi translation to English

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

  280. 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

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

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

  282. Danke!!!

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

  283. 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

  284. Hey, maybe I am to silly but I can not get the English German on my Kindle.
    I am travelling, so I only have a Netbook for my Calibre Application.
    When I download the file, ist an .htm file – no way to get this on my kindle. I tried to convert it online to mobi or epub but it doesnt work.
    Is there anyone outthere how can help me??

    Comment by Valentin — April 13, 2018 @ 11:04 am

  285. I have the same Problem like Mike. Is there anyone who can help us ?


    Comment by Valentin — April 13, 2018 @ 11:07 am

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  287. Thank you! The German-English dictionary did not appear in my list of German dictionaries at first but then I changed the file name from German-English.mobi to Change the filename from German-English.mobi to B003YL4LVQ_EBOK.azw before adding it to my kindle and then it appeared on my German dictionaries list. All works good now! Thank you!

    Comment by Salma — October 9, 2018 @ 8:58 am

  288. Alguien tiene un diccionario aleman español?

    Comment by fausto — April 4, 2019 @ 12:54 am

  289. Kindle keyboard bought in 2011 still going strong at the end of 2019. Thanks for these dictionaries. Much appreciated.

    Comment by Pete H — November 22, 2019 @ 4:16 am

  290. Heyy guys… I AM SO FRUSTRATED… I have downloaded data from dict.cc for a German-România dictionary…I have tried to generate the dictionary using tab2opf.exe but it doesn’t work.. I do not have any programming, scris knowledge… I have a Kindle Paperwhite and I need a German-Romanian dictionary. Could anyone help me please?

    Comment by Paul — February 2, 2020 @ 1:11 pm

  291. This is perfect on my kindle 4 reader. thank you!!

    Comment by lesley — February 24, 2020 @ 9:22 am

  292. My Kindle 5th gen did not recognise the German-English dictionary. I set a tag (501 (CDE type) – EBOK) with Java Mobi Metadata Editor. It does not show up in the list of books but I can select it as a dictionary.

    Comment by Daniel — May 16, 2020 @ 11:55 am

  293. Thank you very much for the dictionaries! They instantly worked on my kindle wp63gw (7.th generation with wifi and touch). I simply copied the needed dictionary via usb (no calibre used) to the kindle and it got instantly recognized – great!

    Comment by ydmidy — April 2, 2021 @ 8:46 pm

  294. Hello! I would like to download the Afrikaans to English dictionary for Kindle, so that I can install it on my Kindle. When I click on the link of the dictionary however nothing happens. Can you tell me what I’m doing wrong and how I can download the file Afrikaans-English.mobi?
    Thank you!

    Comment by A.S. Seyffert — June 12, 2021 @ 9:20 pm

  295. Thanks for sharing the detailed steps and the effort put into it. I found this to be extremely informative and helpful, thank you…

    Comment by NetDroid Technology — August 14, 2021 @ 9:42 am

  296. Thank you sooooooo much for the Polish-to-English Kindle dictionary!
    I can’t wait to start reading “The Witcher” in it’s original language and brush up on my birth language.

    Comment by Joanna Berry — August 26, 2021 @ 10:31 pm

  297. Thanks for sharing the detailed steps and the effort put into it. I found this to be extremely informative and helpful, thank you…

    Comment by Tekrevol — October 27, 2021 @ 10:13 am

  298. Hi,
    the german-english is missing quite a lot of words. Is the TinyLex dictionaries getting any bigger i.e. would it make sense to re-run the script and update the mobi file?

    Amazing work, thank you so much!

    Comment by Jukka — November 12, 2021 @ 8:08 pm

  299. You are wonderful, thanks! The German dictionary I had was no good , this option is miles better.

    Comment by P Riemann — March 4, 2022 @ 8:55 am

  300. Looking for an English to Norwegian translation dictionary. I saw a response in the comments, but couldn’t click through to get the answers. Thanks in advance.

    Comment by Boof — February 13, 2023 @ 1:53 pm

  301. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Comment by Kenneth Fair — January 8, 2024 @ 11:05 am

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