13 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2013 6:06 AM by Tom Cole1
Tom Cole1 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

I want the dictionary application on my 10.6.8 mac to be in Spanish. What do I do?


iMac, 10.6.8
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,125 points)

    Let's see if 10.6 is the same as 10.4 here...

     

    To change the language dictionary used by the spell check feature:

     

    • 1. Open an application that uses a built-in dictionary. Mail is an example.
    • Highlight some text...
    • 2. Choose Spelling from the Edit menu, and Spelling from the submenu.
    • 3. In the Spelling dialog box, select the desired dictionary language from the pop-up menu.
    • 4. Close the window.

     

    Note: You must repeat these steps for other applications that use the built-in dictionaries.

    Dictionary spelling.gif

  • Tom Cole1 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    But I mean the Dictionary application. Version 2.1.3 (80.4) It has no spell check. It has Japanese in it that you can select, and you can select Wikipedia in Spanish but all you get are Wikipedia pages instead of a dictionary. I want to add a dictionary.

  • WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 Level 4 (2,175 points)

    In 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion) under preferences in Dictionary you can select also a Diccionario General de la Lengua Espanola Vox.

    I do not know if it is also to be found in previous SOX versions.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,125 points)

    Tom, I'll try to check 10.6 in a few hours if nobody pipes in from/with 10.6

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,125 points)

    Tom, if you have 10.8.x, might try this file...

     

    /Library/Dictionaries/Diccionario%20General%20de%20la%20Lengua%20Española%20Vox. dictionary/

  • Tom Cole1 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Certainly people who buy Macs in Spanish-speaking countries the world over do not get a mac with an English dictionary app. Howdoes one get to the Spanish version of apple.com?

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (45,360 points)

    You choose the language you want when you install (or re-install) the operating system.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,275 points)

    Tom Cole1 wrote:

     

    Certainly people who buy Macs in Spanish-speaking countries the world over do not get a mac with an English dictionary app.

     

    Indeed they did back in 10.6/2009.  The Spanish dictionary was not added until 10.8/2012.  Sometimes you can add them to older systems, but I don't know of a Spanish module for that:

     

    http://m10lmac.blogspot.com/2013/01/adding-dictionaries-to-dictionaryapp.html

  • WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 Level 4 (2,175 points)

    Hi BDAqua.  May I ask you to help me too to understand the Dictionaries - Spell Check and Languages ?

     

    I have an Italian OS.

    In the preferences I have this

    DIZIONARIO.jpg

    The spell check in Pages is in Italian (I imagine only in Italian).

    I have not checked Word since I believe it has its own checker dictionaries.

    In the /Library/Dictionaries/ there is only the OpenThesaurus Deutsch. dictionary no other file

    The spell check in Mail works automatic according to the language in Italian - English - German and probably French (not tested).

    The dizionario Apple is in Italian and only related to words that have to do with Apple OS and computers.

    If I open Language and text preferences I see that the languages I have choosen,  are the ones  thant I find in the preferences of Dictionary.

    But if I open Dizionario.app (Version 2.2.1) I have this :

     

    diz.jpg

     

    and there is no italian Dictionary...

     

    I have opened Preferences Language and Text. Click on Text the Spell Check is set to Auto per Language.. OK

    If I click on Auto per Language the drop down window opens and let me see a list of 15 languages and under "Configura" (Setup) I can select which of the languages are to be used for the Automatic Spell check.

    Interesting is the note under this: To add another Dictionary for spellcheck copy the .aff and .dic files from Spelling Folder to Library Folder.

     

    Well: the Spelling Folder of my MAC/Library is empty. 

    The Spelling Folder in the Library of me as User contains 3 files  dynamic-text.dat    it    LocalDictionary

     

    I have done something wrong in the installation ?

     

    Thanks for your time.

    Walter

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,275 points)

    WALTER-MILANO-ITALY wrote:

    and there is no italian Dictionary...

     

     

    Apple has never provided an Italian Dictionary for Dictionary.app.  Only English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese.  You can ask for more at

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback

     

    Or look for a 3rd party Italian module to add:

     

    http://m10lmac.blogspot.com/2013/01/adding-dictionaries-to-dictionaryapp.html

  • WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 Level 4 (2,175 points)

    Thanks Tom.  GREAT.

    I was so stupid to write such a long message to BDAqua and after posting it my eyes shifted up to your answer to Tom Cole1.... the answer was already there.

    Coming back here your repeted suggestion was already downloaded and installed.

     

    One more exemple one should read carefully all posts before writng.

    My mind was not connected...

     

    Hope BDAqual will not spend time to answer.

    Thanks you both

    Walter

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,125 points)

    Tom can answer these questions a thousand times better than I!

  • Tom Cole1 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    It would appear that I need a different version of Dictionary. I can get a 3rd party diccionary. Thank you all.