Merriam-Webster's French-English Translation Dictionary, Kindle Edition (French Edition)
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(80 customer reviews)
You can set this dictionary as your default Kindle dictionary and look up words while reading. The default setting is The New Oxford American Dictionary included on your Kindle, but you have the option to change your default setting to this compatible dictionary after purchase.
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149 of 150 people found the following review helpful.
Essential for reading French as a second language on kindle, despite flaws.
The reviews already posted here are largely accurate -- the translations supplied by this dictionary are short and not as complete as you'd expect from a real French-English dictionary. However larger dictionaries typically cost more than this anyway, so I don't think this should surprise anyone. Also, many forms of words that are in the dictionary will not be recognized by the dictionary in the auto-lookup default dictionary mode (including irregular conjugations and words preceded by l' (eg. l'ombre, as one reviewer pointed out).
There's a lot of room for improvement, and as soon as another French-English dictionary is available that works as a default dictionary, I'd recommend switching, unless the index for this dictionary is improved to address these problems.
However, I'd like to clarify a few things --
First, stemming does work in most cases, and you can look up conjugated forms of most verbs without trouble. I was afraid before I purchased it that I'd only be able to look up singular nouns, infinitive verbs, and masculine adjectives, which isn't the case. This means that most of the time, you'll be able to look up words instantly. This is a *huge* improvement from looking things up in a separate dictionary, which is great for the price. It is of course annoying when a word won't auto lookup, but then you could look it up manually in the dictionary.
My recommendation is this, at least until a better french-english default dictionary is available:
Buy this dictionary. It will *dramatically* improve your french reading experience on the Kindle. It has flaws, but they're not worth worrying about at the price it's at.
If you're an academic or an expert, you'll probably find it annoying sometimes, but still helpful. Buy a better dictionary. But I'd probably also recommend buying this one, if only for the convenience of the auto-lookup feature.
147 of 150 people found the following review helpful.
It works as a default dictionary
By Robert S. Hanenberg
It was easy to make this dictionary the default dictionary on my Kindle 1 (go to "Settings"). But it is a fairly primitive dictionary. For instance, I looked up the words in this line, "l'on effarouche son orgueil; vous le". The dictionary returned entries for "son", orgueil", "vous" and "le", but not for the word I wanted to know, "effarouche." That is because the first person singular form of the word is not in the dictionary. The infinitive, "effaroucher", is in the dictionary, however, and one can find it by doing a global search on the computer for "effaroucher". This is time consuming.
I look forward to a better dictionary (I would pay a lot for a good one), but I will use this one in the mean time.
63 of 68 people found the following review helpful.
Works fine as default dictionary
The previous commenter is mistaken. This French-English dictionary is easily installed as the default dictionary on the Kindle 2, by following the simple directions in chapter 7 of the guide. It only takes a few seconds. (He may have tried in on the Kindle 1.) I've been waiting almost a year to find a F-E dictionary that would work as a default on the Kindle, and it's great that one is finally available. I'm giving this five stars to counteract the mistaken rating of the first reviewer; but it would in any case rate 4 stars. Although it's no "Robert," it works automatically, it recognizes various forms of verbs, and the definitions are clear. There are even use examples. So don't hesitate. This is worth much more than the 6 bucks, and as far as I can see it's the only working F-E dictionary for the Kindle.