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An Electronic Italian Dictionary (Electronic Dictionaries Vol. 2) (Italian Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Lucas Nicolato
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This dictionary (Italian-English only) is intended to help the student by providing short definitions for most words, even when found in inflected form. Some of the dictionary's main features:

- Configurable as Kindle Primary Dictionary.
- More than 400,000 entries, including verb conjugations and inflected nouns and adjectives.
- Promotional price: the best Italian dictionary for the lowest price.

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Intructions to configure the Electronic Italian Dictionary as Kindle Primary Dictionary (Kindle 2, 3, Keyboard):

1) Purchase it in the kindle store and wait until it is downloaded to your kindle
2) Press the Home button
3) Press the Menu button
4) Use the 5-way to underline ‘Settings’ and press 5-way to select
5) Press the Menu button
6) Use the 5-way to underline ‘Change Primary Dictionary’ and press 5-way to select
7) Use 5-way to select this dictionary, then press 5-way to select it, when it’s underlined.


Intructions to configure the Electronic Italian Dictionary as Kindle Primary Dictionary (Kindle 4):

1) Purchase it in the kindle store and wait until it is downloaded to your kindle
2) Press the Home button
3) Press the Menu button
4) Use the 5-way to underline ‘Settings’ and press 5-way to select
5) Press the "Next Page" button until the "Dictionaries" option is shown on the screen.
6) Use the 5-way to underline ‘Dictionaries - set’ and press 5-way to select
7) Use the 5-way controller to underline the language (Italian) and press the 5-way to select it.
8) Use 5-way to select this dictionary, then press 5-way to select it, when it’s underlined.


Once the dictionary is select as Kindle Primary Dictionary you can, while reading any text in Italian, check the meaning of a word by moving the cursor to the word with the 5-way button.

You can also change back the Default Dictionary to the English-English one or any other you own by following the instructions above.


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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By S. J. Williams TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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This must be the third Italian-English Kindle dictionary I have looked at and confess to being even more impressed with this than with the Merriam Webster, which I thought was good, even at nearly £5. However, this is MUCH bigger, and consequently contains a great many more entries and more complex/subtler definitions and, currently, is less than half the price.

The earlier reviews are right in pointing out the problem of getting translation of words preceded by say "l', del'," etc. This IS a problem when reading an Italian text on the Kindle as, to get the definition, one has to go into the dictionary as main text to find the word - in the world of Kindle ease, that is an inconvenience. However, those reviews seem to have missed something regarding their other key complaints relating to infinitives plus pronouns (eg chiederla, farsi, dirmi, mangiarlo all of which are included).

For those who need convincing of the process for this particular function:

If you use the dictionary with an Italian text on the Kindle and place the cursor next to an infinitive/pronoun compound (eg attraversarlo) it gives "attraversarlo Verb - compound of attraversare and lo;" click on 'return' for 'more', you get a page with that explanation at the top, plus other variant forms below. Use the 5 way to scroll down one line to 'attraversare' and you get "attraversare Verb - to cross, to go through, to span;" etc. (To be clear: you do NOT have to scroll through pages and pages of text - the process is very quick, far quicker than handling a hard copy.)

Similarly with non-infinitive verb forms in a text eg "erano".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works for me..... 19 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I know some reviewers have had some issues with reliability on the Kindle 4 but I've just downloaded it to mine and so far it's worked very well. I have only tried it with Italian texts ("Il gatto con gli stivali" and "Corriere della serra" for the Kindle) but so far it is exactly what I've been looking for. Following the directions on the product page I've set it as my default dictionary and, when the cursor is directed to a word, the English translation appears. Perfect!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little Cumbersome 28 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love the fact the my Kindle knows of its own accord that I'm reading an Italian book and automatically selects the correct dictionary.

But ... it's a little cumbersome. If you click on a word that is a part of another word it takes you to a definition of that part (e.g: "volta" = "second-person singular imperative of voltare". You then have to click the cursor to the word whose meaning you need (e.g. "voltare"), or hunt around in the dictionary for that word (which may be as many as 12 pages away). And at times the definition isn't that helpful ("voltassero" = "conjugation of voltare" - well, which conjugation, please?).

I'm sure that someone could work out how to make this simpler, so that one could click directly to the meaning of the word.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value 25 Aug. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a seriously helpful dictionary for reading Italian text. It has an impressive number of entries and certainly beats the more expensive Merriam-Webster hands down since it doesn't stick to the words you are most likely to know anyway.

It even manages words with eg. ne added to the end although, like all dictionaries in baulks at having instant access to words that start with l'. I don't find this an enormous problem since I just find any other word on the page which does appear in the dictionary, press the symbol button which opens the actual dictionary itself and then look up the word I originally wanted to find.

For those with lazy thumbs, you may object that conjugations or plurals of words will display only the main word without its translation necessitating a press of the symbol key to let you look up the main word within the dictionary but you will bless the ability to find conjugations when trying to look up an irregular verb.
This is an incredibly convenient reference book and could justify a higher price than its current. (In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the author decides to reprice this at some stage, so if you are thinking of getting it, I would act soon.)
PS. I was getting bogged down with having to look up the root of a conjugated word eg stizze is defined as the plural of stizza - but I've just found that instead of having to turn to the word stizza in the dictionary, I only have to put the cursor next to the word stizza within the definition of stizze and the translation will appear. Further thumbs up!
PPS. One unfortunate drawback with this is that that if I have another Italian Dictionary on my kindle, this one won't remain my Primary Dictionary, how ever often I set it. I actually have to archive the other dictionaries if I want this one to remain my prime dictionary. A great pity!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There are now at least three Italian dictionaries available for the Kindle. All can be used as primary dictionaries (you highlight the Italian word you are unsure about and your Kindle provides you with the English translation) and all share some common faults. These faults are an inability to understand a word with "l" in front of it (eg l'astronave = the spaceship) and a similar inability to understand a verb infinitive with a pronoun attached (chiederla). It seems that I am not alone in finding this a disappointment - see the excellent review above by DrPenn. Until these issues are addressed I cannot see myself giving any dictionary the full 5 stars.

Where this dictionary differs from the one I used previously on my Kindle is the file size - a massive 14MB here against 1MB on the other one. This allows for a vastly greater number of translations and, just as importantly, a vastly greater explanation of each translation. So, for now, 4 stars, and I hope to be reviewing a dictionary with these issues addressed in the near future so that I can award the full 5 stars.

Edit 27 April 2012. I have now bought a Kindle Touch. Whilst my comments above still hold good for the Kindle Keyboard, this dictionary does not work AT ALL with the Kindle Touch. If you look at the Product Details for this item, you will see it says "Language English". As a result, you can only install this as a default ENGLISH dictionary. Not much use, really. For use with the Kindle Touch I found that Italian-English Dictionary (Italian Edition) works much better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Kindle dictionary should work seamlessly, and this has too many...
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Published 2 months ago by Marius Gabriel
5.0 out of 5 stars A great help!
For the price this is a very good, if quite simple, dictionary. Works well on Kindle. Enables me to read Italian texts very quickly now, with great ease - and my understanding of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Number 16
4.0 out of 5 stars ... enjoyable rather than a chore - so quick & easy to look up a word...
Makes reading Italian novels on the Kindle enjoyable rather than a chore - so quick & easy to look up a word without distracting from your reading.
Published 4 months ago by M. E. WILLIAMSON
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This dictionary did not find basic words I was looking for. I wouldn't recommend it to people with rudimentary Italian.
Published 6 months ago by KMcA
2.0 out of 5 stars Limited
Only Italian - English, not vice versa, so limited use. Only basic words. Gives English equivalen, but not examples of use.t
Published 6 months ago by Christine
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Great as a dictionary but doesn't seem to function as a primary dictionary on my kindle
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I can hardly wait to make full use of this extensive Italian dictionary. Not only is it completely up-to-date, it is also easy to use.
Published 13 months ago by stephen Walsh
1.0 out of 5 stars Dooes not work with the windows rt app
Very disappointed. After reading a review in the U3A magazine it appeared to be ideal but, as with other users it did not work with my setup
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I didn't realise when I bought it that it would automatically spring into action when I highlighted a word in the Italian reader I had also bought. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Its good but ...
... when you highlight a verb on the Kindle Paperwhite it often tells you kindly that it is the third person single of the verb (so and so), which is nice, BUT it does not tell you... Read more
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