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3.0 out of 5 stars Only the commonest words - good for beginners, 13 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Merriam-Webster's Italian-English Translation Dictionary (Italian Edition) (Kindle Edition)
Italian to English only and it won't let you search for English text.
If you try, it will take you to the nearest Italian word that matches your word.

It's very easy to make it your primary Kindle Dictionary while you are reading Italian text. (Go to Menu, Settings then Menu again)

A drawback is that you can't instantly jump to the dictionary to search for something. If a word doesn't appear in the dictionary, then nothing appears in the dictionary box on the Kindle so I find myself hovering next to word that does appear in it so that I can search for something like the missing word for myself.

When you are in the dictionary itself, searching is pretty good. As soon as you start typing a word on the keypad, a list of words starting with that letter appear, growing shorter the more letters you type. You then click on the best match to see the translation. Much faster than using the Find button in normal Kindle text search. This lets you look for a similar word so, since the dictionary couldn't read a word which had the 'ne' suffix (venderne), I could go into the dictionary and start typing vend and got to Vendere - to sell - very quickly and knowing that the 'ne' suffix meant something like 'it', I knew the word meant sell it.

This is the best Kindle Italian-English dictionary I've been able to find so far but to get 5 stars it would need 1. to have more translations - it contains only the most common words so eg. ragnatela (spider web) isn't present.
2. (and more importantly, since I often translate old Italian and don't expect it to be in a £5 dictionary) have the ability to let users add their own translations so that they can work like the native translations. Freelang free dictionaries for the PC have managed to include this feature and even allow users to upload their own translations which are checked and then added to the next edition of the dictionary which means that its current free version contains more translations than this one.

I would love to see a fuller version appear never mind the extra cost but so far as I can see, this is the best you can get.

Update: I've dropped a star rating from this because, for a lower price, you can get Lucas Nicolato's offering which has more words (including ragnatela!) and not just the ones you are likely to know anyway.
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