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Sambahsa Dictionary for Windows, Mac and Linux

Page history last edited by Mundialecter 3 years, 3 months ago

 

Now you can install a free Sambahsa dictionary on your computer!

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The Latest Dictionary Files

 

Here are the latest Sambahsa dictionary files which you can download and use with your favourite dictionary software:

 

 

For installation instructions, see below.

 

Screenshots

 

For example, here is GoldenDict on Linux:

 

 

GoldenDict can also be installed on Microsoft Windows.

 

If you are a Mac OSX Lion user, you can use the Mac OSX Dictionary:

 

Doing so allows you to see definitions of words in the Safari web browser simply by right-clicking a word and choosing "Look up <word> ":

 

 

 

Installation Instructions

 

Microsoft Windows

 

  1. Download and install the free GoldenDict program from here: http://goldendict.org/download.php
  2. Download the Sambahsa-English dictionary in StarDict format from here: Sambahsa-English-StarDict.
  3. Unzip (extract) the file you downloaded in step 2; this will create a directory with the same name as that file but without the .zip extension.
  4. Start up your GoldenDict program, and choose "Edit -- Dictionaries" then click the "Add" button. Select the directory you created in step 3 (select the actual directory folder, not the files inside it) and click the "Open" button. Finally click "Okay". The Sambahsa-English directory is now loaded into your GoldenDict program and you can go ahead and start using the dictionary.

 

Alternatively, you can use the Sambahsa-English dictionary in StarDict format with any dictionary software which can import StarDict dictionaries.

 

Depending on which dictionary software you choose to use, you may be able to get pop-up definitions in some (but not all) applications by right-clicking, double-clicking, using a keyboard shortcut, or even just hovering your mouse over a word. This works with GoldenDict and older versions of Microsoft Word on Windows. To get the pop-up definitions working on your computer, try experimenting with the GoldenDict settings under the "Preferences" menu; go to the "Scan Popup" tab and check "Start with scan popup turned on". The following screenshot is from the Linux version of GoldenDict:

 

 

 

 

Mac OSX Lion

 

  1. Download the Sambahsa-English dictionary in Mac OSX Lion Dictionary format from here: Sambahsa-English-20120420.dictionary.zip
  2. Unzip (extract) the file you downloaded in step 1; this will create a file with the same name but without the .zip extension. 
  3. Start up the Mac OSX Dictionary program (by clicking "Dictionary.app" in your Applications folder)
  4. In the Dictionary program, select "File -- Open Dictionaries Folder"; a Finder window will open, showing you the dictionaries you already have installed (each dictionary is represented by a file ending in the .dictionary extension)
  5. Copy the sambahsa-english-dic.dictionary file (which you unzipped in step 2) into your dictionaries folder (which you opened in step 4).
  6. Quit your Dictionary program.
  7. Restart your Dictionary program. Your Sambahsa-English dictionary is now loaded into you Mac OSX Dictionary. You will be able to right-click words to get convenient pop-up definitions in Safari and some other applications (this does not work in Firefox).

 

Alternatively, you can use either the StarDict format or the Mac OSX Lion Dictionary format files in any dictionary software which supports one or both of those formats. For example, the dictionary file also works reasonably well with TranslateIt!. GoldenDict is not available on Mac.

 

 

Linux

 

  1. Install the free GoldenDict program using the package manager appropriate for your flavour of Linux (search for "goldendict"). Contrary to the advice given on the GoldenDict website, there is no need to compile from source; binaries appear to be widely available.
  2. Download the Sambahsa-English dictionary in StarDict format from here: Sambahsa-English-StarDict-20120420.zip
  3. Unzip (extract) the file you downloaded in step 2; this will create a directory with the same name as that file but without the .zip extension.
  4. Start up your GoldenDict program, and choose "Edit -- Dictionaries" then click the "Add" button. Select the directory you created in step 3 (select the actual directory folder, not the files inside it) and click the "Open" button. Finally click "Okay". The Sambahsa-English directory is now loaded into your GoldenDict program and you can go ahead and start using the dictionary.

 

Alternatively, you can use the Sambahsa-English dictionary in StarDict format with any dictionary software which can import StarDict dictionaries.

 

Depending on which dictionary software you choose to use, you may be able to get pop-up definitions in some (but not all) applications by right-clicking, double-clicking, using a keyboard shortcut, or even just hovering your mouse over a word. This works with GoldenDict and Firefox on Linux. To get the pop-up definitions working on your computer, try experimenting with the GoldenDict settings under the "Preferences" menu; go to the "Scan Popup" tab and check "Start with scan popup turned on":

 

 




 

 

How to Make Your Own Dictionaries

 

The following instructions are only for those who wish to create their own dictionaries containing new definitions. For example, if you speak German you might wish to create a Sambahsa-German dictionary yourself by typing up a few hundred definitions of the most common Sambahsa words. These are also the instructions which should be followed to release a newly updated version of the Sambahsa dictionary to the community.

 

To make your own Sambahsa dictionary, create a plain text file with one definition per line, in the following format:

 

Headword     Definition

 

The gap between the headword and the definition should be a single tab character (not spaces).

 

For example:

 

ablehnc     divert ( vtr ) ( a projectile )

ablinekw     abandon, desert (vtr)

abnegation     abnegation (sb )

abnormal     abnormal ( adj )

abnus     ebony wood

 

 

If you wish (but this is not necessary) you can put :: before the Definition and after the tab. This just aids with reading the source file:

 

Headword     ::Definition

 

For example:

 

ablehnc     ::divert ( vtr ) ( a projectile )

ablinekw     ::abandon, desert (vtr)

abnegation     ::abnegation (sb )

abnormal     ::abnormal ( adj )

abnus     ::ebony wood

 

 

Save your plain text file once you have finished adding entries to it.

 

IMPORTANT: make sure you only have one definition per line. Do not put multiple headwords on the same line.

 

Next, use the free StarDict-Editor utility to convert your plain text file into StarDict format (which is a directory containing three files: *.dict, *.idx, *.ifo). This utility is freely available (in the Fedora Linux package manager simply search for "stardict-tools"; a version for Microsoft Windows is here). To use the utility, go to the "Compile" tab, click the "Browse" button, select the directory which contains your newly created StarDict-format dictionary, ensure that "Tab File" is selected as the input file format, and finally click "Build". (Note: GoldenDict is recommended, rather that StarDict, for use of the dictionary.)

 

For Windows and Linux users, that's it! You're finished.

 

You can now import your newly created StarDict-format Sambahsa dictionary into GoldenDict as per the installation instructions above.

 

For Mac OSX Lion users, there is one more easy step which is required.

 

Use the free DictUnifier utility to convert your StarDict-format Sambahsa dictionary into Mac OSX Lion Dictionary format (*.dictionary). To do so, simply start up DictUnifier and then drag-and-drop your StarDict-format Sambahsa dictionary onto the small DictUnifier window. This automatically converts the dictionary and installs it into your Mac OSX Lion Dictionary. You can now enjoy using your new Sambahsa dictionary!

 

The above instructions can also be used to create a dictionary for any language (natural language or constructed language).

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Comments (1)

Mundialecter said

at 2:55 am on Apr 16, 2012

Dank spollay Robert !

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