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    hi,

    i don't know if this was discussed already, but i've tried to search for it and found nothing.
    is there a way to change the built-in dictionary language? maybe to the same as the keyboard?

    i'm struggling to change mine to portuguese, but i haven't found yet how to do it...

    thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pivale View Post
    hi,

    i don't know if this was discussed already, but i've tried to search for it and found nothing.
    is there a way to change the built-in dictionary language? maybe to the same as the keyboard?

    i'm struggling to change mine to portuguese, but i haven't found yet how to do it...

    thank you.

    br,
    pivale
    have you tried changing the keyboard and see if it changes? that would be the only way I think..
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    I would assume it changes with the keyboard. I wouldn't think an american dictionary would work with a keyboard of another language. Since all I know is english, I have never tried this.
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    yes. i type in italian on my phone and this works:

    settings - general - keyboards - international keyboards - add portuguese. when you tap the globe button on the keyboard the phone will then switch into a portuguese keyboard/dictionary for autocorrect, ect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nycfly View Post
    yes. i type in italian on my phone and this works:

    settings - general - keyboards - international keyboards - add portuguese. when you tap the globe button on the keyboard the phone will then switch into a portuguese keyboard/dictionary for autocorrect, ect.
    thanks for letting us know this now if the question ever comes up I will know
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    Default Re: built-in dictionary - language different than english

    There is a way to install multiple languages on the built in dictionary, I added Japanese and Spanish, but I don't remember how and I have been looking everywhere!!! It's driving me nuts!
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    Just add the keyboard for that language as described above by nycfly. This will also allow you to use the voice dictation feature to speak in that language for dictation. Super nice if you switch between multiple languages regularly.
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    Switching the keyboard language works for spellchecking for BASIC iOS functions and Siri but NOT in APPS such as Pages or for real dictionary functions in APPS such as iBooks. I am specifically interested in finding a way of integrating an Italian dictionary. I assume that iPads sold in Italy must have these functions. Why would there not be a way for multi-lingual people to access or load alternate dictionaries? Does anyone know about this?
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    Default Re: built-in dictionary - language different than english

    Quote Originally Posted by rajala View Post
    Switching the keyboard language works for spellchecking for BASIC iOS functions and Siri but NOT in APPS such as Pages or for real dictionary functions in APPS such as iBooks. I am specifically interested in finding a way of integrating an Italian dictionary. I assume that iPads sold in Italy must have these functions. Why would there not be a way for multi-lingual people to access or load alternate dictionaries? Does anyone know about this?
    Full Text Translator, Language Translation | Free Translations from Dictionary.com

    Also, a quick search of the App Store for an Italian dictionary yielded several results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajala View Post
    Switching the keyboard language works for spellchecking for BASIC iOS functions and Siri but NOT in APPS such as Pages or for real dictionary functions in APPS such as iBooks. I am specifically interested in finding a way of integrating an Italian dictionary. I assume that iPads sold in Italy must have these functions. Why would there not be a way for multi-lingual people to access or load alternate dictionaries? Does anyone know about this?
    Apple doesn't allow integration with 3rd party apps, so there's no way to look up words in a dictionary app from within iBooks. When you first set up your iPad you get to choose your language - only one. Apple is an American company, and you know the old joke:

    What do you call someone who speaks two languages?

    Bilingual.

    What do you call someone who speaks three languages?

    Trilingual.

    What do you call someone who speaks one language?

    American.

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