I have just switch to a mac recently. Trying to find some thing equivalent to Babylon on windows but haven't found any.

I wonder if are there any good dictionary software which support real voice pronunciation or at least text-to-speech? Other functions like one-click translation is also necessary.


OSX has a built in speech synthesizer which is quite good if you're looking for English pronunciation.

You can open up the terminal and enter the following command:

say "Hello! How are you?"

For dictionary I use the Dictionary application which is shipped with your OS as well. You can import multiple dictionary files into it. Here is a tutorial to do that.

The best part is that you can type + ctrl + d to bring up the inline dictionary in cocoa applications. It's really handy.

  • however, you have to go to the terminal and type a command whenever you need to hear the pronunciation. In babylon, there is a button that you can click on to hear the pronunciation whenever you lookup a word – Chan Van Hong Le May 15 '11 at 8:39

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