In Mountain Lion the OS X internal dictionary that you can fire up by right clicking a word, or by using the dashboard widget, seems to have gained at least one new language: German. Since German is my main language, but I also read a lot of English texts and website, I'd like to switch the dictionary languages on the fly. How can I do this?
jtbandes' method is great if Apple includes the language that you desire to switch to, but note that you can also download external dictionaries with the ".dict" extension. Here are a couple to get you started:
- dict.cc Dictionary Plugin (German-English)
- English to Latin Dictionary and Latin to English Dictionary
- French Dictionary
Here's what you do once you've downloaded the dictionaries you want:
Navigate to /Library/Dictionaries by doing this: Finder -> Go -> Go To Folder ->
Move the dictionaries from your Downloads folder to
Open up Dictionary and go to Dictionary -> Preferences and select the dictionaries you just added.
You can check out a bunch more dictionaries at this link: http://speedofmac.com/adding_dictionaries.html.
Hope this helps!
It is also possible to change dictionary priority by dragging your dictionary to the top.
And if you need a dictionary not provided by Apple then you can convert other formats to AppleDict as described here.