IOS 6 for iPAD Offers French, German and Spanish Dictionaries for Free

Good news for K12 language learners and teachers!
If you have not upgraded your iPad to IOS 6 yet, there is a good reason to do so. The following three dictionaries have been included with the operating system:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

It’s applicable across apps. Highlight the word you want a definition for and a dialog box will pop up asking if you want to download the dictionary (it does not specify what language). Say yes, and the appropriate dictionary downloads.

After the download, highlight the word again and choose “Define” from the menu that pops up.

The definition will appear and you may need to scroll in order to see all the provided information.

My only problem was that I selected several words (maybe 5 words) within different books in my iBook library before I received the dialog box asking if I wanted to download the dictionary. But now that it is downloaded, it seems to be working well.

Take note that there is some other cool stuff in the menu, such as Speak. You can hear the word spoken by choosing “Speak” and then choosing Español (or French or German).

You might also like to do a Search to see where else in the book you are reading the word or form of the word appears.

I’m very excited to have this new feature on my iPad and I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of use out of it. I hope you enjoy it too.

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