I think that the best open source off-line dictionary is Stardict. It’s absolutely free, it’s very user friendly and, of course, it supports a huge amount of dictionaries which allow to translate words and phrases into many directions.

Few will deny that there is no better Russian-English and English-Russian dictionary than Lingvo, but shame on it’s developers — it’s for Window$ only. This problem can be solved rather simply by using Lingvo dictionaries with Stardict… Here are links for EN-RU and RU-EN dictionaries:

http://rapidshare.com/files/45302592/Lingvo11_EN-RU.tar http://rapidshare.com/files/45303408/Lingvo11_RU-EN.tar

I use them by myself at my Ubuntu laptop and they are very easy to install. Just install startdict by command sudo apt-get install stardict (for Ubuntu and Debian) or yum install stardict (Fedora, CentOS, RedHat etc.). The unpack them into /usr/share/stardict/dic and restart Stardict. Here are results:

Stardict and Lingvo dictionaries




  1. August 26, 2007  8:36 pm by Steven Reply

    I'm looking for a converter for Lingvo version 9 dictionary files to stardict. I see your's were made from Lingvo 11. Do you know of anything that would convert Lingvo 9 format dictionaries?



  2. June 9, 2009  12:48 am by Alex Reply

    Actually Stardict works very well with Lingvo dictionaries on Linux. The issue is that the voices, festival and espeak, sound disgusting. Somebody likes, maybe, not me. I like the words to be pronounced in a nice way. So, I made Ivona Telecom Jennifer demo ( http://www.ivona.com/ ) work for me withing Stardict this way:

    1. Open Preferences --> Sound
    2. Check TTS Program and
    3. Paste the following command:

    echo %s > /opt/ivona_telecom_demo_jennifer-1.2/text.txt & /opt/ivona_telecom_demo_jennifer-1.2/say

    Where "say" is a bash script located in the "/opt/ivona_telecom_demo_jennifer-1.2" directory:

    cd /opt/ivona_telecom_demo_jennifer-1.2/
    ./ivonacl_jennifer -l libvoice_us_jennifer8s.so -f text.txt say.wav
    /usr/bin/mplayer say.wav

    Note: for all that to work you will need:
    1. An Ivona Telecom Voice for Linux (I use Jennifer, but any suitable, not only a demo version, you will have to purchase one for that, if you need) - http://www.ivona.com/voices.php
    2. mplayer


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