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I'm looking for a simple application or tool that enables me to quickly translate a selected word (for example when reading a pdf or document).

I know there are several applications that offer translations but I'm rather looking for just a small tool that completely runs in the background and uses the notification system for a quick translation of a selected word when a certain hotkey is pressed.

Especially German - English, English - German would be great.

Thank you very much for your help!

Lots of greetings

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Checkout Stardict

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You may find German dictionary from the main site. Or from this http://cihar.com/software/slovnik/

To install stardict, you may install from software center or running this command:

sudo apt-get install stardict

After you install stardict and dictionary click on the setting icon on the bottom and define selection key like the screenshot shows:

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Selection translation looks like this on pdf: enter image description here

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Thank you very much for this descriptive and helpful response. It is just what I've been looking for. (As soon as I'm able to upvote I will) :-) –  Jonathan W Jan 13 '12 at 21:26

Found that hotkey function in Stardict works quite unreliably in Ubuntu 14.04

Alternative is GoldenDict:
Install via the software center or sudo apt-get install goldendict


Select word -> Ctrl + C + C
(it should be enabled by default, otherwise check "Preferences")

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