I want a dictionary or translator that uses or is similar to to Google translation for translating from English to Arabic, vice-versa or between any languages, so, what is the best one? It would be better if this program has an indicator or launcher quick-list.


This one may do the job:

sudo apt-get install artha

The HotKey is Ctrl+Alt+W. You can just select a word in any software and press the Hotkey combination to invoke Artha, its notification/window will then come up with the meaning

  • this Ctrl+Alt+w doesn't work sometime.. what shall i do? – vipin8169 Oct 1 '12 at 4:53
  • no, there isn't any – vipin8169 Oct 5 '12 at 8:53
  • actually i had to manually run artha after the system startup before this shortcut can actually work. Once i have used it without the shortcut it can later be used wit shortcut. how to enable it in startup programs, so that the dictionary runs at startup itself? – vipin8169 Oct 12 '12 at 4:23

I usually use "Gnome Translate" Install gnome-translate for this. It's based on libtranslate, which can use several on-line services (including Google Translate, SYSTRAN, etc.) to translate text.

There is also a commandline version: translate-binInstall translate-bin.


try this one

sudo apt-get install dictd dict-gcide dict-moby-thesaurus
  • these are 3 different dictionaries?? which one shall i try?? – vipin8169 Sep 27 '12 at 7:19
  • i used these three commands and then searched in dash with keyword 'dict'. None of the results that turned up were working??? help plz – vipin8169 Sep 27 '12 at 7:42
  • OMG ..got it. it's a command line dictionary. but i was asking for some GUI dictioary which supports word capture by means of some keyboard shortcuts – vipin8169 Sep 27 '12 at 7:48
  • '$ gnome-dictionary The program 'gnome-dictionary' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing: sudo apt-get install gnome-dictionary' – vipin8169 Sep 27 '12 at 8:16

Artha ~ The Open Thesaurus

This would be my recommendation.

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Google Translate Desktop

You can install Google Translate Desktop, it's written in Java and because of that runs everywhere, it also uses the Google Translator API.

Official Screenshots

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Can be dowloaded here: Google Code - Google Translate Desktop (Last Release: July 28 2012).

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