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.


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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? Oct 1, 2012 at 4:53
  • no, there isn't any Oct 5, 2012 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? Oct 12, 2012 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?? Sep 27, 2012 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 Sep 27, 2012 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 Sep 27, 2012 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' Sep 27, 2012 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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