Egyptian Arabic Dictionary

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Mac OS X

Note: This app is written in Java and requires the Java Runtime Environment. If you don't already have this on your computer, you can download it using the link below.

The Mac OSX app is more than just a dictionary: it is an extensive set of learning tools for students of Egyptian Arabic. It contains:

  • a powerful search facility, so that you can find an English or Egyptian word even if you are not sure how to spell it
  • a conventional dictionary, with English or Egyptian words in alphabetical order
  • a thesaurus, which lists words with similar or related meanings
  • a vocabulary learning tool to help you to learn and remember new words
  • a pronunciation tool to improve your pronunciation
  • a tool to help you to learn to read and write arabic
  • an introduction to Egyptian Arabic grammar

The dictionary is stored on your computer, so you get an instant response to queries, and you don't need an internet connection to use it.

There are recordings of all words and examples: the app can download the sounds as required, or you can download all of the sounds for a language so that you get instant playback, even when you don't have an internet connection

Using the search facility, you can type in a word (maybe with spelling mistakes) and get a list of the words that are closest to the word that you entered. you can search for Egyptian words in arabic writing or in european writing.

Click on a word to see full details of the word, its meanings and an example sentence.

Click one of the buttons to hear somebody saying the word form or example.

Click on a meaning to display full details of the word that you clicked on and its meanings

The dictionary gives you a list of words in alphabetical order.

The thesaurus provides listings of words with similar meanings

For verbs, you can also get a full listing of the perfect, imperfect, bi-and ha-imperfect, imperative and participles.

Click on a syntax keyword (eg noun) to go directly to the corresponding section of the Egyptian arabic grammar. The guide to Egyptian Arabic grammar is built into the app.

You can add useful words to your personal vocabulary list, then use the vocabulary learning tool to help you to learn and revise them

You can browse through over 1,500 example sentences. If you touch a word in the example or the translation, you will see full details of the word. The app also highlights the corresponding word in the other language.

You can learn to read the arabic alphabet- in just ten days!

Then you can practice listening to, reading and writing arabic words until you can do it perfectly.

You can improve your arabic or english pronunciation: listen to words containing a group of letters or a phoneme, then record yourself and compare with the correct pronunciation.

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Version 2.01

This version fixes bugs with database and sound updates.

Version 2.01

This is the first version that is designed specifically to run on the Mac. It is almost identical to the Windows version, apart from Mac user interface features like putting the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Main Features

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Dictionary formats

Online: use it on any computer, tablet or phone that has a web browser

Android: app for Android phones and tablets.

iOS: app for iPhone and iPad

Apps for Windows, MAC OS/X, Linux

Kindle eBooks for dictionary, thesaurus and grammar

PDF: dictionary, thesaurus and grammar

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