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  1. What is dict.cc?
  2. What do abbreviations like "{m}" or "coll." mean?
  3. What do the numbers on the search results pages mean?
  4. How can I report an error?


  5. How can I suggest a new translation?
  6. Where can I find information about the vocabulary trainer?
  7. Voice output doesn't work. What can I do?
  8. Voice output keeps repeating. How can I stop that?


  9. How can I make the search field in the toolbar remember to use dict.cc?
  10. I forgot my nickname or password. Can you help me?
  11. The password you sent me doesn't work! Why?
  12. Is there a possibility to use dict.cc on my iPhone?


  13. Is there an offline version of dict.cc? (dict.cc without internet connection)
  14. How can I report spam by registered users?
  15. How can I report inappropriate ads?
  16. The ads cover the search field: How can I solve that?


  17. Cooperation requests: Who can I talk to?
  18. Can I integrate dict.cc into my website or link to it?





1. What is dict.cc?

General and contact information can be found here: About/Extras and Users/Paul
For information about the vocabulary maintenance system see Contribute/Introduction.

2. What do abbreviations like "{m}" or "coll." mean?

See the guidelines for dict.cc. The most important abbreviations are explained there.

3. What do the numbers on the search results pages mean?

The numbers on the search results pages signify the importance of each translation, as determined by statistical information from the online vocabulary trainer.

4. How can I report an error?

This is the standard way of reporting an error:
  1. Use the regular dictionary search to find the entry in question.
  2. There's an info button [i] next to each entry. Click it to open the context menu.
  3. Choose "Correct a mistake" from the menu.
  4. Use the following form to correct the entry, explain the change using the comment field.
  5. After saving the entry can be found in the vocabulary maintenance system, waiting for further review by other users. Every user can participate in this process, even unregistered users. Registered users however have increased voting powers, depending on their voting history.

5. How can I suggest a new translation?

To add a new translation, please use the input form at the bottom of most pages. In case there are more than 1000 suggestions waiting for verification, you can only add a new one after logging in and reviewing one entry posted by another user.
Please don't send input suggestions to the maintainer of dict.cc, unless you're able to provide excellent and easily verifiable source information (links)!

6. Where can I find information about the vocabulary trainer?

See my.dict.cc/help.

7. Voice output doesn't work. What can I do?

Voice output is based on Javascript and Flash. By default both is enabled on most systems. However, sometimes the Flash plugin is missing. In this case please download and install it.
Other possible problems are deactivated Javascript or Flash being blocked by ad blocker or Flash blocker software. In this case please adjust your settings. Sometimes a program like Norton Internet Security causes problems - please disable it for testing purposes if the other hints don't work.

8. Voice output keeps repeating. How can I stop that?

This problem is most probably caused by the RealPlayer software. Try the following:
  1. Start Realplayer.
  2. Select Tools - Preferences - Download & Recording.
  3. Uncheck "Enable Web Downloading & Recording", then click OK.
  4. Close all browser windows.
  5. Open up a new browser window to see if it works.

9. How can I make the search field in the toolbar remember to use dict.cc?

  1. Click the triangle next to the dict.cc logo.
  2. Select Toolbar Options - Additional Settings.
  3. Uncheck "Always revert to default search engine", then click OK.
  4. Choose "Translate" from within the search field.
  5. This should now remain set.

10. I forgot my nickname or password. Can you help me?

There's a link "Forgot login data" located in the login window. By entering the e-mail address you used for registration you can request an e-mail notification containing your nickname or password. When requesting a password, a new one will be generated each time you request it, so if you were impatient and submitted the form several times, you will receive several mails with only the last one containing the valid password. If you haven't received a mail a few minutes after your request, please check your spam folder or filter settings.

11. The password you sent me doesn't work! Why?

There are several possibilities:
  1. Using Copy & Paste you included some whitespace characters by mistake.
  2. You mixed up the characters "i", "j", "l" und "1" (or some others) when typing in your password.
  3. You submitted the "forgot password" form multiple times and didn't take the password from the last mail.
  4. The password is correct, but the nickname isn't - this happens more often than you think! In this case see the previous question.

12. Is there a possibility to use dict.cc on my iPhone?

There's a small-screen online version of dict.cc: pocket.dict.cc and an offline iPhone application by the name of dict.cc.

13. Is there an offline version of dict.cc? (dict.cc without internet connection)

For personal use the vocabulary database of dict.cc can be downloaded for free as a text file. There are several programs for different operating systems that can read and use this file. All of these programs were written by third parties, I currently don't indend to write software for offline use, at least not in the near future.
For more information please visit the download page.
In case of questions regarding any of these programs, please contact the respective software authors!

14. How can I report spam by registered users?

To report a user visit the respective user page (http://users.dict.cc/username), then click the link "Report this user" (only visible to logged-in users). If three different users vote for deactivating the account in question, this is done automatically. Paul will then check this afterwards.

15. How can I report inappropriate ads?

Most ads that appear on dict.cc were not selected by the maintainer of dict.cc (Paul), or by any other individual. Dict.cc uses Google's AdSense program which automatically selects ads from the Google advertising pool based on some kind of algorithm developed by Google. That's why Paul doesn't even see the same ads as you do.

Still, if you see inappropriate ads on dict.cc, you can do something against it. It's always possible to block certain ads based on the URL advertised. Depending on the type of ad you can either see the URL (link) below it or you have to click it, then copy the link from the browser's address bar. Send it to Paul and make sure to describe what's wrong with it. Allow up to one day for the removal information to be sent to all the ad servers.

16. The ads cover the search field: How can I solve that?

No common browser does this by default. Every time this has been reported, the problem was caused by add-on software like an ad blocker. So please check, disable or add an exception for dict.cc to the following programs, if you use them: ad blocker, flash blocker, internet security software, javascript blocker or other software that modifies the rendering of web pages.
And by the way: Yes, ads are annoying. But without them, dict.cc would lose its only source of income. Who would pay for the servers and manpower needed? If the majority of web users would use ad blocking software, dict.cc, like most of the free services on the web, would either require payment or just die.

17. Cooperation requests: Who can I talk to?

If you want to cooperate with dict.cc, please do not call. Instead, send an e-mail to paul@dict.cc and please make sure to include a tangible suggestion. Thank you!

18. Can I integrate dict.cc into my website or link to it?

Yes, you can choose from several options:

  1. Links: Links to dict.cc are allowed and very welcome. If you want to display the logo, you can either use a screenshot or build the logo yourself using the text "dict.cc" and the following stylesheet information: Verdana, bold, italic, color: darkorange (FF8C00)

  2. Search field: You can use the following code to integrate a dictionary lookup form into your site:
    <form action="http://www.dict.cc/" target="_blank"><input type="text" name="s"><input type="submit"></form>
    Of course the design of the form is completely up to you.

  3. Translation Box: That's a small box featuring a search field and displaying three translations for each keyword. The complete mini dictionary is contained in your site, so your users won't have to leave it. Use Google Gadgets For Your Webpage to integrate it or just integrate it via iFrame. The SRC attribute for the iFrame should be http://syn.dict.cc/dcc-gadget.php.

  4. Complete result list using frames: Integrate the search field from section 2 into your site, change the action attribute to http://syn.dict.cc/ and the target to the name of a frame or iFrame on your site. This will display the whole dictionary result list without dict.cc-specific header and footer parts. dict.cc's logo does not have to be shown, but the built-in advertisement has to be visible and clickable without restriction of any kind. You can also link the regular version of dict.cc into a frame on that condition.

All the linking and integration methods mentioned here can be used for free and without having to ask for permission. Maintainers of websites receiving more than a few million page views per month should however please notify me in advance to avoid possible performance issues (paul at dict.cc). Short notes from other website maintainers (after integration) are also very welcome, just because it's interesting to see which sites link to dict.cc.
Server-side processing of any kind is not allowed, currently there is no API available or planned.
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