FAQ on ABBYY Lingvo for Android

General Questions

What is ABBYY Lingvo for Android?

ABBYY Lingvo for Android is an electronic dictionary for Android mobile devices, which helps obtain a quick and precise translation of a word or an expression. The word or phrase can be translated via standard manual input from the keyboard, from other applications, from the mobile device's camera and from images.

What interface languages does this application support?

The application supports interfaces in Russian and English languages.

Working with the Vocabulary

What dictionaries are available in this program?

About 170 dictionaries are available in the program, 6 of them are included in the application as basic and available for free download. The list includes both general lexical and subject-based dictionaries with different language directions. The convenient interface of ABBYY Lingvo allows to choose and install the dictionaries you need straight from the program.

How to install a set of dictionaries?

To install a set of dictionaries:

  • Go to the Dictionaries/All section in the side menu
  • Choose a translation direction using a language filter
  • Select the desired set of dictionaries
  • Press the Install/Purchase button in the set description

How to install all previously purchased sets of dictionaries?

  • Go to the Dictionaries/All section in the side menu and choose the Install all available in the menu

How to restore a previously purchased set of dictionaries?

  • Go to the Dictionaries/All section in the side menu and choose the Recover Purchases in the menu
  • Select the set of dictionaries in the list and press the Install button

Where can I find Discounts?

  • Go to the Sales section in the side menu
  • Or go to the Dictionaries/All section in the side menu — discount dictionaries are on the top of the list

How to delete a set of dictionaries?

To delete a set of dictionaries:

  • Go to the Dictionaries/All section in the side menu
  • Choose a translation direction using a language filter
  • Select the set for deletion
  • Press the Delete button

How to delete a dictionary?

To delete a dictionary:

  • Go to the Dictionaries/Installed section in the side menu
  • Choose a translation direction using a language filter
  • Select the dictionary for deletion
  • Press the Delete button

What dictionaries have the spoken words option?

English words are spoken in the following dictionaries:
/media/4435/universal.png Universal (En-Ru)
/media/4434/essential.png Essential (En-Ru)
/media/4435/universal.png Universal (En-Fr)
/media/4435/universal.png Universal (En-It)
/media/4435/universal.png Universal (En-Es)
/media/4435/universal.png Universal (En-De)
German words are spoken in the following dictionaries:
/media/4435/universal.png Universal (De-Ru)
/media/4434/essential.png Essential (De-Ru)
French words are spoken in the following dictionaries:
/media/4434/essential.png Essential (Fr-Ru)
/media/4435/universal.png Universal (Fr-Ru)
/media/4435/universal.png Universal (Fr-En)
Spanish words are spoken in the following dictionaries:
/media/4435/universal.png Universal (Es-Ru)
/media/4435/universal.png Universal (Es-En)
Russian words are spoken in the following dictionaries:
/media/4435/universal.png Universal (Ru-De)
/media/4435/universal.png Universal (Ru-En)
/media/4435/universal.png Universal (Ru-Ch)
Ukranian words are spoken in the following dictionaries:
/media/4432/pronouncing.png Pronouncing (Uk-Uk)

NOTE. Only most frequently used words are spoken in these dictionaries.

How to install a sound file for a dictionary?

To install a sound file for a dictionary:

  • Go to the Dictionaries/Installed section in the side menu
  • Choose a translation direction using a language filter
  • Select the dictionary
  • Press the Install button in the Sound section of the dictionary description

How to listen to the word pronunciation?

To listen to how a word is pronounced by native speakers, press a grey button  located next to the word transcription.

NOTE. If the sound file for a given dictionary has not been downloaded, the sound symbol is strikethrough . You will be prompted to download the sound file pressing this symbol.

How to delete the sound file for a dictionary?

To delete the sound file for a dictionary:

  • Go to the Dictionaries/Installed section in the side menu
  • Choose a translation direction using a language filter
  • Select the dictionary for sound deletion
  • Press the Delete button in the Sound section of the dictionary description

Working with the Program: Manual input

How to translate a word or a phrase?

To translate a word or a phrase:

  • Go to the Translation/Text section in the side menu
  • Choose a translation direction using a language filter
  • Start entering the word or phrase you need to find in the search bar
  • Choose the word you need in the sorted list

How to change the order in which translations are presented from different dictionaries?

The order in which translations are presented from different dictionaries is determined by the order of dictionaries in the corresponding translation direction.

To change the order of dictionaries:

  • Go to the Dictionaries/Installed section in the side menu
  • Choose a translation direction using a language filter
  • Select the checkbox for desired dictionary
  • Move the selected dictionary in the list using the arrows above

How to switch off a dictionary, so the translations from it will not be shown in the entry?

To disconnect a dictionary:

  • Go to the Dictionaries/Installed section in the side menu
  • Choose a translation direction using a language filter
  • Select the dictionary for disconnection
  • Choose the Deactivate checked in the menu

Or

  • Click on the switch to the right of the dictionary

How to browse the translation history?

All words translated earlier are displayed in the Search History of the Translation/Text section (in reverse chronological order) if the search box is empty.

How to hide/show examples and comments in dictionary entries?

To hide examples and comments, choose the Hide examples of use in the entry menu. To show examples and comments again, choose the Show examples of use in the entry menu.

How to browse inflected forms?

To browse inflected forms, press the  button in the entry. Press the button again to return to the translation.

How to translate/search a word in a third-party service?

  • Go to the Translation/Text section in the side menu
  • Choose a translation direction using a language filter
  • Enter the word you need to find in the search bar
  • Choose the Translate in …/Search in … in the menu

How to search in the entry?

To search in the entry, press  button and enter the text you need to find.

Working with the program: Video translation (Translation/Video section)

How to translate?

In a video translation mode wait a second while camera is focusing (or use manual focus by long tap) and tap on word.

How can I see the detailed translation?

To view the detailed translation, press the brief-translation area in the minicard.

What translation directions does the video translation support?

Video translation supports all translation directions available in the application, except translation directions where the source language is Kazakh or Chinese.

Why does the application fail to find the translation of any word in the text?

The reasons can be as follows:
1) Incorrectly set the source language – you must reverse the translation direction.
2) Poor shooting conditions – you must provide a good lighting for your paper text, hold your mobile device steadily.
3) The image is badly focused – you must use a manual focus or increase the distance to the text if it is too small.

Working with the program: Images translation (Translation/Images section)

Which translation is shown in the minicard?

The minicard shows the brief translation. This is the first meaning from the top-priority dictionary in the respective translation direction.

How can I see the detailed translation?

To view the detailed translation, press the brief-translation area in the minicard.

What translation directions does images translation support?

Images translation supports all translation directions available in the application, except translation directions where the source language is Kazakh or Chinese.

Why does the application fail to find the translation of any word in the text?

The reasons can be as follows:
1) Incorrectly set the source language – you must reverse the translation direction.
2) Poor quality of the original photo – you must retake the photo. Provide a good lighting for your paper text, hold your mobile device steadily and do not move it until the photo is taken.
3) Incorrectly determined the top and the bottom portions of the text – make sure that in the viewing window the camera icon on the photo button is oriented horizontally.

NOTE. A widget can be installed for quick access to images/video translation.

How to translate a word from other applications (depends on application and Android version)?

  1. Some applications (like Alreader, Cool Reader, Moon+ Reader) provide their own way to translate words with ABBYY Lingvo. Before using this, you may need to apply some specific settings (for example, to select ABBYY Lingvo as default translator), it depends on the application.
  2. For the most other applications you can perform translation with a command in popup menu for selected text. Set of commands depends on application, choose the most convenient one. The only one variant may be available.
    • Tap Translate in Lingvo in the menu (starting from Android 6.0)
    • Tap Share in the menu and then select ABBYY Lingvo in the list of suggested applications
    • Tap Copy (in clipboard) and then translate the copied text with one of two possible methods (they should be enabled in ABBYY Lingvo settings)
      • Text in clipboard is translated when ABBYY Lingvo application gets active
      • Text in clipboard is translated after tapping on special notification placed in notification area as shortcut

Settings

Where can application settings be changed?

All settings are available in the Settings section in the side menu.

What settings are available in the application?

The following settings can be adjusted in the application:

  1. UI language
  2. Theme
  3. Place to store dictionaries: internal storage/memory card
  4. Split screen for lists: switch on/off
  5. Permission to collect impersonal data: switch on/off
  6. News from ABBYY: switch on/off
  7. Font size in the word list
  8. Indicate stress – highlighting or underlining stressed vowels in an entry: switch on/off (for dictionaries with accents)
  9. Translation direction by translating from other applications
  10. Translation of the selected text: switch on/off
  11. Translation from clipboard: switch on/off