Now that the text browser project supports multiple languages at once (and we aim to add as many as possible), it will also be convenient at some point in the hopefully not-so-distant future, to tie in the ability to provide automatic word-by-word translations of the Writings (alongside the official translations), in order for people to both study the source language itself, as well as to be able to get a hint at some of the other connotations of the word in question.
I have already developed a prototype for such translation, but I have not yet received word on whether we have permission from the author/compiler to use the only free dictionary for Persian (and Arabic) that I know of which is out there...I asked for permission from a project which hosts multiple free dictionaries, and below is his reply...
Although I am sure everyone is busy, maybe someone can help with his request for assistance?
Both Arabian and Persian dicts were not created by our project.
Links onto source dictionaries are at:
please use the dictionaries from original projects. Both these
languages are pretty weak in the UD because we do not have
german-xy or french-xy dictionaries to eliminate ambiguity of
You seem like a person who can solve this problem. All we need is
to assign Arabic and Persian words to english definitions/words.
If you would help us to add Arabic and Persian into the UD I
would gladly allow you to use all 47 new dictionaries for both
these languages from the UD. To add entries it takes to fill this
When I replied that I was not fluent in these languages, he replied in part:
Arabic is in disadvantabe because there is only ONE free dict
available. To add entries automatically into the UD I need THREE.
Contributors added many entries but I am afraid to add them
(because I could add incorrect entries). It would be terrible to
have 50 Arabic dicts from UD with errors. World cannot afford
that. I need help with Arabic please help! I do not know any
users who speak Arabic. (the same goes for Persian). It would be
great to mention their language pages at Dicts.info at Arab and
Persian forums. Users do not know that they are very close to
having LOAD of free dictionaries almost without work.
I hope someone out there knowledgeable in either Persian or Arabic (or possibly others) might be inclined to help the free open-source community out by doing something which could provide benefits both for our projects on site here, as well as innumerable others...It is really a shame, I think, that there are no other Persian (and scarce Arabic) free resources out there already...