Dictionary files for Parley
G.Ohrner at post.rwth-aachen.de
Sun Oct 16 13:19:53 UTC 2016
Today I started playing with Parley, but I'm having a hard time getting it to
I'm using version 2.1.0 with KDE Frameworks 5.28.0 and Qt 5.7.0 from KDE Neon,
so it should be a quite recent version.
Yet I was not able to find dictionaries to start with.
If I use "File -> Download New Dictionaries" I only get an empty "Parley Add-
On Installer" dialog which shows a "Network error. (6)" - whatever that means
and whatever I'm supposed to do about that. My internet connection works fine
while this happens...
Then I Googled quite a bit but I'm only stumbling across dead links. It's
quite frustrating, to be honest.
"KDE parley dictionary" leads to
which suggests to use
This link only leads to a HTTP login dialog without any information about what
credentials I should enter or how or where to obtain them...
Googling for "KDE kvtml download dictionary" leads to
which in turn also references to kde-files.org with now explanation of where
to obtain the required account / login credentials.
This page also directly links to some dictionaries, but most links are dead.
I'm specifically looking for a German / French dictionary, which was not
offered there, so I tried to get an English / French one.
as well as
return "file not found", and most other links seem to do the same.
Manually browsing the file structure at http://files.kde.org/edu/ leads to at
least some of the files, but you manually need to get the idea to tweak the
download URLs - nothing for the casual pure computer user who just wants to
learn a language.
Even with the provided dictionaries, Parley asks a lot of stuff about each
word which I simply cannot answer - the same as when I try to add new words. I
need to choose the type of each word - verb, adjective or noun, and if I
clicked the wrong button I do not seem to be able to revert my mistake...
For nouns I need to choose the gender and also do not seem to be able to
revert a wrong selection.
If I chose correctly I can enter a myriad of information of each word I do not
know a fraction of... That's not Parley's fault, of course, but I had hoped to
get around this by using predefined dictionary files. Apparently, that hope
was in vain.
I then tried to create my own set of training cards and I made the mistake to
press the "Download Grammar" button in "Edit->Languages". This duplicated or
quadrupled the different time forms in the time forms list.
When I tried to delete the duplicate entries - which can only be done one at a
time, you cannot delete all eg. 22 duplicates (French language) en bloc - each
click on delete seemed to remove random entries from the list - sometimes
several, sometimes none, and in any case not directly related to what I
selected... (At least, I could not find any direct relationship between the
entry selected and the entries deleted...)
As I can't believe it's that difficult to actually use Parley, I'm thinking
that I'm doing something massively wrong - but I'm not sure what my mistakes
Do you have any suggestions how to get started?
Meanwhile I somehow managed to get my "time forms" lists clean again and will
now just try to enter basic word lists and see if I can somehow use that for
training until I have any better alternative. :)
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