Dialect: An Open-Source Translation App for Linux – It's FOSS

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Last updated September 27, 2021 By 3 Comments
Brief: Dialect is a straightforward app that lets you translate between languages using web services. To explore more, let us take a closer look.
While you can launch the web browser and directly use any translation service to get the job done, a desktop app can sometimes come in handy.
Dialect is a simple translation app that utilizes web services to translate while giving you some extra abilities.
Dialect is primarily an app tailored for GNOME desktops, but it should work fine with other desktop environments.
It lets you quickly translate languages along with a few extra options.
At its core, it lets you choose between Google Translate or LibreTranslate as the translation service.
Even though LibreTranslate cannot come close to Google Translate’s accuracy, featuring it as an option to switch is an excellent addition. At least, for some basic usage, if a user does not want to utilize Google’s services, you have an alternative ready on your desktop.
Along with the ability to switch translation services, you get a few more tweaks:
As you can notice in the screenshot, the live translation feature may get your IP addressed banned from using the service because of API abuse.
I tried using LibreTranslate (as shown in the image above) and Google Translate with the live translation feature enabled, and it worked fine.
Maybe if you rely on translations quite often, you may want to avoid the feature. But, for my quick usage, the services didn’t ban by IP address for quite a few test runs.
It is important to note that you can specify a custom LibreTranslate instance if you want. By default, it uses “translate.astian.org” as the instance.
You may not find a separate translation history section, but the arrow buttons in the top-left corner of the window will let you see your previous translations and the translation settings as well.
So, it works as a redo/undo feature as well.
Dialect is available as a Flatpak. So, you should be able to install it on any Linux distro of your choice. If you are new to this, you might want to check out our Flatpak guide for help.
First, add Flathub repo:
And then install the application:
Once installed, look for it in the system menu and start it from there.
You can also explore its GitHub page for more information.
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What is that theme on Gnome, looks good!
I prefer CrowTranslate (you can find it on github, is multi platform) because i can use it on console.
Interesting to know that!
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