Our bilingual dictionaries usually provide the most precise equivalent terms between two languages that you can find, for any two languages that have NOT been paired by human editors. For a pair like Spanish-Portuguese, you should seek a professionally curated source. For most language pairs, however, Kamusi's concept-based alignment will give you the most accurate results available anywhere. This is because we start by lining up a term in Language 1 with a term that people have already determined to mean the same thing in English or another language in our system, and then bridge that to terms that speakers of Language 3 have associated with the same meaning. Contrast this method to Google Translate and other multilingual "translation" services, which makes guesses about the meaning you are looking for between Language 1 and Language 3 based on the spelling of their favorite English translation from Language 1, and you should find that Kamusi's term-to-term results are much more reliable.
However, Kamusi is not perfect, and we advise you to use our bilingual dictionaries with caution. Specifically:
Much of our initial data is derived from WordNet projects for a variety of languages. Some WordNets are excellent, while others contain questionable data. Some contain more than 100,000 terms, while other have only a few thousand. Many of the WordNets contain words, but not own-language definitions, which reduces their clarity. And some of the English terms and definitions need fixing. We have systems developed to improve and expand the data, which we will roll out as we can pay to manage them, but keep in mind that the data you see is a starting point, not a final product.
Results are shown in no particular order. Do not assume that results that appear higher on your screen are better than those you have to scroll down for. We provide the English equivalent definitions, and the own-language definitions when available, so that you can make an intelligent decision about which result most matches the meaning you are looking for. As often as not, your best answer will be at or near the bottom.
The English definition might not really capture the meaning of the term in matched languages. Languages do not line up perfectly, so many given equivalents are the closest approximations, rather than exactly parallel ideas.
For the moment, we are only able to show the "canonical" form for most concepts. That is, we do not give you plurals, or verb conjugations, or other rich data. Kamusi is designed to give you linguistic data at the molecular level, but we cannot currently afford to make the full system available to the public.
These are the languages for which we have datasets that we are actively working toward putting online. Languages that are Active for you to search are marked with "A" in the list below.
•A = Active language, aligned and searchable
•c = Data 🔢 elicited through the Comparative African Word List
•d = Data from independent sources that Kamusi participants align playing 🐥📊 DUCKS
•e = Data from the 🎮 games you can play on 😂🌎🤖 EmojiWorldBot
•P = Pending language, data in queue for alignment
•w = Data from 🔠🕸 WordNet teams
We are actively creating new software for you to make use of and contribute to the 🎓 knowledge we are bringing together. Learn about software that is ready for you to download or in development, and the unique data systems we are putting in place for advanced language learning and technology:
Our biggest struggle is keeping Kamusi online and keeping it free. We cannot charge money for our services because that would block access to the very people we most want to benefit, the students and speakers of languages around the world that are almost always excluded from information technology. So, we ask, request, beseech, beg you, to please support our work by donating as generously as you can to help build and maintain this unique public resource.
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