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curses-based LAnguage TRaINEr
LaTrine is a curses-based LAnguage TRaINEr. It takes a dictionary and asks you
for a word or a phrase, and you try to give the correct answer. You can choose
in what direction LaTrine shall ask, and the selection of the words or phrases
will depend on how often you don't know the correct translation for the
respective phrase. This is a a conventional way to drill yourself in foreign
language vocabulary.
LaTrine provides full UTF-8 support for non-ASCII characters, entering of
digraphs, keyboard mappings for foreign alphabets, as well as right-to-left
input and output, e.g. for Hebrew. The program features several localizations.
LaTrine's upstream homepage can be found at
In addition to this package you need an appropriate dictionary. Writing your
own word list is the easiest and recommended way, but you may also download one
from the internet. The Free Dictionaries Project at
http://sourceforge.net/projects/freedict/, provides dictionaries for about 50
language combinations, which should be compatible with LaTrine. These
dictionaries are also available via the Debian dict-freedict-*-* packages.
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