Lingo: A Simple Dictionary for Ubuntu Linux

If you’re looking for an extremely powerful dictionary application that can be used in Ubuntu, then due to ease of use and awesome features, GodenDict is an excellent tool and is one of my personal favorites as well.

But then again, if you have simple needs, then sometimes GoldenDict does feel like a bit of a complex tool and requires some decent amount of your system resources to run too.

In that sense, if you’re searching for, like the most simplest and easiest to use dictionary application that can be used in Ubuntu Linux, then you might wanna try “Lingo”. It’s designed by the Elementary OS developers and is still in active development (I think).

It’s written in Vala (a somewhat new computer language), doesn’t need a lot of your system resources to run and loads pretty fast too.

Only if I knew about “Lingo” before choosing the nam… 😉

Main features …

*. It’s extremely simple and if you’ve used Elementary apps before, then like many others, this one also doesn’t have a menu-bar.

*. Zoom in/out text.

*. Enable/Disable the sidebar.

*. Bookmark words.

*. A simple search box. They say the app uses various sources to fetch data. It may not have all the answers, but it’ll try to pull out something! ;-).

That’s it!.


As said before, it’s still under development (I think) but the thing is, other than not displaying the pronunciation characters correctly, it worked quite nicely in Ubuntu 11.10.

If interested, you can install the sexy looking “Lingo” 😉 in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot and 11.04 Natty Narwhal (other versions are not supported, :/) by first adding two Elementary PPA projects into your package manager.

1. For that, please use the below commands.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:elementary-os/daily

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:nemequ/sqlheavy

sudo apt-get update

2. Now enter the below command to install the dictionary.

sudo apt-get install lingo

You can easily launch it by searching for “lingo” in the Unity desktop’s Dash. That’s it, enjoy!.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

4 thoughts on “Lingo: A Simple Dictionary for Ubuntu Linux”

  1. Thanks for the tip. I tried installing Lingo following instructions on the Elementary OS web site but was unsuccessful. Following your instructions did the trick.


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