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I want to Firefox to assume that text may be in a mixture of languages and words should be looked up in multiple dictionaries. (For example, everything in en-GB, en-US, ru, be and be-classic should be consider as good, everything else should be underlined and corrections from all dictionaries should be offered). Is there an add-on for "multi-language spell-check"?

Alternatively, can I merge all dictionaries into one big combined dictionary?

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What Operating System are you on ? –  Studer Feb 12 '10 at 20:56
GNU/Linux Debian (mostly squeeze) –  Vi. Feb 12 '10 at 20:58
I also wish Firefox could do this. Not strictly an "answer," but you could try using Chrome, which does support multiple-language spell checking out of the box: –  Arthaey Angosii Jun 20 '11 at 18:26

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Unfortunately, I don't believe there is an easy solution to this. I use two different languages on a daily basis and the best (not ideal) solution is a combination of multiple dictionaries and an add on such as:

Dictionary Switcher or Quick Locale Switcher

Both of which present their own problems.

Another, less than ideal solution, is:


Whilst it is a translator, it also supports multilingual spell checking.

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I use French and English in almost all of my emails and this is a nightmare.

There is a (quite simple) solution, but you need to hack one of your dictionary: copy-paste the content of e.g. your English dictionary into your French one, I works! As simple as that!

This is how I solved this issue on Mac OS X:

  1. Go to /Users/HERE_YOUR_USER/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles (use Cmd-Shift-G if your Library folder is hidden) then select your profile folder (mine was default.uo0) then the extensions folder.

  2. You will see folders for each of your dictionaries ( and in my case). In each main folder, a dictionaries folder.

  3. Copy the content of the .aff and .dic of one of your dictionary into the .aff and .dic file of the other. Don't copy the first line in the .dic file, it's the word count!

    Warning: in the .dic file, update the word count on the first line. It must be the number of lines of the file minus 1 (the first which is the word count).

  4. Restart Firefox! And now, vous pouvez taper en français et in English in the same text area!

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Just did a cp extensions/* extensions/ here. Didn't seem to work very well. How did you join the files exactly? –  jpbochi Feb 19 '14 at 15:07
I had English and Ukrainian dictionaries (in this order). When I copied Ukrainian into English, it didn't work at all. But when I copied English into Ukrainian, it worked but I needed to remove SET ISO8859-1 before en-gb.aff, otherwise plurals and other forms would be marked. –  oleksandr_yefremov May 7 at 9:13
Bizarre, these dictionary folders are not in my profile folder... –  bart Aug 21 at 20:44

Thanks François, this was inspiring. The corresponding solution in Ubuntu/Linux does the same for the hunspell. I wanted to combine my English dictionary with Hebrew, and what did that was -

cd /usr/share/hunspell
sudo cp he.dic he.dic.bak
sudo cp he.aff he.aff.bak
sudo sh -c 'cat en_US.dic >> he.dic'
sudo sh -c 'cat en_US.aff >> he.aff'

(the sh -c is required since the append>> operation needs sudo privileges also). And of course fix the number of lines on top of the dic file like you said (count the lines using wc -l he.dic.

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