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When you write a message in Pidgin, you rightclick on the input and you can choose from Languages menu in which language you write. What to do when there is no language you want in the menu (in Debian)?

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On the Pidgin site you can read that Pidgin will use any of the GtkSpell dictionaries you have installed:

But I was confused when I searched the packages list with aptitude for gtkspell, because I only found libgtkspell, no packages with particular languages. The secret is these packages names begin with myspell-, for example to install Polish language do:

sudo aptitude install myspell-pl

I restarted Pidgin and new language was available on the list.

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