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I am off to try and kill myself through alcohol poisoning next weekend in Munich. Should be fun. I studied German in schule (Ich habe studiert Deutsch im schule) but have not used or really?practised it since so I have been doing some last minute cramming.?One way I have been learning is by programming a command line German conversation tool. A very simple but fun experiment.?

My next plan was to make myself a German to English dictionary. I needed a text file that had x amount of words in the English language and then their translations. I couldn't find that, but I did find a massive text file containing a serious chunk of the English dictionary (I can't confirm if it is completely comprehensive but needless to say it will suffice). My plan was to iterate through each word and hit the google translate api. From that, pick up the translation and then stick the pair in a nice little SqlCe database that I can access from a spare Windows Mobile device I have. I could then write a little lookup app.?

Anyway, it's not really been working up till now and I am also a little hazy about if that sort of carry on would piss google off (I'm thinking they would be pissed) so I have stopped that and am now looking for a nice decent Android app that does the same sort of thing. I have downloaded a couple of free versions first as I want to make sure they don't just call a web service for the translation (I don't want to be stung with monster data roaming charges just because I can't be arsed to carry a phrase book). I'm still pleased with the remote installation feature through the market place, it's a handy feature. You can also see all the apps you currently have installed on the phone. A great improvement would be if you could actually update or remove apps remotely as well, the process of doing both things on the phone can be a little tedious (especially removing and those apps that need manually updating).?

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