10 nov. 2008

Verb conjugations shown in Spanish dictionary entries

The conjugations of many Spanish verbs are now shown in the corresponding Spanish dictionary entries. At present, conjugations are shown for verbs with "interesting conjugations": that is, either arbitrary irregularities in one of their stems, or a more typical vowel change (e.g. pedir > pido). Not every tense is shown:
  • the conditional is not shown, as it is completely predictable based on the future tense form (see the grammar sections on the future and conditional tenses for more information);
  • the past subjunctive is similarly predictable based on the preterite, so only the latter is shown;
  • only a single compound tense is shown, namely the perfect (he hecho etc); other compound tenses, e.g. the pluperfect (había hecho), are predictable based on the perfect.
See the Spanish verb tables section of the site for a list of semi-regular and irregular Spanish verb patterns, with accompanying notes.

Any suggestions or corrections to the verb conjugations displayed either within the dictionary entries or within the verb tables are welcome on this blog entry.

2 nov. 2008

Text accentuation tool

A simple text accentuation tool is available on the Español-Inglés site that allows you to add accents to a piece of text where you wouldn't normally be able to type the accents very easily. The tool is particularly aimed at adding accents to Spanish and French text, though various European languages are supported.

The tool uses a similar system to the Spanish translation tool, so that sequences such as the following are converted:

The tool is implemented as a widget that you can embed in your own web page, blog, MySpace page etc. See the accentuator widget home page for more details.