Sanskrit Dictionary

Disciplines: Grammar and Language Study, South Asian Studies
Curator(s): John McIntosh, South Asian Studies Editor
Started: Dec 1, 2013

Academic Room Sanskrit Dictionary is a premium Sanskrit to English dictionary app developed in the Harvard Innovation Lab. Its massive database provides over one million definitions derived from classical Sanskrit dictionaries by Monier-Williams, Apte, and Macdonell. All words can be searched using a Devanagari keyboard.

Aaron Abbey
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Helping Low-Income Students Attend Top Colleges
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Guy Padfield
Started by: Guy Padfield
iOS Devanagari bug

Hello. For several years (as long as I've tried to use it) the Devanagari font on iPad and iPhone has contained a bug, so arha (for exmple) will always appear as arhe. This means I cannot use iOS for preparing Sanskrit texts. Since the bug affects this dictionary (try looking up arha) I wonder if you could push Apple to do something about it! Thank you. Guy

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Guy Padfield:

Thank you. 

South Asian Studies Editor:

Greetings. Guy. Thank you for brining this to our attention. We will write to Apple and let you know once we have a response.

Jayshree Ravi
Started by: Jayshree Ravi
Ipad app crashes frequntly

I use it regularly on the ipad air (ios 7) but it crashes frequently. Especially with words that have a rru e.g. Mrugah, tarka etc
It just exit the applicatio. This is really disappointing. I am in a Sanskrit class when this happens and everyone just laughs at me for using this


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Dany Lancaster:

 I'm using another app for my Sanskrit class. Last week, I had to write my essay for me on Sanskrit linguistic peculiarities and I found 36 with the app. It's called SanskritLang (SL). It's also called SaLa by students.

South Asian Studies Editor:

Thank you for your feedback.  This is a known issue and we have been working on fixing it.  A new release of the app will be pushed to your device in the next few days.  It should fix the problem.  Thank you for your patience.

Arjuna Arnold
Started by: Arjuna Arnold
Problem with Sanskrit Dictionary

I was very excited to learn about your Sanskrit Dictionary. I was very disappointed when I was unable to get it to work on my iPad. I type a Sanskrit word into the search field, tap the return key and . . . nothing. The screen remains black, unless I tap the area immediately below the search field, in which case the app quits.
I have installed and am using the Hindi keyboard. I tried restarting my iPad. I deleated and redownloaded the Sanskrit Dictionary, but it still doesn't work for me.
I am using iOS 6.1.2 on an iPad 2.
Any suggestions?

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Arjuna Arnold: That makes sense. Fortunately I also have the Sanskrit Dictionary on my iPhone. That's the one I usually use to avoid changing keyboards all the time.

South Asian Studies Editor:

Greetings. The dictionary will be upgraded once a stable release of iOS 9 is announced. We have no plans to upgrade it for the beta version since it is not stable.

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