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Can I load an Afrikaans language dictionary/pack in LibreOffice?

asked 2015-07-02 15:00:46 +0100

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I am already installed the South African English version. Is there an Afrikaans language/pack available I can add? (Not the User Interface).

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answered 2020-07-02 10:33:18 +0100

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updated 2020-07-02 13:05:46 +0100

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As noted, the LibreOffice Afrikaans language pack doesn't add spell checking (unless I am missing something).

(EDIT) As noted by @ajlittoz: "Spell checking is dependent on hunspell. This application and library is an external tool to LibreOffice." So if your OS/distro supports it, install hunspell (if it is not already there) and the hunspell-af package. If not, below might work for you.

To my surprise, this ancient OpenOffice extension seems to work: (I am using LibreOffice 6.3 on Manjaro Linux).

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answered 2015-07-02 16:00:14 +0100

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Yes, there is a language pack for Afrikaans.

You do not say what version of LibO you are using and which operating system. This advice is for the Linux version, others may differ in detail. If you go to the main Document Foundation website ( ) you can download the LibO version of your choice. Choose the version you need, and then select NEED ANOTHER LANGUAGE. Select Afrikaans and then you will be given the choice of the Language Pack and OFFLINE HELP. Download and install. Not certain how to do the same for Windows and Mac....hope this helps .. Peter

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Despite installing the Afrikaans language pack, there is not spell checking in Afrikaans. I was using LO Still, but have now switched to LO Fresh and it makes no difference. LO on Ubuntu 17.10

Lifeboy gravatar imageLifeboy ( 2018-03-21 10:57:32 +0100 )edit

I see that there is a South African dictionary in the English extension dictionary, a 2012 version. See Is this any help?

petermau gravatar imagepetermau ( 2018-03-26 17:44:57 +0100 )edit

Thanks, but that is English with some South African specific words added, not Afrikaans.

theop gravatar imagetheop ( 2020-07-02 10:31:31 +0100 )edit

Spell checking is dependent on hunspell. This application and library is an external tool to LibreOffice. If you install LO with a package manager (distro dependent -- as already noted you didn't mention our OS), the dependency is in principle automatically managed.

On the contrary, when you compile from source, you must take care of the optional libraries. In this case, you must install hunspell (probably already there if spell checking works for English) and hunspell-af which contains the specific rules for Afrikaans.

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2020-07-02 11:22:07 +0100 )edit

Thanks. I am using Manjaro Linux (I am not OP though) and I have hunspell installed with English spell checking. But I missed that as hunspell-af is not available on Manjaro repos or AUR. Will look into it.

theop gravatar imagetheop ( 2020-07-02 11:41:46 +0100 )edit

Okay I was able to copy the dictionary from the Ubuntu package and I have filed a request with Manjaro to add it to their repo's. Many thanks!

theop gravatar imagetheop ( 2020-07-02 12:46:24 +0100 )edit
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