Word processing software (such as Microsoft Office) often have "proofing tools" available for different languages, including spell-checker, dictionary/thesaurus, grammar-checker, and hyphenation rules.
These can be useful language learning tools, but remember they are neither fail-safe nor fool-proof: ultimately, you must try to understand and determine the correct language usage.
(Note: before you can start composing documents, you'll need to set up your computer to type in your new language. Hover your mouse over the "Getting Started" tab above for help with that.)
On Windows, you can use Microsoft Office to type in right-to-left text direction languages, like Arabic and Hebrew. See the box below for more details about using proofing tools, such as spelling and grammar check, in Office for Windows.
However, on a Mac, Microsoft Office does not have built-in support for right-to-left text direction. Instead, you have a few options:
Microsoft Office for Windows offers proofing tools in a greater number of languages (37); however, not all of the languages are included when you purchase Office. (The languages included with your copy of Office depend on where in the world you purchased it.) See the instructions below to "Check which language packs are installed on your computer." On most Windows computers at MHC, we have installed the following proofing tools:
If you would like to use the proofing tools for a language not in that list, please contact the Language Resource Center. We are able to install additional languages on the LRC computers.
The proofing tools in Office are used the same regardless of language. For example, if you have automatic spell-checking turned on, Word shows the red squiggly lines underneath possible misspelled words, or you can choose to run the spell-checker manually. For the spell-checker to work in another language besides English, you just need to make sure that your text is marked as that language:
There is an option in Word that can cause this problem. Try turning it off: