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I want to have both english and german prediction and auto correction at the same time for the stock keyboard (Jelly Bean here).

My use case:
Multi-tasking between english and german domains on my tablet where I both need the keyboard (e.g. Google Talk with my german friends and editing/answering questions on Android Enthusiasts in english). Problem: I don't want to switch off prediction/auto-correction nor do I want to switch to an alternative keyboard. At the moment I have to manually switch between en/de keyboards when I switch tasks (from Google Talk to the browser and back). This is annoying. I don't mind the keyboard layout (QUERTZ or QUERTY) but would prefer the english one.

How can I have simultaneous multi language prediction/auto-correction in the stock keyboard?

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Thanks, missed that despite conducting a site:local google search before posting. Anyways, there's maybe something one can do on Jelly Bean: Install add-on dictionaries, e.g. for Emoji support (source here). However there's only English (UK) available as an addon yet (I guess it contains additional words only). I'll give that a try. – ce4 Sep 11 '12 at 11:24
These are the supported packs so far: English (US) Emoji for English words, English - Main dictionary, English, English (UK), Hrvatski, Cestina, Nederlands, Emoji pour mots francais, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Norsk bokmål (Norwegian), Portugês (Brasil), Portugês (Portugal), Pyccknn (Russian), Español (according to XDA) – ce4 Sep 11 '12 at 11:39

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The stock keyboard in Jelly Bean (4.1 or 4.2) does not support multiple languages simultaneously. However, SwiftKey, a third party keyboard, supports advanced predictions with up to three languages simultaneously.

SwiftKey Official Website
SwiftKey on Google Play

Note that SwiftKey is a paid app. You can find the non-trial versions of the application in the Play Store. If you are looking for Swype-like functionality, note that an upcoming version of SwiftKey also includes it.

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Is this still the only available solution for a simultaneous multi language keyboard, presently? – jj_ Aug 29 at 15:40

I don't know how to use them simultaneously, but yes, you can have 2 languages. Make sure the second language is installed under settings. Then under keyboard make sure you tick the setting an extra key should appear when using multiple languages. Then when you are typing, let's say in whatsapp or so, go to your menu and tick the box of the second (installed) language under settings and voila, an extra button appears next to the space bar and on the space bar you see which language you are using.

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This is how I solved this problem on my HTC One:

Go to Settings-> Languages and Keyboard.

On this list is a "Swype" setting that shows it's set to "Swype". Not informative. But press your finger on it anyway.

Bam! The most useful menu that I never knew existed appears. You can add a language that will be in use simultaneously with your primary language. Spelling correction and word prediction comes up for both languages. Espanol was on there by default, there was an option to download more languages.

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Solution to multiple and simultaneous languages on Motorola DROID RAZR and Android version 4.4.2:

Settings; Language and input; KEYBOARD & INPUT METHODS; Default; Android Keyboard - you see the 'option' menu selection to the right. Tap it. Input languages sub-menu displayed. Select 'Input lanaguages' to list the languages available and those you want enabled. In the same Input languages sub-menu you have multiple options including Add-on dictionaries which if you select it you can see which are installed or not.

Operation: When entering text you will see the language currently selected displayed on the spacebar. And to left of the spacebar you see a 'world' icon used to swith languages to type and voice input and with word prompting and spell check correction.

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This is not simultaneous. – jj_ Aug 29 at 15:41

In Android keyboard settings there is an option to slide your finger along the space bar to change languages.There you can selec the languages you want to use.

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He's not asking how to change language but rather to have two languages simultaneously. – Peanut Jan 8 '13 at 15:17
Yep. I'm a native german speaker and switch to english back and forth frequently (e.g. to contribute here in english while chatting in german on my tab using multi tasking). It's ugly to each time switch the input language or get nasty auto corrections else. I also use lots of english (technical terms) in german, so ideally i'd like to have both languages "active" at the same time. – ce4 Jan 8 '13 at 15:26

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