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Collins Talking Italian-English Dictionary

by Intense Educational
Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • For beginner to advanced, as well as professional and business users
  • Tools for speedy and accurate translation of any text on your computer
  • Over 80,000 words and phrases and more than 120,000 translations
  • Can be used with any other computer application to translate words and phrases
  • Crosswords, Statistics, Shooting Gallery, AudioPad

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

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  • ASIN: B00007KJJZ
  • Release Date: 1 Aug. 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,442 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

This software will be helpful for anyone who needs to use the Italian or English – students from beginner to advanced level, as well as professional and business users who need it at work. Now you can have the highest quality bilingual dictionary always to hand. The dictionary comes with a set of tools for speedy and accurate look-up of any words or phrases on your computer.

Intense Language Office incorporates the very latest computer-based learning exercises which enable you to increase your English vocabulary more quickly than with traditional methods. You can gradually build up your vocabulary using sets of 500 / 1,000 / 1,500 / 2,000 / 2,500 / 3,000 most common words.

Vocabulary
Over 80,000 words and phrases
Over 120,000 translations
The voices of professional native speakers are used in the audio recordings. The variety of settings and levels makes the software simple and straightforward to use. The dictionary can be used with any other computer application to translate words and phrases, as well as for listening to the correct pronunciation of Italian and English words.

Crosswords
Doing crosswords is the best way to increase your vocabulary in no time

Statistics
Your progress is monitored and displayed with helpful graphics

Shooting Gallery
This entertaining and dynamic exercise enables you to not only memorize the words you need but also type them correctly

AudioPad
Practise and perfect your pronunciation with the help of professionals.


Customer Reviews

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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This item offers a basic bilingual dictionary, a very useful AudioPad and some tricky games as well.
By using the dictionary, the first thing that catches your attention is the grey background on which bright words in yellow, blue, green, violet and red lie to be read. All entries have IPA transcriptions in bright green, and a yellow loudspeaker offers their pronunciations. Useful information follow in dark blue.
If you right-click on the loudspeaker, the AudioPad opens. You can listen to the native speaker pronunciation and see the graphics, then you record your voice trying to imitate the given model and see your resulting graphics - and absolutely INTERESTING - you can listen to both the recordings in synchronization and watch the two graphics mixed together for a better view of your speech and rhythm.
If you think to be extremely good at a foreign language, just try the crosswords, but mind you, if you are unable to finish them and you click on the white flag, a voice will tell you how bad you are! So, I'll advise you to start with the "learning mode" where a list of terms appears for you to study - and you not only get their translations, but also their meanings and pronunciations. Once you have studied the list of terms, you are ready to try the crosswords as well as the "shooting gallery," a game where you have to type quite fast the translations of the words shown in green on a blackboard. The software continues to repeat the game till you have memorized all the words. If you do it well, you'll get some applause.
The software recognizes different users, and you can sign in your name to have your efforts memorized and displayed in colourful graphs!
I'll advise all foreign languages students to try it. It's a way to improve their knowledge by means of interesting and quite difficult games.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must for language learners 28 Feb. 2009
I already owned the French and Spanish versions of this product, and the Italian one is just as good.

The dictionary is comprehensive (it contains obscure and even "rude" words you often don't find in other dictionaries). It also has native speaker audio pronunciations of every word. However, the best feature for me is the shooting gallery game.

You can choose your knowledge level, from beginner (which gives you a 500 word vocabulary list) to advanced (3,000 words) or even the entire dictionary. It then comes up as a shooting gallery and you have until the target moves across the screen to type in the translation of the word that pops up (the exercise is usually 15 words at a time). If you don't get a word, it pops up again and you have to get it right 3 times in a row before it stops coming up. It's a fun version of flashcards and it has really helped increase my vocabulary. It's much more fun than reading boring vocab lists and covering up the translations. I play it on my laptop whilst watching TV or on the train.

It also has a crossword generator as another learning exercise which is also very good. For both exercises you can switch between Italian to English, or vice versa.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it! 10 Nov. 2013
By Peter
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I have three of these talking dictionaries and use them regularly. Useful to hear a new word spoken before speaking it myself..
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Failed opportunity 15 Jan. 2010
This attempt by Collins to provide a modern media dictionary has failed.
It is not user freindly, the options are located on the tool tray and not presented as drop down menus
The colour scheme owes more to artistic preferences than practicality typical of Collins language courses
There are no opportunities to change the background colour or improve the contrast
There is no opportunity to change the font size or style
In my opinion this product was designed for the people who designed it and not for the end user
On the upside, this attempt might form the basis of new and vastly improved product.
I bought a copy but reverted to a standard written dictionary
D.
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