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5.0 out of 5 stars Pronunciation Help, 12 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Franklin EST-5014 14 Language (Speaking) Global Translator (Ger/ Eng/ Fre/ Dut/ Ita/ Pol/ Por/ Rus/ Spa/ Tur/ Jap/ Kor/ Chi/ Ara) (Office Product)
A large part of learning a new language is in learning to understand how to pronounce the words you read in that language.

I am a learner of Chinese Mandarin and as such I need to be able to read Pinyin (a romanized translation of the Chinese characters.)

This piece of technology is essentially like a portable "Google Translate", so when I want to learn a word or a phrase, I look it up on the Translator and push a button for it to speak it in Chinese. The Pinyin and the original Chinese characters are shown on screen along with the English. The language is spoken by a native speaker.

I have read reviews complaining that the sound is tinny, which is true (in some but not all recordings) however, this is more of an aesthetic problem and does not inhibit your ability to understand the pronunciation.

The machine itself is robust and has a nice weight, showing quality. I get the impression that this would survive being bashed about in a bag while traveling.

This would suit people who are into language learning and students of all ages who are learning languages in schools or universities.

To Summarise:
- helps with pronunciation
- sound is tinny, but not a real problem
- robust, sleek design
- small, very portable item
- adjustable volume
- can use headphones comfortably
- native speakers, not robots
- gives original characters as well as romanized language (in cases where this applies)
- nice key pad
- backlight
- adjustable font size
- 2 x AAA batteries included
- easy to work
- works well in combination with a dictionary
- fun learning tool!
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Initial post: 9 Aug 2013 10:27:39 BDT
Wall Flower says:
I would like to update my review by saying that this device was incredibly helpful during my six month stay in China. While I was there, I used various tools to help me speak Mandarin Chinese and this was by far the most handy. Would especially recommend to anyone going to Asia, where pronunciation of language is very unfamiliar and difficult to grasp!
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