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Franklin EST-5114 14 Language Speaking Global Translator

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  • Translate over 2 Million unique words across 14 languages
  • Includes 20,000 headwords and over 1,000 phrases per language
  • Speaks in human recorded voice
  • Meridian-Webster English dictionary (non-speaking)
  • Phonetic Spell Correction (available in most languages)

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Technical Details
Model NumberEST-5114
Item Weight104 g
Product Dimensions12.1 x 7.5 x 2.2 cm
Batteries:2 AAA batteries required. (included)
Manufacturer Part NumberEST-5114
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 138,213 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight363 g
Date First Available20 Jun. 2013

Product Description

Product Description

The EST-5114 features over 2 Million entries to and from 14 languages. Input your words in Pinyin (Mandarin) and Romaji (Japanese) via Qwerty keys. Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Russian translations are displayed in their native characters as well as their Romanized equivalent. EST-5114 also features a high contrast 2.4"color screen that is easy to read in any lighting condition. Toggle easily between Source and Target language for quick input.

The EST-5114 has over 20,000 headwords per language and includes over 1,000 useful phrases so you can quickly find exactly what you are looking for. Each phrase is recorded in clear human speech by a local speaker so you can easily communicate while traveling, or perfect your pronunciation while learning another language. Simply press the “Speak” key on the keyboard to activate the speech function. Along with the translation databases, included is a non-speaking Merriam-Webster English dictionary with over 75,000 definitions. Entries are found using predictive spelling as well as through Franklin's patented phonetic spell-correction. Because words are not always spelled the way they sound, Franklin's unique spell correction analyzes your entries and returns the word that sounds closest to your entry. Entering "Jiraf" returns "Giraffe." Entering "Nolij" returns "Knowledge" or entering “Suttle” returns “Subtle.” Definitions include parts of speech, pronunciations and usage examples to help students write and speak effectively.

Micro USB connectivity to your PC or Mac** enables you to create a personal word list or personal dictionary of up to 500 entries on your computer and download it to the device. Great if you need occupation-related words or phrases (USB cable included).

Additional features for this compact translator include: built-in calendar, calculator, currency/metric converter, local / world clock, alarm countdown timer and adjustable font sizes and volume control specifications.

Travelling to a foreign country and trying to communicate might normally require a companion to interpret … or several books. With this 14 language pocket translator, you become your own interpreter! It’s as light as your phone, highly portable and requires no data plan. Translate 2 million entries faster than you can flip the pages.

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14 Language Speaking Global Translator - EST-5114
Cable for USB Connector
2 x AAA Alkaline batteries
User guide in 14 languages

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I have used facilities like Google Translate and Babel Fish (online translation) to translate in the past.

You type in a phrase and it's translated. Excellent. The only problem is that it's an online service, so unless you have an internet connection it's not available.

I had ... well ... sort of assumed that this beastie might be a "self-contained" equivalent. Type in a phrase, it gets translated. It isn't.

It's a dictionary. It will translate single words, it also has a limited set of set phrases, but that's it. If the phrase you want isn't one of those it in it's memory ... tough.

It doesn't TRANSLATE as such (the way Google Translate does) - it simply looks up in a bi-lingual dictionary and phrase book.

In today's technological universe this is rather poor.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x952fd318) out of 5 stars Mostly good, but could be improved. 18 Jan. 2014
By John Coveney - Published on
Im staying in France for work purposes and needed an electronic language translator. I would have used my iPhone but I would have to buy a local sim, install etc etc, and did not want the agro. This product appears to fit my bill. Its easy to set up, the on-board instructions are clear (you can download and print paper version if needed) and it is easy to learn to use. My three gripes are:
#1 that you cannot enter phrases, only words - so not as good, as say, Google Translate - thus you have to use the stock phrases that are carried in various categories (business, conversing, health etc);
#2 the audio playback for the stock phrases goes too fast for a novice to understand, so not much good if you want to repeat; and
#3 the buttons are titchy and it is easy to input wrong letters, which gets frustrating.

So I think this products is mostly good, but there is room for improvement.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95325900) out of 5 stars An excellent language translator! 26 Jan. 2015
By Philip - Published on
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I am very happy with this product, but was hesitant to buy it at first, based upon the previous customer reviews. I am working towards my master's degree in French, and hope to move to France this year. This is the perfect item to carry along in your pocket when you need a word, or phrase, you haven't learned, or forgotten. Yes, it is small enough to carry in your pocket, but why the previous reviewers state, the text is so small to read, is something I don't understand. When you receive this item, it is factory set at a font you can read, but at the same time you can also increase the font size very easily with one button. Perhaps they did not read the instructions first, as I did. To read the instructions in it's entirety, you simply go to the website as instructed on the Quick Start Guide. There you can read the instructions in it's entirety, or even download it to your computer, as a PDF file. The audio is excellent, and adjustable too. The audio will enable you to say the word correctly. This device will improve my language skills both in the classroom, and in France. I could not be happier with this language translator.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x952be6a8) out of 5 stars Lasted only a few minutes, good voices, tiny text. 25 Nov. 2014
By Von - Published on
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It never turned on again after I used it for the 2nd time. The 3rd time the screen just stayed dark with no response. I had previously used it for only a few minutes both times, so it could not have been an issue of dead batteries. I returned it. It did have very clear voices in both English and whatever foreign language. The font was barely large enough (even at its largest setting) to see the Japanese/Chinese characters enough to practice writing them. FYI: I have pretty good eyesight, especially up-close. It seemed one could only type to look up pre-existing phrases, not to form their own (which I already figured before purchasing, so not automatically a problem) and some phrases I could picture myself needing were not present (that's a problem). Unlike Google Maps, Google Translate is often incorrect, so I can see the value in such a device and I'm sure that not all of them die after 2 2-3 stars. I wouldn't purchase it again at a price of around $100.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95374390) out of 5 stars My eyesight is not good and the screen writing is very small but that's ... 7 Oct. 2014
By A. Cielo - Published on
I didn't buy this translator for use traveling but to help me with the various students I tutor in English. I have only used it with my student who speaks Arabic and so far it's OK. I can't find many of the phrases I want (Shut up, be quiet) and others and that is frustrating, but I can live with it. This translator has every language I need except Karen so it will keep me from having to lug around other paper dictionaries. I haven't tried going from Arabic to English so don't know how difficult this will be. My eyesight is not good and the screen writing is very small but that's what you get if you buy a very small electronic gadget.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94dfad68) out of 5 stars I was really wanting a device that would work like a universal translator 25 May 2015
By James Fulton - Published on
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For intellectual study of any of the languages in the Franklin device, it is okay. You can look phrases and words up and see and hear them.
Unfortunately, I was really wanting a device that would work like a universal translator, in the Star Trek sense. I wanted a device that would translate what I said, on the fly, so that any local shop keeper would understand what I was asking him or her, in his or her own language. I then wanted the shopkeeper to be able to respond, and have the Franklin translate back into English for me.
I guess what I wanted is not available yet. I was hoping the Franklin would be that device, but it was not.
I didn't want to learn how to learn speak a new language the old fashioned way, like we used to have to do in school.
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