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