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Franklin DBE-1490 Merriam-Webster Spanish-English Dictionary

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  • English-Spanish dictionary with 5,000,000 translations in your pocket
  • Includes translations of conversation phrases and examples of word usage
  • Large 8-line display for enhanced visibility
  • Includes monolingual Merriam-Webster English Dictionary
  • Measures 5.14 x 0.53 x 3.92 inches (WxHxD)
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Product Description

Communicate effectively with access to 5 million translations to and from Spanish at your fingertips Plus you get over 274000 English definitions for quick language reference. Patented phonetic spell correction lets you enter words as they sound and receive alternatives for misspelled words. Also includes grammar guides and quizzes verb conjugations word lists and examples of how words are used so you can speak with confidence. Large 8-line screen offers added visibility includes protective lid. Requires two CR-2032 batteries (included). Reference Type: Dictionary Thesaurus Display: Eight-line display Display Type(s): N/A Display Characters x Display Lines: N/A.Unit of Measure : Each

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The Franklin DBE-1490 Merriam-Webster Spanish-English Dictionary is the perfect companion for the business person working often with Spanish-speaking clients, or for the student learning the basics. The DBE-1490 puts 5,000,000 translations at your fingertips, including conversational phrases and along with 4,000 examples of word usage. A large eight-line screen displays all the information clearly, reducing strain on the eyes, and a protective lid is included to prevent scratches.

The Franklin DBE-1490 also contains the Merriam-Webster Dictionary with more than 274,000 English word definitions. A phonetic spelling correction feature lets you enter words phonetically. Also included are grammar guides and quizzes, verb conjugations, and word lists for help with correct usage. Games and learning exercises help you keep your language skills sharp; a crossword puzzle solver helps you when you get stuck in a crossword puzzle. The Franklin DBE-1490 Spanish-English dictionary runs on two CR-2032 batteries (included).


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000FL4IKM
  • Item model number: DBE-1490
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2003

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Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

221 of 221 people found the following review helpful By Kelley Wilkinson on December 9, 2003
I have to admit, I was very hesitant to order this product after reading some of the reviews. I was seriously considering finding the older 1440 model, because one of it's reviews was so positive. But I called Franklin and talked to one of their techs, who convinced me to buy this. I'm so glad he did. My husband and I are serious Spanish students (study several hours per day),and are planning to move to Mexico. We also have several Mexican employees. The 1450 is ideal for us. It is really meant for Mexico, and South America, not Spain. It tells you when a word is appropriate for a certain country. What I love about it is that nearly all the words I have ever looked up for translation have been available, with very good definitions. Also it corrects spelling errors. More importantly, with many words that have variable meanings, it gives examples of sentences to show how variable the meaning can be. This has been invaluable for us, since the tendency in learning a language is to try to translate quite literally, which is often inappropriate.
(Example: Caer;
1:to fall, to drop
2:to collapse
3:to hang down
4:caer bien - to be pleasant, to be likable<me caes bien: I like you>
5:caer mal or caer gordo: to be unpleasant, to be unlikable
6:caerse:to fall down)
In the past, I would have been tempted to use 'me gusta' to say I liked someone; however, this would have implied I had amorous feeling for them (oops!) Who would have guessed?
This info can also be found in the book, 'Breaking out of Beginner's Spanish', which is also highly recommended, but the electronic translator keeps it right at your finger tips.
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109 of 109 people found the following review helpful By LEE on August 26, 2006
The DBE-1490 is a very pleasant surprise for me. I've had the DBE-1440A and DBE-1450, but the DBE-1490 is alot more user friendly. I believe this model is the replacement for DBE-1470. I've never used the DBE-1470 so I can't make a comparison between the two.

The DBE-1490 is slightly larger than the DBE-1440A and DBE-1450. They have the same thickness and length, but the width is about 3/4-inch longer. If you're a guy, it's probably too big to stick in your front shirt pocket. The dimensions (my measurement) are 5-1/8 inches x 3-7/8 inches and 3/8 inch thick.

The operation and features of the DBE-1490 are similar to Franklin's other non-speaking Spanish-English dictionary. It has verb conjugations, grammer guide, conversational phrases, my vocabulary list, games & learning exercises, phonetic spell correction, SAT word list, TOEFL word list, crossword puzzle solver, and a English monolingual dictionary.

My major complaints with previous Franklin models are the keys are too small, the keys tended to stick so you had to really apply pressure to get it to register, and the display screen is so small that you always have to scroll down to read everything. The added width of this model allowed Franklin to use bigger and more responsive keys and, best of all, a BIGGER display screen.

This model does NOT have a slot for the Franklin Bookman Card. I've never used a Bookman Card so not having this feature was not important to me.

This model uses two lithium batteries CR2032. This is what my other Franklin models used. I believe recent Franklin models like the DBE-1470 uses AAA, but the downside is that they are bulkier. The upside is that AAA batteries are easier to find and cheaper.
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92 of 92 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 2003
Though there are some small flaws, this is a great electronic spanish-english dictionary. it makes it MUCH easier to read a foreign newspaper, or any other instance when you'd need to look up words a lot faster than the awkward, slow process of using a book dictionary.
Others reviewing this product have said that more advanced speakers should "stick to the book dictionary..." I don't know about that. Only if they're so advanced that they need big, full, dictionary entries explaining every last subtlety! in that case I don't think they would be looking for a pocket dictionary. Basically: if your spanish ability is such that you still find yourself needing to find the word for something, or finding out what a spanish word means -- go for this one. it's good.
strengths:
-- handles the task well -- the interface makes it quick to type in a word and get its meaning, no wasted time dealing with bad menus or anything
-- physical design is good -- they were really smart and made the top cover of the thing have a double hinge so it can fold around the back, very convenient.
-- has some nice built-in games and grammar guides and data/calculator/clock/audio-book functions, none of which I've used much (the games aren't that good. I really wish they had created a built-in flashcard function, so it would just quiz you on definitions that you had pre-selected... they have a "spelling" game which maybe could be used for that function... i don't know.)
-- puts itself to sleep to save batteries-- cool.
-- good size/weight/general convenience. i've used it much.
weaknesses:
--keyboard is OK but could be better... buttons are a bit spongy and don't click in any nice way.
-- would be nice if it was SUPER rapid in its response... but need to wait maybe half a second sometimes for response.
-- games / "quiz me" functions could be better.
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