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Franklin Electronic Publishers BES-1890 Speaking Spanish-English Dictionary


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  • Portable, Speaking Spanish-English Dictionary
  • Improve your reading, writing, and understanding of Spanish or English
  • Over 5,000,000 total translations and 4,800 example phrases
  • Includes phonetic spelling correction feature, grammar guides, and verb conjugations
  • Hear words and phrases pronounced accurately
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  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 1 inches ; 5.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000P6H85Y
  • Item model number: BES-1890
  • Batteries 2 AAA batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 15, 2005

Product Description

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The BES-1890 Speaking Spanish-English Dictionary from Franklin Electronic Publishers is a handheld language learning device that can help anyone improve their reading, writing, and understanding of Spanish or English. Inside you will have instant access to over 5,000,000 total translations and 4,800 example phrases. You can hear all these words and phrases spoken at the touch of a key.

This unit also includes Franklin's phonetic spell correction feature along with grammar guides and verb conjugations so you can write or speak with confidence. Whether you're just learning Spanish or English, the Talking Spanish-English Dictionary will help you hear words and phrases clearly, pronounce them accurately and communicate effectively at school, home or work.

Product Description

Learn to speak Spanish and English like a native with the Franklin Speaking Spanish-English Dictionary. New features include a Merriam-Webster Dictionary with 274,000 definitions and 4,800 commonly-used phrases in both Spanish and English recorded in human voice.

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Customer Reviews

Phrases: You can only get pre-programmed phrases after going down rather long selection trees.
R44chopper
The major drawback is that it can not translate idiomatic phrases neither you can hear any sound(spoken)of a word combined with another one.
Diane E. Das
I recommend it highly for anyone with a beginning or intermediate level of Spanish who will be visiting a Spanish speaking country.
Jim Whitehead

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

87 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Traveling Jack on January 12, 2008
I've had this dictionary about a month and a half and the few reviews I could find prior to buying it were not overly positive. But I bought it anyway and couldn't be happier with it. It is intuitive, very fast, and translates almost all the words I have entered. I have used it almost every day since I am attempting to move up from a high beginner to a strong intermediate in Spanish by month's end.

I have been in Buenos Aires for 11 days, with 20 to go, taking a 3 week Spanish course in a language school. I am in a low intermediate class and we have homework assignments and lots of exercises and speaking each day. I use the Franklin dictionary constantly when I don't know a word or need the equivalent in Spanish. The best part about the little computer in my opinion is the conjugations.

I have had and will have more class lessons in conjugations, so far only the present tense. When I am stuck on an irregular or any other verb I enter it into the dictionary, hit the conj key and bingo, aqui esta. Successively hitting the conj key takes you through all the tenses in all persons. While my classmates are fumbling around with their Spanish-English translation books, I have the verb, its meaning, and have already conjugated it, if applicable. It's my favorite feature and really helps me to learn the verbs and their forms.

The negatives are the rather poor audio for some of the translations (not all) and the fact that the screen is not backlit, although I have had absolutely no problem seeing it in normal or even somewhat low light.

I use it in restaurants here in Buenos Aires while I'm waiting or eating and can practice Spanish by inputting words or reading and translating phrases.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jim Whitehead on September 7, 2009
Summary: This is a rugged, highly functional English-Spanish and Spanish-English translator that has worked flawlessly for me over the eight months I have owned it. I recommend it highly for anyone with a beginning or intermediate level of Spanish who will be visiting a Spanish speaking country. The most common negatives raised in the comments are true: spoken word quality is poor (but volume is fine), and the screen is not backlit. In my daily use of the translator, I have not found these to be a problem at all.

I am an American who is currently living near Madrid, Spain for a year. I have a low intermediate level knowledge of Spanish. As a result, I frequently find myself running into unknown words I see on food packaging, menus, advertisements, newspaper articles, etc. The ability to whip out the translator and quickly get a translation is invaluable, and I now make sure I have the translator with whenever I leave the house. I would replace it instantly if I were to lose it.

There are two big advantages of this translator over a small pocket dictionary (which I also have). First is speed. Almost always I can look up a word faster using the translator than using the dictionary. Second is looking up conjugated verbs. With a dictionary, you need to know (a) that the word you're looking up is a verb conjugation, and (b) what the root verb is. For irregular verbs, or more advanced tenses, this can be a challenge. Type in "tuve" on the translator and you get "tener". Look up "tuve" in the dictionary and it's not there. In a similar vein, the translator will suggest a long list of possible words if you misspell a word (great for typing in a word you heard on TV).

That all said, this unit does not replace a full dictionary, which can provide more subtle shades of meaning.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By R. Purvis on October 15, 2007
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Received this product a few days ago and my daughter (who is a sophmore in High School) says it helps her learn Spanish. Overall, I found the product a little expensive once I had it in my hands. I was not able to turn the volume up very loud. I even saw my daughter putting it to her ear to hear the words. Second, it did not have a Backlite for ease of reading. To read the words on the screen, you had to put it under a light. For the amount of money it cost, I assumed it would have that.

On the good side, it does come with many applications. She was able to put her vocabalary words in the unit and it would help her spell and translate each of them.

Overall, I am a little disappointed with the product. The sound could have been better and a backlit LCD would have been an improvement. However, as long as my daughter is happy with the product and she is using it for her Spanish class; then I am happy and will not tell her how disappointed I am with it.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 29, 2007
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I bought this unit before there were any reviews written. I figured I would take a gamble since this is the BES-1890 (i.e. has a higher model number than the rest). There are some good features of this model and there are some bad features. I will skip these for now though and report on one feature that is an absolute showstopper:

There is a bug in the hardware that repeats the first line of anything written in italics. This is really really annoying and is very common. I have no idea how this made it past Q&A.

For example, I have the unit in front of me now. I type in "arte" into the Spanish dictionary. Here is what I get:

arte nmf (usually m in singular, f in usually m in singular, f in plural)
1: art <artes y oficios: arts and crafts>

The part in parenthesis sounds confusing doesn't it? That is because it is writing part of the line and suddenly starting over again. I would say that I encounter this in 1 out of 3 words I look up.

This bug is enough of a reason to stay away from this product. If I knew this before I bought it, I wouldn't have.
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