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Franklin Merriam Webster Spanish English Dictionary (DBE-1500)

3.9 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews
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  • 5,000,000 Spanish English Translations
  • 4,000 usage examples
  • 274,000 English definitions for quick reference
  • Advanced Verb Conjugations
  • Phonetic Spell Correction
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Now you can communicate effectively with clear, concise definitions and translations from Merriam-Webster. This portable dictionary is chock full of extras, our patented Phonetic Spell Correction allows you to enter words as they sound and the device automatically provides alternatives for misspelled words, SAT and TOEFL word lists, word usage examples, seven games and crossword solver. Build your grammar knowledge with our grammar guides so you can speak and write with confidence.

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Product Dimensions 10 x 7.5 x 2 inches
Item Weight 12.3 ounces
Shipping Weight 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B001WLU1G4
Item model number DBE-1500
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3.9 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2 in Electronics > Office Electronics > Electronic Dictionaries, Thesauri & Translators > Foreign Language Dictionaries
Date first available at Amazon.com September 14, 2004

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The Franklin DBE-1500 is an upgrade / replacement to the DBE-1490. It's a full-featured non-speaking, calculator-like device (fits in a men's dress shirt pocket - barely) that contains the complete Merriam Webster English-Spanish dictionary / Spanish-English dictionary, English and Spanish conjugations, English and Spanish Phrases and the full Merriam Webster regular English Dictionary (a nice added feature). In addition to these core "books" it comes with a number of miscellaneous features such as SAT and TOEFL vocabulary lists, usage examples, English and Spanish grammar lessons and a few learning games (hangman, etc), a calculator, metric-standard measure conversions, and a currency converter (you obviously have to pre-configure the rates). You won't use much of this, but the added features don't get in the way.

The Merriam Webster dictionary isn't the best one out there, but I think it's as good a one as you'll find in any electronic device. The main difference between this and more expensive devices is lack of speech - a feature I didn't really want. (The speaking one is the BES-2150, which is actually a bit smaller.) It does a decent job both of picking up on misspellings and suggesting alternatives and of mapping conjugated verbs back to their root (both of which are shortcomings of hard-copy dictionaries). The user interface is simple and straight forward. The device boots up immediately. You can configure it to use either English or Spanish as the master (menu) language and set the default entry screen (e.g. boot straight to the Spanish to English dictionary). This means looking up a word is very quick and easy - much easier and much much faster than thumbing through a hard-copy dictionary. It has a configurable auto-off power-saving function, which is nice.
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I've used Franklin Spanish-English translators, multiple models, for about 15 years. I have personally owned at least 8 of them; some were lost, others stolen, one is at the bottom of the Amazon river, and one just plain died from too much moisture in the Peruvian jungle. But they were always the best available, and I think they still are. However, that said, I'm disappointed in their current offerings which are all larger and heavier than prior models. Franklin switched from the Larousse dictionary to Merriam-Webster a few years back, and the M-W dictionary is missing lots of common Spanish words that the Larousse version had, including all words that might be considered "adult," or simply vulgar in nature, which can be part of an everyday Spanish vocabulary. This model (the 1500), and all Franklin's recent offerings, have a screen and keyboard "cover" which is superficially appealing because you think it protects the screen, however in reality it just makes the unit awkward to use, especially when you have to open and close the cover thousands of times. That operation slows down use, as compared to their former (and now unavailable) DBE-1470u model, which could easily be used one-handed. But worse in terms of design is the wide-format keyboard, which guarantees that you need to use TWO HANDS to operate the unit (your thumbs) when one-hand operation was formerly an option. Franklin's design team is moving backwards ergonomically and in terms of usefulness every year, which is unfortunate to those of us who knew their older models. I looked at and played with the DBE-1500 model today and put it down in disappointment. You see a lot of good, if not rave reviews here. I believe these splendid reviews are from first-time or light-use users.Read more ›
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This dictionary is great. If I type in a conjugation of a verb, not knowing its root, it automatically gives me the root form and will show its various conjugations. This is what I was wanting. I'm a Spanish-speaking novice so perhaps I'd be more particular if I was advanced, however; I can see myself using this translator as I progress in my studies. Time-wise, it sure beats looking up words in a book.
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This is a great item to have if you are learning spanish either self-taught or taking a class. i'm taking a class and it's really helping me out, of course its much easier to use than looking up every word in the dictionary the old fashioned way. there are even some games on there which are exposing me to new words i wouldn't have thought of on my own -- hangman and guess the word, etc. but keep in mind the technology probably predates our current cellphone and smartphone age - so the keyboard does seem to have a lag between when you press the letters and when it appears - back in the day this wouldn't have been an issue but nowadays this is something people would notice. also, the screen is not so bright - meaning the differentiation between the black of the letters and the greenish of the background is not that well pronounced...however all that being said i still like it a lot - i'd say for the 40-some-odd dollars I paid for it, i think it's worth it. **note you can't write in phrases -you can only write in words...but they respond with entries that put the words in to sentences so you get the idea of how to correctly use them. also, there is another section where you can look alphabetically for a word and just press it to see examples of how the word is used - i find this very helpful.
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