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1. Franklin BES-1850 Speaking Spanish/English
$170.99 list($179.99)
2. Seiko RM2000 Japanese/EnglishDictionary
$45.99 list($59.99)
3. Franklin DBE-1440 Pocket Spanish/English
$39.29 list($59.99)
4. Franklin DBE-1450 English/Spanish
$45.59 list($69.95)
5. Franklin Spanish/English Dictionary,
$159.95 list($99.99)
6. Franklin BES-1840 Speaking Spanish/English
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7. Franklin B-1100 Speaking Chinese/English

1. Franklin BES-1850 Speaking Spanish/English Dictionary downloadable content capability
list price: $109.99
our price: $86.92
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006IFTL
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 1662
Average Customer Review: 3.11 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Franklin BES-1850 Speaking Spanish/English Dictionary provides you with instant access to 5,000,000 total translations to and from Spanish and English. It also speaks words and phrases, and includes new Touch Panel technology with active keys for easy use. This dictionary is specially designed for all levels of language skill from beginner to advanced, with extra attention given to the Spanish of Central and South America.

The Franklin BES-1850 is more than a dictionary. It also features a built-in Rolodex organizer with telephone book and world clock, and a calculator and metric/currency converter for quick math. You can download e-books and e-news from the Internet with the included PC connectivity kit, and the book card slot lets you access a library of additional Franklin titles. ... Read more

Features

  • Clear, concise full definitions from Merriam-Webster, give you the meanings to communicate effectively
  • Hear words spoken clearly and pronounced accurately
  • Write and speak accurately with the advanced verb conjugation feature, conjugating and translating both English and Spanish verbs
  • Grammar guide includes all essential information on Spanish grammar rules, to help you construct sentences
  • Hear 600 travelers' phrases in recorded human voice, useful for business and leisure travelers

Reviews (9)

2-0 out of 5 stars Sound barely audible
I puchased this unit for my 7th grade daughter. The voice speaking the phrases was so soft, especially on the Spanish side, that we figured we got a broken one right out of the box. Franklin customer service promptly sent me a replacement, and I was shocked to see it has exactly the same problem -- even when the volume is turned up full you can barely hear the voice you are supposed to learn from. I called Customer Service again, thinking they must have heard about this problem before, but they said that must just be how the unit works, and they denied having had a lot of complaints about it. If that's true, I'm really surprised. The speaking function is a big disappointment, from the volume standpoint. I can't really comment on the unit otherwise, but I am quite disappointed by this Franklin product.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good source dictionary
After using this device for a year, I did get my money's worth. It is true that the display is sometimes difficult to see in indoor light, but the backlight does work well. The voice is not the most elegant sounding thing I have heard, but it is functional.

What makes this product great is that the dictionary is comprehensive and well written. I find the Spanish verb conjugator extremely useful.

What makes this product bad is its slow speed. If you misspell a word or want to look at the third page of a conjugation list, it can take over 5 seconds to get your results.

The screen is bigger than previous Franklin models, but it is still too small for comfort

I use my Franklin with the Webster Dictionary card. I find it useful having two dictionaries in a small package.

The serial cable that hooks up to a computer is not particularly useful, and seems more like a gimmick to me.

The product is a lot faster and more convenient that a hard copy dictionary, but it still needs a lot of improvement to fulfill its digital potential.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'm Satisfied
I've used this dictionary for a couple of weeks and it suits my needs just fine. It's certainly not without some faults but overall it does okay. The pronunciation function could be better - some of the spanish words sound as if they have been recorded by someone reading "at speed" - but I don't believe they have led me astray. Where else can I get fairly good portable pronunciation help (carry around a spanish dwarf)?

Screen could be brighter but then the battery life would become a problem. A bit of a bother but it doesn't aggravite me very much. I like the conjugation function particularly well - it helps quite a bit.

All in all I think this device is very good. Don't know when the next version with better pronunciation comes out, but I won't be buying it. This one suits me just fine.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'd buy it again!
I purchased the Franklin BES-1850 Speaking Spanish/English Dictionary over a year ago and have carried it across 3 continents in my briefcase, backpack, or purse -- a lot of wear and tear and it still works great! The dimensions/weight are similar to a lot of printed travel dictionaries, but the BES-1850 carries much, much more content.

As a student of the Spanish language, I have found the BES-1850 to be extremely helpful for quickly looking up translations. Unlike printed dictionaries that require you to know the infinitive version of a verb in order to find it in the dictionary, you can just type in any conjugated verb form and immediately get to the infinitive and its definition. This is extremely helpful when watching Spanish television/movies or when reading books and newspapers in Spanish. If you misspell a word in English or Spanish, the dictionary displays a list of suggested words so that you can pick out the correct spelling. Many word definitions also include a list of idiomatic phrases/expressions that incorporate the word -- very handy and a delightful surprise to me when I first started using the BES-1850. And the dictionary contains an extensive list of words, too. It has been on very rare occasion that the dictionary has not come back with a translation.

As for the pronounciation feature, I must admit that I debated whether to spend the extra $ on this version in order to have this feature. I'm glad I did -- the pronunciations are reasonably accurate. What's especially helpful is to be able to hear where the accents on words are placed. The pronounciation feature is reasonably clear, but not great. I were purchasing an electronic dictionary just to take on a week-long vacation, the extra $ for this feature may not be worth it.

The screen display is definitely readable but the contrast could be improved. The backlight feature is a big help in dark environments. Don't expect the BES-1850 to have the slick features of the new, high-end hand PDA devices that go for $400-$500 - the BES-1850 only costs $100! I do not use the game or address book features of the BES-1850 and cannot comment.

I'm very happy with the BES-1850 and would buy it again.

2-0 out of 5 stars Great concept, poor functionality
I love the possibilities an electronic dictionary offers but the mechanics of this one has a lot of problems. The screen does not have enought contrast no matter how you adjust it. If you use the backlight it shuts off, in fact it shuts off on its own all the time. Very frustrating. Whenever it shuts off unexpectedly you also loose all of your preferences (like large type). The voice part is really not worth the extra money. The pronunciations are so digitized it does not help much. It is extremely convenient to have an electronic translator in your pocket, just not this one. ... Read more


2. Seiko RM2000 Japanese/EnglishDictionary with Roget's II New Thesaurus
list price: $179.99
our price: $170.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005QEYV
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Seiko Instruments Austin, Inc.
Sales Rank: 9802
Average Customer Review: 3.08 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • English to Japanese/Japanese to English dictionary (Romanized)
  • Integrated thesaurus and spell checker
  • Large 5 line by 30 character display
  • Search for phrases; idiom/example sentence search
  • Displays keyword, part of speech, English or Japanese equivalent, stress and accent marks, example sentences and idioms

Reviews (12)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for Beginers, but overpriced
When I first bought this dictionary in Japan, it really helped me a lot because I couldn't read chinese characters. I would carry it with me wherever I went as it was really small and light. It helped me a lot in conversation because I could search for a word fairly quickly and it also was a big help in learning Kanji. But it didn't take long for me to realise that the vocabulary of the dictionary is VERY limited. This became much more apparent as I became better at Japanese. I wouldn't really recommend this dictionary to anyone simply because it's overpriced. I would recommend a dictionary for Japanese people (without Roman characters) because for the same price you can get a really good one especially the Casio Dictionaries.

4-0 out of 5 stars good for a first shot
I'm an exchange student in Nagoya right now and I bought the RM2000 to help me get around. As a student of the Japanese language, I was dissappointed. It couldn't really help me converse with my friends. But it has proven useful at such places as the bank ("Hmm... how do I say, 'I'd like to open an account'?") and other various stores and shops. It is a good dictionary for a traveler or a beginning student. For a more advanced person, I recommend the Canon Wordtank IDF-4000. It has a jump feature that allows you to look up a word in English, select the kanji, and then jump to the pronunciation. That way, you don't have to search all around just to say the word. It too has an English interface.
I'm really happy the RM2000 was made though. I hope it will lead the way for other dictionaries focused on the foreign user.

1-0 out of 5 stars Cheaply Made
This should sell for $30.00 tops. That's the price of the other Seiko electronic translators. Because it's so expensive I was really upset when it stopped working after a few months. It didn't just break all at once it went out one key at a time. The problem is it uses a rubber pad with a magnetic strip to activate the chipset, but the metallic material was too thin and wore off quickly. Don't waste your money.

On the other hand a Japanese friend has another seiko model and it's awesome, built much better.

2-0 out of 5 stars okay, but seiko SR950 much better
I had the choice of several japanese translators, and though this one looked nice because it's meant "for english students" I decided on the seiko SR950 for several reasons:
1. has VERY large (230,000) japanese-japanese dictionary
2. has Katakana dictionary (borrowed words)
3. Kanji dictionary (VERY IMPORTANT if you ever want to actually try to figure out what a sign or something says, and the paperback ones are too big to manage)

On the other models they say "for native japanese" becuase the instruction manual is in japanese, but I did not find this to be an issue at all. There are buttons in black on the top row (same setup as this RM2000) and Frankly, if trial and error isn't simple enough (there's only 8 of em) it's pretty easy to ask someone who knows any of the language for a basic rundown and make a note of it on paper. Plus, assuming you do learn japanese, the features of this RM unit become rather obsolete, whereas the japanese-japanese and kanji dictionaries of the sr950 make it a favorite even among the japanese (it's the same price, may have to check the japanese link in amazon to get it though)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for Learning Students/People
I had actually wanted this for several years. However, since the vocabulary word number is so small compared to the other keyboards, I was a bit hesitant. The other so highly recommended one, the Casio IDF-3000, I actually purchased from Japan! It is a great one, but is way too hard for me to use yet, without Romanji. It is made for Japanese-fluent-speaking people to use. One day hopefully for me!

But that's what's so great about this RM2000. You type in an English word, then it tells you exactly how to SAY it in Japanese, then how to write it in HIRAGANA, and then how to write it more advanced in KANJI/+hiragana.

And it is the only existing one available that is for us learners who can't speak very well. But I can't wait to start writing some more letters to Japan. Have fun! ... Read more


3. Franklin DBE-1440 Pocket Spanish/English Dictionary
list price: $59.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00000JSFV
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 1603
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Students, travelers, and anyone who needs to use Spanish in ordinary circumstances will appreciate the Franklin DBE-1440 Pocket Spanish Master with a Larousse Dictionary for easy and instant word translations. As a dictionary, this exceedingly compact and extensive guide includes 2 million translations with advanced verb conjugation to help improve your Spanish vocabulary and spelling through Franklin's LEARNables. As a traveler's aide-de-camp, the grammar guide and foreign language phrases make the DBE-1440 an essential tool for nonfluent Spanish speakers.

Haven't mastered your language tapes yet? You may discover that the DBE-1440 is your newest travel necessity. With the grammar guide and a variety of useful traveler's phrases and cultural notes, you can translate words instantly to negotiate menus, shopping, and navigation. Or you can plan ahead and use the grammar guide to learn parts of speech and verb tenses, conjugating verbs at the press of a button.

Whether Spanish is your first or second language, the DBE-1440 is perfect for those who want to explore and immerse themselves in the lexicon. You can create your own list of words to study, or select a word and instantaneously find its translation. The DBE-1440 also contains Spanish culture notes for reference, and its five-line display improves readability.

As with all the Franklin handheld dictionaries, the DBE-1440 Pocket Spanish Master allows you to learn a new word in Spanish every time you turn the device on, find a word you don't know how to spell, and enjoy the process of learning Spanish through crossword puzzles or seven other language games. Whether you're in school, a student of foreign language, or traveling the world, this dictionary is the perfect companion. ... Read more

Features

  • Translations for English and Spanish words
  • Spelling correction
  • Variety of word games
  • Space for 1 book card
  • Includes the Larousse Dictionary

Reviews (30)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Product...watch the version
I have the translator with the LaRousse dictionary. I found it to be PARTICULARLY GOOD, especially in Spain. It not only contained almost every unfamiliar word I came across, it also had a TON of cultural references, which it displayed in italics.

It is an outstanding size. It has a cover for when it's not in use. The keyboard isn't exatly a PLEASURE to use, but it doesn't suck to use it. It has some neat games that help learning the various tenses. The tense translator is worth the cost of admission. It has a slot for bookman cards (not that I've used that or anything...but it could be handy). It took a four foot fall and continues to work well to now.

So why the four stars with the five star review I just wrote above? A couple of my American friends also in Spain bought this product, and that version, my friends, deserves a three star rating. Theirs shipped with the Webster's Spanish-English dictionary. Alas! the cultural references, soooo important for learning a language - Gone! Also, many common words - just not there! Often, one of my friends and I would read CNN Spanish articles and check our dictionaries against the less common words...and the Larousse beat the Webster's EVERY TIME.

So...words to the wise should be sufficient. Franklin, are you listening?

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful Little Tool
I've bought two of this gizmos for Spanish and one for French. They're a great way to carry the equivalent of a medium-sized dictionary around while travelling. Also, once you get used to it, it's a much faster way to look up words while reading than a regular dictionary, and recognizes many misspellings. Overall, a good product, and since (as far as I know) there's nothing quite like them available, in terms of size, ease of use, and number of words. I wouldn't have bought the spanish one twice otherwise (first one freaked out after about a year and a half of use) Of course the "2 million translations" number is a little misleading, probably including all 75 or however many forms there are for each spanish verb, etc., but whatever.

They do tend to have glitches every once and a while, particularly when the batteries are starting to run low, and sometimes you have to remove the batteries and reinsert them to get the thing working again. Also, while the dictionary does store a complete set of verb conjugations for all tenses, access to the conjugation tables is a little slow and awkward. The dictionary does have the nice feature of recognizing a verb by any of its conjugated forms, which can be a big help for the beginning Spanish student, but then it jumps to the definition with infinitive. A student who's not sure of the tenses then has to press the "Conj" key repeatedly and wait to get to the desired tense. Also, when the verb in question corresponds to more than one word in the translation language, the dictionary forces you to perform an additional and unnecessary step before viewing the conjugation tables. Doesn't sound like a big deal, but if you use the thing heavily, as some students will, those little details can slow you down, and I'm sure they could be fixed.

Also, key stiffness seems to vary between units... my French dictionary has a real problem with this, and it takes a bit of attention to key a word correctly, but the Spanish ones have both made it fairly easy to type rapidly.

...I had some problems with the bookman system.... I bought a french/spanish card and it caused both my french and spanish dictionaries to crash frequently. Too bad, cause it could be such a great feature, two dictionaries in one, and the ability to carry more in such a compact form.

One tip -- if you think the unit is broken, just replace the batteries. Rather than displaying a message like "low battery", it does all kinds of other crazy stuff that makes it seem like it's broken.

3-0 out of 5 stars Amazon customer
If you are planning on buying this because of the Larousse dictionary - don't, it's a Merriam-Webster dictionary! I bought this from one of the sellers that Amazon uses and they sent me the DBE-1440A. I don't have a problem with it per se or the Merriam-Webster dictionary, but wanted the DBE-1440 specifically because of the Larousse dictionary. I guess my problem is with the way this was advertised on Amazon.com and that the seller said they had this particular one in stock. Otherwise you can buy this at your local stores. Also, I ordered this second day air delivery and did not receive it for a week! As far as the device itself, just as advertised with many ways to help you with your Spanish either for traveling or classes. Nice size too. I give the device itself 4 stars (because it does not have my perferred dictionary), but the advertising/shipping gets 3 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars great
item is perfect I love this dictionary. the only problem is that even when it is off it eats the batteries so I suggest you take them out when you aren't using it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Franklin Larousse dbe-1440 Spanish-English Dictionary
I literally never leave home without it. Its best features are the complete conjugations of Spanish verbs. An often overlooked feature is that it also conjugates English verbs and nouns (in case you forget exactly how to form the past particible of some verb or the plural or some noun). Unlike most other electronic English Spanish dictionaries this one lists many uses of words including idioms. The Spanish verb conjugations are superb. You can find any Spanish verb by entering any form of the verb which is great when reading Spanish literature.
On the down side, I wish Franklin had done a better job on the mechanical design. The keys are notorious for wearing out. I am on my second one and I will soon need to buy a third one. I would gladely pay double the price for the same dictionary with high quality keys that don't wear out after a year of heavy use. ... Read more


4. Franklin DBE-1450 English/Spanish Bilingual Dictionary
list price: $59.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006IFTK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 1100
Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (9)

4-0 out of 5 stars Fancy interface for the DBE-1440, more spendy
Functionally (dictionary size, games, etc.),
they are the same. This one has a different
interface, costs more.
See my review of the Franklin DBE-1440 for
more details

3-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat dissapointed
I found the translator to be very easy to use, and everything was fairly intuitive. It seems to know most (but not all) of the words I give it, but has a bit of trouble when it comes to translating phrases (it has built-in traveling phrases, but if you type in "que pasa", it won't find it). Like other reviewers have mentioned, the device is kind of slow when looking up words, flippping through pages, or scrolling. It isn't disastrously bad, but you'd think with today's technology you'd at least be able to scroll smoothly.

Finally, here's something that noone else mentioned, that made me upset that Franklin did not state: THE DICTIONARY IS CENSORED--even though it claims to have 5 million words, anything that remotely resembles slang or swearing is not included. Not that one would buy a dictionary for the swear-words, but if you're buying a 50 dollar dictionary, that claims to have 5,000,000 translations, you'd expect that it would have a complete listing of the language. Censoring in this manner (it won't even translate "poop") is entirely unprofessional, unnecessary, and misleading, especially when it comes from well-respected Merriam-Webster.

4-0 out of 5 stars enjoyable little gadget
This has so many features: dictionary, word list, grammar guide, spellchecker, flashcards, conjugations, phrase list, games, clock, address book, calculator, and converter. Unlike what a previous review said, this DOES have flashcards.

You can buy a computer connection kit for an extra $20, so you can download e-books (that cost money) from the web to read on the 5-line screen. You can also buy book cards, each with a book to read.

My favorite features: it is easier and faster to use than a book for translating, it keeps my interest up with the many games, and I can use my custom word list for flashcards and games.

It's not perfect, and these are some things I don't like: It is slow in changing screens. It has many animations that take time. Verb conjugations are awkward and poorly laid out so it can be hard and slow to find what you're looking for. I agree with the other review that critizised this feature.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Mexican Spanish
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
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.

My husband was a dedicated hard copy dictionary user, who thought I was wasting my money, until he realized how fast, easy, and on-the-mark the Franklin is. He "borrowed" my 1450 so often that I finally ordered another one for him, and another one for my 13-y.o.
Verb conjugations do take a little time,(not long enough to irritate me,still a useful function), but this is not primarily what I use it for. There are so many other good products on the market for that, such as the Warren Hardy flashcards (www.warrenhardy.com), the Real Spanish Path (www.speakspanish.com), etc. I hardly ever use any of the other functions, just the translator. It's very quick to switch from English to Spanish (how do you say?) to Spanish to English (what's that word mean?) If you forget and type in an English word in the Spanish function, one button will automatically switch you over, so you don't have to re-type it. By the way, don't forget to follow the arrows on your display pad. There is always much more info than what you can originally see, so you need to keep scrolling down to read it. Also, be clear about this, the translator does not translate phrases, only single words. Bien viaje!

5-0 out of 5 stars Useful, but not very well designed
I am currently a 3rd year Spanish student and bought this item to help me in my more advanced studies. I think the main reason I bought it was because of its ease of use and ability to look up verb conjugations. However I was disappointed because it was slow and it takes many, many slow page flips to find the correct form of a verb in the correct tense. The easiest way to to it is to guess what you think the word is spelled and let the spell checker correct you.

PROS:
*Good for looking up words fairly quickly
*Large number of words and definitions
*Gives example sentences in the definitions
*Has calculator, measurement conversions, games, and money converter
*Many other features
*Ability to add expansion cards
*Small size
*Good as a spell checker
*Games can be fun/educational

CONS:
*Verb conjugation features takes too long to use
*Not very durable, its easy to break
*Keypad keys are too small
*Fairly slow response ... Read more


5. Franklin Spanish/English Dictionary, downloadable content capability
list price: $69.95
our price: $45.59
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002OP84M
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 3730
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Features

  • Merriam-Webster Spanish-English & English-Spanish Dictionary
  • Phrase book
  • TOEFL words plus spell correction
  • Conjugations & grammar guide
  • My word list, games, clock, databank

6. Franklin BES-1840 Speaking Spanish/English Dictionary
list price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00000JSFW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 10556
Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Franklin's BES-1840 Speaking Desktop Spanish Master with the Larousse dictionary is a portable electronic Spanish dictionary with an eight-line display. Its features include over 2.5 million translations, ClariSpeech, advanced verb conjugations, cultural notes, travelers' phrases, grammar guide, Test of English as a Foreign Language word list, and much more.

With this electronic dictionary you can translate words instantly and hear how they are pronounced or conjugate verbs at the touch of a button. You can use the grammar guide to learn parts of speech and verb tenses. You also have access to a variety of helpful travelers' phrases recorded in a human voice.

To expand your knowledge of Spanish culture, you can explore the built-in cultural notes. This unit allows you to create your own study list of words and instantly highlight a word and find its translation. Franklin's BES-1840 teaches a new Spanish word each time you turn the unit on. This dictionary is so powerful it can find words for you even when you've misspelled them. ... Read more

Features

  • Translates and pronounces 250,000 English and Spanish words
  • Spelling correction and verification in English and Spanish
  • User word list for spelling review and vocabulary building
  • Slot for 1 Bookman book card
  • Webster Dictionary version

Reviews (15)

3-0 out of 5 stars excellent software, poor design.
This product is a mixed blessing. The software and the features it offers are outstanding: it has full comprehensive English/Spanish, Spanish/English translations including complete conjugation of verbs, numerous useful phrases, expressions and idioms, plus the ability to pronounce all words. These features make it an invaluable tool in learning Spanish or English.

However, it is mindboggling why the people at Franklin decided to make this electronic translator aerodynamic. It's not supposed to fly after all! Unfortunately, they have traded functionality for looks: the buttons are very small and hard to press which gets to be very annoying after a while. Most importantly, the screen is hard to read (you have to look at it at an angle to avoid seeing the reflection of yourself). Finally, the top line is generally hard to read which is very disturbing since it is usually the most important line.

I sincerely hope that the design flaws will be fixed in the next version - it would make a trully exceptional product.

2-0 out of 5 stars second year spanish student
I had great hopes for this machine. Immediately I noticed that the first line of the entry always seemed to be in a dark shadow and I had to try tipping the unit to get light into the inner screen to make it readable. It too often doesn't have the words --- even many very common ones in its database. The voice is extremely fuzzy when you try the audio pronunciation feature. It only has a few forms of many of the the words I am seeking. If this unit really has 250,000 words -- as they tell us---then they should create a new one with a couple of million

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than a paper dictionary
I like being able to find words quickly, in either English or Spanish, with this dictionary. It contains a large number of words, and it conjugates verbs. There have been quite a few times it has not had a word I requested. Its important weaknesses are that it translates only words and does not recognize phrases; also, the speaking voice is fuzzy. I also noticed that it mispronounced one Spanish word (pajaro). On the up side, mine has worked well for 3-4 years, and it does not require frequent battery changes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Translator
Yes, This is a good translator gave it has a gift to my girlfriend and she loves it and it really helped my spanish writing skills.Only downfall is battery removal & install. The Screen could be better.

4-0 out of 5 stars extremely helpful for me
I am a physician and in the summer time I have some migrant patients come to work in our area, I always feel handicap to communicate with them and make them feel we care for them. So I brought some spanish medical conversation books but I can't pronounce it, so it was useless. As I found out about Franklin BES 1840 and brought it. Since then I use the BES 1840 to help me and I can communicate adequately for my patients to understand some simple phases, and they appreciate that I try to learn their language. I highly recommend Franklin BES 1840, it may be sound mechanical, but very adequate and easy to use. I do wish they can expand their vocabulary. ... Read more


7. Franklin B-1100 Speaking Chinese/English Bilingual Dictionary
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00005MNE8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 23875
Average Customer Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars the alternative brand BESTA is supposedly BETTER for Chinese
ISBN: 1-56712-594-8
which is expressed by amazon in the following format
ISBN: 1567125948
UPC: 0-84793-99213-1
country of origin: ?

battery requirement: two AAA
dimensions (in metric): 14.8 x 8.3 x 2.2 cm
weight: 8 oz. (ounces)
warranty from Franklin: 1 year
USA customers must call Franklin for an RMA (Return Merchandise
Authorization) number BEFORE sending it to NJ for "repair".
They suggest using "A TRACKABLE FORM OF DELIVERY".

Although amazon seems to carry only ONE Besta model (Korean),
I personally would hunt down the Besta Chinese thingamajig,
since what the Franklin costs is no small potatoes (for a device
that MIGHT be inferior to the one by Besta). Hope this helped.

4-0 out of 5 stars This one worked fine!
I purchased this electronic dictionary a year and half ago for my mom to learn new English words. The one that I got worked fine! And it's still working fine. My mom loves it! And she learned a lot of new English words.

1-0 out of 5 stars Oh My God!!!
I never bought this but come on! It just looks horrible - and Franklin?! I recommend buying from Besta - they specialize in Chinese translators.
The ones that have the touch screen pens are very useful.

2-0 out of 5 stars somewhat dissapointed
I am a non native speaker of English and when I came to the United States I got a lot of help from a Franklin Speaking Dictionary so I bought the Chinese-English version hoping it will do the same. First I liked the price. Similar gadgets go for a higher price and sometimes do not even have an English manual. The interface was also great then you can switch between Chinese and English. The disappointment came when I tried to use the "say" function. It didn't work. Hopefully my case is an isolated one. I think that if it had worked I would have liked this product. ... Read more


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