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1. Franklin BES-1850 Speaking Spanish/English
$28.49 list($39.99)
2. Franklin TG-450 12 Language European
$45.99 list($59.99)
3. Franklin DBE-1440 Pocket Spanish/English
$18.99 $17.79 list($39.99)
4. Franklin TWE-118 5 Language European
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5. Franklin DBE-1450 English/Spanish
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6. Franklin CET-180 Speaking 5 Language
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7. Franklin CST-180 Speaking Spanish/English
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8. Franklin BQF-2025 French-English
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9. Franklin TES-118 English/Spanish
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10. Seiko Spanish to English Electronic
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11. Franklin(R) TWE-118 Translator/Travel
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12. FRANKLIN 5-Language Translator
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13. Franklin TWE-500109HSMP5 Language
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14. Franklin TES 106 Spanish/English
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15. Franklin BES-1840 Speaking Spanish/English
16. Franklin DBD-2015 German-English
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17. Franklin TWE 106 5-Language European
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18. Franklin TRE-400 Seven Language
19. Franklin BES-2019 Speaking Spanish-English
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20. Franklin TG-218 11 Language European

1. Franklin BES-1850 Speaking Spanish/English Dictionary downloadable content capability
list price: $109.99
our price: $86.92
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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. Franklin TG-450 12 Language European Translator
list price: $39.99
our price: $28.49
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Asin: B00006IFTJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 958
Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 12 languages: Translations to and from Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish
  • Large, 3-line display
  • Instantly access more than 400,000 words and phrases including 317,000 inflections
  • Currency/Metric Converter and Local/World Clock
  • Advanced spell correction

Reviews (5)

2-0 out of 5 stars bad, can't find simple words
Even the most basic functions range from difficult to impossible. The translator can't find basic words. Seems like a great idea, but is pretty much a waste of money.

2-0 out of 5 stars broke in 2 hrs!
While it worked, it seemed pretty good, I started playing hangman and after that it went crazy- letters wouldn't delete and would keep adding more instead of deleting. I found many useful phrases-that is why I am giving it 2 stars, I will try another one for this reason, so let's see if this one works.

4-0 out of 5 stars Will Use in Hungary and the Czech Republic
As Diane and I are about to visit Austria, Hungary and Czech Republic, this translater should be just the ticket. If only it pronounced the translations! I would have appreciated a better-written set of instructions - once I figured out on my own just how to work the Currency Converter, it was fine and very simple, but the instructions seemed to make it more difficult that it really was. Also, a very handsomely designed translator at a great price.

3-0 out of 5 stars Franklin TG 450-insufficient
Unfortunately, you can't find even some easy words though you can find some advanced words sometimes.It's interesting. I entered 10 normal words and unfortunately it couldn't find all of them but half of it.The possibility to find the word is around 50%.So, it's not so useful for a researcher.You have to look up half of the words again sometimes.
But, for travel purposes and some daily phrases it's ok.and 12 language feature is great. I wish this product contained more words.

3-0 out of 5 stars insufficient
Unfortunately, you can't find even some easy words though you can find some advanced words sometimes.It's interesting. I entered 10 normal words and unfortunately it couldn't find all of them but half of them.The possibility to find the word is around 60%.So, it's not so useful for a researcher.You have to look up half of the words again sometimes.
But, for travel purposes and some daily phrases it's ok.and 12 language feature is great. I wish this product contained more words. ... Read more


3. Franklin DBE-1440 Pocket Spanish/English Dictionary
list price: $59.99
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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 TWE-118 5 Language European Translator
list price: $39.99
our price: $18.99
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Asin: B00005MMOS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 1034
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 210,000 translations to and from English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish
  • 5,000 categorized conversational phrases
  • Spell checking
  • Hangman and Quiz games
  • Also a calculator, clock, and contact information databank

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Value for the Money
This handy little translator is worth the price. It's not the best in the world, but it will handle the basics. I found the dictionary to be somewhat limited, so you may need to familiarize yourself with the language of the country you are visiting. I would recommend you do that anyway, though.

Note: Cannot withstand being dropped with the weight of a backpack full of books on top of it. I'm buying my second one.

2-0 out of 5 stars cheap is as cheap does
I picked this up before heading to Europe. I chose it because it was inexpensive and I figured 'what the hell'. English is my only fluent language. This thing works, but you will go hungry if you try to understand/decode a restaurant menu. The display is small so that one must scroll character by character to see long words or phrases. Don't expect anything but textbook words. There is no phonetic help with pronunciation. I didn't use the address book, currency exchange, or functions other than word translations. After minimal use, the battery (included) started to fade.
Bottom line: if you want to look up an occasional word, fine, go for it. If you think this will allow you to solve your language ignorance problems, move along. ... Read more


5. Franklin DBE-1450 English/Spanish Bilingual Dictionary
list price: $59.99
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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


6. Franklin CET-180 Speaking 5 Language European Communicator
list price: $79.99
our price: $75.99
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Asin: B0000ACOXE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 1501
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Features

  • Features 10,000 words and over 6400 commonly used phrases
  • Organized by category: Medical emergency, hotel, restaurant, airport, shopping, etc.
  • One-Touch jog dial to provide quick, efficient communication
  • Home & world clock with alarm
  • Easy-to-use interface

7. Franklin CST-180 Speaking Spanish/English Communicator
list price: $49.99
our price: $47.49
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Asin: B0000ACOXG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 5874
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Features

  • Features 4,000 words and over 2400 commonly used phrases
  • One-Touch jog dial to provide quick, efficient communication
  • Home & world clock with alarm
  • 2 line display
  • Easy-to-use interface

8. Franklin BQF-2025 French-English Dictionary Bookman Card

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Asin: B000034D66
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 2874
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9. Franklin TES-118 English/Spanish Translator
list price: $39.99
our price: $18.99
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Asin: B00005MMPJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 7040
Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Franklin's English/Spanish Travel Ace is the perfect, easy-to-use tool for anyone traveling to a Spanish-speaking country. You can instantly look up 650,000 translations from and to English and Spanish. The phonetic spell checker ensures the right word will be found even if you misspell it. There are also 2,000 conversational phrases available, categorized into topics like Doing Business, Travel and Directions, and Eating and Drinking.

The Travel Ace also has two classic games--Hangman and Quiz--a clock with world and local times, a calculator with metric and currency conversions, and a Rolodex Electronics databank for names and phone numbers. ... Read more

Features

  • Over half a million translations to and from English and Spanish
  • 2,000 categorized conversational phrases
  • Advanced verb conjugation
  • Hangman and Quiz games
  • Also a calculator, clock, and contact information databank

Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars This is a kid...13...7th grade
Hey sup. I got this thing like...today, and it works...BADLY

this is the worst...and the WORST
at 20 bux, its still a rip, i put "CABINET" and its like...CORRECTING...no corrections found...online is much better
it never shows the masculine or feminine form, and it doesnt work in other forms...ex. hacer in the yo form is hago

its a piece of...
yea, fill it in, heh

franklin is also suppose to be a pretty good brand with great electronic dictionaries, this is by far the worst translator EVER
as that guy said. A TOY

A TOY TOY TOY

all those other features are worthless...TIME?!?! who uses a dictionary for the TIME...PHONE NUMBERS?!?!?!? whats the use, thats y we have phonebooks and PDAs and stuff...calculator...thats ok i guess...

~!WORST PRODUCT EVERR!~

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled, this is a toy.
Sure it's only $20 or so, but it really isn't usable for any serious student of Spanish. For one thing, it doesn't give genders for the nouns. It won't give you a definition but hands you a phrase. However, it does tell time and store phone numbers and play games. I don't have any idea why they would call this toy a translator.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best for the money
Ok, this one does have a bit of a learning curve, and you MUST read the instructions! However, once you have mastered how to use it, this one is fantastic if you really want to learn the language. It has every verb conjugation in it, with the english translation. So no longer do you have to figure out "what does past imperfect mean?" but rather it gives you the actual english/spanish translation. For example, enter "study" (after selecting english-->spanish of course) and click "inflections". You can scroll down to see the present imperfect tense is:
"I have studied" and hit ENTER to see the spanish translation as "yo he estudiado". Try THAT with your "501 Spanish Verbs" book, that assumes you know what preterite and conditional tenses actually are! :-)

If you want to study the language and conjugate verbs, for less than $... you can't go wrong. But do read the manual!

1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money
I'd love to know how they figure in excess of 500,000 translations, Virtually every effort to translate a word came up "Correcting" and after a considerable time offered unrelated suggestions. Possibly of some use to absolute beginners, however at any level above this if you don't know the translation, then almost certainly this thing won't either.

1-0 out of 5 stars NOT VERY HELPFUL
As a beginning Spanish student, I bought this little gadget because it boasted having a wealth of vocabulary and phrases.
I am disappointed with this product in several ways. First,
the size and design: it's very small which is fine, but the designers did two bad things, it's very hard to see the display
in any lighting, and the button(s) you need to use the most are
so small it's ridiculous. Second: The phrases are all preset, into categories. Forget about entering a phrase of your own. Many of the preset phrases are ridiculous, for instance, What is
your e-mail address? Why would a non-spanish speaking person
need that??? If you want to know where you can find a chinese
restaurant, you will need to look up each word individually, and then find out that "chinese" isn't in the database. So, have a
pencil and paper ready to construct your own clumsy sentences.

I gave it one star because it's better than having nothing. If
you were going to dash to Mexico for the weekend, this would get
you through. It's not user intuitive so expect to have to read
the booklet to find out how to capitalize a letter, as well as
using any/all of the functions. It's complicated, it's limited,
it's difficult to navigate. On the upside - you'll know what
time it is! There's a name & phone number database - it would
be a lot nicer to just be able to take a note - like what street
your hotel is on - or write down frequently used expressions of
your own instead of having to look up "What is the special
today?" every night at dinner. But, if your wife is pregnant,
goes into labor and you're panicking - this little gizmo will
come to your rescue. It's got that covered. A pocket dictionary
would be faster and more helpful. ... Read more


10. Seiko Spanish to English Electronic Translator
list price: $29.99
our price: $18.99
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Asin: B00006JUO6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Seiko Instruments Austin, Inc.
Sales Rank: 2204
Average Customer Review: 1.75 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Over 800,000 bi-directional translations with auto language recognition
  • Over 2,000 conversational phrases in eight categories, including eating out, hotel, money, etc.
  • Advanced verb conjugation and inflection search
  • Large 2 line, 20 character per line display
  • 12 digit calculator, with metric and currency converters

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars simple words missing
The first word I typed in to translate was "cat". Hmmm... it's not in the dictionary. That about says it all.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not recommended
The unit took about a month to be delivered from Seiko. After using it for several months I have found that it does not even have common words and phrases. It would be of no help to try to use it in a Spanish speaking country.

2-0 out of 5 stars Missing alot of words
Disappointed with the lack of words. Every 3rd or 4th word I looked up was not in the dictionary.

3-0 out of 5 stars light & cheap
This translator is light and small. The display is only 2 lines, but that's enough. When you enter a word it let's you choose the part of speech & lists several meanings without any explanations. You can search in the phrases also. For the nouns you can check the plural form, for the verbs you can change the tense & the person + the negative & the question forms. The vocabulary, as you can expect for this price, is limited. ... Read more


11. Franklin(R) TWE-118 Translator/Travel Ace

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Asin: B00006RSUL
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronic Publishers
Sales Rank: 44695
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12. FRANKLIN 5-Language Translator PageMark Edition

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Asin: B0000C7L9K
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin
Sales Rank: 6075
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Features

  • 210,000 totaltranslations to and from English, French, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Over 5,000 phrases organized by category
  • Enter words by how they sound with phonetic spell correction
  • Rolodex databank stores 100 names/numbers with password protection
  • Local/world clock

13. Franklin TWE-500109HSMP5 Language Western European Translator Springboard Module
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00005M1X3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 19420
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Franklin's Five-Language Translator Springboard module is the perfectand easy-to-use tool for anyone traveling to any Western European country. Youcan instantly look up 40,000 translations from and to English, French, German,Spanish, and Italian. The phonetic spell checker ensures that the right wordwill be found even when you misspell it. It also features 5,000 conversationalphrases, categorized into topics like Doing Business, Travel and Directions, andEating and Drinking. The translator fits into any Handspring Visor Handheld'sexpansion slot. ... Read more

Features

  • 40,000 translations to and from English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish
  • 5,000 categorized conversational phrases
  • Phonetic spell correction enables you to enter words by how they sound
  • Advanced search capabilities
  • Compatible with any Handspring Visor handheld

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Clever little gidget, good for travelling
This is a clever and convenient thing to carry around, and has turned out to be useful for travelling. Although it is mostly word-oriented, it does have some phrases, such as 'How much does that cost?'

It doesn't have anywhere near the vocabulary of a dedicated single-language dictionary, so it is most useful for casual use. For example, I have a software version of the Collins German-English dictionary that has quite a large vocabulary and I use it quite often instead of carrying a thick printed dictionary.

But for casual use, reading menus, deciphering signs, and asking the hotel staff for help with leaky faucets, the Franklin device is perfect.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
It translate the major ones such as english, german, russian, sweden, and one more other one that i can't remember. ... Read more


14. Franklin TES 106 Spanish/English Translator
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B000059Y3F
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 9737
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Amazon.com Product Description

Get instant English-to-Spanish translations with the Franklin electronicSpanish/English translator. This translator stores more than 90,000 words withspelling correction, plus 1,600 useful phrases. Word games and quizzes makelearning a new language fun.

This translator also features currency and metric conversions, a calculator, anda data bank for storing names and telephone numbers. Entries are displayed onthe 1-line, 14-character LCD screen. This translator comes with a protectivecover and a CR-2032 battery. It is covered by a one-year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Instant Spanish-English translations, spelling correction, and word games
  • 90,000 words and 1,600 useful phrases
  • Compact case with protective lid
  • Calculator with currency/metric conversions
  • Data bank for storing names and telephone numbers; password protection

15. Franklin BES-1840 Speaking Spanish/English Dictionary
list price: $99.99
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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


16. Franklin DBD-2015 German-English Dictionary

Asin: B000034D67
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 57738
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17. Franklin TWE 106 5-Language European Translator
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B000059Y3L
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 32943
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With the Franklin European Translator, you'll never again be at a lossfor words! Its 16-character display will give you more than 175,000 words and4,000 conversational phrases. And it's about the size of a passport.

The conversational phrases are grouped in categories such as Business, Travel& Directions, Shopping, Hotel, and Emergencies. It even corrects misspelledwords in all languages before you translate. Other features include a calculatorwith a metric/currency converter, a phone list with major U.S. and Europeanairline and embassy numbers, and two word games. ... Read more

Features

  • Translates 5 languages (English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian)
  • Very compact--about the size of a passport
  • 16-character LCD screen
  • Features 4,000 conversational phrases and more than 175,000 words
  • Includes a calculator, metric/currency converter, phone list with major U.S. and European airline and embassy numbers, and word games

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Little translater does the job!!
This is a great translator for the money. Compact enough to fit in your shirt pocket,it gets the job done! The keys could be a little bigger, but overall it is a good buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars World Communication
This device is my key to international relations to my foreign pen pals. It's perfect. ... Read more


18. Franklin TRE-400 Seven Language European Translator/Dictionary
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00000JSFU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 26577
Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Translates words in seven languages
  • Automatic spelling correction
  • Databank for 30 names and phone numbers
  • Has games, a calculator, and metric/currency converter
  • Includes new German and Dutch spelling reforms

Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars looking for persian electronic dictionaries
The electronic device is very nice, but I was looking for Persian electronic dictionaries.

2-0 out of 5 stars Looking For A Better Translator
This item is $42.99 at a local electronics store. Amazon's price is much better, but the product has shortcomings, so I returned it. It has a primitive screen and it lacks many useful phrases. It claims to have over 210,000 words and phrases, but it is not clear whether that is the number of words in any single language (which is the really relevant number), or whether it counts all the other languages' translations (in which case it multiplies the relevant number times the number of languages it offers). It also uses "button" batteries that I found to be expensive to replace. Other reviewers said they found other translators that are "1,000 times better" than this one. I would like to know which ones people have found to be better than this one, why they are better, how much they cost, and where they can be found. I am specifically looking for English/French in any available units.

2-0 out of 5 stars Very unhappy with this basic translator
I found a translator that is 10,000 times better then this one. I have returned this translator to Amazon

1-0 out of 5 stars An OK product - I've seen MUCH better.
I thought the Franklin was an OK translator. I also bought another translator from another store and I thought that one was 1000 times better. It had many more words and features and was much easier to use.

3-0 out of 5 stars Can this product translate French into English?
I would like to know ablut the ability of this electronic dictionary. Can this product translate French into English and vice versa? And can this do German into english and vice verse? If this can do that, I would like to order this product. If not, let me know another product which can do that, please. If possibly, I would like to be recommended a product that can traslate French, German into English and vice verse. ... Read more


19. Franklin BES-2019 Speaking Spanish-English Dictionary

Asin: B000034D65
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 63590
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20. Franklin TG-218 11 Language European Translator
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005LCU1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 27200
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Franklin's 11-language translator is the perfect, easy-to-use tool for anyone traveling to Europe. You can instantly look up 400,000 translations from and to English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Czech, and Hungarian. The phonetic spell checker ensures the right word will be found even if you misspell it. There are also 11,000 conversational phrases available, categorized into topics like Doing Business, Travel and Directions, and Eating and Drinking.

The translator also has two classic games--Hangman and Quiz--a clock with alarm, a calculator with metric and currency conversions, and a Rolodex Electronics databank for names and phone numbers. ... Read more

Features

  • 400,000 translations to and from English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Czech, and Hungarian
  • 11,000 categorized conversational phrases
  • Spell checking
  • Hangman and Quiz games
  • Also a calculator, clock, and contact information databank

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for everyday travelling but not serious study
As an American living in Europe, I have found this translator very useful. The comparatively large number of languages included ensures that I can communicate, on a basic level, in almost every country I visit. There are quite a few phrases included, and they are catagorized by situation (Emergencies, Dining, etc). However, I generally use the translator as a "point and talk" aid. It also helps when talking to people who speak a little English, but can't think of that "one word" they are trying to explain. The words in the databank are fairly extensive, but are, by no means, complete dictionaries.

Now, there are several drawbacks. This will not be helpful for those seriously studying a language. There are no genders, conjugation, or other grammatical aids. Also, the interface is somewhat difficult to use. To translate a word requires anywhere from 6 to 9 button pushes before you can enter the word. There is also no back light. The translator includes a databank, clock, currency converter, and some other features which I honestly have never used.

The bottom line is: If you want to be able to say "I want to eat dinner and stay in a nice hotel" in 11 languages, it is for you. If you want to compose an poem, or write a thesis on quantum physics in 11 languages...look elswhere. ... Read more


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