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Talking dictionary puts 'fun' in fundamentals

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:48 PM

Television shows such as Sesame Street are great for teaching language skills to young children. For example, the Muppet character 'Elmo' makes learning fun by acting like a young child and asking basic questions that children may have themselves. At some point, though, parents need to offer more challenging learning tools to ensure their children are reading at an age-appropriate level.

The educational experts at Franklin Electronic Publishers have a new language learning tool which they say puts the "fun" in fundamentals. The Talking Spanish-English Dictionary is a handheld language teaching device designed for beginners that can help improve their reading, writing and understanding of Spanish or English.

Inside this pocket-sized handheld device is instant access to more than 10,000 vocabulary words. And, they will be able to hear these words pronounced at the touch of a key.

Other features include a verb conjugation and pronunciation guide, five games (hangman, gender tutor, jumble, word train and flash cards) and a flip cover to protect the screen and keypad. The device requires four AAA batteries, which are not included.

The Talking Spanish English Student Dictionary has a suggested retail price of $59.95, but a search on the Internet reveals it can be obtained for as low as $37.

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