At the present time, the Franklin EST 7014 14 Language Speaking Global Translator with Visual Dictionary and Color Screen is one of the most expensive translators on the market.
With over 2.5 million entries into and from its various languages, the Franklin EST 7014 is one of the most comprehensive translators on the market today.
Other devices typically offer multiple languages and just a small fraction of the words or a large number of words with only a single language combination (such as English and Spanish), so Franklin has really broken the mold with the Franklin EST 7014, which offers users the joys of having an extensive number of words in an impressive number of languages, all at their fingertips.
In addition, it does have some perks included that you can't find on other translators, making it a pretty awesome language tool.
The most notable feature of the Franklin EST 7014 translator is the visual dictionary and color screen. This visual dictionary works in five different languages and has over 18,000 words, broken into 17 categories for easier searching.
Here's how it works.
Let's say you want to learn the names of the body parts, something very useful in case you almost get run over by a wild bus while in Ecuador.
Which happened to me by the way. Luckily, only my ego was bruised. :)
Anyway, the visual dictionary will display an image, such as the human body, onto the color screen. This illustration will have a series of numbers (0-9) and letters (a-z) pointing to different parts of the image (1 is the head, 2 is the arm, 3 is the leg, and so on).
The user simply has to enter the corresponding number or letter to pull up the corresponding definition (with option to play pronunciation) in both the starting language and the target language, which include English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Because of the visual dictionary component, which puts so much detail on certain areas of interest (bicycle construction is one of the entries!), not only would this be a great option for travelers, who may need to communicate a needed repair or situation not covered by standard phrasebook-style translators, but also for students, who will have the option of exposing themselves to a much wider range of words.
Being able to make a visual, contextual, auditory, and verbal connection to a word gives it a much greater likelihood of being remembered, thus making this ideal for those who want to increase their vocabulary permanently.
The biggest plus to the visual dictionary is that it has images so detailed that many people may not know the words in their native language-- how many people can name all of the parts of the sun or a bicycle?
And let's face it. How cool is it to bust out words in conversation with a native that they don't know, or that they don't think any learner would ever know?
The Franklin EST 7014 14-Language Speaking Global Translator with Visual Dictionary and Color Screen also comes with a travel guide with information on ten of the world's major cities.
Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Chicago, London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, and Tokyo.
Not sure why Washington, DC wasn't included, but oh well.
The travel guide provides you with information on things to see and places to eat or stay while traveling; not only does it provide a list of options with a rating (out of three stars) and a price indicator (up to three dollar signs), but it also provides detailed information about every locale, including the address and contact information so that one can make reservations or find the location.
This is the perfect addition to a travel translator, as it cuts down on the other things that the traveler will need to carry (in this case, a guidebook).
With a Franklin EST 7014 14 Language Speaking Global Translator, you can go ahead and leave your phrasebook at home as well, since this model has over 2,000 phrases available in each of the 14 languages offered by the device:
Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish
Each phrase comes with a corresponding pronunciation, so that you can easily communicate while traveling or improve your pronunciation while studying or preparing for an upcoming voyage.
That way you don't sound super crappy on your next trip to Mexico, for example.
The LCD screen resolves issues that previous Franklin users had with the contrast and visibility of non-LCD screens.
In addition, this particular model comes with a rechargeable battery, an indication that Franklin has listened to the concerns of their users and upgraded to something that is not only easier to travel with, but is also better for the environment.
I mean, how annoying is it to run out of batteries on your trip to Spain and not have the ability to use the translator? Rechargeable is the way to go, and I'm glad Franklin has finally integrated this into this dictionary.
This translator closes shut, unlike previous models which were open and prone to damage while not in use. The latch opens and closes easily.
While there are countless electronic translators on the market today, and no small number of them are made by Franklin, the EST 7014 is definitely a top-of-the-line product that is perfect for anyone-- traveler, student, or casual language buff.
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