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The Chinese iTravl Deluxe Ch combines the iTravl Ch with scanning pen and cradle charger. It provides 2-way communication in English and Mandarin Chinese. Sentence translation, voice, speech recognition, language teacher program. 560,000 word E-Ch dictionary. 14,000 categorized phrases. Color touchscreen. Virtual keyboards, full character sets. Charges from any USB source; charger included.
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Communicate confidently in a foreign language situation. Tap a translation icon. Start translating. The iTravl electronic translator really is that simple to use.
For this specific iTravl model:
Dictionary (one-word lookups)
Over 560,000 words.
Mandarin Chinese, English. Mandarin is limited by separate PinYin field.
See what "I'm glad to meet you" looks like in various languages 1 | 2.
Mandarin Chinese, English.
Mandarin Chinese, English.
About PinYin input
The Chinese Electronic Deluxe Translator iTravl Deluxe Ch usesthe Pinyin text input system.
Pinyin input is a transliteration system that allows you to write Chinese using the Latin alphabet. It requires users to enter a series of standard symbol combinations which can then be read as an accurate, standardized approximation of the Chinese language. The easy to use Pinyin system of input is the most popular method of communicating in Chinese without using hieroglyphs.
The iTravl does not have Wubi. The Wubi system is a popular input method (in China), based on the radical or stroke shape of Chinese characters. Wubi allows any Chinese character to be entered by using keystrokes. Wubi is based on the written character, rather than pronunciation.
Here is a sample to translate the word NI HAO from Chinese to English through PinYin:
Open English-Chinese Dictionary or Text Translation.
Switch Direction of translation Chinese-to-English.
Input "NI" and press ENTER.
In the list of hieroglyphs select the one in the top left corner.
Input "HAO" and press ENTER.
In the list of hieroglyphs select the one in the top left corner.
With the Chinese Electronic Deluxe Translator iTravl Deluxe Ch:
You can switch the entire interface (not just translation direction, but controls and everything) between English and Chinese.
Its Language Teacher program teaches English speakers Chinese and Chinese speakers English.
Most iTravl electronic translators come with a single SD card that contains the language set for that device; some multi-language versions use two cards for this purpose.
AC Travel Kit is optional, but required outside the USA. One is included in the Accessory Pack or may be bought separately.
The technology to provide "speech to speech translation" is unlikely to exist in your lifetime. Thus, nobody actually sells a translator that does such a thing. Men take the Russian version of what is available to Ukraine and come back with brides. So, we know existing technology works just fine for two people to communicate.
The iTravl electronic translator provides several easy to use translation tools. Because these tools all work in both directions, they allow people with different languages to communicate.
Full text translation. Enter your own random sentences. Available only in certain languages (see the specs tab).
Translation dictionary. Look up single words. Natural human voice output in many language sets (see specs tab).
Translating phrasebook. Contains 7,000 phrases per language (so 14,000 on any two-language translator). Natural human voice output regardless of language. Speech recognition feature for selecting phrases.
Pictured dictionary. Contains hundreds of words in 183 different languages, plus natural human voice output. Translates between any two languages, and shows picture of what is being translated.
The iTravl translator provides several easy to use language learning tools.
Language Teacher (most models, see specs tab). The interactive language teacher system is a powerful tool for learning other languages. It can listen to you and tell you how well you pronounce something in another language.
Mobile Infotainment System (select models only, see specs tab). Basically, a hands-free version of Language Teacher.
Linguistic Crossword. A crossword puzzle that helps you learn new words in the target language.
Linguistic Flashcards. Four different flashcard games that help you learn new words in the target language.
Free 183 language any-direction translation dictionary onboard.
Real human voice.
Pocket-sized and portable.
In addition to the translating and learning tools, the iTravl has these great features:
Audio Player. The iTravl has a media player with MP3 support.
eBook Reader. The jetBook Reader displays and translates your favorite eBooks so you can read them anywhere and any time. The pre-loaded jetBook Reader even lets you read and translate your favorite eBooks with support for the widest array of file formats available anywhere. The jetBook Reader jetBook handles gif, jpg, mp3, pdf, and txt files.
GPS. Connect a GPS receiver, and use your iTravl as a GPS unit.
Video Player. Video Player support the widest range of video (.asf (h2 64), .flv, .mpeg4, .h.263, .divx, .mjpeg) and image formats so you can watch on the go.
The iTravl has some more features you'll probably enjoy, and/or find useful:
Calculator. The basic math functions, plus a few more things such as square root, inversion, and memory. A cool feature: It has a Back key!
Calendar. OK, nothing mindblowing here. It's a calendar.
CIA World Factbook. This is mindblowing. Tap on this selection, and your next step is to pick a letter that the country of interest starts with. Pick T, for example, and you can choose from the countries that start with T. Select Thailand, and you get a list of categories below the Taiwanese flag--as if you were looking up Taiwan in a massive encyclopedia. Well, actually, you are. There's even a map.
Cultural Notes. This brings up an item called "Modern Arab-Isalmic Traditions." There's an information block (facts) and a learning block (multiple choice quizzes).
English Dictionary. This is the WordNet Princeton Dictionary of Modern English, with over 70,000 head words and detailed explanations. It includes all of the typical dictionary information, such as part of speech, senses, tenses, synonyms, and examples of use.
Metric Conversions. This is graphically enhanced and interactive. Well done.
Notepad. This handy feature allows you to quickly jot down directions, thoughts, or anything else you need to note. With the iTravl, you don't need to also carry around a bulky notepad. The iTravl is about the size of a typical pocket notepad, and you get that functionality and so much more!
Size Equivalents. Do you know the size equivalents for shirts, blouses, and shoes in the USA, UK, Europe, and Japan? Few people do. Climbers know their European shoe sizes, but most folks don't. Today,most sneakers have both European and USA sizes--take a look at yours. OK, but what about your shirt? In the USA and UK, the neck measurement determines the man's shirt size. Not so everywhere else. A woman who normally wears a size 6 blouse will have to buy a size 10 in the UK or a size 5 in Japan. In Europe, that would be a size 38. You're shopping while traveling, right?
World time. Pretty handy when you are traveling around the world! Pretty handy if you're not traveling around the world but need to know world time anyhow. This is nicely done with a combination of graphics and picklists.
Some Features This Device Does NOT Have
Here are some features the iTravl does not have:
Speech to speech translation. We want to be very clear about this. You cannot talk into a translation device and get a translation out.
Phone. The iTravl doesn't dial out. Not even for pizza.
A stun setting. While this would be extremely useful in airport lines and rock concerts, it is unfortunately not included in the iTravl.
The Deluxe version is available only for certain language pairs. Among these pairs, it scans in either language except Chinese. The 9C Deluxe and Chinese Deluxe will not scan Chinese characters.
How scanning works
Word or line at at time. It's a pen scanner. What activates the scanning is the pressure of the tip against the surface being scanned. Set the pen down to start the scan, lift it to stop the scan. This means you scan a word or line at a time.
Not in real time. Scanning is one operation. OCR is the next operation. Then translation. These have to happen in that sequence, which means it takes a few seconds to get a translation.
Displays to screen. The iTravl Deluxe is specially modified at the hardware level and the firmware level to work with the scanning pen that is specially modified for the iTravl Deluxe. It's not a PC peripheral. The point of the scanning feature is to optically get text input to the iTravl device and translate that text.
Pocket translators aren't the only way to communicate with foreign language speakers. Here are some other methods, compared.
Smart phone apps. Sometimes, customers ask why they should buy a pocket translator instead of a smart phone app. It's a good question, because smart phones like the Android are awesome products. But then, so are pocket translators.
The iTravl and 900-series pocket translators have four translation tools, and most other models have at least two. The app is only one tool, and while it is helpful it's a debutante rather than a specialist.
A smart phonecan hold a translation app. Pocket translators are translation devices that also hold other apps.
Pocket translators work, whether you have a signal or not.
Pocket translators don't report back your location, and don't have a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM card).
You won't be barred from bringing a pocket translator into a secure location, because it doesn't have acamera.
Laptops. Yes, a laptop will run circles around a pocket translator if, for example, you want to crunch a big spreadsheet. But pocket translators have some advantages:
A mobile device is always on. You don't need to wait for it to boot up, as you do with your laptop.
A pocket translator fits in your pocket. Try getting your laptop to do that.
A pocket translator weighs quite a bit less than a laptop does.
With the pocket translator, you get the full functionality of translator programs, vs something pared down for laptop use.
The form factor of the pocket translator is geared toward translation, and that's not true of a laptop.
Human interpretors. If you thought getting a laptop into your pocket was tough, try that with a 150 lb person! A pocket translator has some other advantages:
You don't need to schedule a pocket translator to meet you somewhere.
You don't need to pay a pocket translator by the hour or buy it meals.
A pocket translator is a machine that provides exact translation. A human interpreter, well, interprets. So it's sometimes someone's opinion of what you meant to say instead of what you said.
Human translators have varying degrees of competency. Sometimes, they guess.
I am very happy with my iTravl! Why should you have to waste your time and money on books trying to learn the language when you can take the easy way out and just buy this device? Now I can travel to about any country and not have to worry about the language barrier!
-- Dwayne Pruitt, Miami, FL
The Secure Digital (SD) card defines the device. For any given language set, that SD card comes with it (e.g., if it's the Spanish iTravl, the Spanish SD card is included--that's what makes it the Spanish iTravl). Use SD cards to add languages to your iTravl translator. SD cards come in two-language versions and multi-language versions. Some multi-language sets are on two cards, even if the picture shows one card.
Do you want even more information? That's no problem, because we want you to be a well-informed customer. Our More Info sheet provides:
NTL-series iTravl Translator Overview
iTravl Hardware Basic Info.
Information on the iHelp feature.
Notes on audio players.
You will find translator industry jargon defined in our glossary. The last thing we want is poor communication! If you still have questions, the fastest way to get them answered is to send us an e-mail at sales @ mindconnection.com (remove the spaces and paste into your e-mail client address box).
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I really like this pocket translator. The scanning pen is convenient, but I see another customer agrees it does not scan Chinese. In my case, I communicate with Chinese speaking people and it helps when they can borrow my translator scan something rather than constantly ask me what it says. So when I have a document for them to read, I leave them in the room with the translator and I have time to take care of other things like making calls based on our conversation.
Good translation, but does not scan Chinese, 6.11.2010
Reviewer: Walter Cho (San Francisco, CA)
This is a pretty impressive translator, but the extra money for the scanning pen doesn't make sense because it can scan English only. Also, there's no voice when you translate to Chinese by typing your own sentences in English. So now I leave the scanning pen at home and use it only occasionally when I want to see what a text snippet looks like in Chinese and don't care to type it in.