The Spanish Electronic Translator Ectaco C4Sp offers some basic translation tools. This section explains what they are and how they work. These tools help two people communicate, even though they don't speak the same language.
What it does not offer:
Full Text Translation. This feature means the two people can type their own random sentences. For this feature, you must step up from the mid-range into something like the iTravl.
Speech to Speech Translation. For this feature, you need the LUX or TLX.
Now, on to what it does offer. These work in both directions:
Dictionary (single word look-ups)
Advanced word recognition allows you to find a word just by typing the first few letters.
MorphoFinder helps you find source words for English past participles, gerunds, and plural forms.
The "Slang lock" function allows you to toggle between "include" or "exclude" (lock in/lock out) slang in the dictionaries.
Pictured dictionary (for basic words, more info below).
English phonetic transcription.
Real human voice for the words in the dictionary in both languages.
Vector Ultima spell-checker.
The WordNet Princeton edition dictionary of modern English has over 70,000 head words and detailed explanations.
Phrasebook (pretranslated speech snippets)
The audio phrasebook was recorded with professional native narrators. Consequently, it delivers superb voice output.
The "You may hear" function helps another person select an answer from a list of canned answers. For instance, having picked the topic "In a restaurant," you choose a phrase. The waiter wants to reply to that phrase. You then select the "You may hear" option listed in the restaurant category (there is such an option in each category). The waiter can select the answer from the list provided.
A "phrase" is usually a complete sentence. It's called a "phrase" out of tradition.
The Spanish Electronic Translator Ectaco C4Sp comes with:
1 year warranty.
Bonus & demo software. The bonus & demo software CD is just brochureware. Put a napkin under it, and it makes a great coaster.
Auto Off function will shut off the C4 when it's idle (adjustable from 3 minutes to 15).
Powered by rechargeable battery (included), which is charged by an AC adapter (included).
MMC/SD slot for simplified content replacement and updates.
Interchangeable SD cards allow you to add a variety of languages and linguistic content from Ectaco.
Currency and metric conversions.
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.
World time and daily alarm.
A demo CD comes in the box. It's just that--a demo. Think of it as brochureware. You do not need a PC or any external software for you to use this device.
Decipher translator industry jargon, using our glossary. The last thing we want is poor communication!
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It's easy enough to use, but I realized only after I started using it that you can't type your own sentences into it. I ended up sending it back for another one that does have sentence input but it cost me more. The new one (iTravl) is more sensitive to lighting conditions, so some tradeoff there.