Learning Foreign Language Using Electronic Translators
By Charles Hopkins
Published 10/23/2007 | Education
We all know, and have probably been asked to use, calculators that do
everything mathematical for us except put in the question. Long gone
are the days when people struggled with a pencil and a piece of paper
over proofs or theorems. The same is now true in foreign language
study. Rather than having carry around a bulky book and tediously
translate every word in a sentence, electronic translators make foreign
language more accessible than ever before.
Electronic translators, or electronic dictionaries, come in a
variety of sizes, colors, and prices, but most fit nicely in your
packet and within your budget. There are three main types of electronic
dictionaries found in the market: single word, sentence, and spoken
translation. Some of the pricier models have all three functions in one
model. They come in almost any language, from French to Japanese,
English to Russian, Spanish to Mandarin, and most approved for use
within the foreign language classroom setting. We shall look at each of
these features a little closer and examine the pluses and minuses of
These work in much the same way a dictionary works, only faster.
You type in your word and it is translated to the language of your
device or vice versa. These models are almost universally accepted in
foreign language classrooms and to run under 100 U.S. Just like a
dictionary, though, they can be tedious when translating large bodies
These work much the same as above, except that you have the option
of translating entire sentences. While great for translating large
bodies of work, they are not universally accepted in classrooms and
tend to be a little more expensive, mostly closer to 400 U.S.
These usually have all the features of the above two translators,
but also offer an option that will speak the word to you. This is
beneficial in that they can really help your pronunciation and help you
with speaking another language, instead of just literacy. These are
especially nice when traveling abroad, however they are not always
accepted in classrooms and tend to run 400 U.S. or higher, although I
have seen prices lower than that. You just have to shop around.
If you are taking a foreign language in college, or just learning
on your own, why not try this great new tool! It will make your
language studying easier.