Talking Dictionary from Langenscheidt for PDAs and Smartphones

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The Berlin-based company envi.con released its newest software product at the CeBIT computer Expo in Hannover last week, a dual-directional dictionary with an integrated talking function. Developed in cooperation with the respected German dictionary publisher Langenscheidt, the software sets a new design standard for mobile reference works.

This is the first time Langenscheidt language dictionaries are available in mobile format. Palm OS Handheld users now have trusted language reference quickly within reach, making heavy paper dictionaries seem obsolete.

The new software release includes nine reference works that so more than just help find the right translation. The software also includes a talking function to help with pronunciation, a unique feature to mobile dictionaries. Just push a button and the selected entry is read aloud by the voice of a native speaker.

The first work in the series, the dual-directional German to English dictionary, contains more than 120,000 key words and phrases and includes extensive details about grammer and proper usage. As in the paper version of the dictionary, core vocabulary is marked to help keep the user oriented.

Just as individual notes do not constitute melody, words often only unfold their meanings when placed in the context of a sentence. With this in mind the dictionaries include explanatory notes clarifying special turns of phrase or contextual meanings.

So when someone remarks, “Da leigt der Hund begraben,” the user won’t commit the error of asking what the dog’s name was.

Further language combinations, including German-French, German-Italian, and German-Spanish, are in development and will be available soon. The user can access all installed Langenscheidt dictionaries on the handheld under one unified index. Hyperlinks also ennable word recall when working between the various installed works.

The incorporated full text search function scans the word lists in addition to the contents of every entry. In this way all possible matches are found. This is an extremely useful function that brings language reference to a whole new level.

CeBIT computer expo attendees were impressed by the dictionary’s function. The software has already sold several hundred copies since its realease last week.

About Langenscheidt

Langenscheidt is one of Germany’s most respected publishing houses. The publishing group is a family-owned enterprise engaged in business in 11 countries with diverse activities in the areas of language, travel, and cartography. The enterprise employees 1,450 individuals worldwide and owns the brands Langenscheidt, DUDEN, Meyer, Brockhaus, Berlitz (Publishing), Polyglott, APA, Hexaglot, Mentor und Axel Juncker. Langenscheidt also possesses American subsidiaries, international distribution centers and production facilities.

About envi.con KG

The Berlin-based software company envi.con KG has been developing software for mobile devices since 1998. The company provides software for Palm OS, Pocket PC/Windows Mobile, and Symbian OS. Well-known products include PDA Stadtplandienst (“City Map Service”), Duden, Brockhaus, and the Pschyrembel Clinical Dictionary. These and many other software products are distributed at the internet portal www.pdassi.com.

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