How to Choose An Electronic Dictionary

Author:Jake | TIME:December 20,2017

Tools can always relieve us from heavy work and make things easier. And this is also true when it comes to an electronic dictionary for foreign language learning. In the past few decades, carrying a big size printed dictionary in hand was quite a common case. What about now? I personally love classical things, yet it is quite inconvenient to take along the heavy book. But imagine that with an electronic dictionary that offers the same or even better features, I think most people would choose the electronic one that can be put into the pocket.


Advantages of Electronic Dictionaries

In addition, an electronic dictionary has more favorable features, including:

  • Quick response: No need to flip page but can offer what exactly you want to translate or elaboration.

  • Include multiple dictionaries such as Oxford English dictionary.

  • Large vocabulary & wide range: the vocabulary covers general things and specific fields such as legal and technology.

  • Offer multiple languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, German, French, Portuguese, etc.

  • Voice feature: text-speech and speech-text capabilities to ensure correct pronunciation.


There are many different brands and models of electronic dictionaries, for example, Franklin and CASIO. Whether you are looking for a Spanish English dictionary or English Spanish dictionary or other language model, there are some main features you should pay attention while purchasing.



Important Features of an Electronic Dictionary

1. Type/Number of Dictionaries

There are many English dictionaries in the market, among which are the Oxford English Dictionary and the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Therefore, while choosing an electronic dictionary, check if it has multiple pre-loaded dictionaries.

2. Translation Capability

If you are learning a foreign language, you may use the electronic dictionary as the translation tool. Therefore, the translation capability of the dictionary is one of the most important factor. It must offer precise translation and explanation instead of word-for-word translation. For example, if you are a native Spanish speaker who are learning English as a second language, you need to make sure you have the Spanish-English dictionary in hand.


3. Thesaurus

A thesaurus is helpful to those who want elevate vocabulary. You input a word and then you will get a list of possible alternatives to the input word.

4. Pronunciation

This feature is very useful and necessary for standard accent of words. And this can solve the difficulty in reading out long word with multiple syllables as well as stress.

5. Stylus

In addition to type with the keyboard, some electronic dictionaries also enable users to write on a screen with a stylus implement. Once you write something, the dictionary will find and define the word or symbol. This can be very useful when you need to translate special symbols in some languages such as Japanese and Arabic.

6. Data Transport

Some electronic dictionaries have the USB storage capabilities so that they can be loaded onto other devices like smartphones or computers.

7. Learning Programs

The ability of providing learning programs can be another important feature. Users can use the self-testing options to improve their vocabulary.

Top 5 Franklin Electronic Dictionaries

Franklin has been serving as a professional electronic dictionary provider for many years and the products they offer are of great quality. Below are 5 best electronic dictionaries by Franklin. Check them out and see if there is something you might be interested.


Franklin Merriam Webster Advanced Dictionary and Thesaurus With Spell Correction (MWD-1500)

1.jpg· Includes The Merriam-Webster Dictionary with 400,000 definitions, thesaurus with 500,000 synonyms and antonyms.

· Offers Phonetic Spell Correction, Contains Merriam-Webster's Guide to Punctuation and Style.

· Features Biographical References and Geographical References from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

· Includes MatchMaker, Classmates function and Confusables function Includes 5-language translator (English, German, Italian,French, Spanish).

· Loaded with calculator, currency/metric converter, databank, and local/world clock.

· Includes The Merriam-Webster Dictionary with 400,000 definitions, thesaurus with 500,000 synonyms and antonyms.

· Offers Phonetic Spell Correction, Contains Merriam-Webster's Guide to Punctuation and Style.




Franklin Webster's Third New Unabridged International Dictionary (NID-260)

2.jpg· Over 735,000 definitions examples and usage notes - Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage with more than 2,000 articles commonly confused and disputed words and phrases.

· Merriam-Webster's Guide to Punctuation and Style to help improve writing skills with information on capitalization plurals abbreviations and more.

· Thesaurus with 500,000 synonyms and antonyms - Phonetic spell correction allows you to enter words as they sound.

· Confusables function identifies and explains sound-a-like words allowing you to select the right word

· Learning tools like your own user word list and SAT Word List - Crossword Puzzle Solver - Calculator with standard calculator functions and dedicated row of numeric keys for easy entry.





Franklin Speaking Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary 11th Edition (SCD-2100)

· 500,000 clear and concise definiteions and the thesaurus contains 500,000 synonyms & antonyms.

· Include 9 powerful reference tools including: Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Concise Dictionary of English Usage, Dictionary of Quotations, Guide to Punctuation and Style, Thesaurus, Geographical Dictionary, Biographical Dictionary, SAT words, and even a 5 Language Translator.

· A USB link (PC or MAC) that will allow a user defined personal dictionary of up to 500 entries of Excel compatible csv file format to be downloaded to the unit.



4.jpgFranklin MWD-465 Merriam-Webster's Intermediate Electronic Dictionary

· Written especially for the needs of students grades 5–8, ages 11–14.

· Word count (as provided by Merriam-Webster): 70,000 words with over 274,000 definitions.

· Includes Franklin Thesaurus for English with 500,000 synonyms and antonyms.

· Features Phonetic Spell Correction (type the word like it sounds).

· Confusables function to alert you when one word might be confused with another (their vs. there vs. they're) by providing spellings and meanings.




5.jpgFranklin BES1940 Speaking Spanish-English Dictionary

· Speaks Spanish and English

· Includes 7 books in 1

· Display Features: 6-Line Display, Display Size: 3.5, Time, Date Yearly Calander, World-local Time

· Input Method: Keyboard Entry

· Output Type: Speaker, Audio



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