Ultralingua
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VOLUME 14, NEWSLETTER 10 October 2012
IN THIS ISSUE
iPhone 5 and iOS 6
Dictionary Update
Free to Try: Accio Word Find
Leland Guyer's Top 10 Tips
Physicians for Haiti
Interview: Dr. Richard Wagner
AssistiveWare Videos
New Interns
 
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Happy Birthday, Siri!
On October 4th, Siri, the beloved iOS personal assistant, turned 1 year old. She's probably reminded you of your wedding anniversary or taken dictation for a Mother’s Day email, but will she remind you about her own birthday? If you ask her "What day is October 4th?" she might drop you a hint!
 
 

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Apple’s New iPhone 5 and iOS 6

We've been looking forward to the release of Apple's new iPhone 5 and iOS 6 for months now, and we're glad they're finally here -- especially since they came right on the heels of our revamped online dictionary and updated apps, so everything will look and run better than ever.

We're thrilled that we can offer our iOS apps to more language learners than ever before, now that people can buy the iPhone 5 and use iOS 6 through a much wider variety of networks and carriers. And on the blog, we've covered some features of the new iOS that make it a great operating system for people who travel and love language, including:

  • Siri speaks more languages in more countries; she learned Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Korean, and Italian!
  • Integrated Facebook, for faster, easier long-distance sharing and updates
  • Panoramic photos
  • Up to 30 supported languages and 50 keyboard setups

And so much more. Plus, we've already updated our Ultralingua Dictionary app for the iPhone 5, and the rest of our apps will receive an update soon!

See what else we have to say about "the seamless integration between hardware and software," for Apple products and our own, and we'll keep you in the loop about any other exciting new developments on both fronts.

 
Ultralingua Dictionary: 2.0.2

Just because we're proud of our new app doesn't mean our work on it is done -- in fact, it means we're working harder than ever. Because we want the new Ultralingua Dictionary to be the best app we can make it, we were pleased to launch an update to the app this month, including support for the new iOS 6 and the iPhone 5's bigger screen, and a fix for a bug in the French verb conjugations.

And even though the Ultralingua Dictionary's History and Favorites features have been getting a lot of attention lately, we made browsing even easier by making back and forward buttons for the app.

Check it out and let us know what you think, and we'll keep you posted about other updates headed your way.

 
Free Tools to Try: Accio Word Find

We love finding new ways to keep language learning fresh and engaging, which is why we're happy to share Accio's Mega Multilingual Word Find. This word puzzle app is a fun and interactive way to improve vocabulary in your language of choice, with puzzles organized by vocabulary themes, or mixed and matched from different languages when you're up for a challenge. Unlimited English puzzles are free, and you can have all ten additional languages for only $1.99.

We have more about Accio's Mega Multilingual Word Find on the blog, or you can learn more at Accio's site.

 
Ask an Expert: Tips and Trivia From Our Spanish Specialist

We've kept our Spanish-language specialist, Leland Guyer, busy this month. First, he wrote a piece about the montera, an essential part of the bullfighter's costume and a word unique to Spanish; then he was kind enough to share his Top 10 Tips for learning new languages. And he would know -- Leland has been a professor of Portuguese, Spanish, Latin American Literature, and translation for nearly 30 years!

Leland's advice centers on enjoying the language learning experience, allowing yourself to learn by opening up to the culture and the people around you.

"Language is culture and culture is language," he says. "The two are inseparable." While drilling yourself on vocabulary and flashcards is one way to study, practicing more general skills such as patience, attentiveness, and an open mind will lead you to long-term language learning.

Even when learning a new language is most frustrating, it's important not to become discouraged, and Leland has advice about that, too. "Keep at it. Success in a foreign language will come to those who calmly persist. Relax."

Want to know more about Leland Guyer's language learning strategy? Have tips of your own you'd like to share? Visit the blog, or tell us about it.

 
Physicians for Haiti Keep in Touch

Leland Guyer's common sense tips for language learning acknowledge that having good tools makes a big difference in communicating in a foreign language. With our support of Physicians for Haiti through our Apps for Aid program, we give people tools that help them do good in difficult circumstances, and it seems like the P4H translators using our dictionaries appreciate the support. But don't just take our word for it -- the translators say so themselves!

Marisa Nadas and Claire Hartung, both translators working on site with P4H, sent us some feedback about their French-English Medical, Spanish-English, and Haitian Creole-English dictionaries and how they've been using them. So what do Marisa and Claire have to say? In a few words, they think the apps are:

  • "Easy to use"
  • "Extremely helpful"
  • "Fabulous"

We're so happy they think so! Have a look at the blog for more from Marisa and Claire, or find out more about Apps for Aid here.

 
Interview with Dr. Richard Wagner

When ear nose and throat (ENT) specialist Dr. Richard Wagner started to feel dissatisfied with his work in private practice, he decided to break out in a big way: by founding his own charitable organization.

An Italian enthusiast, fluent Spanish speaker, and Ultralingua user, Dr. Wagner is also the founder of Global ENT Outreach (GEO). For the past 10 years, GEO has traveled to medically underserved parts of the world where common ear, nose, and throat problems often go untreated. Dr. Wagner's work has taken him and his charity from Bolivia to Ethiopia to Cambodia and more, where GEO trains local doctors in the fundamentals of ENT surgery and helps them to establish ENT services within their limited means.

To communicate with GEO board members in Italy, as well as other doctors and patients across South and Central America, Dr. Wagner uses Ultralingua's Spanish-English and Italian-English dictionaries on his Mac and his iPhone.

"I hate doing e-mail. I prefer to talk to people," Dr. Wagner says, "so I'll cross-communicate using Ultralingua as a resource," keeping Ultralingua open on his computer desktop during Skype conversations.

Read on about where Dr. Wagner's work takes him, and how he uses language and travel to keep people happy and healthy all over the world. Still curious about GEO? You can learn more on their site.

 
Proloquo2Go User Videos

In June, we told you about AssistiveWare's update to Proloquo2Go, their Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) solution for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. This month, we took a look at their excellent series of videos highlighting stories from Proloquo2Go users and their families, which emphasize just how empowering communication and the use of language can be.

The people covered in the Proloquo2Go videos represent a remarkable range of age, experience, and ability. We especially liked the videos for:

  • Chuck Hummer, a retired government worker with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) who uses Proloquo2Go's text-to-speech feature to joke with his wife and chat with his grandkids.
  • Six-year-old Ruby, an English girl with autism whose behavior issues and difficulty sharing and communicating greatly improved when she started to use Proloquo2Go.
  • Vanessa, a three-year-old girl whose Proloquo2Go helped her to develop her speech rather than become dependent on her iPad for communication, despite a form of autism that slows her verbal skills.

Proloquo2Go uses authentic human voices, so people who use the program can express themselves and communicate fluently and effectively with those around them. Learn more about Chuck, Ruby, and Vanessa in our blog post, and head over to AssistiveWare's site for more great user videos.

 
Meet the Interns

We have a whole new group of interns here at Ultralingua this fall. Though they've been here since the end of August, school and work (okay, maybe some play, too) haven't left them much time to introduce themselves to you properly, but better late than never! We're happy for you to meet Kevin, P.A., Mari, and Daley. They've written more about themselves, their responsibilities, and why they wanted to intern at Ultralingua on the blog.

 
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