Ultralingua
For people who love languages
VOLUME 14, NEWSLETTER 2 February 2012
IN THIS ISSUE
Ultralingua Celebrates 15 Years
Red Cross Re-cap
Customer Interview
International Mother Language Day
Spotlight: Verb Conjugation Tool
Tools to Try
 
QUICK LINKS
About Our Company
View Our Products
Product Support
Follow Us On Twitter
Ultralingua on Facebook
 
Romance Languages
Many people think Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese are languages of love because they are referred to as romance languages. They are actually called romance languages because they are derived from Vulgar Latin, an ancient Italic language of the Indo-European family, which was spoken heavily in Rome.
 
 

Dear Subscriber,

Thank you for your interest in Ultralingua! Our monthly newsletter brings you special deals, company information, language learning tips and a look at our newest products.

If you would like information specifically for you, click here to tell us what languages and platforms you are interested in. If you would like to contact Ultralingua, please use the Quick Links section on the left, or you can unsubscribe at the bottom of this page.

Pass it on! Share our newsletter with a friend via Facebook, Twitter, or other services by clicking the buttons below.

Facebook Twitter More...

 
Ultralingua Celebrates 15 Years

Happy birthday to us and big thanks to you! Ultralingua was founded in February 1997, which means we're turning 15 this year.

We're offering special deals this month only! See below for details.

Check out our birthday video and read the highlights below to see what we've done since the very beginning.

1997: In February, Jeff Ondich, our current Chief Technology Officer, teamed up with a friend and together, they created a small French-English electronic dictionary! The Mac-specific dictionary, called Le Franglophile, was released in September. The Windows version launched in December.

1998: Spanish-English and German-English dictionaries were released, and the first purchase of Le Franglophile for Mac occurred in November.

1999: Ultralingua, Inc. became official!

2001: French-Spanish, French-German, and Italian-English dictionaries launched, as well as the French-English Medical dictionary.

2003: Latin-English, Norwegian-English, Spanish-Portuguese, German-Spanish, and Esperanto-English were launched throughout the year.

2004: The Ultralingua team expanded to three employees!

2006: Ultralingua's Online Dictionary was launched.

2008: iPhone apps were launched! Collins licensed data to Ultralingua and Collins apps were released.

2009: Our team expanded to seven employees! We partnered with Vox, launched the Klingon dictionary, webOS products, and the first Asian language app (Collins Mandarin).

2010: Our new website launched, as well as the free Haitian Medical dictionary and iPad apps.

2011: We built on our strengths in high quality mobile apps by launching our first app for Windows Phone. In December, we brought our first Mac app to the Mac App Store and kicked off our Apps for Aid donations program.

2012: Ultralingua celebrates 15 years! We have great surprises in store for the upcoming year and can't wait to share them with you.

What's in it for you?

We could not have done this without you, so we are offering you discounts as a way to say thanks! This month only, get $15 off all Mac or Windows purchases from the Ultralingua website and get 15% off iOS products from the iTunes store on the weekends! Thanks again for all your support!

When purchasing Mac and Windows products, use coupon code BIRTHDAY. Offer valid February 1-28, 2012 only at Ultralingua.com.

 
Apps for Aid Red Cross Event A Success

Thank you for your support in our Apps for Aid Red Cross event. On January 12 and 13, Ultralingua donated 20% of our revenue from the iTunes Store and Ultralingua.com, a total of over $850, to the American Red Cross. This monetary donation will go toward Red Cross relief efforts worldwide. Look for another Apps for Aid donation event in the future and thanks again for your support!

 
Interview with Rezeq Khader

Rezeq Khader has lived in three countries and speaks a variety of languages. We met Rezeq on Twitter, and as we got to know him, he shared his experience of learning multiple languages. Today, being multilingual helps him in his business. He shared his story with us about how he learns new languages and how Ultralingua dictionaries help him do it.

---

Ultralingua: We understand you've acquired quite a few languages through your travels. Tell us about how your love for languages began.

Rezeq: Languages has always been an important thing to me; I started learning languages when I was three years old!

UL: What role do languages play in your life today?

R: I use English, Arabic and Spanish on a daily basis. Sometimes I use French since I live in Canada. I use Romanian with the family, just so I won't forget the language.

UL: How do you typically begin the language learning process? What do your activities consist of for those first few months?

R: Believe it or not, I learn by reading on websites. I subscribe to Busuu, a website that teaches languages.

UL: Do you have any advice to share with readers considering a move to a new country without knowing the language?

R: I know moving to another country and having to learn a whole new language can be hard but make sure you make friends that speak that language. If you go to France there will of course be French speakers everywhere, and when you try to speak to locals with their language they will appreciate you. With time you will get better at it.

UL: What resources do you use for reference or support?

R: Looking into dictionaries that offer good translation can be very helpful. For example I use Ultralingua French-English and Ultralingua Spanish-English. They have helped in so many ways, and I don't think I would be where I'm at with my studies without them.

UL: If you had more free time to spend learning and practicing languages, which ones would you work on?

R: Hopefully I will try to work on Italian and Portuguese. I'm waiting until after I get French down fully because learning two languages at a time can be very difficult.

---

We appreciate Rezeq taking the time to tell us how languages are important in his life. His story shows how Ultralingua dictionaries are key to learning a new language. If you have a special story of how Ultralingua products have helped you, please contact us through e-mail or Twitter.

 
Celebrate International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day is celebrated on February 21 of every year. The day celebrates language diversity and observes the human right to use different languages. The day is meant to encourage the people of the world to continue to use their mother language while learning or using additional languages as well. International Mother Language Day is a public holiday in Bangladesh, and is considered a global observance in other countries around the globe.

How do people celebrate International Mother Language Day? UN agencies, including the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), promote linguistic diversity through various events. UNESCO sets the theme of the day each year, and holds celebrations at its Paris headquarters.

In Bangladesh, the holiday is part of a remembrance of the 1952 killings of four students who campaigned to use their mother language of Bengali in Bangladesh. People lay flowers at a martyr's monument, purchase glass bangles for their female relatives, organize parties, and host competitions based on language, writing, and culture.

The Linguapax Prize is awarded to both one individual and one organization for completing outstanding work in the fields of linguistic diversity or multilingual education. For more information on the organization and award, visit www.linguapax.org.

Let us know how you will celebrate International Mother Language Day on Twitter or Facebook!

 
Spotlight: Verb Conjugation Tool

We recently did a survey to find out which features of the apps you use most, and you told us loud and clear that you love the verb conjugation tool.

All Ultralingua apps for the iOS, Mac, and Windows platforms feature a verb conjugation tool, which allows for quick and easy verb usage references. With or without an internet connection, accurate conjugations for thousands of regular and irregular verbs are always at your fingertips.

Search for any form of any verb, and Ultralingua dictionaries will display the conjugations in all standard tenses. Watch our demo video to learn more about how to use Ultralingua's unique verb conjugation tool.

 
Tools to Try: Dictionary of Name Pronunciations

We all know how embarrassing it is to pronounce someone's name wrong...and how annoying it is when people twist and contort our own name. Teachers, travelers, business professionals, and more all tend to struggle with name pronunciation at times, but the Dictionary of Name Pronunciations is here to save the day!

Pronouncenames.com was created by Pinky Thakkar (silent h), a young female engineer from India. Thakkar moved to San Jose, California and didn't realize the "J" in "Jose" actually was pronounced like the "H" sound used in the Spanish language. Pronouncing the names of people and places was nearly impossible for Thakkar and her friends from home, so she started the website to help bridge the cultural language gap.

The Dictionary of Name Pronounciations allows you to lookup, submit, and request pronunciations. Search the thousands of pronunciations or submit a pronunciation to add to the collection of names on the site. One thing is certain - You will not have to worry about incorrectly saying someone's name again!

 
Thank you for your interest in our newsletter. If you have comments or suggestions regarding our newsletter please contact us here. If you have technical support questions, please visit our support page to read our FAQ and contact customer support.
 
Regards,

Ultralingua, Inc.
www.ultralingua.com
1313 SE 5th Street, Suite 108, Minneapolis, MN, 55414