Ultralingua
For people who love languages
VOLUME 14, NEWSLETTER 6 June 2012
IN THIS ISSUE
Sale on Italian iOS Apps
MAS Update
Interview with Rick Fleeter
Our Interns Are The Coolest
Spotlight: Siri
Tools To Try: Language Exchange
Pronouns with Rob Hardy
Mark Your Calendars for WWDC!
 
QUICK LINKS
About Our Company
View Our Products
Product Support
Follow Us on Twitter
Ultralingua on Facebook
 
Sidebar: Order Pizza Anywhere

Did you know that "pizza" is one of the few words that is understood all over the world? Although many people are still debating over the origin, some believe that the word "pizza" came from the Latin word "pinsa," which means flatbread. Either way, we know that pizza was invented in Naples, Italy, and we're sure glad it was. Here's to being able to order pizza in any language!

 
 

Dear Subscriber,

Thank you for your interest in Ultralingua!

Our monthly newsletter brings you highlights from our blog and exclusive discounts. If you prefer to hear about news as it happens, sign up for instant updates here.

If you would like information specifically for you, click here to tell us what languages and platforms you are interested in.

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

Facebook Twitter More...
 
Italian iOS Apps On Sale This Weekend!

To Celebrate Festa della Repubblica (Italy's Republic day), Ultralingua is having a sale on all of our Italian iOS apps!

June 1st-3rd, we are offering 20% off of our Italian iPhone and iPad apps like our Italian English Dictionary or our Italian-Portuguese Dictionary.

Festa della Repubblica started in 1946 when the people of Italy came together to vote on their form of government after WWII. Now, each year, a grand military parade is held in central Rome to remember this event.

If you can't make it to Rome for the parade, celebrate with us at the App Store with 20% off, and learn a few new words in Italian to celebrate the holiday. Viva la lingua!

Italian
 
Update, Update, Read All About It!

We've updated our Mac App Store product! The update is version 7.3.1, and includes some minor bug fixes. To get this update, all you have to do is follow these simple steps:

  • Launch the Mac App Store
  • MASIcon

  • Click the "Update" badge in the top right corner
  • UpdateIcon

  • Click the "Update" button to update your Ultralingua Dictionary
  • Update

Confused about the difference between the Mac App Store version of our dictionary compared to the one for sale via our website? Read our Mac App Store FAQ, and comment on the post with any other questions.

 
Living a Language: An Interview with Rick Fleeter

After accepting a job offer in Rome a few years ago, Ultralingua user Rick Fleeter now lives in two countries every year: the United States and Italy. Rick maintains two jobs, one as an engineering design professor at Brown University in Rhode Island and the same engineering design professor position at La Sapienza in Rome. In our interview with Rick, he shares his story of living in two countries every year, but also his ideas about what it means to live a language.

Rick has studied seven languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, and Hebrew, and especially loves using his Ultralingua products for writing and translating in Italian, French, and Spanish.

Rick's advice for language learners has a lot to do with what he calls living a language. He believes that learning can provide you the basics, but that with most things, the voyage is in the destination. You can get more advice from Rick by reading our interview with him or by reading his blog.

 
Our Interns Are the Coolest

Every Fall, Spring, and Summer, Ultralingua hires a small group of interns to work positions in Marketing, Design, and Linguistics. We invite our interns to take ownership of their projects, and then we work with them along the way.

As of May 15, Ultralingua has five new interns working on various projects in market research and communications. Who are these people and why did they choose to work at Ultralingua this summer? We're glad you asked! Read this article to find out what our interns like to do in their (limited) free time and why they chose to work at Ultralingua.

Interns
 
Spotlight: Siri Likes to Use Our Dictionaries Too

With the dictation function in the iPhone 4s, you can use Siri to help you navigate your favorite Ultralingua dictionaries. The dictation function can help you more effectively search your dictionary when you don't know how to spell a word, your hands are full, or you want to save typing time.

How do you use the dictation function?

To use the dictation function in your dictionary, all you have to do is tap the microphone button on your keyboard and speak the word you are looking for.

For more information on where the microphone button is, and how to activate the dictation function in different languages, see our blog post about using Siri within your dictionaries. Siri currently recognizes English, French, German, and Japanese, but according to Apple, more languages like Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish will be added later this year.

Siri

 
Tools To Try: Extreme Language Exchange

We've all heard that immersion is the best way to learn a language, but at what age should you be immersed? While it's never too late to take an interest in learning a language, studies show that language acquisition is easier at an earlier age.

With this information in mind, many parents from the UK, France, Spain, Canada, and elsewhere are starting to send their kids between ages nine and thirteen on extreme language exchange programs. Parents send their kids off to another country with limited contact from them for six months. While in the other country, the students are encouraged to do everything in the country's native language and ideally come back fluent in that language.

We've posted some articles that relate to this topic, and we're wondering what you think! Comment on our blog post with your thoughts. Would you use an extreme language exchange as a tool to try?

 
Little Big Words: Pronouns with Rob Hardy

We use them everyday, but have we ever thought about the significance of pronouns? Well Rob Hardy, Ultralingua's Latin Language Specialist, has, and he shared all of his knowledge and reflections with you on our blog!

In a two part series, Rob discusses the origin, significance, and some of the difficulties of using pronouns in his posts "Pronouns: Formal or Informal?" and "Power Pronouns." Pulling examples from German, Thai, Latin, and Seventeenth Century English, Rob's post appeals to all languages. Learn what your pronoun usage is saying about you. If you're anything like Rob's son, you might find out that you're speaking like a teenage girl...

Rob Hardy studied Latin and History at Oberlin college and then went on to get his Ph.D. in classics at Brown University. Rob is also an accomplished poet and writer! As our Latin Language Specialist, Rob maintains Ultralingua's Latin-English Dictionary.

 
Mark Your Calendars for WWDC!

WWDC, or the Worldwide Developers Conference, is coming up on June 11-15, and Ultralingua is going! Our developers Jeff, Jen, Ben, and Shaun were lucky enough to get tickets to the 2012 WWDC in California next week. The conference is so popular and highly anticipated that the tickets sold out in less than two hours this year!

WWDC

At the conference, Jeff, Jen, Ben, and Shaun will attend hands-on labs and feedback sessions along with presentations with information on the latest Apple releases. Want to stay in the loop about the information at the conference? Download the WWDC 2012 App to get the latest news and daily pictures from the conference. In the meantime, watch this video to learn a little bit more about our developers who are going!

Developers
 
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