Ultralingua
For people who love languages
VOLUME 13, NEWSLETTER 11 November 2011
IN THIS ISSUE
Spanish-English Dictionary for Windows Phone
Spanish-English Medical App
Cyber Monday Sale
Interview with Dr. Bernard Seguin
Closing the Gap
1.4.3 Update for iOS
Tools to Try: Quizlet
 
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On Nov. 3, 1957, the Soviet Union sent the dog Laika into outer space aboard the Sputnik 2. Celebrate the first animal in space by brushing up on your Russian with Ultralingua’s Russian-English Dictionary.

 
 

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New! Spanish-English Dictionary for Windows Phone

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our first Windows Phone app. Ultralingua's popular Spanish-English Dictionary is now available on some of the hottest smartphones on the market.

Windows Phone brings users a sleek design and plenty of options for customization. Reviewers love the home screen, which is a collection of tiles for quick access to your calendar, contacts list, and much more. The tiles are also like a bulletin board, where you can pin your own favorite games and notes. The rest of the phone's applications are organized into hubs. By just swiping your finger, you can get to all your games, access the Marketplace, or go into the people hub for the latest social updates.

We are excited to launch our first app for Windows Phone: our Spanish-English Dictionary and Verbs. The incredible new interface of Windows Phone relies heavily on typography for navigation and layout, so text displays clear and crisp. Our apps work well with this interface, and your dictionaries will look better than ever.

Windows Phone 7

The Spanish-English Dictionary by Ultralingua for Windows Phone includes:

  • 75,000 entries and 290,000 translations
  • Hundreds of sample phrases and usage examples
  • Smart search that finds your word as you type
  • English and Spanish verb conjugation in all standard tenses
  • Number translation--enter a numeral and see how it’s written out in either language
  • Tap on any dictionary result to look up usage examples on Bing

Watch this video to learn more about Ultralingua on Windows Phone. For former Windows Mobile users, the new Windows Phones include your favorite features with a fresh design. The Spanish-English Dictionary by Ultralingua for Windows Phone is available now on Windows Marketplace for $19.99. We hope to debut more Ultralingua products on Windows Phone in the future.

Help us get the word out! Tell all your friends about Ultralingua for Windows Phone by tweeting our exciting news, or share it through Facebook and email.

 
New Vox Spanish-English Medical App

Tired of lugging around a huge medical dictionary? Ultralingua now offers all the Spanish-English translations you need in our Vox Spanish-English Medical app for iOS and Mac. This reliable dictionary is the perfect holiday gift for doctors, nurses, translators and travelers. Full of practical terminology and able to fit in your pocket, this app is a must-have for medical professionals and Spanish learners.

Vox En-Es Medical

The brand new Vox Spanish-English Medical Dictionary and Verbs app from Ultralingua is available on both iOS and Mac for quick and easy access anytime.

It features:

  • 77,000 medical terms
  • Built-in Spanish and English verb conjugation
  • Fast search results that correct spelling and suggest related terms
  • Works offline when you're traveling or without Internet
  • History of your past searches to quickly see what you've recently looked up
  • Number translation
  • Look up usage examples on Google when you have an Internet connection

The Vox Spanish-English Medical Dictionary and Verbs app by Ultralingua has a vast database and easy-to-use interface. The extensive dictionary data comes from Vox, which is highly acclaimed for its quality and volume. The terms cover an extensive range of specialties, including cardiology, endocrinology, immunology, obstetrics, oncology, pediatrics, psychiatry and more.

This medical dictionary is also a great companion for Ultralingua's Spanish-English Dictionary and French-English Medical Dictionary. Mac users can can buy these products together at a discounted price. Get the Vox Spanish-English Medical Dictionary and Verbs app today for $44.99 from the Ultralingua website or the iTunes Store.

 
Cyber Monday Sale

Find great bargains at Ultralingua's annual Cyber Monday sale!

From November 27-28 only, get 30% off all dictionaries.

Whether you have a Mac or an iPhone, Windows or Palm webOS, visit the Ultralingua website during this amazing two-day sale to get 30% off. We'll send you a reminder when the sale begins so you don't miss it.

Now's the time to start your holiday shopping. Give our high-quality and convenient dictionaries to everyone on your list for a unique and memorable gift. With apps available in dozens of languages on almost all devices, Ultralingua has the perfect gifts for your friends and family.

 
Interview with Dr. Bernard Seguin

Dr. Bernard Seguin is a medical professional and language enthusiast. As a physician, Bernard wants to communicate effectively with his patients in whatever language they speak. He uses Ultralingua products on his iPhone for quick translations and verb conjugations. Bernard agreed to share his story about his love for languages and how Ultralingua dictionaries help him reach patients.

Ultralingua: Tell us about how your love for languages began.

Bernard: I have been interested in languages since high school, when I studied Latin for four years, and as a medical student where I had to communicate with patients in Italian. French is my mother tongue and English came by osmosis living in Ottawa, Canada. Later, I learned more languages for traveling including German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese. For example, while traveling in the USSR and Central Asia in 1987, I was able to enjoy sights that would have been impossible to see when accompanied by our "official guide". I also dabbled in Arabic.

UL: Nine languages! That's outstanding. Do you have any advice to share with our readers just beginning to tackle their second or third language?

B: The second language is always harder to learn, especially if it is of a different origin as from English to French or French to German. Once another language has been learned it becomes easier with the subsequent ones because one starts to recognize patterns that differ from English. Also, being immersed in the language is best. Since I can go a long time without using a language, I often listen to CDs while driving. In addition, any chance to read either magazines or easier books can be very helpful. This is where the Ultralingua dictionaries can become very handy and where the availability of conjugations is a helpful feature that is rarely found in other dictionaries, if ever.

UL: What are some of the challenges medical professionals like yourself face working with patients who speak other languages? What resources do you use for reference or support?

B: I did my medical training in English, even though I had done all my elementary and high school in French. I still had to use a medical English-French dictionary in order to adapt to the French medical terminology since I worked in a francophone hospital. In day-to-day office work, I occasionally see older patients or visitors who do not speak English, and when I can communicate with them, even on a basic level, it is amazing how patients respond positively to it and their confidence level increases. When there is no or little communication, it is very hard to do an adequate assessment. Even when a translator is present, I make an effort to communicate directly with the patient. This is also where the use of a dictionary crucial.

UL: How did you hear about Ultralingua, and what was your first Ultralingua app? Which ones do you use now?

B: I have been using Ultralingua dictionaries for years, first on a Palm and now on the iPhone. When I first started to use a Palm, I looked on the Internet to find dictionaries that I could download to it, and Ultralingua was one of the few available then and quite complete for a Palm application. Also, the availability of conjugations was a plus. The first ones that I used were English, French and English-French. I now have the French-English (both regular and medical), the Haiti medical, and the Latin, Spanish, Italian, German, and Portuguese dictionaries with English. The ability to switch from one language to another at the tap of an icon makes it a lot faster than using a book, and I have a whole library of dictionaries in my pocket available anytime.

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

B: As mentioned earlier, I have started to learn Arabic. The language is very different than the ones that I have worked with up to now and, with all the recent turmoil in the Middle East, learning Arabic can help one understand how another culture functions. It seems as if everybody else knows English, but we are ignorant of other languages and that puts us at a disadvantage. Another possibility would be Portuguese since knowing Spanish should make it a lot easier to learn, and Brazil is becoming a bigger player in South America.

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We are impressed by Bernard's ability to work with a variety of language speakers as a medical professional. His story demonstrates the importance of being multi-lingual in our global society. We appreciate his time for showing us Ultralingua products in action.

 
Ultralingua Attends Closing the Gap Conference

Fourth grader Sloan Brickey loves her iPad even more than the average child. Sloan has a combination of Down syndrome and apraxia, and her iPad lets her talk to her classmates about what she does on weekends and her favorite activities. The Proloquo2Go app has become her way to speak to the world around her.

Sloan and many other people with communicative disabilities are excited about new technologies that give them a voice. Before, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices were bulky and expensive, which made it difficult and impractical for kids to use. Now a variety of apps can help people communicate who have suffered a stroke or who have autism, cerebral palsy or ALS.

Ultralingua partners with AssistiveWare, a Netherlands-based company that specializes in communication tools. They used Ultralingua technology to create the enormously popular app Proloquo2Go that works on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The $190 app is helping many children like Sloan in educational and therapy programs worldwide. Proloquo2Go has received excellent reviews for its large vocabulary and easy-to-use display. It was recently featured on CBS "60 Minutes" as one of the top apps for children with autism.

AssistiveWare and other communication specialists were at the 29th Annual Closing the Gap Conference on Oct. 11-14 in Minneapolis, Minn. Ultralingua staff Allison Knapp and Blake Howald attended the conference to support AssistiveWare and learn more about future opportunities in the field of AAC devices. As technology advances to help children with communicative disabilities, Ultralingua will continue to be involved in developing products that are comprehensive and accessible.

 
1.4.3 Update for iOS

Ultralingua version 1.4.3 for iOS went live on October 12.

This update fixes a crash bug that was introduced in version 1.4.2, experienced by users with iOS 3.1.3 and earlier.

Be sure to check for updates and let us know if you need assistance. If you have any further questions or problems, please visit our customer support.

 
Tools to Try: Quizlet

The new Ultralingua Vox Spanish-English Medical Dictionary is an excellent reference to define vocabulary, translate terms and conjugate verbs. If you're looking for a supplemental tool to help you on your quest to become fluent in Spanish medical terminology, check out Quizlet.

The site includes fun and educational ways to learn Spanish vocabulary. Flashcards aid memorization, and you can flip through Spanish and English words. Click on a word to hear how it is pronounced. A matching game helps you practice the new vocabulary, and another game reviews definitions--but you have to be fast enough to beat the clock. When you feel confident with basic medical terms, take a quiz to test yourself and see how much you have learned.

The site is open to user-generated content and is frequently updated with new tools. You can customize the flashcards or any other aid to meet your particular need. Quizlet provides a social way to learn a language. You can join forums to discuss questions with other people also learning Spanish medical terms or compare quiz scores.

Quizlet is an interactive companion to your new Ultralingua Vox Spanish-English Medical Dictionary.

 
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