Ultralingua
For people who love languages
VOLUME 12, NEWSLETTER 9 September 2010
IN THIS ISSUE
Featured Language: Portuguese
Fun Facts: Portuguese
Survey to Improve Online Dictionaries
Tools to Try: Free Podcasts
Spotlight: Painless Upgrading
Apple's Fall Announcement: What it Means for You
 
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Featured Language: Portuguese

Celebrate Brazil’s independence by getting a new reference for the official language of the country’s 190 million citizens. All of our Portuguese products are 20% off through September 30, 2010.

On September 7, 1822, the 23-year-old prince regent of Brazil declared his country’s independence on the banks of the Ipiranga River. Brazil’s motto became “Independência ou Morte” - Independence or Death! With his country’s sudden move towards independence, the young prince regent became the first Brazilian emperor, Dom Pedro I.

You too can seize the moment. Declare independence from a life without Portuguese, and use the coupon code PORTUGUESE20 to take 20% off your purchase of any of the following products from our site until September 30th.

If you purchase one of the Ultralingua dictionary products listed above, the lemmatized search feature will take the trial-and-error out of finding quick translations for language lovers in a rush. “Lemmatized” search means that the program recognizes and automatically directs you to both the related words and the various tenses of your searched-for word. This feature is available on all platforms.

Do you have questions or want to participate in discussions about proper Portuguese grammar and usage? Check out our forum dedicated to Portuguese language and culture.

This offer is only valid for Mac, Windows, PalmOS, Windows Mobile Smartphone, and Windows Mobile Pocket PC products purchased from Ultralingua’s website before September 30, 2010.

 
Fun Facts: Portuguese

If you needed more of a reason than Dom Pedro’s stirring speech of “Independence or Death,” here are some quick, fun facts about this month’s featured language. These language tidbits are sure to impress both friends and family and may even help you win the Trivia Thursday questions on Ultralingua’s Facebook page.

  • With over 200 million speakers, Portuguese is the 7th most spoken language in the world.
  • Of the five main Romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian), Portuguese is the second most widely spoken after Spanish.
  • Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, Cape Verde, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal, and four other countries.
  • Despite superficial similarities to Spanish, Portuguese is actually more closely related to Galician, a language spoken in northwestern Spain.
  • The earliest occurrences of a distinctive Portuguese language are found in 9th century administrative documents.
  • The longest Portuguese word is otorrinolaringologista - a ears, nose, and throat doctor.
  • In 2005, there was a petition to add Portuguese to the 6 current official languages of the United Nations (UN), but the motion was unsuccessful. While the General Assembly has the ability to add or subtract languages, it is unlikely that they will do so in the future due to budgetary issues.
 
Survey to Improve Online Dictionaries

Ultralingua is calling on its newsletter subscribers to assist the linguistics community. The Institute for German Language in Mannheim, Germany is doing research on the use of online dictionaries in order to improve and enhance existing online models, and they would be very grateful if you would support their research. This study, financed by the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Scientific Community, consists of online surveys in both German and English, found here. These surveys aim to fill the gap left by sparse research regarding how online dictionaries are used and perceived.

The funding provided by the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Scientific Community is in accordance with their maxim of pursuing science for the benefit and good of humankind, which includes the analysis and preservation of language. The Institute for German Language is a central research organization for the study and documentation of contemporary usage and history of the German language.

Your participation will not only aid the Institute’s research but provide beneficial feedback to Ultralingua, allowing us to continue meeting your growing language needs. We are always looking for new ways to make Ultralingua products more efficient and relevant to our customers. Ultralingua’s Online Dictionary, in particular, will benefit from the results of your participation.

Remember that by helping the Institute for German Language, you are also helping us make our products more useful for you. The details of the survey and directing link can be found below.

Survey Basics:

  • The survey is available until Sep. 16th.
  • It takes approximately 25-30 minutes to complete.
  • The Institute will donate €1 for each completed survey to the Room to Read sub-program, Girls’ Education.
  • Participants may enter a drawing for 10 Amazon vouchers, worth €10 each.*
  • Participants may request to see the survey results. *

If you would like to know more about the project, or if you have additional questions, you can contact the Institute for German Language at info@benutzungsforschung.de.


* For this purpose, you can leave your e-mail address at the end of the survey; however, you are not required to leave any contact details if you do not wish to do so. Your details will only be used to provide the results of the survey or to contact you for prize drawing purposes if you so indicated. Your data will be treated separately from your contact information.

 
Tools to Try: Free Podcasts

Every month we try to share tools you might like to try in addition to Ultralingua’s dictionaries. We know that language learning fluctuates according to need and situation. Whether it’s as a supplement to official classes, a reference tool for your next great novel, or a quick go-to guide for jaunts across the world, there are a variety of resources to meet your specific needs.

For September, we’re featuring examples of free podcasts that take language learning on the go. Podcasts are audio or video files that are released episodically and can be as formal as a lecture or as informal as a radio talk-show, depending on the content. Podcast-based lessons are perfect for the morning commute or breaks in between classes; for the casual learner or the traveler on a deadline.

The Radio Lingua Network hosts a “One Minute” Language series that offers a quick run-through of the language’s absolute basics, broken up into ten lessons of about three minutes in length. The series offers the usual staples like German, Russian, and French, but also includes lessons on Gaelic, Irish, Luxembourgish, and Zulu -- all presented by teachers or native speakers! “One Minute” Language and other lessons are available streaming or for download from the website, and you can subscribe to the podcast either on their website or through the iTunes store. You can learn more about their various shows here.

The Peace Corps provides language lessons designed for students and Peace Corps volunteers. The basics of Arabic, Russian, Bambara, French, Mandarin, Thai, and Ukrainian are culled from the experiences of Peace Corps volunteers and organized into categories like Greetings, Food, and Directions. You can listen to streaming lessons or subscribe to the lessons as podcasts through the website. The offered lessons can be seen here.

LanguagePod101 is the blanket host for a dozen different language bundles that mix audio podcasts with videocasts for a diverse learning experience. In addition to learning the vocabulary and general grammar for languages like Korean, Italian, and Cantonese, the lessons also provide details about current events, history, and pop culture. The central website requires a free login account to access the lessons, but the podcasts are also available through the iTunes store for immediate download.

Have you found another helpful podcast? Share it with other users in our forums.

 
Spotlight: Painless Upgrading

Upgrades become available when significant changes have been made to Ultralingua’s existing dictionaries. These are offered at a discounted “Upgrade Price” for customers who wish to change from an older version number (like 6.0) to the newest version number (like 7.0) of a particular product. Since these upgrades are produced to benefit users, we want to take the time to clarify any confusion about the upgrading process. Here is a walk-through of the steps involved, should you decide to upgrade your Ultralingua software.

1. Make the appropriate selection for an upgrade purchase.

  • You can find the program you would like to upgrade on our website either through our product drop-down menu in the header of any page, or on one of our language pages.
  • To ensure the proper upgrade is purchased, first choose your platform from the drop-down menu. This selection should match that of your previously purchased software.
  • Then, change the selected price from “Regular Price” to “Upgrade Price.” In doing so, you should see the price - listed in USD - drop to a lower value. (Note that if the option to select “Upgrade Price” is not available, then there is no upgrade available for that product.)
  • Once the correct platform is chosen and “Upgrade Price” selected, click the “Buy Now!” button to add the product to your shopping cart.

2. Navigating the Shopping Cart

  • You should now be viewing your shopping cart. You will see several items in your cart. However, the upgrade - showing both the specific product and the selected platform - is the only one automatically selected. You will also be offered the option of purchasing a Backup CD. The Backup CD will not be purchased unless you check the box under the Add/Remove column.
  • If the shopping cart is correct, then proceed in entering your delivery address, e-mail, payment details, and your billing address if it is different from your delivery address. Even though the upgrade is delivered electronically, it is necessary to provide your address information for billing purposes. If you choose to purchase the Backup CD, it will be shipped to this address.
  • After entering the required information, click the “Next” button located at the bottom right of the page.

3. Finalizing

  • Having chosen a payment method, simply follow the onscreen instructions to complete your checkout and confirm the purchase.
  • Once the download is complete, the installation process varies depending on the platform. We are available to answer your questions and assist you with other problems in the Support section of our website.

You have now completed the upgrade process and are free to enjoy your new and improved Ultralingua product. If you have any questions or comments, connect with us in our forums, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

 
Apple's Fall Announcement: What it Means for You

On September 1st, Apple announced new and upcoming product releases for this Fall. With a range of new features and software to be aware of, we’ll outline the major highlights below and explain what they mean for you and your use of Ultralingua products.

iOS 4.1

Apple has updated the operating system for the iPhone and iPod touch. iOS 4.1 improves the iPhone’s 3G performance and the proximity sensor, and adds High Dynamic Range photo capturing and the uploading of rented movies and TV shows.

iOS 4.1 will be available this week for iPhone/iPod touch, and iPad users will see these same features in iOS 4.2 in November. At that time iOS 4.2 will also be available for iPhones and iPods, making it the first time a single iOS version will run on all devices. All Ultralingua products that run on iPhone and iPod touch are compatible with the new operating system.

iTunes 10

The latest version of iTunes is now available. In addition to sporting a fresh interface and logo, iTunes now has exciting new ways to discover music. Ping - “a social network for music” - is a built-in community where iTunes users can follow artists and friends and be followed in return. With customizable levels of privacy, users can find concerts, post comments, recommend songs, and display their recent iTunes store history for others to follow. We hope that this system of community-based discovery will eventually extend to apps, allowing users to rate and recommend their favorite Ultralingua products.

iPods

The iPod touch has undergone some changes that will improve your use of Ultralingua’s products. The Retina display of the iPhone has been added to the iPod touch to improve graphic quality and provide LED backlight. A 3-axis gyroscope, FaceTime, and both a forward and a backward facing camera have been added. FaceTime, in particular, is a great tool for language learners. You can use it to practice with friends and learn lessons face to face with teachers or native speakers. Unlike FaceTime on the iPhone, the iPod touch is contract-free and requires only WiFi to connect.

The shuffle and the nano have also received brand new designs; however, neither model will supports apps. Check them out here.


To read more about the features included in iOS 4.1 or download iTunes 10, click here.

To download iOS4.1 to your current iPhone or iPod touch, simply connect your device to iTunes and follow the steps provided.

 

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