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VOLUME 12, NEWSLETTER 11 November 2010
Featured Language: Italian
National Novel Writing Month
Ultralingua 1.3.4
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Spotlight: Collecting Words
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Featured Language: Italian

We are celebrating the month of November by lowering the prices on our Italian dictionaries, with a 20% discount on all Italian products through November 30, 2010.

November is the heart of truffle gathering season in Italy, and many truffle fairs will be cropping up across the country over the next few weeks. If you plan on visiting Italy to partake in these delicious delicacies or are simply interested in a reliable reference tool for your Italian studies, Ultralingua is the perfect resource to invest in.

Continue your study of Italian with a community of like-minded learners in our forums. In Ultralingua’s Italian thread you can share tricks and advice or offer tips to fellow language learners. For further savings, look for an e-mail coming later this month about our Cyber Monday sale.

Use the coupon code ITALIAN20 through November 30th to take 20% off the purchase of any of the following products.

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

November is National Novel Writing Month

At Ultralingua we know that as many of our products are used for creative pursuits as are used for academic endeavors. Our dictionaries are excellent writing reference tools. You can use them to add a little French je ne sais quoi to a love poem, or for creating cryptic, Latin codes to be deciphered by your novel’s treasure-hunting protagonist.

Haven’t written a novel? No problem.

If you’ve ever been scared away by the time and effort involved in writing a novel, or been stymied by that pernicious inner critic, then November is your time to silence those fears for good. November is the month in which you finally achieve your secret, creative dream of becoming a novelist.

In 1999, Chris Baty started National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, with just 21 participants in the San Francisco Bay Area, who, like you, had been secretly dreaming of putting their creative thoughts to paper and writing the next great novel. Twelve years later, the event has gone global, gathering over 150,000 participants, and turning novel-dreamers into writers.

The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000-word novel in a single month. That breaks down into roughly 1,600 words a day. Writers have from 12:01am on November 1st until midnight, November 30th to write anything and everything that amounts to a final word count of 50k. Editing is forbidden, re-writes are banned, and even spellchecking balances on the knife’s edge of permissibility. NaNoWriMo is about quantity, not quality, and the output-based approach is designed to streamroll the crippling hesitations and insurmountable expectations that have prevented countless potential-authors from writing a novel.

For thirty days in November, your greatest assets are your enthusiasm and perseverance. While you will quite certainly be writing a great deal of poor prose and executing a flawed plot, you can take comfort in knowing that all around the world, in almost every single country, other NaNo participants are frantically attempting the exact same thing. There are even Ultralingua staff members participating in the madness this year! The forums on the NaNoWriMo website house various threads and topics offering encouragement, cures for writer’s block, and far too many counterproductive digressions that will distract you from your novel for hours at a time. As there is no right or wrong way to approach NaNoWriMo, such digressions and procrastination are perfectly acceptable so long as you reach 50,000 words by November 30th.

During these frantic thirty days, your most valuable resource - apart from a reliable work device and a steady intake of caffeine - is quick referencing. Unlike five-year-novels, there’s absolutely no time for in-depth fact checks with NaNoWriMo; participants need sufficient answers at their fingertips. Fortunately, Ultralingua dictionaries and thesauruses are available on multiple platforms for the convenience of any and all would-be writers. You can check your translations as you work on the novel during your daily bus commute with our French-English dictionary for iPhone, or leave our English Dictionary and Thesaurus running in the background of your Mac or Windows computer as you introduce the villain.

Prepare yourself for novel-writing glory this November with a dictionary from Ultralingua. Our full product listing can be found on our website or on our page in the App Store. Good luck!

Free iPad Update: Ultralingua 1.3.4

Following last month’s release of the 1.3.3 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, Ultralingua has released 1.3.4 to ensure full compatibility of our iPad apps with Apple’s iOS 4.2, also coming out this month.

The 1.3.4 update supports the multitasking being brought to iPad by iOS 4.2. The iPad already supports the running of multiple processes; however, the capability is limited to built-in applications and doesn’t extend to third party apps like Ultralingua dictionaries. The multitasking we provide in 1.3.4 saves the state of the app, so you can leave it and come back without losing our place.

Listen to your favorite music while you practice vocabulary, or leave the dictionary open for reference as you compose business emails or as you write a paper for your language course.

How to Update

To update your app from your iPad, tap on the App Store icon and then the Updates button in the bottom tab bar. The 1.3.4 update for your Ultralingua apps will appear on this screen with the option to install the update for free.

To update your app from your desktop iTunes, select Apps in the navigation bar on the left side of the window. Available updates are indicated in the bottom right of this page. Clicking that link will display your Ultralingua apps and the available free update. Your app will update the next time you sync your iPad with iTunes.

This update only affects Ultralingua applications and does not include Collins or Vox apps. If you don’t have one of our dictionaries for iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, Ultralingua’s complete selection can be found on our page in the App Store.

If you have any further questions or need assistance updating, try the Support section. To learn more about Ultralingua's iOS dictionaries check out this video!

Tools to Try: WebLex™

Ultralingua is more than just downloadable dictionaries. In fact, we offer a wide range of tools to assist your language learning and work. One such tool is WebLex™. This handy tool allows you to instantly enable any webpage for translation using Ultralingua’s Online Dictionary.

Visit the WebLex™ page on our website to learn more and to get started!

To enable any webpage for translation, simply copy and paste, or type a website address (URL) into the space provided and click “Submit”. The website address that you have submitted will load as usual, and it will be enabled for instant translation! Double-click on any word (except hyperlinks) to see how WebLex™ works discreetly behind the scenes. A small pop-up window will appear with the definition or translation of the word you selected. To change to a different language, simply choose your language from the drop down menu. The entire range of languages that Ultralingua currently supports is available at the just click of a button!

To use WebLex™ frequently without having to go through the Ultralingua.com website, we have created handy bookmarklets for you to use. These are also available on our WebLex™ page. Simply drag and drop the bookmarklets to your browser’s toolbar or favorites. Whenever and wherever you are on the World Wide Web, you can click on the bookmarklet to activate your current page with instant translation!

WebLex™ is an ideal companion for all language learners, workers, and enthusiasts at any level. The tool allows you to translate the words you need while leaving the original text unchanged. Try it today for free! And if you like what you see, consider a subscription. We have many subscription levels available to suit the needs of individuals and institutions. Visit us here for more details, or contact us at sales@ultralingua.com.

It is important to note that while there is a free version of our WebLex tool, there is a limit to how often it can be used in a single day. For wider use, you can subscribe to different levels of search limits. Try WebLex today, and if you have any questions you can post them in our Technical Questions forum.

Spotlight: Collecting Words

If you’ve ever wanted the chance to share your favorite words with the world, now is the perfect opportunity. Ultralingua is working to build up a database of interesting and peculiar words for a Word of the Day program, and we want to hear some of your favorites. Words from any and all languages are welcome so you don’t need to limit yourself to the languages for which Ultralingua offers products.

We want to provide our users with words selected from a cumulative database that was crafted and contributed to in part by the recipients themselves. This is your opportunity to share your favorite words with others who love languages.

Share challenging words for language lovers like false cognates, words with funny or intriguing etymologies, or words that you’re not finding in today’s dictionaries because they’re too new or obscure. You can even submit your favorite language tongue twisters or palindromes.

We will be sharing the interesting words you give us in several locations, including Facebook and Twitter. You can include your username for either of those networking sites when you submit your words and receive credit when we post them, or you can remain anonymous if you prefer.

Should you choose to submit words for Ultralingua’s Word of the Day - and we hope you do - here are some items to take into account:

  • E-mail submissions to wordoftheday@ultralingua.com.
  • Due to various sites’ character limits, please keep submissions brief (around 140 characters.)
  • Tell us why you chose your word with its definition or etymology, etc.
  • Though not required, you can list a username to receive credit.
  • E-mail us as many words as you like!

We value your input and encourage you to make multiple contributions. If you’re already subscribed to a Word of the Day, let us know what you like about it. How could it be better? Have you found an interesting list or database of words? Share links or words by e-mailing us here or by clicking on the WotD link in the sidebar of this newsletter.

Language Survey Results

In last month’s newsletter we asked subscribers which languages they would like to see added to Ultralingua’s product line of monolingual and bilingual dictionaries. Thanks to those of you who responded. We make it a point to actively seek out opinions and feedback from our subscribers and valued customers, and the following responses will be very useful as we develop future products and tools. After nearly a month of open voting, the results have been collected and displayed below. Here is what you told us:

Language Poll Results]

The three highest-voted languages were Russian, Polish, and Korean! The highest percentage of votes cast for non-listed languages within the “Other” category were for Dutch.

As always, we really appreciate your input and will consider your votes when deciding what to develop next. Stay tuned to our newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter pages for news about when new products will be available.


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