Anyone who wishes to learn a foreign language must constantly
learn vocabulary and practice speech. Therefore a good dictionary
is a must-have. For those learning Hebrew there are a wide variety
of traditional dictionaries and electronic ones available on the
market. Electronic dictionaries have been widely used in the past
decade. They provide a convenient and an immediate solution for
any translation need. Here we are happy to introduce a relatively
new translation appliance from Hebrew into English - a pen scanner.
What is a pen scanner?
When reading Hebrew texts, a pen scanner provides an instant
translation of any Hebrew word or even a full sentence. The translation
is seen on a touch screen that displays both the scanned Hebrew
phrase and the English translation. While the design of this
is compact, the digital screen is large enough to display up to
several lines of text.
A pen scanner is an advanced form of an electronic dictionary
and includes several features that do not exist in most electronic
dictionaries. This handheld device includes optic technology that
allows it to "see" and "recognize" language.
The pen scanner is simply held above the text: the data is processed
right away and within seconds the word is translated into the English.
It can be “read through” Hebrew magazines, newspapers,
books any other form of printed text.
The Quicktionary is able to distinguish over 300,000 words in
Hebrew and English. In addition, unlike a traditional dictionary
in Hebrew, this device can translate Hebrew idioms and common
phrases that cannot be translated literally. This device is
meant to serve English speakers who want to
However beside Hebrew into English translation, this pen scanner is
able to translate from English into Hebrew, Arabic, Russian and French.
In Addition to its scanning option, the device includes a virtual
keyboard that allows the insertion of words that are not printed.
If the Hebrew learner comes across a sign in the street or on a
billboard, he or she can insert the unfamiliar word in the same way
as in a regular electronic dictionary (comes with an auto complete function).
This feature can come in handy for any English speaker, a tourist
or a newcomer, who travels in Hebrew speaking areas.
Another important feature found in the pen scanner is the audio option:
in comparison to other electronic dictionaries, the pen scanner comes
with this useful feature: when words or Hebrew phrases are typed into
the keyboard the pen scanner can be modified into a talking Hebrew
dictionary. In that way a person can listen to the translated words
or phrases (via the speakers or headphones) and also practice
Another interesting feature is the games option which might help
people who need encouragement in learning vocabulary. The Quicktionary
pen scanner comes with games designed for vocabulary enhancement in
an interactive way that makes new words more memorable.
Finally, the device has a history option that can store the last
80 recent searches. This device runs on two simple AAA batteries.
When not used, Quicktionary will automatically shut down and save energy.