Summary: We got this product so that my husband could learn Spanish and use it on a recent trip to Costa Rica. This little gadget is really quite impressive in that it can store 12 languages, including Arabic. But overall it's just so-so. It's basically a computerized dictionary that has to be charged. You can look up phrases based on what you need it for: dining, shopping, health related, etc.
Summary: The Franklin Electronics Speaking Global Translator TGA-495 is easy to charge and stays charged along time. Is small and the word translations worked well once I got use to the commands. I could not find a paper clip when I reset it to change languages,so used a cork screw and lost the first two letters of translations. Be careful if you reset.
Summary: The Franklin TGA-495 is the perfect pocket translator for the casual traveler. It's very easy to use, has a long battery life between charges, and an expansive vocabulary in multiple languages. Good backlighting feature. Clear voice translation on most words. Very good value for the money spent. Getting the carrying case [...] is a good idea to protect the unit during travel. All-in-all, I definately recommend this translator to others.
Summary: Took a recent trip to China and Japan, and relied on the Franklin TGA-495 for my translation. Lets go over the good aspects first: #1. The battery life was awesome, and it charges off of USB, or included international adapters. I don't think I charged it once in two weeks. #2. Quick Search of words. When you search for words (say in English to Japanese mode) you get an instant result or results.
Summary: I am disappointed because it does not really "translate", although it is called "translator". It will provide you words or simple phrases from the pre-installed dictionary. For example, if you type "Where is the train station?" It will show a few phrases that start with "where". Then you will pick a sentence that is closest to what you want. Most of the time, it does not come close to my sentences. I thought it will translate like the computer translation web sites.
Summary: Very impressed with the number of languages offered by the translator. Perhaps it would be easier to have either all male or all female translating voices. The voice quality is poor. I first attempted to listen to the translation through the speaker but had difficulty understanding and it sounded muffled and garbled. I then inserted headphones and unfortunately it was the same results. I was disappointed that it only provides pre-programmed translation.
Summary: i bought this product mainly to help with my french. i am so sorry that i didn't listen to the reviewer who mentioned the inability of the translator to give the feminine or masculine form of the nouns which is so important in french. One of the most difficult lesson in french is knowing when to use "le" or "la" in front of a noun. this product is worthless to me. i played with it for 3 days and opted to buy a book. waste of money. was not cost effective to return.
Summary: While it is good. I could be much better. I was looking for a talking translator. This a talking translator but only for the phrase that are preprogrammed by Franklin. What I wanted was one that I could type my own phrase in and the would be translated for me. While this will do it you have to type each word seperately which defeat the purpose of such a device.
Summary: Hallo an euch allen, ich möchte euch den Lernsprach Computer meines Mannes vorstellen. er hat ihn bischen länger als 1 Jahr und er bzw. sind sehr zufrieden damit. Er ist sehr praktisch, wenn man mal in den Urlaub geht, und die einheimischen dort einen nicht verstehen, da kommt dann dieser Lernsprach Computer von Franklin TGA-495 zum einsatz.